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Age of Empires

9 months ago

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is out now

In another time and place, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition would be the easiest game to recommend. A lovingly crafted, highly polished update of a truly classic RTS, putting Blizzard's recent efforts to polish up Starcraft to shame. Boasting proper 4k art, a smoothly zoomable camera and major interface enhancements, it looks like an excellent upgrade. Unfortunately, this just seems an ill-timed and ill-positioned launch.…

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10 months ago

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition enters the Ultra HD era this February

The quiet success of Age of Empires II HD was a reminder that while they've fallen out of vogue somewhat, there's an audience hungry for the twitchy-yet-cerebral thrills of the classic RTS genre. A revamp of the first game was due to follow that last year until it hit a last-minute delay, but now I'm happy to say that Age of Empires: Definitive Edition has both a release date…

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1 year ago

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition delayed into 2018

Happy birthday, Age of Empires! The historical real-time strategy series turned 20 on Sunday, and the party was supposed to keep on rolling through to Thursday and the launch of launch of Age of Empires: Definitive Edition [official site]. Alas, the revamped and prettied-up release of the first game has been delayed at short notice. It's now expected in "early 2018". Sounds like one hold-up…

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Rebuilt: Age Of Empires Definitive Edition announced

Age of Empires [official site] turns twenty this year and Microsoft are celebrating by releasing a Definitive Version of the game, with fancy new 4K graphics, all sixteen civilisations, including those from the Rise of Rome expansion, ten campaigns, and a host of other adjustments. It's coming later this year and you can sign up for closed beta access right now.

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4 years ago

Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 Is Great: GalCiv 2, CK2, Terraria…

Humble Bundle are always going to be of varying quality - sometimes including only a single quality game with some bonuses, sometimes of no interest whatsoever - but the latest, titled Jumbo Bundle 2, is quite the bargain. For the low, low price of whatever-the-hell-you'd-like you'll get space 4X Galactic Civilizations II with its expansions, side-scrolling undead violence-applier Deadlight and isometric action RPG The Incredible…

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7 years ago

Ageing: Age Of Empires Online Dev Diary

In case you weren't aware, Age of Empires Online is shaping up to be a deeply different kettle of papyrus from the original Age of Empires games. That should be made clear by the following dev diary, explaining how MMORPG-style loot and equipment work in the game, as well as where you'll be getting it from and how you can trade it with your lovely…

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8 years ago

Age Of Empires Online Online In Autumn

Just a morning quickie for you, dearie. Microsoft's free to play, levelling up-based resurrection of its mysteriously-killed RTS franchise Age of Empires now bears a more-or-less release date, and that is this Autumn, or Tumble, or whatever it is that the colonies insist on calling it. The Gas Powered Games co-developed Age of Empires Online is a free to play jobbie, funded by paid-for DLC…

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10 years ago

Ensemble Disassembled

The Age of Empires it over, it seems. This is a bit of a shock, but news has broke - and been confirmed - that once they've shipped the forthcoming 360 RTS Halo Wars Ensemble Studios will close its doors. Microsoft Game Studios have confirmed this with a statement... Microsoft has decided to close Ensemble Studios following the completion of Halo Wars. After the closure,…

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11 years ago

Review: Age of Empires III, now with added Asians

Ever-lovely Eurogamer have stuck up my review of the latest Age of Empires 3 add-on, the Asian Dynasties. It's an expansion pack for an RTS not many people liked all that much, so I'm not expecting a flood of readers, but hey, maybe there'll be 12,000 comments by the end of the day and I'll be proven wrong. Most pertinently, this expansion is made by…

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Age of Empires Now Even Ageier

I didn't really get on with Age of Empires III - pettily, I was turned off by its fonts - so wasn't paying huge attention to the second add-on pack. Then three things happened which changed my mind. Firstly, they released a demo of it. I'm always interested in free stuff. Secondly, Tom Chick got excited about it. When it comes to anything to do…

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