Game Reviews for Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
Though it may seem so, this game aint just for nerds...
Added 16 Aug 2004, ID #10473
Whoa. Easy there. What did I just say? Yes, this is a game that really is... well... fun to play.
You control a civilisation (There are quite a few, from Persians to Goths), build a town, and go to war with your enemies. There is noodles of depth, however.
You can build castles, Markets for trade, Universities, Blacksmiths, Bombard Towers, farms and many more things. Your soldiers can fight on camels, by foot, by sea or on horse.
You can also use Battering rams, Scorpions (Missile Launchers), Trogan horses and even elephants! Of course, this is not all available for you at the start. What you have depends on your civilisation and what age you are in.
You start in the dark ages and progress by collect commodities (wood, food, stone, gold). You obtain food by farming, fishing, or killing animals. Wood is the most common because you can chop down trees.
Gold is used for trade and other reasons. Stone is used to build fortifications. The game sees you in a random map, from swamps to islands, along with 1-3 computer-controlled teams.
You can win a number of ways: By building a wonder: This costs 1000 wood, gold and stone, and takes ages.
By being the last civilisation left: Insanely hard, even on easy, for even one enemy farm still denies victory. By claiming a relic: find one and put it in your monastary for 200 days.
There are loads of different game modes, including the main story mode which puts you in histories battles, such as Waterloo and Joan of Arc. There's multiplayer, too.
That is but the tip of the iceberg. However, it has some flaws. Graphically, it is very limited.
It seems very 2-D due to an extremely poor camera, which doesn't let you zoom, rotate or find out where the battles are going on. It can be very frustrating at times.
This however, remains a good, solid, lomg game, available at 30 euro.
Graphics: 70% Great detail and smooth, but suffers from black borders and c**p camera
Sound: 85% Great voices, interesting musical score Gameplay: 73% Complex controls can take a while to get used to
Lifespan: 83% Loads of modes, but it lacks immediate action
Overall: 80% A good game, but it falls short from an 'A' rank due to an abysmal camera, the second worst of 2003 (Tenchu- Wrath of Heaven is the WORST)
The graphics are poor but the gameplay is excellent.
The major ownside to the game is the arrow you have to move around to mve the screen and villagers/soldiers. You can never!!!!! get the screen just how you want it.
Also the computor can build villagers faster than you and it can control lots of different things at once whlist you are trying to get one villager to plant crops and another to hunt deer. You would have thought that after the villager had built the lumbercamp he would go and chop some trees down automaticly but no you have to go and tell him to cut trees down it is really annoying as you can't find him again because of the screen not moving as it should.
This game is in serouis need of some cheats like the computor version like eg Instant buildings,1000 wood,photon man i really enjoyed playing the computor verstion round my freinds and this is just a bit disapointing.
Altogether it is a command and conquer type game i would rate it 7/10 as it is good game play that *******arrow lets it down.
When you get into the room with many doors walk slowly past them, when you are in front of the right door you will hear a splashing noise, enter it then do the same as you did before. Keep doing this until the game goes in movie mode.
The mission for LCC were you have to destroy the satalites when you get out of the cave and in the satalit area go all the way left there are three silos they have doors you can shoot on the back side there is an AC part there.
In my expirence the top AC in the game is a medium weight AC. The heavy ones can still be good, don't get me wrong, but they lack the major point, speed. The light weights are a "no go" all around, though they have awesome speed, they lack fire power. The key to the AC is in the legs, manwalkers are good all around, chickenwalkers for ariel battles, tanks/catapilers are good for wieght loads but light on armor, then the floating, just stay way unless you've had good sucess. If you can't tell the difference in the manwalkers of whats light, medium, and heavy, a) look at it, if it looks skinny with a low load cap the it's light, if it's bulky it's heavy, b) go to the garage and to help then assembly techniques and look at the lists.
there is a laser rifle in the miussion you have to destroy the SRBIa weapon. After you destroy the missle barriers on the SRBIA quickly head to the southeast hills. There you will find the Karasawa-mk2. It is probably the best arm unit right in the whole game. It is quite heavy, so it is good for you to be able to have an overweight armored core unit.
O.K. In order for you to do this you need to by the Doubled Verticle missles.
It costs alot but you'll make it. Then equip the double verticle missles. Then you go to the Etal base level and look to you left you'll see a really tall building. fly to the flat platform and wait till your boost recovers. Then Fly up the pole centered in the middle of the platform. Then the ac's will go anywhrer they want. But just lock on them with your double Verticle missles and rain down death with you enemy. No matter where they are the missles will track them down and kill them. This is the best way to beat you enemy. It help me so far. Oh yeah and i also beat ares this way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!