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Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings Member Review for the PC

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06/14/06
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Launched in 1997, Age of Empires is until today a success. Starting in the stone age, the player leads his civilization for all the antiquity, culminating with the arrival of the Romans in the Rise of Rome expansion pack. Opportunely, the sequel of the game starts exactly with the fall of Rome.

In Age of Empires II : The Age of Kings, the the player's challenge only variates because the time is different. Now, the kingdoms that divide the Europe and Asia are consolidated, and fight between themselfs for the power. There are 13 nations in the total, including french, vikings, Bretons and mongolians. The script follows the same good and old "expand,construct and develop to conquer", so common in strategy games.

Besides, Age of Empires II brings 4 campaigns, all established in historical personages. In the first one, the player has the mission to reconquer France with Joana D'arc. The Cruzades are the subject of the second campaign, but with one original point of sight: in this time, it is played of the side of the mourian, with Saladino. The third campaign brings Genghis Khan and the Mongol Empire, while fourth if it bases on Frederico Barbarossa and the Sacro Empire Roman-Germanic.

Another new is the “regicide” mode. In this mode, it doesn't matter how many enemy cities the player has destroyed : the only way to be successful is assassinating the monarchs adversaries. The tutorial one, created to facilitate the understanding of the rules, puts face to face the English and the tribes of the Scotland, leaded by William Wallace.

The graphs had been improved, and bring an incredible amount of details. Also some tools had been created in way to facilitate to the management of the kingdom and the control of the troops in the battles, stopped in real time. Other options include methods of getting the victory, technologies (more than 100), diplomacy and commerce.

As in the original game, each civilization in Age of Empires II will have exclusive characteristics. Beyond special troops, each people will communicate itself in its own language! An Anglo-Saxon dialect waits english using, Persian saying in parsi and Japanese communicating in archaic Japanese... 

Age Of Empires II finishes for 1450 return, exactly the period where were initiated the great navigations.


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