Jul 22 2009
Age of Empires launched in a flurry of magazine activity in October.
Its delicate balance of strategy and war proved a winner for Microsoft.
- Twelve different civilizations from which to choose, each with unique strengths and weaknesses.
- 100-node technology tree; more technologies than can be achieved during a single game.
- Victory conditions include conquest, score, time limit, wonders, exploration and more.
- Robust alliance options allow players to exchange resources and share intelligence.
- Trade between players allows civilizations to build economic wealth and power.
- Robust siege warfare model includes walls, fortifications, towers, catapults and ballistae.
- Fully integrated campaign editor, scenario builder and random world generator.
- Superior computer player AI that does not rely on cheating.
- Multiple levels of difficulty.
- Dazzling animations and graphics for terrain, buildings and units.
- 50,000 word historical encyclopaedia.
- Designed for multiplayer competition. Includes a variety of unique multiplayer scenarios.
- Cooperative and Death Match modes.
- Observer mode reveals the entire map to view during game play.
- In-game score displayed for active players.
- Over 50 historical combat units, unit upgrades and building types.
- Massive game maps with true terrain elevation.
- In-game and post-game timeline illustrates the rise and fall of each Civilization over the course of play.
- Strong economic model, including multiple types of resources.
- Buildings upgrade and become more advanced over time simulating the passage of thousands of years.
- Multiple selection of up to 25 units at one time.
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 control the destiny of humankind. The game keeps the epic scope of Age of Empires“>’ game play while evolving the combat and economic features.
New features for Age of Empires II include:
Combat. Players can use garrisoning, military formations, and advantages in direction facing add tactical choices. Units are also smarter, with new artificial intelligence (AI) options like Guard, Patrol and Follow as well as multiple aggression levels. Also boats will be able to ram or board enemy ships to capture them.
Alternatives to combat. Players can improve the economy of their civilization through trade and diplomacy options. In addition to gathering resources, they can trade at their own market or use trading routes with their allies. A market-based economy gives new options for players to buy, sell, and speculate on resources.
Diverse cultures. Gamers command one of 13 mighty civilizations. These include the Frankish, Japanese, Byzantine, Viking, Mongol and Celtic civilizations. Each civilization has unique attributes, buildings and technologies as well as a unique combat unit based on its historical counterpart.
Ease of use. Production queues, improved navigation points and customisable hot-key systems have been added. In addition, more audio cues make empire management easier. Map shortcuts like gathering points make it easier for players to organize their forces and plan their battles.
Achieve victory in many ways. In contrast to the linear game play found in other real-time games, Age of Empires II lets gamers choose one of several ways to achieve world domination and ultimate victory:
- Domination of enemy civilizations
- Economic victory through accumulation of wealth
- Building and defending wonders of the world
Choose a technology path. Choose from numerous technological paths to lead your civilization to greatness. From an economic path of farming and craftsmanship to a military route of siege and naval warfare, the game comes with a technology tree that has more than 100 nodes, larger than one player could possibly complete in just one game.
Experience intense single and multiplayer game play.Enhanced historical campaigns, a random map generator and a scenario and campaign editor offer players extensive replay value.
- Story based campaigns focus on historical figures and their struggles like Joan of Arc, William Wallace, Genghis Khan, etc bring the player much deeper into the game as they strive with the hero to victory.
- A new expert system driven computer player with artificial intelligence providing a solitaire opponent who seems human.
- Maps are larger which adds to the sense of exploration and allows more options for extended play particularly in multiplayer.
- The very popular Random map generator brings unlimited replay value for both multiplayer and single player.
- In addition to the traditional Deathmatch option, there is a new gameplay mode: Regicide, where players have to protect their Queen or King while they try to assassinate the enemy one.
- A Campaign editor extends also the game play by allowing users to create and exchange scenarios or link them into campaigns.
Multiplayer game support. Internet play for up to eight players via the MSN Gaming Zone, over a LAN or modem to modem.