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Age of Empires PC

A real time strategy developed by Ensemble Studios. The players take control of one of twelve ancient civilizations, including, among others, Babylon, Egypt, Greece, or Korea, with the task to lead them through four advancement stages spanning across 10 thousand years.

Strategy | RTS | Ancient history

Age of Empires Release Date PC

30June1997

developer: Ensemble Studios publisher: Xbox Game Studios / Microsoft Studios Official website

English language game language: English

Age of Empires was a debut of Ensemble Studios. Its founders – Bruce Shelley, Brian Sullivan, and brothers Rick and Tony Goodman have decided to create a strategy game that does something new rather than reiterate known solutions. The project caught the eye of Microsoft, which quickly recognized its potential. Age of Empires was a beginning of a series widely recognized as a part of canon of real time strategy games.

Plot

The action of the game takes place in Antiquity, over the span of 10 thousand years. The players can choose from 12 ancient civilizations (Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Babilonian, Hetic, Persian, Asirian, Egypt, Sumerian, Greek, Minoan, Phoenician), divided into four architectural styles: Asian, Middle Eastern, Egyptian, or Greek. Our job is to lead the chosen civilization throughout four eras – Stone Age, Neolythic Age (Tool Age), Bronze Age, and Iron Age.

Mechanics

Each game sees us acquiring resources, exploring the area, and recruiting an army. We can construct new buildings by spending certain amounts of wood, food, stone, and gold, research technologies, and build units. The key is to find a balance between economical expansion and military actions. Each nation has its strengths and weaknesses, which forces us to agree upon a strategy and keep up the pace.

The singleplayer mode offers four campaigns – Greek, Egyptian, Babilionian, and Japanese, a number of single scenarios, or a random map or a deathmatch versus AI-controlled enemies.

Technical Aspects

During its heyday, Age of Empires was known for its detailed graphics. Genie, the employed engine, generates 2D graphics with a characteristic, late 90s fixed isometric view, but handdrawn graphics and animations are appealing up to this day. However, the audio is mediocre, with certain sounds leaving much room for improvement.

Game Modes

Aside from singleplayer campaigns and scenarios, Age of Empires has a considerable multiplayer mode for up to 8 players. It requires a LAN or an Internet connection. Unfortunately, dedicated servers are not very efficient, with games often being haunted by stuttering animation and lags.

Game mode: single / multiplayer   Multiplayer mode: Internet   Player counter: 1 - 8  

Media type: 1 CD

User score: 8,6 / 10 based on 1063 votes.

Age restrictions Age of Empires: 12+

Age of Empires System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Recommended:
  • Pentium 166MHz
  • 32MB RAM
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