I'm really sad. I'm really sad because Microsoft won't release a new Age of Empires game. Yes I know they released AOE Online, but that was c*ap! I think every Strategy Genre fan wants a new game in AOE Series. In this article, i will resume every game that AOE Series had to offer:
1. Age of Empires I
In 1997, Ensemble Studios and Microsoft Games released a new game called Age of Empires I. A game which let you to relieve some of the most important things from Antiquity. The campaigns follow the history of Egyptian, Greek, Babylonian and Yamato civilizations. In game, there are 12 civilizations and some game modes such as death match. In multiplayer, 8 players could play simultaneously. It was the start of a new series called Age of Empires (AOE). Later, they will release an expansion called: Rise of Rome, which campaign would follow the rise of the Roman Empire. It would add 4 new civilzations: Romans, Palmyrans, Macedonians and Carthaginians.
2. Age of Empires II
In 1999, a new AOE Game was released: Age of Empires II - The Age of Kings. It is set in Middle Ages and has 5 campaigns: Genghis Khan, Barbarossa, Saladin, Joan of Arc (the best from this campaign, in my opinion) and William Wallace (the tutorial of this game). There are 13 civilzations and new game modes: Wonder (you must build a Wonder and keep it alive for an amount of time), Relic (control all the relics for an amount of time) and Regicide. The graphic and gameplay was improved and Custom Scenario was added. Later, an expansion was added, called The Conquerors. New campaigns were added: Attila the Hun, Montezuma, El Cid and Battles of the Conquerors (historical battles).
- Spanish (The Conquerors)
- Huns (The Conquerors)
- Koreans (The Conquerors)
- Aztecs (The Conquerors)
- Mayans (The Conquerors)
3. Age of Mythology
In 2002, Age of Mythology was released. AOM is a game based on Myths and Legends of Greeks, Egyptians, and Norse. The campaign follows the adventure of Arkantos, an Atlantean Admiral, and the cyclop, Gargarensis. There are 3 civilzations, improved game modes, improved Scenario Editor and an official campaign, which can be downloaded from Microsoft site: The Golden Gift. Later, an expansion was released, called The Titans, which follows the adventures of Kastor, the son of Arkantos and Krios (later known as Kronny). A new civilzation was added: Atlanteans and a new unit is introduced in the game: Titan. A big a*s kic*er unit, with different forms: Big Dog (Cerberus), Big Bird (Ra, i think), Big.. Troll and Big Crystal Titan.
- Greek (Gods: Zeus, Poseidon, Hades)
- Egyptian (Gods: Set, Ra and Isis)
- Norse (Gods: Odin, Loki and Thor)
- Atlantean (Titans; Gods: Gaia, Kronos and Uranus)
4. Age of Empires III
In 2005, AOE III (and the last game of AOE series) came out. The campaign mode is divided in 3 different acts: Blood, Ice and Steel, all narrated by Amelia Black. This 3 acts follows different adventures of Black Familly members: Morgan, John and Amelia. The game is set between 1492 and 1876 AD (Wikipedia). There are 8 different civilzations/nations, all European. A new feature was added called Home City (in Skirimish Mode, you'll earn experience for your Home City). Later, 2 new expansions were added: The Asian Dynasties and WarChiefs, with new acts and new features and new civilzations/nations. The graphic was a big improvment and gameplay too.
- India (The Asian Dynasties)
- China (The Asian Dynasties)
- Japan (The Asian Dynasties)
- Iroquois (WarChiefs)
- Sioux (WarChiefs)
- Aztecs (WarChiefs)
We need a new game in AOE series. I haven't mentioned AOE Online, because it's just a cr*p game! This series needs a new game, perhaps about WW1 and WW2. I saw they want to make a new Fable. They've just released Fable Journey, why not continue this series? Not only, it's one of the best strategie game ever, but it's wonderfull and has nice history lessons. What do you think? Let me known, right your opinion in a comment.
P.S: Sorry for grammar mistakes or some bad informations.