The recent blog, Peace in the Era of Call of Duty really made me think about war games that dig deeper than simply a kill streak reward. The first game that came to mind was Spec-Ops: The Line and although I haven’t played it, I began to wonder if it did the war genre as...
AOE II is a great old school game. Now that I have AOE III, I only occasionally play AOE II, but when I do, I'm hooked on it for a week.
AOE II has great graphics, great plots, and a really good range of possible units and civilizations. You can play as everybody from the Saracens to the Celts. They have Cataphracts and Woad Raiders. Trebuchets to battering rams, and champion swordsmen to paladins.
Great game, I recommend it.