Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings - PC

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Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings (PC)
Also for: PS2, Power Mac, Dreamcast
Viewed: 2.5D Isometric, Scrolling Genre:
Strategy: Management
Media: CD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Ensemble Soft. Co.: Microsoft
Publishers: Microsoft (GB)
Released: 5 Nov 1999 (GB)
Ratings: 3+
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Age of Empires II is a strategy management title that promises to be one of the most detailed and complex, yet simple games around. You will have to use all the knowledge and leadership skills it takes to become the superior civilization.

Age of Empires II can be split into two categories. There is the combat based element and also a management style not dissimilar from the Sim City series. AOE2 is at its most involved when to choose the option to build an empire from scratch. You must first create a population and then construct buildings for them to live in. Once you have yourself a town, you need to learn how defend it as there will be unpleasant neighbours lurking nearby just waiting to take your hard work and achievements away from you. It’s just a case of skilful expanding and defending.

Other game options include scenarios in which you will be thrown in at the deep and be expected to defend your empire. Depending on your preferred approach you will have to decide whether to take the in game tutorial and learn the game in detail, or throw yourself in at the deep end and take on the scenarios.

Age of Empires II has enough new features to warrant itself as a worthy sequel.