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Age of Empires II Gold Edition

by Microsoft
Windows 95
 Ages 3 and Over
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
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  • Microsoft Age of Empires II Gold Edition
  • ( v. 2.0 ) complete package
  • 1 user
  • CD
  • English

Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
     PEGI Violence
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00006IQUL
  • Item Weight: 32 g
  • Release Date: 4 Oct. 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,057 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 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.

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 is an epic real-time strategy game spanning 10,000 years, in which players are the guiding spirit in the evolution of small stone age tribes. Starting with minimal resources, players are challenged to build their tribes into great civilizations.

Gamers can choose from one of several ways to win the game, including: world domination by conquering enemy civilizations, exploration of the known world and economic victory through the accumulation of wealth. Age of Empires was developed by Ensemble Studios and features the expertise of Bruce Shelley, co-designer of the hit strategy game Civilization.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pretty historical escape 27 May 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've owned this game for a while now and still find the time to waste an afternoon on a random map or two. The gameplay on this is excellent with definite differences in strategy required for different landscapes and civilization types, and the graphics with its isometric animations, render characters and buildings attractively. My only complaint.. the slightly empty feeling after winning a long battle of attrition against AI.. still one day when I'm confident enough I'll join the online crowd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Jun. 2011
By Alfie
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Excellent quality and condition of the game.

Even though it says it's Age of Empires II Gold Edition, it actually also included Age of Empires I Gold as well, which was a very pleasant surprise.
Game has some issues with Windows 7, but that's because of Microsoft. :P

The game I received was the DVD variation, with pre-set patches and instructions on a .txt file, warning users that game patches which are downloaded will not work. Perhaps I suggest copying this information across from the .txt file onto some paper with each sale? :)

Sorry about the late review. Great game, and a great re-seller. :D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding! 25 Jan. 2014
This bundle surely represents the pinnacle of god-game design. I have not played anything, except perhaps Command & Conquer, which comes close to this for playability. When launched, the game required a powerful computer to get the most from it, but in 2014 even the most basic computer should have no trouble running with all the graphic options enabled.

The game usually begins with town-building process, whereby rock, metal and crops are mined and harvested for gain, which funds buildings, a population of villagers (who do the work), and an army to defend it and attack other towns. The game structure is a simple progress through ages, with technological and other advances helping to bolster your town and army and make it strong enough to defeat invaders and win the game. The graphics, though old-looking now, are still attractive and solid, but the underlying game engine is as formidable as ever, providing strong opponents. The game works very well for solo playing, but it steps up greatly when played against human opponents. A typical game lasts anywhere from an hour to several, and with such a vast and infinitely varying landscape, no two games are ever alike. This means it never gets boring.

If you fancy making your own game scenarios, the map builder is a thing of wonder. It is easy to use, and can create maps of tremendous complexity. I have been playing this game more or less continually since its launch. It is easy to get into, but very difficult to master absolutely. You can play the same map many times, and every time will be different. Overall then, it's a very easy game to recommend. That it is still available after all these years, and still holds the price it does, is testimony to its longevity. Microsoft's shift to Xbox meant this game was doomed, but it lives on nonetheless. It is surely one of the greatest games ever made.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Been playing for 12 years 2 Jan. 2012
By Vince
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I first played Age of empires 1 and rise of rome and liked it. Now when AOE 2: Age of kings came out, I shot to the stores and bought it. Wow...did I love it. Then came the expansion pack THE CONQUERORS and it really was a treat.

The atmosphere is something that pulls you in straightaway. It really feels great. The gameplay is terrific as there is something new to discover the more you play. The landscapes come in various sizes from 2 player to 4 player to giant where you can have 8 players. Many different lands to choose from too ranging from the Americas to europe all the way to asia.

The thing that makes this game so good is the almost endless tactics. The population limit is 200 but the towers dont count as population. As long as you have stone, you can build as many as you want. Ten....twenty....fifty.....hell even sixty. There are many occasions when I simply dont have enough resources for soldiers so I build many towers to compensate. When the enemy rushes in, they are pelted with arrows and cannonballs which gives me enough time to build up my army.

As many have pointed out, the makers have got the history right too since there are strong and weak points for every civilisation. This really makes the game so interesting and you never get bored.

My friend and I played this game since 99 and now in 2012, we are still playing it. We are aged 32 too haha so that must be saying something about this game. We played other stuff over the years but stopped playing them after a while. Now if you will excuse me....Im going to play me some AOE 2. Ciao. :D
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In one word... AMAZING! 8 Jan. 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I had both of these games when they first hit the scene years ago, and several years later the thrill of seeing your army razing an enemy town to the ground is still incredible! I have been playing AOE2 since it first came out, and in my opinion it is testament to the quality of this game that I am still playing it now (the online capability significantly prolongs the gameplay, this was and still is one of the game's main selling points). The price seems to have gone up a little but even at this price it is still one of the best (if not, THE BEST) RTS experiences anyone will ever have!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars age of empires II gold addition 15 April 2012
By yomama
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
got this game for my son as he loves these types of games.he has others,so he really wanted this one.the imagery is really good.would recommend to anyone who likes this type of game
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5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive Classic
I Played this classic game with my friend when I was younger, and even up to today I still find it addictive. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Dan
1.0 out of 5 stars dissappointing rubbish.
excellent game, played it for years thought I would get this as it has the expansion pack.
Published 9 days ago by Frank
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy on Steam instead! Even if it is compatible ...
Buy on Steam instead!

Even if it is compatible with Windows 7/8 there will be problems with colours and fonts.
Published 23 days ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Published 2 months ago by Pete
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by ROBERT BENT
5.0 out of 5 stars Lot of fun and semingly endless diferent maps
I alreday knew the Game and knew what t expect. Lot of fun and semingly endless diferent maps.
Published 3 months ago by Koya
3.0 out of 5 stars Ubisoft Version not the actual Microsoft Gold Edition as the picture...
Just so people know what they're getting.
This isn't the Gold Edition as it was back when released. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MR J S J SELLAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A golden olden. Still playing it after ten years or so.
Published 4 months ago by John Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good game really enjoyed playing it.Thank you
Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't recommend enough. As for the seller
Anyone who is buying this game probably knows about it already, absolute classic that it is. Can't recommend enough. Read more
Published 6 months ago by James McEvoy
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