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- The classic real-time strategy game returns, remastered and better than ever
- Engage in over 40 hours of updated campaign content
- Experience 4K visuals and enhanced audio
- Jump online in up to 8-player battles
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Age of Empires, the pivotal real-time strategy game that launched a 20-year legacy, returns in definitive form for Windows 10 PCs. With over 40 hours of modernized gameplay, all-new 4K visuals, 8-person multiplayer battles and a host of other new features, there’s never been a better time to jump in to Age of Empires. Welcome back to history.
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Experience an epic game of empire-building and conquest.
Engage in over 40 hours of updated campaign content with new narration and pacing.
Relive history with remastered graphics and sound.
Experience 4K visuals and a new orchestral soundtrack.
Build your empire and prepare for battle.
Jump online in up to 8-player battles with new competitive features and modes.
Play your way.
Get creative with the scenario builder and share your creations with easy mod support.
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Some parts of the remastered and updated version of Age of Empires is really well done so far. The graphics are really nice and the game now has a zoom feature where you can now use the middle mouse button to zoom in and out. You can go into the game Settings and go to Zoom Detail and change the zoom feature at X1, X2, or X4. Unfortunately my computer has a computer monitor that can only go to 2K resolution (2000 pixels) (1920x1080) so I can only zoom at X2. I cannot zoom at X4 because I don’t have a computer monitor that can go into 4K resolution (4,000 pixels). I'm finding out that technology is changing so often and so fast that it is almost impossible to stay caught up with anything in technology anymore. It seems like you buy something today and it is obsolete tomorrow.
The game sounds are real nice too. The sounds of different animals and the sounds of military units clashing in battle is just amazing. I also love the game’s music that plays in the background. It was nicely remastered by a great orchestra playing the music. I also like how you learn a lot about ancient history because Age of Empires: Definitive Edition goes into great detail describing different ancient time periods and different ancient civilizations you play. The game has 12 different ancient civilizations to choose from in different ancient time periods. I think this game has a great learning tool to learn all about ancient history.
Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is far from perfect. There are a few things that bother me about Age of Empires: Definitive Edition. For instance you cannot put a Desktop Icon on your computer monitor screen and you have to play the game from an Icon setup on your computer Taskbar. Also you cannot rotate around on any of the game maps. There is no rotation button. You cannot change the graphics in the game either. There are no Graphics Options In the game’s Settings to change the Video Resolution, Bit Depth, or Refresh Rate. You’re sort of stuck at whatever graphics your computer is set up for.
Another thing I have noticed from what I have played so far in the game is that you cannot set up your military units in any kind of military formation. You end up setting up and sending a ragtag group of military units to fight against the enemy. The path finding in the game is just horrible. For instance I played missions in the game where all my military units and villagers just sort of stood around and didn't do anything but just stand there when being attacked. Enemy soldiers would attack my camp, village, town or city on the map and go around and destroy everything in their path. They would end up killing all my villagers and the soldiers I left to guard my home base would do nothing but just stand around and watch. It was very frustrating because usually I'm at a different location on the map fighting enemy soldiers while my home base is getting completely destroyed by the enemy. I can't be everywhere on the map all at once trying to control everything. I had villagers that wouldn't even react or run away when enemy soldiers approached them and would just end up getting killed. Microsoft programmers need to do a better job programming the game so it plays out better than it is now. The game needs better path finding so I can have my military units set up in military formations and have my villagers react and move better in the game. I hate to bring this up but In Age of Empires III you could set up military formations and villagers and military units would react to anything in that game and Age of Empires III came out almost 13 years ago (October 2005). Right now I feel the path finding in Age of Empires III is a lot better than in Age of Empires: Definitive Edition.
There are no health bars over enemy units when you fight them so you can’t tell when their unit’s health goes down. In Age of Empires III you had health bars over enemy units you were fighting so you could tell right away how soon you could take the enemy units down. You could also rotate around on the maps in Age of Empires III. Plus with Age of Empires III you could set up a Desktop Icon for the game on your main computer screen. You also have Graphic Options in Age of Empires III to change the graphics. You would think that since Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is a lot newer game than Age of Empires III that this game would already have all these features. We're in the year 2018 now. Why can’t this newer game have all those features built into the game already? I hope Microsoft addresses all these issues in the future.
I would also recommend when you go into game Settings do not check off any the boxes under Accessibility Settings (Menus, Chat, Game) because a narrator voice will come on and will voice everything out loud you do in the game including going through the game’s Main Menu. It get very annoying after a while. Right now I refer to the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition game has a work in process that with future patches and updates will only get better over time.
For the price of $19.99 for Age of Empires: Definitive Edition, I would say it is one of the best priced video games in the market right now for the amount of content you get in the game. It just needs to catch up to the level of Age of Empires III to be consider a truly great 5 star game.
That said, I'd advise everyone to stay away from this game for now as there are issues with running the game itself. When I first downloaded and installed it, I played a couple of hours without any hitch. The following day, it just won't work anymore. When I click it, the welcome screen will appear, and then it will drop. I thought there must be some issue with my install, so I reinstalled it and then it worked fine again. The following day, same thing happened! So I reinstalled again and it worked again.
I then noticed the 2 star-rating on the game in the Microsoft store and checked on the comments. Sure enough majority of the negative comments is about the game not running unless reinstalled. In my case, it seems it will stop running when I shutdown my machine for the day and try to play it the next day.
So, I'd advise you to stay away for now. Check the Microsoft store for any updates on the fix.
Update: I was looking for a solution on this when one of the sites I found suggested installing one FREE game from the Microsoft store to fix the issue. It sounded weird, but I tried and sure enough it worked. I updated my rating to 3 stars pending further evaluation.
Update: It's back to one star for this game. Same issues after installing a FREE game. Will probably install it two months from now to make sure Microsoft has a fix already.
You MUST have an XBOX LIVE account (Microsoft force you to do what you don't want as always)
You can't download any offline installer or game files. It installs online so you have to wait hours to install or reinstall the game. It updates constantly so ... you know.... wait... restart... update... etc.... (you know Win10 experience)
This game is Win10 only (another desperate attemp of Microsoft to force peope to use the damn Windows 10). It is absurd not to reléase it for Win7... Doom.. Quake Champions... Mortal Kombat ... all the real and great games runs on Windows 7 .... Is it possible for AOE DE to use more RAM, more processor and graphics power? ha ha ha
Not worth the trouble.. really!!.... I miss the times when it was so simple to just buy the CD or download the game for installation.
My system.... PHENOM II Black, GeFORCE 1070 32GB RAM 1866Mhz M.2 Drives... so... more than enough power for a game to crash.
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