- Series: Strategies & Secrets
- Paperback: 369 pages
- Publisher: Sybex Inc; 4th edition (September 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0782126332
- ISBN-13: 978-0782126334
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,627,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ensemble Studios Official Strategies & Secrets to Microsoft's Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings Paperback – September, 1999
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Top Customer Reviews
Not a single page of strategy? Lol! I own this strategy guide and Prima's, and this one is BY FAR better. There are only three explanations for the people who wrote those phony, one-star reviews; they are complete newbies, they have never played the game before and have no clue what they are talking about, or they are authors of a rival strategy guide.
Need the best strats for AOK? Take it from an experienced zone player...THIS IS THE ONE! =)
I have no idea what is up with all the troll reviews. I can only assume big Mark Walker fans.
Get this book if you really want to enjoy AOK to its fullest.
With this book, I learned three strategy tips the in the first several chapters that immediately made the game more enjoyable and my efforts much more effective against the bad guys.
There are tips sprinkled throughout the book from players who don't work for Ensemble Studios but who are very successful players. These tips were generally helpful as well, and gave some insight into some unorthodox strategies at times.
Shortcuts and hot keys are emphasized and highlighted throughout the chapters. This guide will definitely have you practicing the use of hot keys more than ever (if you don't already).
There is considerable information related to multi-player games as well, such as how to complement your partner and how to know what opposing forces can lend each other in terms of help. I am not sure what the "hard-core" multiplayer readers who rated this book poorly are looking for, but it gave me great insight into being a better team player.
The book does not go into the minute detail of what steps you should takein what order, in every game and every scenario. Certain AOK websites have taken this process to the level of art, and maybe that is what some people are looking for. The book does, however, provide insight into Ensemble's mindset in designing the game and also gives the average-above average player a great boost in terms of knowledge.
If you want to be sure that you are employing as many time-saving tips and shortcuts as you can, and you want to hear what tactics are employed by outstanding players, buy this book. If you are a highly rated Zone player, or can smoke the computer on the Hard difficulty level or above, you probably do not need this guide anyway.
Most strategy guides are either rehashes of the obvious, or so incredibly detailed they take much of the fun out of playing. This one strikes the right balance by giving you detailed information about the capabilities of the various units and empires, while never asserting a "proper" way to employ that information.
If you want to get maximum enjoyment out of your software purchase, this is the guide that will get you there.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a a lot of game references for various games . This book is well written and organized. Written By one Bruce Shelley( and his merry men) of Ensembles games... Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by S. J. Goodwin
I'm revising my review, because after playing the game for awhile, I realized the advice I poo-pooed actually comes in handy. HOT KEYS ARE ESSENTIAL. Read morePublished on October 27, 2002 by William McNeill
I love Aok and play both rm and dm multiplayer. As a hardcore fan and as someone who has a zone rating of 1750 and has played many other games not rated the guide isnt very useful. Read morePublished on August 1, 2000 by JKN_BlackDeath
The book is well-written, but is pretty weak in the multiplayer/online content section. I'd like to see a book written by real online gaming experts. Read morePublished on June 3, 2000 by firstname.lastname@example.org
I bought this book along with book published by Prima (read it). This book is geared toward multiplayer for beginning and intermediate level. Read morePublished on February 3, 2000 by SuperBettaFish
This is the best Strat Guide for aok. It has tons of strategys and tips, plus the walkthroughs for every mission. Read morePublished on January 14, 2000