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Age of Empires II - Gold Edition (PC)

by Microsoft
Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000
 Ages 12 and Over
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Command of 1 of 18 different civilisations
  • Build yours into a flourishing empire over the course of 1,000 years
  • Re-live historic campaigns featuring the likes of Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan
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  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
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  • ASIN: B00005NFMO
  • Release Date: 5 Oct 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,330 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

When it comes to vast, kingdom-spanning ambition, you can't do better than Microsoft's Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. Microsoft went all out to create this real-time strategy game, and it fairly hums with gorgeous graphics, sophisticated AI and challenging scenarios for the novice and experienced player alike.

The point of the game is to shepherd your fledgling civilisation to world domination, using war, trade and exploration. You start with the bare minimum to get going, and you've got to balance your people's needs with your desire to be a little Napoleon. The Age of Kings Gold Edition gives you a ton of new units and technologies to enrich your strategic options. Each scenario is placed accurately within history, but you're also free to create your own.

The multiplayer format is robust, allowing up to nine players to share a world. When battles commence, you can take control of every aspect of your workers and soldiers, sending them running for shelter in the town centre, ordering them to defend a watchtower, or setting their combat stance to aggressive for free-for-all sword smashing fun. When you're not fighting, find your idle peasants with a mouse click and send them back to work chopping trees, rounding up sheep, fishing or mining gold and stone.

As you acquire more resources, you can improve your soldier's gear and skills, start to trade more efficiently and make life better for everyone in your empire. You can choose from 13 groups to manage, from the Japanese to the Teutons and Franks. Each group has unique units and special characteristics, making this a game that changes every time you play it.

The gold edition includes the Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion and will let players wage war on an epic scale with all new civilisations, unique units and technologies and campaigns based on the infamous conquerors such as Attila the Hun, El Cid.

If all this sounds complicated, it is. New players may be intimidated by the range of choices, but the teaching scenarios are very helpful in conquering the controls. Age of Empires II is a sophisticated, gorgeous successor to the wildly popular original. It's a real feather in Microsoft's cap--a world-building game that will hold you captive. --Therese Littleton

Manufacturer's Description

Age of Empires II Gold Edition unites the exciting game play of both Microsoft Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings and Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion - plus additional content - for one compelling gaming experience

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings spans 1,000 years, from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages, in which players control the destiny of one of thirteen civilisations

Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion will challenge veterans and novices to wage war on an epic scale with all new civilisations, unique units and technologies and campaigns based on the infamous conquerors such as Attila the Hun, El Cid

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Age Of Empires II Gold Edition 19 Mar 2002
If you liked the original Age of Empires - you will LOVE this one.
The gold edition comes with two games Age of Empires II: Age of Kings, and Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion.
I counted over 30 major improvements to this game. Apart from the obvious, there are many advanced features. You can chat to your computer allies - record your game - you can have a winter terrain (everyone leaves their footprints) - there is a "King of the Hill" game - where you have to fend off your enemies by controlling a monument in the middle of the map and hold it for an amount of time - and there are MANY MANY MORE.
There are campaigns true to history - with a learning campaign of William Wallace - there is a narration which lets you know how to perform certain tasks of the game.
If you do not have a fast computer, the graphics can become jerky - and this can get very annoying after a while.
I would give it 5 stars if it wasn't so hard!!! But maybe that is because i'm rubbish......
Buy this game - you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential stuff! 18 May 2002
By A Customer
So, who do you want to be? Well, there's the blood thirsty Aztecs, the vicious Vikings or the courageous Celts...and many more. Every race is different, with their own particular strengths and weaknesses. The learning curve is just right, and I find myself still playing this game after a year of ownership. It's a must for any collection. The battle strategies are perhaps simpler than other military games, but it still requires tactics to win eg protecting trebuchets whilst sending in the infantry. Graphics are great, and its feels good to level an entire civilisation!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful game! 4 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Age of Empires II: Gold Edition is Age of Empires II and Age of Empires II:Expansion sold together. And both are extremely wonderful games. You choose a civilization and then you lead it to rule the world. For example, there are villagers, who kill deers for food, and who build houses, castles, and so on... and there's the army people, which come from the stables, the barracs, the archery, or the castle, and also boats from the dock. You also have priests, and you can also research science, fot example if you discover the chain mail, your army will be stronger, or if you invent the crossbow, your archers will have a better weapon to fight with. There is so much to say about this wonderful game that I pratically didn't say anything yet. But if you are looking for a Middle-Age Time game, this is for you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if there were more stars 8 Dec 2001
the ultimate stratagy game put together with the expansion pack of the ultimate stratagy game. dont expect to get any sleep once you've installed this game. The only game you should buy instead of this one is, well, AOE 3, but that isnt out yet, SO BUY THIS ONE
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fell At The Final Hurdle 15 April 2002
By A Customer
Who knows? Maybe I have been spoilt by the excellent work that CDV have done on Cossacks. When I first started the game on AOE2 I was very very impressed. The graphics are beautiful, the upgrades and progressions to the next age and the massive number of different scenarios and units is truly impressive.
So whats the problem? The one and what I regard as the only problems is the battle interface. You spend time building up your army ready to send it across the map to tackle your enemy. The only problem is, that when you do send it to attack - it is more of a point and click panic. Units dont seem to respond that well to you commands and you often find that leaving your troops near a danger zone while just checking over your own base has disastrous consequences.
A good battle has some sense of control, though with this game it just seems the only way to win is to send everything you have on a mass attack and just keep your fingers crossed.
Maybe I have missed the point, but this game really disappointed me. Not because what it is, but more because of what it could have been
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Careful you will get really addicted 31 Dec 2012
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Age of Empires II must be one of the most addictive games to date in my opinion. If you are new to it then don't let the graphics put you off, it's not really a game for amazing graphics. The gameplay is unbelievable it is so addictive. It features single player (campaigns and death match), multiplayer, map creator, learn to play and a history page too. I have been playing it since its release and I am still addicted to it. Definitely a good buy, I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best RTS games 25 July 2013
By Chris
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Even though there is a HD remake on Steam with full muiltiplayer, I would still go for this. It runs a lot better and the expansion is an added bonus.

It's a real shame the servers have gone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good game. i like. came with everything it said.. perfect.
Published 22 days ago by George carter
4.0 out of 5 stars More of the best
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Published on 9 July 2002 by "intrepidminds"
5.0 out of 5 stars Gob smacked
I was blown away by the game play of the first age of empires i had to have the second and i was not disappointed it took my breath away the gameplay the story lines the conquest. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The best strategy game ever
Age of Kings is the best strategy game ever. It has sold millions of copies and been awarded Best Strategy Game or Game of the Year by hundreds of magazines. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars The best strategy game ever ?
I love this game and with the expansion pack it can take up months of your time and up to a year to master
Published on 22 Dec 2001 by ian
5.0 out of 5 stars the new features
The final pieces of the age of empires series come together to make the best PC game series ever. With age of empires and rise to rome you could watch your civilaisation grow but... Read more
Published on 14 Nov 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars ABSOLUTLLY FANTASTIC
This game is fatastic the miniature graphics are great. The wide seletion of buildings and men is realistic, alowing your village to grow without having to build loads of the same... Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2001 by Damien Williamson
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