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Could have been so much more
on 18 January 2013
I enjoy some video games and this genre of 'history spanning' RTS can be very absorbing, i like their take on historic civilizations. I really liked Empire Earth the original with its lovely environments and epoch spanning gameplay and also Rise of Nations for similar reasons.
However EE2 is something of a disappointment. The graphics can be good but actually a lot of the time the units, buildings and environment all rather blend into each other and the sounds are not that great either. The real problem is the gameplay though.
For me certain gameplay features work - the civilian manager for instance, the temporary crown bonuses, the alliances and trading - while others just don't.
I just didn't like the implementation of fixed territories, they were frequently too small and restrictive, the tech tree wasn't as intuitive as in EE1 (& other rts games) and tended to whizz by so quickly that in mid game you just have to click some techs and get back to ordering units around before you get attacked again. The special epoch related resources therefore seemed to be available only briefly leading to somewhat annoying constant civilian reassignment.
An amusing oddity are the 'giant' special units you get after some achievements. It didn't bother me as such but they did look (and sound) somewhat comical in the context of the game.
Its not a bad game and I'm glad many people did enjoy it a lot but for me it fell unexpectedly short of its predecessor. The price (£2.99 when i got it) is something i wouldn't complain about though!
Are there any other really great history spanning RTS games out there beyond AoE, EE and RoN I wonder?