Age Of Empires

The other day I was going through some of my old games in the closet and happened to find my Age of Empires game disc. I had a friend just upgrade an older desktop with some more power to it, and I still have XP on there so I thought, "Why not!". So as I got distracted from cleaning, I installed it in no time and I was in playing so quick. I forgot how much fun this game was. I really loved it so much as it was one of the first RTS games I played.

So now I've installed all of my older games on that machine and from time to time go back and play them. I never bought AoE II but after playing my original, I think I'm gonna try and score a copy on Amazon for cheap. I have AoE III, but it just doesn't feel the same to me. Maps seem small and weird.

Anyway, I was curious if any of you all played AoE recently or even in the past. Or heck, even had the same type of moment I had where you went back and played a classic and spent half a day playing instead of doing whatever else you were first trying to.

AOE II was a great sequel, you're in for a treat!

Been watching videos and reading on it, it looks like I'll probably be losing more and more hours now.

Wonder if they'll ever make another game. If they do, I hope they take from the first two games.

Yup I played the demo of the original a bit and enjoyed it, but so many many hours were lost leading fleets of red sports cars around in the second. Elephants OP.

I actually enjoyed III as well, but it was definitely a departure in a number of ways.

Also, go look at Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds if you haven't played that before. It's a commercially produced total conversion mod for AOE II that turns it into a Star Wars game which I also spent many hours playing. Airships OP.

How is Age of Mythology remembered? That's one I completely missed.

EDIT: A new one is not likely to happen. Ensemble Studios created Halo Wars and was then disbanded by Microsoft. Many of them reformed into Robot Studios and have since made Orcs Must Die & Hero Academy. I assume an entirely different team at Microsoft built the recent F2P entry AOE Online.

Oh my! How did I miss this Star Wars game! Not that I'm a huge SW fan, but it looks so freaking cool! I'm gonna have to tell my friend who's a big fan, I'm sure he'd love it too. Can you still play online with it? Gonna have to score a copy on Amazon for sure! Thanks for that. There goes my next pay check.

I totally missed Age of Mythology too and it was one of those games that I was interested in as well. I am gonna use my old desktop that was newly revamped to play all these older games that I missed. Can't believe I'm getting excited over these older games. lol.

I loved AoE II, but I could never remember that each unit had a weakness. I'd make tons of cavalry and dominate until those pikemen killed my guys.

Re: SW:GB
It would probably only be possible to play online through Gamespy (lol) or Hamachi these days. I remember that had no CD key restrictions, and was completely happy running on a computer from a simple folder copy of c:\program files\lucas arts\star wars galactic battlegrounds to another computer without running the installation process, so it was a popular game to LAN on weekends at my friend's house off my one copy.

After a quick check on amazon, wow... Didn't expect it to command such a price. Then again, I guess that's what happens when it doesn't end up on Steam. I guess I did pretty well to have picked up a used copy in 2006 for $11 at a local used CD store. I don't really see it being worth upwards of $30, especially when AoE II is a better, more balanced game, and far easier to acquire. If you want to give it a try before dropping the bucks shoot me a PM; I can make arrangements.

AoE2 was a great game, still have my discs around somewhere. I also had ridiculous fun with Galactic Battlegrounds. I say ridiculous because you even have droids picking berries and hunting, but it was charming and enjoyable.

AoE I and II were our university gaming club's go-to RTSes for years. Absolutely loved them. I felt bitterly disappointed by AoE III, and never got into Mythology.

Thankfully, Rise of Nations was made. That carried the AoE torch for me for another 6 years, and was the last RTS I obsessed over.

I still remember some of the cheats for AoE one. Photon Man... E=mc2 Trooper... there was one that summoned a car that shot rockets, I think it was Big Daddy?

I used to mess around with the map editor. Spawning tons and tons of Legions and Phalanxes and Cataphracts and Peasants and then gunning them all down with 20 catapults. Or just doing pit fights with 40 caveman peasants versus one war elephant or something. (the peasants win)

MrDeVil909 wrote:

I also had ridiculous fun with Galactic Battlegrounds. I say ridiculous because you even have droids picking berries and hunting, but it was charming and enjoyable.

I just saw a video of that. I think I'm re-installing.

Last time I played AoE2 was around 2000, at a LAN party tourney, and I lost because the guy built a wonder. IMAGE(http://rps.net/QS/Images/Smilies/muttering.gif)

Grenn wrote:
MrDeVil909 wrote:

I also had ridiculous fun with Galactic Battlegrounds. I say ridiculous because you even have droids picking berries and hunting, but it was charming and enjoyable.

I just saw a video of that. I think I'm re-installing.

That game was strange... The only memory I have of that game was using wookies to fish for food. Not just fish with a rod, but with these GIGANTIC beer keg sized floats.

WONONO! (That is the Monk sound in case you couldn't tell)

I love AoE2 so much, never played a ton of the first one though. I still consider AoE2 to be the best RTS of all time, highly influenced by a heavy set of rose colored glasses and nostalgia but I don't even care.

I remember trying to play AoE2 over 56k back in the day, it worked okay if you kept the pop cap at 75 and had <=6 people. Still bugged out at the end game sometimes.

AUs_TBirD wrote:

Thankfully, Rise of Nations was made. That carried the AoE torch for me for another 6 years, and was the last RTS I obsessed over.

Oh yeah, I bought Rise of Nations when the hosts did a revival night and I found a copy cheap. I installed, started a game to check it out, said 'Hey this looks just like AoE, can't wait to get my teeth into it' and haven't played since.

I must dig it out.

Oh man. After a couple of moves I've long lost my old AoE II discs. I tried re-installing it onto my Win7 machine a few weeks ago using some disc images I found online, but kind of gave up trying to get it to work. I'd really love to play it again though.

Are there any legal digital distributions of this anywhere?

I don't think I've ever seen a digital version of anything older than AoE 3. On the bright side, Amazon had the AoE 1 & 2 bundle listed for just under $10 when I checked the other day. Install it, patch it, no-cd crack it, and you have your digital copy.

Man! I feel like a tard! How did I never get into Rise of Nations. That games looks like a lot of fun. Guess I'd better start saving up. lol

Be sure to get the Thrones & Patriots expansion. That's as important to RoN as Rise of Rome was to Age of Empires, and The Conquerors was to Age of Kings.

I think the deal I'm seeing on Amazon does include that one there. Thanks for the tip!

Age of Empires II, remastered in HD, to be released exclusively on Steam: http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/10/4083462/relive-the-glory-of-conquest-with-remastered-age-of-empires-ii