Age of Empires 2 (PS2)
- Easy to use interface
- Rich environment and compelling storyline
- 13 different civilizations including Vikings, Celts and Japanese
- You hold complete military control
- Learn tactical and strategic planning
- Single-player mode plus 4-player multiplayer mode
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- Platform: PlayStation2
- PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
- Media: Video Game
- Item Quantity: 1
Age Of Empires II has been a big hit for Microsoft on the PC for some time and now it's made it to the PS2. The biggest question to be answered with any strategy game of this kind is whether or not the developers have managed to get the user interface right; while it's been pretty well executed it's still not perfect and does make life difficult at times. However, one excellent feature of the PS2 removes all the potential interface problems: just buy yourself a USB mouse and you have the perfect tool for playing.
Gameplay basically revolves around you building up and defending your settlement, but don't expect to be left to your own devices for long. As with all strategy games, you'll need to gather resources, build more advanced structures and gain access to more powerful troops with which to raid and pillage enemy settlements. The range of units is good and varies between the many cultures you can choose to be, giving each culture their own distinct advantages and disadvantages.
The graphics and sound in Age of Empires 2 are both perfectly serviceable, but you won't be astounded by either. So what does it have in its favour? Well, heaps and heaps of playability. This is no five-minute wonder, and you'll be back again and again for just one more shot at that mission you haven't quite finished yet. If you're looking for a top-notch strategy game for the PS2, you couldn't go far wrong by getting yourself a copy of AOE2--and don't forget your mouse. --Andi Flower --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
The action begins as you're crowned king of one of 13 powerful civilizations, including Vikings, Celts and Japanese. Lead your people over the course of one thousand years, from the fall of Rome up to the Middle Ages, in search of total dominance and control of the world. The survival and prosperity of the civilization is dependent upon the your skill and tactical expertise. Crucial decisions must be made on the allocation of resources, technology planning and military development. Travel through time on your ambitious path of victory by seizing control of enemy civilizations and building and defending wonders of the world. Age of Empires II successfully recreates the epic nature of the original and pushes the real time strategy genre to astounding limits for both real time strategy fans and loyal followers of the original smash hit PC game. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
the campaigns are great you learn about the great military heros iof the time and command an army to overcome the opposition with weapons such as mangonals causes losts of damage from a distance.
the multiplayer version is great play with up to 3 mates and destroy each other. the graphics are good and the technology accurate fighting from the dark age to the imperial ag this game will give you hours of enjoyment. This game is an updated and much better version of the 1st one. so if you liked the original you'll love this
The beauty of this game are all the possibilities, levels of difficulty, environments and cultures to choose from. Also the actual games to choose are varied, from regicide(kill the opposing king while protecting your own), death match(which team can beat the other) and campaigns, this latter option you can choose to go through a series of challenges set within a certain time frame; such as Joan Of Arc, William Wallace, Saladin etc...
The hours just fly past when you get playing. Really entertaining gameplay! The only real downpoint is not getting to experience each "age" for very long, or getting to survey how wonderful your settlement looks for long, such is the fast pace of the gameplay. Also the dopey village farmers get a little annoying, having to be ordered the whole time to get planting again....not much intelligence from that quarter! On the whole 4 stars!
I can't recommend this game highly enough and i am now keen to find other strategy games on this platform so if anyone knows of any then let me know.
Overall, a very enjoyable game that squirrels away the hours.
If you are thinking about buying this game, rent it first so you know what you are getting.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Game just didn't work at all when putting it in multiple ps2's even though the game didn't have a scratch on itPublished 17 months ago by joe drury
I wouldn't go mad on it, I personally have not got used to it so I will not comment on it much, but those who are accustomed to the AoE series on PC, same style on PS2, defending... Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2013 by Simon
not as good as number 1, screen is small, but all in all well worth paying the small price for second hand models just to give it a tryPublished on 30 July 2013 by matt