張貼於：05 月 26 日
Well, a couple of days ago I bought Age of Empires II on Steam, because I have so many fond memories of playing it as a kid. The thing that got me worried though was that I wasn't sure whether I would still enjoy it now...
I couldn't have been more wrong!
Man I used to play this game on my crappy old laptop, it was so much fun! I remember making whole maps with oceans and forests, then starting from the dark ages with a few villagers to make it to the imperial age whilst fighting off armies of intruders from the inky blackness of the unexplored regions. It really is a fun game to play and here are some of the reasons why:
1) There are so many customisation possibilities, you can make almost any scenario imaginable (well, as long as they are historical ones). There is a fully customisable map editor, where you can build anything from natural landscapes to villages and cities. In this editor you can also change the game type (conquest, king of the hill etc.) and the enemies you face (including their civilisation, eg. the vikings). There are up to seven AI controlled players to either battle with, or even form alliances and trade.
2) The mixture of building an thriving economy, amassing a formidable army and furthering your civilisation with loads of technologies to research (which differ between civilisations), makes gameplay rewarding and addictive. There is nothing better than watching your civilisation grow and prosper from a tiny group of villagers with a town centre into an amazing city, producing forces to bring your enemies to their knees!
3) There is a great campaign mode that is both fun and challenging. The campaigns are split up into different historical events (for example, the tutorial features the Scottish battles against Edward Longshanks' English forces) and feature figures such as Joan of Arc and Atilla the Hun. It's surprising how much detail has gone into these campaigns when it so easy to make your own games; there are fully voiced introductions to each of the missions, and numerous objectives and optional missions to complete each time.
4) With the introduction of the title onto Steam, there has been a complete revamp of the online features. There is a whole community of players with which to battle and ally yourself with (admittedly I haven't tried the online features yet, but they do look promising). Steam has also introduced achievements and trading cards to the game, which can only make things better right? However one of the best things about moving onto steam though is the fact that there are so many mods available! (right now I have a mod that includes Arnold Schwarzeneggar taunts to my sound list)
My one gripe with the game is something that I believe has been many peoples' concerns since the game was first released back in 1999; the AI can be pretty awkward sometimes. This usually comes through when your army runs off without you noticing to pursue a single enemy scout, only to be slaughtered when they reach the enemy stronghold. Or you build an amazing empire to realise that the enemy hasn't built a single thing... they have just chopped down every tree on the map (why this happened I have no idea).
The one thing I will say about this is that the AI on the new steam version is updated (and so are the graphics, huzzah!) and doesn't seem as silly as before, and there are updates still coming. All in all though, I think that this game is completely worth your time and money, and will keep you entertained for hours, so grab a copy or download it from steam, you won't regret it!
The Fox Eyed Man's Rating: 8.5/10