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Feature: Elephants never forget... to kill

Have You Played… Age Of Empires 2?

Well, this is awkward. On the same day I discovered nobody had written a Have You Played for Diablo, I discovered another end-of-the-90s banger that, somehow, remained unreminisced-upon. That game was Age Of Empires 2 (the Age… of Kings!), and I felt like a vulture who’d just found a wheelbarrow full of burgers at the heart of a lifeless desert. So many classics to feast…

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Feature: Come to the dark side

Have You Played…Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Saga?

Few games have given me as much of a power fantasy as Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds Saga. This real-time strategy from the long-missed Ensemble Studios took Age of Empires and slapped Star Wars over the top. So even in 2001 it looked dated. However, what it lacked in looks, it made up for with stormtrooping scenarios and custom modes.

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Halo Wars: Definitive Edition heads up a handful of Steam free weekends

It's the weekend for a lot of you already, so here's a little something free for the next few days. Four somethings, even. Five, if you've got a VR setup. There's probably a few more lurking around that I've missed, but there's a bundle of free weekends running concurrently on Steam right now: RTS spinoff Halo Wars: Definitive Edition, baseball fighter Lethal League, physics puzzler…

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Feature: Empires re-building

Impressions – Age Of Mythology: Extended Edition

RTS/citybuilderish Age of Mythology: Extended Edition is a tweaked, slightly modernised re-release of the dearly-departed Ensemble's myths & legends spin-off from Age of Empires. A mild graphical overhaul, Steam-powered multiplayer & mod support and Twitch integration headline the changes, but really it's about reintroducing something that has withstood at least some of time's many tests into a market that might just be crying out for…

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By Zeus’ Beard! Age Of Mythology Revamp Coming In May

And yea, they did speak of times past when the Earth was more innocent. Gods and monsters moved among us, entire pantheons warred, and we were pleased. Yet today's impetuous youth sneer "Yeah but it doesn't even have ambient occlusion does it?" All right clever clogs, look here: following a little tease earlier this year, Microsoft has revealed the revamped Age of Mythology Extended Edition…

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More On Cancelled Halo MMO

Shacknews have posted up an extract from an interview with Ensemble's Dave Pottinger in which he talks about the cancelled Halo MMO. It turns out the model was very much "World Of Halocraft", as people had suggested. Shack: So you didn't have plans to go for a more FPS-style game. Dave Pottinger: It was definitely more of a classic MMO, but it still had that…

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Cancelled Ensemble Game Was Halo MMO

[Click for full image] UPDATE: Full Flickr set here. Gamasutra have unearthed evidence that the Ensemble Studios project that was cancelled during 2007 was in fact a Halo MMO. The evidence includes several pieces of prototype art, with one mocked up screen (above). The title seems to have been in development in 2006 and some of 2007 -- though it's by no means clear that…

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