Last week you all got your votes in for which games in the Age of Empires series are the best, ranking them from your personal best to your worse. We've collated the results for a definitive GD community list. And the best Age of Empires game is....

Age of Empires II! Surprise, surprise. Considered by a significant chunk of you to be the absolute peak of the franchise, it narrowly pipped Age of Empires 3 to the coveted number one spot. AoE 3 is clearly the most love/hate of the series, with few putting it in second or third spot. For most, it's either the best or the worst.

For these results, I used some very complex arithmetics. A vote for fourth place got a single point, third, two points; second, three points, and first, four points.

  1. Age of Empires II
  2. Age of Empires III
  3. Age of Mythology
  4. Age of Empires

Sadly there wasn't so much love for the original Age of Empires, now considered the worst of the series, and by some distance. That doesn't bode too well for the upcoming HD remake. Series offshoot Age of Mythology is by the same token considered the most middling. The majority of its votes were for

Series offshoot Age of Mythology is by the same token considered the most middling. The majority of its votes were for the second and third spots. 

If you want to give the Age of Empires series a go, Age of Empires II HD is the best starting point for new players.

Original Story: 29-08-2017 - After years of hope and months of speculation, Age of Empires 4 was announced last week. Tears were shed, hype approached fever pitch, and Microsoft finally promised to give us what we've always wanted. So what better to take stock of this iconic series, one which is still seeing love to this day with remastered editions and all-new expansion packs for Age of Empires 2, some 18 years after its launch.

There's never been a better time to get into Age of Empires. AoE2 recently got given the HD treatment, Age of Empires Definitive Edition is on the way in October, and Age of Mythology is already available to buy in its up-ressed Extended Edition. Soon enough the entire series is going to be playable in HD. For newcomers, actually knowing where to start with it all is the tricky part though - whether you want to work through chronologically, just play the best, or start with the worst so the only way is up.

We're going to drill down through all that with the help of you - the GD community. Together we're going to rank the Age of Empires series from best to worst, highlighting the games from this series which are most worth and gamers' time.

All you need to do is use the form below to rank them from best to worst. There's no login required or anything so it's pretty much as straightforward as our usual polls. If you haven't played a game, just leave its row blank.

At the end, you'll get a readout of the community results up to that point, and when the poll closes we will update this article with the final result - the definitive GD community list of the best Age of Empires games.

My Picks:

  1. Age of Empires II
  2. Age of Mythology
  3. Age of Empires III
  4. Age of Empires


Anyway, over to you now. Remember to vote in the form near the top of this and let us know your reasons below!