nice. maybe at 50% sale.
Sometimes old games with updated graphics are better than new ones.
nice. maybe at 50% sale.
video=youtube was what I couldn't figure out, nice work.
Maybe this thread will bring Heavens_Myst back. He was a big AoE player.
Many boars shall be lured.
i want my fucking sheep. I am the shepard
Figures, I just repurchased this will all expansions not to long ago to replace my lost physical copy of one of my expansions. I just bought it all on Steam so I wouldn't have to worry about it anymore.
I wonder if they will be doing the Indian expansion?
Yeah this was one of the good ones, the Indian Expansion came with AoE3, which was the crap the put out after they were bought by MS.
Ooooooooooo shit I misread that.
I'm even more impressed with this now, I'll be picking it up.
I remember being fascinated with the scimitar-throwing camel riders that were the Saracens' special unit. They were pretty terrible in general but winning a game with a swam of those units was truly satisfying.
Nothing beats the Vikings though. Self-healing berserkers, infantry melee bonus, and longboats
Marmalukes were pretty awesome actually. They were the fastest unit in the game I believe so with good micro you could pretty much beat any non-ranged unit in the game.
British Longbowmen were key. Didn't they have the longest range of all the units? A massive square formation of them with a couple priests in the middle for healing was pretty much unstoppable. Nothing could get close.
Most of the unique racial units were useless in anything above low level play. They could only be produced from castles so you just could not make them fast enough. A good player would end up with 120 villagers but only 4 castles due to the high stone cost and limited stone spawns. There could be exceptions in some rare circumstances, so as Goth Huskarls which build really quickly or Mayan Plume Archers which could be added to groups of regular archers.
I havent played since before they closed the MSN Zone though, so the game may have changed a bit since then.
We spent most of our time playing the game over a LAN at my house or via serial cable on opposites sides of the room. Our games consisted of building these huge, elaborately defended towns in which we had carte blanche to build up the biggest army the game could support. Then we would talk shit to each other for an hour until someone dared to attack and (almost inevitably) got wiped out.
I also enjoyed allying against the computer on the hardest difficulty, but the AI was pretty simplistic... as long as you could defend against their first attack about 12 minutes into the game, it was really easy to win.
The game was fantastic for 4v4 on the zone (I also played 1v1, but it was a demanding and competitive game, so most non-poopsockers preferred 4v4). Each team would spawn with 2 pocket players and 2 wings, with the wings being outside the pockets and further forward. The game could be played in a lot of ways, but the most typical flow would be:
The 4 wings flush (feudal age with skirmishers), and try to disrupt the economy of their opposing player. The 4 pocket players go for a fast castle age and knights, which decimate skirmishers. The pockets protect the wings while they go castle age for their own knights. Castles are erected after everyone booms their economies (120 villagers, usually from 3 town centres) and trebuchet wars take place in imperial age, with groups of knights running in to try to pick off trebs defended by pikemen, while light cavalry are used to attack economies.
The flow of the team games was very good, better than any other RTS I have played (including AoM). There was also a bunch of other fun stuff like the Nomad maps.
Much like Eyashusa, most of my multiplayer was done with people I knew so it wasn't super competitive. We actually enjoyed the economic/building aspect more than the combat so we tended to build heavily defended cities with walls, towers, castles, etc. and had trade routes going between our respective kingdoms. I guess we always treated the game as a kind of real-time Civilization more than a typical RTS.
That's the thing I loved most about aoe II. Unlike starcraft you actually could have good team games.
Sorry derail, I know this is about AoE2, but.... AoE/RoR back on MSN zone and Case's Ladder in the late 90's are some of my best video game memories. Anyone around here actually played? Was Phalanx2 on the Zone. Ahh the good ol' days. Guilds were called Clans (wtf?) and the best ones were art, Shai'tan, and Praetor. Being able to co-op in and watch other elite 1v1's and 2v2's was fucking money. art_sheriff vs atsq, CLASH OF THE CHAMPIONS. maiman_matty, methos, staffa, sand, jyden, stalin.....sigh getting nostalgic.
Morbid_angel was sick.
I played AOe2 on the zone back in the day. I eventually started playing Rainbow Six and then Asherons Call. (you had to give it to Microsoft back then, they used to have great advertising on the zone, and everytime I left my game of Rainbow 6, I would see ASHERONS CALL everywhere so I tried it.).
Eventually ended up playing AOE3 on Ensamble's net service until the shit went out of business. Like others have mentioned, AOE 3 and really 2 in some instances, were only about late game, and turtling when you played with friends. But when you played competitively, games are usually over in the second age 8 games out of 10. Rushing and fast aging were pretty much king if you were good at micro play.
I was pretty hardcore into AOE1 trying to get my bronze age times as low as possible. I was in a few guilds back in the day, pre-EQ. You're right, most of those games were done in stone or bronze age, with clubmen or chariot archers. The most fun I ever had on AOE2 was when I'd play 8 person FFA games with no rules.... ie you can make alliances and backstab as much as you want, winner takes all. They were always pretty fun, one time I secretly built a bunch of guard towers on the edge of an "ally's town" while he was distracted with a war and then suddenly declared on him. Hilarity.
8 player FFA bloodbath games were always fun, I could get into that again.
Wasn't Sam da Man a famous AOE II player?
The best thing about AOE was the pre-game chat:
START THE GAME ALREADY!
You guys reminiscing about AoE might like this one : http://openra.res0l.net/ Basically Red Alert 1 in high res, only skirmish and multiplayer though. Still a great way to waste a day or so and there are plenty of mods on the official forums.
Sam was into AoE mostly, he was known for having 1000s of games played and being among the lowest ranked. He would host a 1v1 room and would play anybody. I actually played vs him several times, winning every time of course.
AoE had rushes and quick games, too. I usually was the "rusher" on my team and other players would try to age quickly. Wasn't it axemen/clubman rushes in AoE 1?
Sweet, I picked up a shift tonight and ended up getting tomorrow off. I foresee me not accomplishing anything I need to do on my day off due to this game but oh well.
It's out? Release date says the 9th...
Might not be the best place to post this, but it seems like Rise of Nations might also be getting the HD re-release treatment on Steam: http://forums.steampowered.com/forum....php?t=3093286
Rise of Nations HD would get me way more excited then AoE 2. My favorite RTS of all time.
I forget which Rise of Nations I played but I wasn't too fond of it.
I never got super competitive with AoE games but me and the clan I used to play with had great times doing 2v2 and 3v3s against each other. Like someone else said in this thread, we tended to play it more like a real-time Civ with epic cities/armies and diplomacy etc instead of just trying to cheese/rush the other guys out asap. Rushing in any rts has always been boring to me so I can't bring myself to do it repeatedly just to be considered "good".
Fuck I forgot all about Rise of Nations, shit I loved that game.
rise of lengeds yo.
Age of Wonders was fun but none of that style of game has been able to do it for me like HoMM3 did. Everything since HoMM3 just hasn't felt quite the same, progressively getting worse and less fun. Will still probably end up getting AoW III tho, thanks for that link!
User to have a 2100 + rating back in the day on DM's. Hun rushing and goth countering whilst trying to be first to build the market to sell wall the wood you never needed as a hun player. Hundreds of lost host as a 15-16 year old kid. Good times where had
No, its the same for everyone. Vehn is refering to the "pre-release" for the ones who pre-purchase the game, in other words, you can buy it and start playing right now.
20 knights in 20 minutes is a pretty good build order. Did a 2v2 last night and killed them both as my ally suxxed
I've had a lot of fun playing it this weekend. Had a lot of lag issues Friday night, but got some great team games which is where I always thought the Age of games shined.
Yeah, I will be spending quite some time playing solo until I get the hang of it again. Haven't played in over a decade.
Still a great, great game. It does look much better, but I thought it would look even better than it does. Expectations too high I guess - spent a decent amount of time playing this weekend though, so obviously not a big deal.
Dug up Age of Mythology, played a few games against a friend and some co-ops. Would play again (esp HD).
Obviously love the game itself, like the original.
On sale for 50% off right now ($9.99). You can also get a package that includes AOE III for $16.99. I'll probably buy that even though I hear AOE III isn't too great, since even a single playthrough of the campaign might be worth 7 extra dollars.
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