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  • Summary: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is the sequel to the award-winning, best-selling real-time strategy game "Age of Empires." Age of Empires II spans a thousand years, from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages in which players lead one of 13 civilizations into greatness. The game keepsAge of Empires II: The Age of Kings is the sequel to the award-winning, best-selling real-time strategy game "Age of Empires." Age of Empires II spans a thousand years, from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages in which players lead one of 13 civilizations into greatness. The game keeps the epic scope of Age of Empires' game play while evolving the combat and economic features. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
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  1. Yahoo!
    100
    While those of you with hypercritical eyes will argue there's room for improvement, AoE 2 is the best RTS game of the year to date, and as such is worthy of our GDR Gold Award.
  2. An outstanding game. It looks great, is very well balanced, and is easy to get started with. The game has more strategy and fewer mouse gymnastics than the average RTS game.
  3. An engrossing and highly playable RTS game, Age of Empires II will even convert the people who didn't like the original.
  4. The AoEII environment is extremely rich in detail. Even more than the original, details on buildings are captured right down to the dead leaves resting on the rooftops.
  5. If you've ever liked any other real-time strategy game in this classical style, then you'll clearly see why this one deserves so much credit, even in direct comparison to the finest examples in its category.
  6. AOK is as addictive as crack, but at the same time, as refined as a 30 year old cognac. Package all that into a drop dead gorgeous graphics engine and it's easy to see that Ensemble and Microsoft have a real winner on their hands; AOK is going to be around for a long time.
  7. A rock-solid real-time strategy offering from folks that have a proven track record for providing historically accurate and fun strategy games. Its depth and long list of features will keep even the best empire builders and military strategists busy for months.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 97
  2. Negative: 12 out of 97
  1. ZuffuluZT.
    May 1, 2008
    10
    Best RTS game of all time. Period. ;) Seriously this game has everything you ever wanted in an RTS game. The graphics may not be up to date Best RTS game of all time. Period. ;) Seriously this game has everything you ever wanted in an RTS game. The graphics may not be up to date anymore but since it's 2D it doesn't grow old as fast as 3D titles do. (look at 3D games of that time and you know what I mean ...) The gameplay is just awesome, because it has such a great balance between economy and warfare, which allows you to build huge cities and train enormous armies to besiege them. Besides that there is just an endless amount of stuff to do in this game, because there are so many different factions, units, strategies, campaigns, scenarios and probably the most easy to use map editor of all time. It is already 9 years old and I am still playing it every now and then, because it just has so much more to offer than all the other RTS games that were released since then, especially AOE3, which was really disappointing to me. There has never been such an addicting RTS game out there, so if you still don't own it, buy it! It is more than worth it. And if you already have it, go and play it again! It is really so much more enjoying than all the modern RTS games with fancy graphics but no substance. Expand
  2. Nov 3, 2013
    10
    One of the best RTS games ever made. Historical campaigns and lots of battles. This game was the first time I was really exposed to historyOne of the best RTS games ever made. Historical campaigns and lots of battles. This game was the first time I was really exposed to history and I am now a history major at college. With the release of Age of Empires II HD Edition definitely worth going back to. Expand
  3. Mar 1, 2017
    10
    A game that made ancient history truly awesome. I have never anything that allowed me to have so much fun, but at the same time, also servedA game that made ancient history truly awesome. I have never anything that allowed me to have so much fun, but at the same time, also served as references for our history class assignments and projects back in highschool. Back then, we didn't have the internet and we relied on these things called "encyclopedias"! The skirmishes were very fun and I remember making insane fortress porns out of my bases. It's regretful that we don't make games this good anymore. Expand
  4. May 18, 2012
    10
    10 years have passed since I lead Japanese nation towards victory against the Vikings and the Persian. I decided to play this game after so10 years have passed since I lead Japanese nation towards victory against the Vikings and the Persian. I decided to play this game after so many years have passed. It reminds me how this game could make hours of my weekend vanished. Nothing could expressed my admiration to this game. Best RTS game of all time? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Expand
  5. Jul 24, 2017
    9
    "Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings" was an excellent game, I did not think I would play it but I played it and I liked it, empires, maps and"Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings" was an excellent game, I did not think I would play it but I played it and I liked it, empires, maps and campaigns and graphics were very good, and the music and The dialogues were spectacular. Expand
  6. May 11, 2012
    9
    Hours of fun? Yes. Masterpiece? Yes. Age of Empires 2 is a RTS that rocks, in many ways. The game haves a really great strategy, and theHours of fun? Yes. Masterpiece? Yes. Age of Empires 2 is a RTS that rocks, in many ways. The game haves a really great strategy, and the graphics are great. It is classic, and extremely fun. A great sequel and a masterpiece. (9.9) Expand
  7. Mar 1, 2014
    0
    Booooooring game... If you are drunk, then getting out of your booze is simple.. Just play it..MUSTT PLAY!!
    A review by a drunk guy:
    This is
    Booooooring game... If you are drunk, then getting out of your booze is simple.. Just play it..MUSTT PLAY!!
    A review by a drunk guy:
    This is a masterpiece. Not only are the singleplayer missions fun and historically correct, it has lots to offer to new RTS players, as well as old RTS players, and is the most well-balanced game I have ever played. It is also a lot of fun, especially when you play multiplayer.

    Review after Playing the game,
    This has to be the worst RTS ever. There is no element of strategy whatsoever. There are 10 different factions and they are all exactly the same! At least in Starcraft there are differences between the races and makes need for some strategy. The units move ridiculously slow(a king with a pot-belly outran my mounted knights!), the tech trees are needlessly large,

    Has given a new definition to RTS = Ruin Thy Stratergy
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