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I am not the sort of person that has spent my youth playing computer games but every now and again I like to do something different to pass the time instead of watching TV and this game is ideal.
I am not great at all these driving/shooting games as I have very little patience but this is where this game is different.
You get the chance to control your own civilisation, build it up through the ages and create your own empire. In some of the games you start off with only a few villagers and basic stockpiles of food, wood and stone. To progress to the next age and research better technologies you have to first increase your stockpiles by finding and collecting food, chopping down trees for wood and mining to collect stone and gold. As your stockpiles grow you can then build more houses and then start building your army to protect your village from maurauding invaders who may try to steal your wood etc and kill your villagers. You must create certain buildings such as an archery range or army barracks and have the required amount of food, gold, wood and stone before you can move through to the next 'age'. As you progress to the next 'age' you have the opportunity to research more sophisticated technologies that can make your villagers more efficient and improve your army so that you can then try to conquer the other civilisations that have built up around you. It is a strategic game, therefore you don't have to be a speed freak with your thumbs blurring on your console joypad.
There are many different types of games that you can play and different skill levels so you never tire of this game. The only problem with this is that it is highly addictive and I have found myself on many occasions looking at the clock and realising I have been playing for hours!!!
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be dispatched one day before release date in stock but may require 1 2 additional days to deliver made by microsoft warranty included 1 year when it comes to vast kingdom spanning ambition you can t do better than microsoft s age of empires ii the age of kings microsoft went all out to create this real time strategy game and it fairly hums with gorgeous graphics sophisticated ai and challenging scenarios for
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spanning 10 000 years in which players are the guiding spirit in the evolution of small stone age tribes starting with minimal resources players are challenged to build their tribes into great civilizations gamers can choose from one of several ways to win the game including world domination by conquering enemy civilizations exploration of the known world and economic victory through the accumulation of wealth ag
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of Empires II: The Age of Kings. Microsoft went all out to create this real-time strategy game, and it fairly hums with gorgeous graphics, sophisticated AI and challenging scenarios for the novice and experienced player alike. The point of the game is to shepherd your fledgling civilisation to world domination, using war, trade and exploration. You start with the bare minimum to get going, and you've got to balance your people's needs with your desire to be a little Napoleon. The Age of Kings Gold Edition gives you a ton of new units and technologies to enrich your strategic options. Each scenario is placed accurately within history, but you're also free to create your own. The multiplayer format is robust, allowing up to nine players to share a world. When battles commence, you can take control of every aspect of your workers and soldiers, sending them running for shelter in the town centre, ordering them to defend a watchtower, or setting their combat stance to aggressive for free-for-all sword smashing fun. When you're not fighting, find your idle peasants with a mouse click and send them back to work chopping trees, rounding up sheep, fishing or mining gold and stone. As you acquire more resources, you can improve your soldier's gear and skills, start to trade more efficiently and make life better for everyone in your empire. You can choose from 13 groups to manage, from the Japanese to the Teutons and Franks. Each group has unique units and special characteristics, making this a game that changes every time you play it. The gold edition includes the Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion and will let players wage war on an epic scale with all new civilisations, unique units and technologies and campaigns based on the infamous conquerors such as Attila the Hun, El Cid. If all this sounds complicated, it is. New players may be intimidated by the range of choices, but the teaching scenarios are very helpful in conquering the controls. Age of Empires II is a sophisticated, gorgeous successor to the wildly popular original. It's a real feather in Microsoft's cap--a world-building game that will hold you captive. --Therese Littleton