From the highly loved series called Age of Empires, comes Age of Empires Online (AoEO) which adds an MMORPG kind of grind to the lovable Age of Empires world. It is part of the ever-increasing massive multiplayer online real time strategy (MMORTS) genre. Unlike most role playing games where you control a single unit or hero, in AoEO you are in control of an entire army as you make your way through quests and missions.
Most real time strategy games (RTS) don’t have a leveling system, but in the AoEO world, you partake in quests in order to level your city and gain access to powerful units to crush your enemies. All of the upgrades and decorative enhancements you are able to make to your army can be done at the capitol cities. Doing quests will allow you to find and obtain powerful army upgrades that can turn the tide of a battle. It can easily be called a RTS, but it draws upon many aspects that make MMORPGs successful.
With some mini games during quests such as camel racing, AoEO doesn’t become too repetitive while grinding through the quests. As a part of the multiplayer aspect of the game, you are able to team up with your friends and complete a co-operative quest. This time around, the developers of AoEO decided to approach the graphics with a more comical feel. While some people love the new look, other hard-core fans might be disappointed.
The Age of Empire series is among the few titles, such as the Starcraft and Warcraft series, that have shaped the way the RTS genre works. It is an iconic game with its own hooks that are unique among other RTS titles. Unlike other RTS titles, there is a great emphasis on multiplayer action even in the campaigns. This focus on multiplayer adds to the overall enjoyment you and your friends can have in the game. With the addition of the RPG side of the game, AoEO is sure to gain more RPG fans that usually only play role playing games.
All in all, Age of Empires Online has all the elements that fans of the series will enjoy as well as new elements that will engross hardcore RPG fans alike. The game has enough variety when it comes to questing to keep you entertained for many hours as well as the classic death-match style of play when you want to test your skills against equally skilled opponents from around the world.
About Microsoft Game Studios
Microsoft is once again behind this Age of Empires series game with additional developers taking the major game design over. Initially, the development was done by Robot Entertainment, and then later the development was taken over by Gas Powered Games which is behind such titles as Supreme Commander. Microsoft is offering AoEO as a free to play game which will make many fans happy. You are able to buy premium content if you don't feel like earning it yourself, which is a design that many gaming developers are using.
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