LGR – Age of Empires – PC Game Review

LGR – Age of Empires – PC Game Review


Age of Empires
Developed by “Ensemble Studios” and published by Microsoft in 1997
For Windows and Macintosh Computers
This box art is incredible
An epic game deserves an epic cover illustration
And I love how this lets you know right off the bat that this is going to be historically intense
Although, the screenshots on the
back are somewhat misleading
Since you can’t build cities like this during normal gameplay nor will you ever see armies with this size and organization
But whatever, it got the job done because as soon as I saw this back then I had to have it.
Although the real reason I wanted it in the first place was because of the trial version
It’s not often that I remember a demo more
fondly than the full game it was demonstrating
But, “Age of Empires” certainely one of these cases
The amount of content this demo came with was absolutely massive
I spent dozen of hours going through the campaigns
and replaying it’s scenarios over and over
And these missions were all exclusive to
the trial version; which is how a demo
should be done if you ask me
The full game was an absolute treat though, easily filling up a full CD’s worth of content
And including a substantial manual covering every aspect of game play in the first half
and covering the history of each
civilization featured in the other
it also came with a fold-out card
revealing the full tech tree and all the
games hotkeys
and even a trial version of Microsoft’s
online service with Internet Explorer
4.0
which is still sealed to this day
because who cares
Age of Empires begins with an intro
cinematic showing a bunch of dudes
killing each other
with other finesse have of can opener
fighting a bowl of plastic silverware
you then get a main menu filled with
clear and concise menu options
multi-player is a huge draw to this
game but single player is no slouch
either with a variety of enticing
gameplay choices
if you want a linear set of missions
based on historical events the campaign
mode is where it’s at
you unlock more missions the more
you play with over forty to choose from
by the end
you also have individual scenarios
although the ones that it comes with
are all geared towards multi-player
deathmatch is where spent the most time
with this game by far
since it allowed for customized
skirmishes against skilled AI with a
variety of possible victory conditions
so how does AOE play overall
well back then I heard it described as
Warcraft 2 meets Civilization and
while this makes a little sense
it’s not quite how I would put it if
you’re familiar with games like
Warcraft or Command and Conquer then you
probably feel right at home with its
base building tech trees and individual
unit control options
you start with a builder unit and maybe a
town centre
but otherwise it’s up to you to gather
resources and expand accordingly
about the only thing similar to
Civilization though is the historical
focus and even that’s a stretch
Age of Empires starts in the stone age
and ends in the post Iron Age which
in this context takes place roughly
between 10,000 BC to 1AD
but it’s neither turn based or involves
taking over the world
so comparisons to Civilization kinda
end their
what it does feature is a fantastic
setting to play with that was very
different to anything else on the market
at that time that I was familiar with
simply put this game blew my
twelve-year-old mind when I got it
and it was actually my introduction to
the RTS genre at large
I’d played strategic titles like
Civ and SimCity before this
but age really honed in on that level of
micro-management that I had no idea that
I wanted
going from controlling a city or city-state in other games too
controlling individual workers and
soldiers here was mind-blowingly cool
in my mind it was like Lemmings but a
hundred times better
these little guys here they were just do
whatever you told them to and sometimes
they’d go off and get themselves killed
because they were also kind of stupid
this was like a new chapter in my gaming
life a chapter filled with a sense of
control and responsibility that I’d
never felt before
and it wasn’t all about building the
biggest Empire or hoarding the most
resources
sometimes all you started out with was a
handful of military units
so you have to pick your battles wisely
if you wanted to survive
and I’ll never forget the first time I
played a scenario where all you have
is a priest and since they can’t fight
the only way to progress is to convert
enemy units man priests are so OP if
you’ve got the gold
to make enough for them you think you
need huge armies of soldiers to win a
battle
just train a crapload of priests and
convert the entire enemy army and even
their buildings
ever since this game I have been a
devoted follower
of the church of Wololo where the notion
that the color of your clothing is
superior to everyone else’s
is the golden rule
the sense of progression you experienced
in each map was
magnificent as well I love starting off
as a lonely nomad
in the building up my empire to stretch
across the whole map
although I have no idea how I actually
managed that since there is a curious
lack of any female villagers but
hey I guess asexual reproduction was
prevalent back then
however my villagers got it on the
satisfaction of exploiting resources
constructing buildings bashing in the
heads of my enemies
and researching new technology is
constantly rewarding
give me enough wood stone and gold and
I become an unstoppable
unapologetic force aggressive conquest
yes diplomacy is an option but who cares
when you’ve got an army of trigger-happy
helepolis units
and the power trip only gets more
intense if you cheat
with the units like the missile
launching Camaro and the laser wielding
nuke trooper that will cut through
anything ancient Egypt had to offer
unrealistic yes did I care
not one bit screw those guys combine all
this with the appealing isometric
perspective
gorgeous aesthetic and pre-rendered 3d
objects
and the superb soundtrack both midi and CD audio formats
and Age of Empires was a game that drew
me in like nothing else at the time
however there were some frustrations
that have only become more apparent in
hindsight
for example there are some unforgivable
issues with the unit pathfinding
as I said earlier your guys are often
blissfully stupid
getting stuck on trees and failing to
find a way around the simplest of
obstacles
it’s also really hard to control large
groups of them
with no way to create formations or set
rally points while building them
villagers especially are also way too
easy to lose track of and frequently get
lost behind buildings
and just stopped working whenever they
finish a task you’ll have to keep
a ridiculously close eye on every one
of them which is extra challenging
because the AI cheats like crazy
not only does it instantly know the
location of and pursue
all the valuable resources and artifacts
from the word go
but it can perform a huge amount of
actions simultaneously
whereas you have to do all these things
one at a time
so even on the lowest difficulty it’s
far too easy to
be outmatched unless you work at a
frantic pace
or slow the game speed down to the point
where it may as well be turn-based
granted some of this was addressed in
the excellent Rise of Rome expansion
which added the Romans and several other
civilizations that were curiously absent
and beyond this there were third party
expansions that added a slew of new
scenarios and campaigns to play
although if you’re a deathmatch player
like me then these really weren’t too
exciting
besides I was far more interested in
creating my own scenarios and campaigns
which could be done using the built-in
editor and this was fantastic it lets
you create anything you saw in the main
campaigns allowed you to test your
scenarios on the fly
all without requiring any external
programs still
even with the expansions patches and
customizable gameplay
I’d argue that Age of Empires really
doesn’t hold up as well as I’d hoped
back in 1997 the problems it had I
ignored
and considering the number of awards it won critics didn’t seem to
mind much
either however its medieval sequel Age of Kings
so thoroughly trounced almost every
aspect of the original
that it’s difficult to recommend going
back to it much like in the game itself
time has moved on and far better things
have come along
which is probably why Age of Kings has
received an HD remake
and Age of Empires is all but overlooked
anymore it’s kind of a shame
but it’s understandable when talking
purely in terms of playability
still I can’t help but love the crap out
of it even if it’s somewhat cracked and
broken like so many pieces of Greek
pottery
Age of Empires is still a landmark game
both personally and in terms of RTS
titles at large
and as such it has my utmost respect
I think I made it clear by now that I
think it’s awesome
if you thought this video was awesome in
well I to seek more videos on
other awesome games then yeah this
channel is a place for that
it’s what I do here there are more
videos every Monday and Friday
so you can just pay close attention or
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YouTube will let you know when there are
more
you can also be sociable on social
networks such as Twitter and Facebook
as well as support the show on Patreon which is good if you want to do
something extra
all this stuff is completely optional as
are most things in life
other than death taxes and Wololo and as
always thank you very much for watching

100 thoughts on “LGR – Age of Empires – PC Game Review

  • March 8, 2019 at 4:34 pm
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    Can't wait for that AoE2 review.

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  • March 8, 2019 at 6:48 pm
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    I remember playing this game on dell laptop that own by my dad. I love to build a wall in my territory. Some sorts of satisfaction to me. Hahaha. Am im being weird? 😂

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  • March 9, 2019 at 7:17 am
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    Do videos on the rest of the series!

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  • March 10, 2019 at 5:04 am
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    U could put the CD in a CD player to play the music

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  • March 10, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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    I think both AOE games are lovable and never think the second to be completely more advanced. I always go back to the first for its distinctively stone age style…

    https://github.com/prenex/age_of_wisdom
    ^^I actually made a campaign pack just based on the gameplay of "Holy Man" and multiplayer maps where players start with priest-only and computer tribes already developed!

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  • March 12, 2019 at 6:37 pm
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    I always used to think that the Silver Army in the intro were the Achaeans and the Golden Army were the Troans. Silver dudes win over the Golden ones and in the end of the video the mighty Troy lies in ruins.

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  • March 13, 2019 at 7:11 am
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    It got released recently, Age of Empires Definitive Edition on Microsoft store. Not to be confused for AOE2, this is a remaster of the first. Tbh, i'm trying to hold of buying it, but 20 dollars to scratch some updated nostalgia…. you sir, just pushed me to do so. Spirit of the Law did a review on it as well.

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  • March 13, 2019 at 5:17 pm
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    Did you know there was an Age of Empire game on the DS. It was like a very lite experience of 2.

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  • March 15, 2019 at 11:29 pm
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    I play age empire

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  • March 16, 2019 at 10:19 am
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    Wololo!

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  • March 16, 2019 at 5:55 pm
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    Still play it today, didn't like age of kings as much.

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  • March 17, 2019 at 4:23 am
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    Try Rome total war it's kinda like this but better

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  • March 19, 2019 at 1:50 am
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    Maaaaannnn those manuals!!!! damn Latin America and their little plastic boxes for PC CD´s, i would have read all of that history as a kid of each civ!!

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  • March 24, 2019 at 3:44 am
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    Age of empires has received a remaster effort about a year ago or two. If you get the time, maybe give it a try.

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  • March 28, 2019 at 2:01 am
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    Wololo is the true religion.

    Also, I always thought AoE 1 was older than Warcraft 1, only now am I finding out it came after WC2

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  • April 2, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    donahee

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  • April 2, 2019 at 10:20 am
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    also please review Stronghold

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  • April 8, 2019 at 1:59 am
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    This was my childhood…wonono

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  • April 8, 2019 at 12:08 pm
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    Age of Empire is Civ and Empire Earth blended.

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  • April 8, 2019 at 12:12 pm
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    My buddy still has the poster signed by the dev team that he was given for being one of the beta testers.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 12:19 pm
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    No Age of Empires at gog.

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  • April 12, 2019 at 8:53 am
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    for some reason, we managed to install the demo version of this game in our school library's computers… all of the sudden, the library was the most lit spot during lunch because we would play against each other thru LAN ^_^ high school was fun because of this game

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  • April 16, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    I`ve never played this game, always heard of it, but never played it.

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  • April 25, 2019 at 6:05 am
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    AOEII is one of the best games of all time. Even though my memories of 1 are more nostalgic 2 is in my heart

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  • May 14, 2019 at 2:56 am
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    Did you ever play Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds? I loved that game since it was just AoE with Star Wars stuff =D

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  • May 16, 2019 at 4:01 pm
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    This game kept 13 year old tubby me sane

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  • May 16, 2019 at 4:08 pm
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    I swear I invented modern day moba playing this game.

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  • May 16, 2019 at 4:13 pm
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    I would stretch out a loss. My friends always beat me. I would send villagers in boats. Until they hunted me down. Lol, a few rage quit. I would pic yellow, so I can hide near gold veins.

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  • May 16, 2019 at 6:35 pm
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    #TIMES!

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  • May 18, 2019 at 12:32 pm
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    CHURCH OF WOLOLO

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  • May 22, 2019 at 6:10 pm
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    I still play this game. Keep an old computer just for that reason…

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  • May 27, 2019 at 1:08 pm
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    The only good thing about this game is AoE2 and 3.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:27 am
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    I played this game religiously in it's mobile version back when I was in college. Age of empires 2 and 3 asian dynasties.

    I never knew that there was an original pc version and didn't care for it until I watched this video. Thank you.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 9:18 pm
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    why doesnt GOG.com or Steam dont have the first one?

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  • June 3, 2019 at 6:13 am
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    man your commander keen tshirt is amazing

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  • June 3, 2019 at 10:12 pm
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    Fantastic game, such a great game design

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  • June 4, 2019 at 5:32 pm
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    the game of my youth that got me into pc gaming!

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  • June 5, 2019 at 4:18 pm
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    1:41 guy can take a beating

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  • June 9, 2019 at 8:14 pm
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    funny to think that this video is only 4 years old, and it's like the only review of Classic AOE…
    Most reviews are of AOE II, and I find that to be absolutely sad.

    Great video.

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  • June 16, 2019 at 10:14 pm
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    I loved this game

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  • June 19, 2019 at 2:36 am
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    Let's be real here: AoE1 demo is excellent.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 4:20 am
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    I remember seeing the stone age warriors using giant mammoth bones to bonk eachother!

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  • July 2, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    great game.. but yea the ai was retarded cheety.. specially with the boats that shot missiles. they would just shoot move back out of range shoot move back out of range, entire fleets of them.. so annoying ;/

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  • July 12, 2019 at 10:01 pm
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    When I remember the music from the main menu – goose bumps go. Great, great music was in the game …

    Thank you for the video!

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  • July 16, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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    I came blue, i turned red. WOLOLOL

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  • July 17, 2019 at 9:05 pm
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    AoE1 got a definitive edition,meaning a HD remake,more realism.

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  • July 19, 2019 at 6:07 pm
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    I just installed this on my current PC. Loved this game. It also blew my 12 year old mind.

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  • July 25, 2019 at 5:30 am
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    Even though I have the full versions, I also loved playing the Demos of AOE and ROR and it's great because you can put those demo levels in the full game.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 7:55 am
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    I played this game at a friend's place, was hooked and tried finding it. Bought AoE II and it is my most played game to date. Have barely touched the original unfortunately, the era is cool as heck. But the visual beauty, the varied factions, the depth of gameplay and the countless campaigns in AoE II is difficult to not obsess about.

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  • August 3, 2019 at 10:14 am
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    Age of Kings you mean age of empiers 2?

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  • August 5, 2019 at 10:10 am
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    Will you do for starcrafy?

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  • August 5, 2019 at 1:23 pm
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    I remember this had a limit of creating 50 units. However the game didn't check if any unit were already in the process of being built. Therefore when I had 49 units I would create 10 or more buildings that can create the unit I wanted and start each of them building units. This way I could have, say, 60 units and my opponent, who didn't know this trick, would only have 50. So I could swarm their base with this tactic by simply overwhelming them in numbers.

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  • August 6, 2019 at 10:53 am
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    This Game is nice, but Empire Earth is better.

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  • August 6, 2019 at 9:24 pm
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    I grew up playing this, not Minecraft.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Sanitarium in the background…

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  • August 8, 2019 at 12:47 am
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    I used to build a army of priest to convert enemy soldiers so I can go above the population cap;)

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  • August 8, 2019 at 8:46 am
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    YOU NEED TO KNOW about the shortcuts "Ctrl" and 1-9 for putting selected group in memory. And then you just press 1-9 to select group. Then judge again. Works in most of this games.
    All other shortcuts is needed to beat computer in hardmode.

    * If you still are reading I have to tell you that I played this game with a null modem. My girlfriend (Wife today) made nice villages and farmed peacefully in happiness. Meanwhile I was building armies meant to kill all living creatures. I did not know in this time how much damage my army should do to that little army of my girlfriend.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 2:23 pm
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    I totally agree about the art on the box's back. I loved those back in the day… They were what would decide whether or not I wanted a game. Not the front art. Almost never the front art.

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  • August 11, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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    I know this is an old video but i loved this game! Especially playing it against my 3 sister's on our home network. I am also a devout follower of the church of wololo 🤣🤣🤣

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  • August 11, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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    So many weird coincidences here with my own experience of AOE. I was also blown away by the demo and it was what sold me this game. Istill remember how amazing it was to this day. It was also my 1st ever RTS game, and I was also 12 years old in 1997 when I 1st played this.

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  • August 12, 2019 at 10:16 am
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    I loved this game when i was a lil kid

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  • August 12, 2019 at 4:30 pm
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    I couldn't get into age of kings. just wasn't as fun as the first game.

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  • August 14, 2019 at 10:44 am
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    Good thing that it has an hd version now

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  • August 17, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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    I need an LGR Age of Empires 2 review in my life, followed by Age of Mythology of course.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 12:38 am
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    this, starcraft, warcraft and monster truck madness. my childhood right there

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  • August 18, 2019 at 12:41 am
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    there was females in AOE they just stayed in the town centre. what do you think was happening while that bar was filling?

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  • August 18, 2019 at 1:54 am
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    Wolololo first time I played this game was at a club we had at school called "military games club" yeah fucking epic iconic game till this day this and aoe2

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  • August 18, 2019 at 5:24 pm
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    From time to time, I do wish I could play this game again.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 8:23 pm
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    This single game shows the scam of up[grading windows and all your other software every couple of years: I can still play Rise of Rome on Windows 7, with a slight graphics glitch on the ocean. The rest works well.
    It hints, in my opinion, that both software and hardware developers work hand in hand to force the user to upgrade both software and hardware. That's fine for big corporations with bottomless pockets, but not so good for the home user.
    I still like to lose a couple of hours with this game, where a lot of older games won't run on Windows 7.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    Wololo.

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  • August 20, 2019 at 1:04 am
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    Ahh, Age of Empires. I used to play the shit out of Dawn of the Modern World. Like most RTS games, the unit dialogue is seared into my brain.
    "My liege? To the death!"
    Angry Gaelic noises

    Me and my brother used to always pick America. Their special monument was the Lincoln Memorial, which let you drop a ton of paratroopers everywhere on the map for free on a cooldown. So we'd just drop a bunch of paratroopers right in the enemies, and then nuking the absolute shit out of them. Ah, like true Americans.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 1:44 pm
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    This was the first PC game that got me hooked

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  • August 21, 2019 at 3:12 pm
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    Excellent review.

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  • August 21, 2019 at 7:24 pm
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    It's supposed to be 'hoyo hoyo'… so you actually summoned up Wololo, the Khajiit god of distraction.

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  • August 23, 2019 at 10:25 am
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    The Church of Mormon would pay millions to have one of those priests work for them. Ha-Yoh, Wololo!

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  • August 24, 2019 at 3:58 am
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    Its now in glorious 4K…

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  • August 25, 2019 at 5:28 am
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    "Which is probably why Age of Kings has received a HD remake and the origional has been overlooked" – actually if you check steam AoE and AoE 2 are being released in a HD remaster collection on Nov 15 this year (2019)

    As my bday is the 16th I know what I'm getting this year 😀

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  • August 25, 2019 at 3:52 pm
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    Wololo… I am the captain now.

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  • August 25, 2019 at 4:43 pm
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    the trial was goddam amazing

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  • August 26, 2019 at 4:17 am
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    Play a lot of time by dialup. Not internet AOL. Dial to my cousin computer. And play all night

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  • August 26, 2019 at 8:52 am
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    Photon Man and Big Caddy

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  • August 27, 2019 at 3:46 am
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    Skipped many school days because of this game, now I'm unemployed but still happy.. Wololo is the way of life!

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:42 am
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    AOE was the shit.
    Loved it to death.

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  • August 28, 2019 at 5:47 am
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    #WOLOLO

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  • August 29, 2019 at 11:38 am
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    Anyone remember Total Anihilation? Same concept except with robots, used to play that just as much as aoe…. great game

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  • August 30, 2019 at 3:02 pm
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    Still one of my favourite game 🙂

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  • August 31, 2019 at 7:59 am
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    Back then this was the only game i get to run on my old IBM Think Pad, i had so much fun with it !

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  • September 1, 2019 at 6:44 am
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    AoE rules! That was easily one of the best games back then.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 1:56 am
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    Do you know da walolo?

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  • September 5, 2019 at 9:43 am
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    I miss age of empires heaps, can you do empire earth

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  • September 5, 2019 at 7:22 pm
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    AOE was all about the competitive multiplayer though… thats where all the little quirks become alot of fun

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  • September 7, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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    Not sure why but I prefer this one. It's like CSS so simple it's what makes the game good.

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  • September 8, 2019 at 3:06 pm
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    EPA CLAN MSM GAMING ZONE. SCREENSHOTS OF OUR DM WINS AGAIN ALL CLANS ARE STILL UP ON THE ANGELFIRE PAGE (which has 5x more adds than it used to and breaks the page up) L33T. AOR GOLD BABBYYYY!

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  • September 9, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Total war plzs.

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  • September 9, 2019 at 10:29 am
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    I love AoE, but Empire Earth was better. Although unrealistic, it allowed you to advance much further than the Imperial age. And it's a shame that game isn't available anywhere other than unreliable 3rd party sources like GOG.com.

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  • September 10, 2019 at 3:57 pm
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    "Wololoooo"

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  • September 10, 2019 at 11:50 pm
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    Name of the first music?

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