Review by TheHolyBum

"A cool, strategic game"

This game is very fun. It is a historical based real time strategy game that lets you control an economy and command military. It has a lot of strategy elements in it, and it it fun to play. You can chose from lots of civilizations and command tons of units. In my opinion, it is one of the best real time strategy games ever, better than starcraft or warcraft.

Gameplay: 10/10. The gameplay is great, involving strategy, combat, and economics. You research technologies to advance your civilizations. You can build buildings, create units, and advance through the ages to give yourself more options. The gameplay is great.

Graphics: 8/10. Not top of the line graphics, but not bad either. The one thing they could work on is blood and dead bodies. The bodies seem to become part of the ground. It looks cool, but it could be better if they seemed to be more on the ground than in the ground.

Sound: 10/10. The sound effects are great, with units speaking words for different commands in different languages. It will teach you some languages that were spoken by these civilizations. Also, the sound effects during battles are great, and there are different sounds for different things happening, for example, if a villager is made or if a building is built, a sound is played to tell you what happened.

Music: 9/10. The background music is very good, with interesting songs. However, it does tend to get repetitive as the game goes on, since most games in age of empires tend to last over an hour and a half.

Story: 9/10. You can play campaigns which take you through history as several great leaders of several great races. Though there isn't a campaign for every civilizations, there are many great and challenging campaigns that not only provde you with information on history, but are fun to play.

Multiplayer: 9/10. This game is playable on the msn gaming zone, and is a good system of gameplay. However, to get maximum gameplay, you need to have a good internet so there isn't a lot of lag. You can, if your internet isn't good, play against a computer player. However, computer players do cheat, and they resign before you can achieve the glory of destroying them completely.

This is game is great, and I definitely would recommend it to anyone who loves strategy and medieval games. This game is definitely worth buying.

Overall: 9/10.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 12/26/02, Updated 12/26/02

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