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.