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Age of Empires : Gold Edition

Platform : Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT
Rated: Unknown
4.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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  • Gives you more than 10,000 years to build your tribe into an empire
  • Features 3 entirely new campaigns, showcasing the rise of Rome
  • Includes 4 new civilizations with distinct strengths and weaknesses
  • Features intense clashes between fierce adversarial superpowers, such as Carthage and Rome
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  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / NT
  • PEGI Rating: Unknown
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00004VWYL
  • Release Date: 21 July 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,943 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)
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Microsoft Age of Empires is an epic, real-time strategy game spanning 10,000 years, where players are the guiding spirit in the evolution of a small Stone Age tribe. Starting with minimal resources, players are challenged to build their tribes into great civilisations. Choose from one of several ways to win the game: by conquering enemy civilisations, exploring the known world or accumulating wealth to achieve economic victory.

But don't stop there. Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome Expansion starts off where Age of Empires left off. Continue your gameplay with several new features, including four additional civilisations, several unique units and three entirely new campaigns, showcasing the rise of Rome.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Before Age of Empires 2 there was Age of Empires, which still stands as one of the most popular real-time strategy games of all time. Set in ancient instead of feudal times, Age of Empires lets players guide one of a dozen civilizations with various strengths and weaknesses through a variety of campaigns and single scenarios.

The civilizations are diverse, running the gamut from the Assyrians to the Persians to the Yamato, and each can be played from its Stone Age roots to the epoch of its greatest achievements. This is one of the few games in this genre that lets players choose either an aggressive path or a more peaceful defensive course of action, as it is possible to win many games by defending your border and building an expensive Wonder of the World.

Overall, the game's graphics are very good, but special mention must be made of the animations. At last, horses move like horses, elephants move like elephants, and even the sight of a villager chopping wood looks realistic. Battles can get a little out of hand since the game lacks military formation controls, but they are a sight to behold nonetheless.

Should you tire of the single-player challenges, Age of Empires is still very popular online. It isn't hard to join a multiplayer game at nearly any time of day. Be sure to grab the latest patch, which lets you build many more units and is necessary for playing online. Even if you already have Age of Empires 2, don't miss out on the game that started it all. --T. Byrl Baker

Pros:

  • Good graphics--especially the unit animations
  • Many ways to win
  • Still popular online
Cons:
  • Needs a patch to achieve true greatness
  • Would be more fun if civilizations had bigger differences


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