I played the 2nd one and decided to buy the original. it was very good. the graphics were good. the building-soldier proportions were off alot. the combat it good and i loved the buildings and campains. buy if you like real time strategy.
Just made my review for Ages of Empires (1997) game. This is no different, except that they have Rome in addition to Egypt, Greece, Babylon, and Yamamoto. The Rome stages are just like other ones, and that's great!