Review by Game Magician

"This game is full of action and blood, and you better believe it!"

Age of Empires: Conquerors Expansion is truly a great game, a worthy sequel, it lives up to its reputation. Microsoft has fixed many of the flaws that Age of Empires II had, and that makes the game so much easier to play and enjoy.

Gameplay: For once in your life, those villagers of yours actually know what to do besides stand there once they’ve finished their task. After they have finished constructing a building, they will automatically go to help a neighbor who is constructing another building. Of course, if there are no buildings in construction nearby, then you can’t really blame them, can you? If they finish constructing a Lumber Camp or a Mining Camp or a Mill or any resources building, they will go to gather that type of resources, whether you tell them to or not. They will also go look for resources when they have exhausted their own supply. Of course, whether that’s a good thing is entirely up to you. For all you know, they might just wander into the enemy’s camp or share a mine with a Guard Tower right near by… The exception to this is the Farm; villagers will not repair farm after they have exhausted it, although now you have the option to queue farms in your Mill, without it actually costing more resources. If you chose to do that, your villagers will repair the farm once they’ve completely exhausted the food supply.
Microsoft had also added civilizations to this game, including the Huns, Koreans, and Spanish. Again, each and every civilization has their own advantages, as well as (now) their very own unique technology! Before Conquerors, you would only have a unique unit, and that would factor in your choice when chosing civilizations, whether you like the British Longbowman or the Persian’s War Elephants. But now, you must also calculate unique technologies. Each unique technology range from upgrading your units, building, improving your siege weapons, or something of the like.
Although the gameplay of Age of Empires has changed and been modified, all of tose have been for the better. No change was a bad one. In fact, they all helped to make Age of Empires a better game to play and enjoy.

Rating: 9/10

Graphics: Better, or is it just my imagination? Again, you look at everything from a bird’s eye view, and that makes it easier to manage your troops and armies. Still, good, very good, the scenery, the buildings, your units, everything.

Rating: 10/10

Sound: The music is somehow limited, you don’t hear a lot besides the unique music of each civilization and the opening screen, but most of what you hear is good. The sound is brilliantly created, you can hear mostly everything, including armies battling it out in battle, or each and every one of your troops dying.

Rating: 9/10

Replay: Well, of course! The new units and technologies only adds to the replay time of Conquerors. You can play this game everyday for at least a month and yet, never get tired of it. Guaranteed to be lasting, enjoyable, and an eye-opener.

This is better than the original, I tell you. If you owned Age of Empires: The Age of Kings and loved it, than this game is a must. If you didn’t, well, get this game anyways, because the money is definitely worth it. Sadly, this game, as good as it might be, still doesn’t score a ten. None of the games I have ever played has, for I still believe that no game is perfect, but who knows? Maybe the sequel will be…

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 04/08/03, Updated 04/08/03

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