Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

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  1. 007

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    Age of Empires, one of the most beloved real-time-strategy games from the early days of Windows PC gaming—is getting a modern makeover. Age of Empires: Definitive Edition is a remaster that includes a new soundtrack, sharper visuals, and a swath of bug fixes and features that include improved pathfinding and a modern UI. There's even Xbox Live support for multiplayer gaming.

    Released in 1997, the original Age of Empires (developed by Ensemble studios) pitted armies from Europe, Africa, and Asia against each other in time periods stretching from the Stone Age through to the Iron Age, with the Roman Empire added via an expansion. Although its historical theme was similar to that of Civilization, Age of Empires' real-time battles made it a very different game.

    While several sequels to Age of Empires have been released over the years, along with a HD remaster of Age of Empires II, the first game in the series has never seen a re-release, even via digital platforms like Steam. Until now, the only to play the game was to find an original CD-ROM and load up a copy of Windows 95 or Windows 98.

    Age of Empires: Definitive Edition features 4K support, an re-orchestrated soundtrack, a brand-new narrative, and the Rise of Romeexpansion for a total of 16 civilisations to play and 10 campaigns to conquer. Beta sign-ups are open now over at ageofempires.com.

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    Civilizations:

    Play all the civilizations from the original Age of Empires and the Rise of Rome expansion!​
    • Assyrians – Restore the might of the Assyrian Empire under Adad-nirari II and terrify your enemies as the supreme Assyrian archers darken the sun with the shafts of their arrows.​
    • Babylonians – Walk through the Ishtar Gate, ascend ziggurats, and explore the great city of Babylon, a testament to your people’s mastery of stone masonry. Its palace garden, a wonder of the world, was truly paradise on earth.​
    • Carthaginians – Lead Carthage from city-state to empire and challenge the might of Rome with menacing war elephants and an indomitable navy.​
    • Choson – Control the advanced kingdom of Gojoseon and expand your territory by alliance or through the might of your powerful swordsmen.​
    • Egyptians – Sail the Nile River, construct massive pyramids to send your pharaohs to godhood, and lead armies of powerful charioteers as you vie for control of the rich lands of Canaan and the Levant.​
    • Greeks – Establish colonies using your mobile fleets, resolve internal conflicts, and command armies of swift hoplites as you expand your domain.​
    • Hittites – Pouring out of the rocky hills of Anatolia, the Hittites were the terror of the Near East. Lay waste to enemy cities with armies of skilled bowmen and durable siege engines.​
    • Macedonians – Relive the conquests of Alexander the Great at the head of an army of disciplined infantry and powerful siege engines, building a vast empire stretching from Greece to India.​
    • Minoans – Construct vast fleets of ships and build a Mediterranean trade network that will be commemorated on the vibrant frescos within your grand palaces.​
    • Palmyrans – Rising out of the sands of the Syrian Desert, Palmyra built its hegemony on trade and commerce. Defend your caravans and raid your enemies with swift camelry bred in the harsh desert.​
    • Persians – Throw off the Median yoke, conquer Babylon, and build a diverse empire stretching from India and Egypt to Thrace. Powerful elephants will trample anything that stands in your way!​
    • Phoenicians – Invent the alphabet, fashion sturdy ships from the famous cedars of Lebanon, and lead voyages throughout the Mediterranean. Distant lands and the vast seas beyond the Pillars of Heracles await!​
    • Romans – Draw your gladius and emulate the tactical brilliance of Caesar and Trajan as you lead the fabled Roman legions from humble beginnings to mastery of Europe and the Mediterranean world.​
    • Shang – Reap the economic benefits of the fertile Yellow River valley and construct massive fortifications to repulse nomadic invasions from the northern steppe.​
    • Sumerians – Cultivate the rich soils of Mesopotamia, invent writing and the wheel, and wage the wars of Gilgamesh and Sargon. No enemy city will withstand your fearsome siege engines!​
    • Yamato – Take command of sturdy fleets and large cavalry armies as you vie to unify your hardworking people and forge the Empire of the Rising Sun.​
    Campaigns:

    Fight your way across antiquity and relive some of the most famed campaigns from the Stone Age all the way through the Iron Age.

    • Ascent of Egypt
    • Voices of Babylon
    • Glory of Greece
    • Yamato Empire of the Rising Sun
    • Reign of the Hittites
    • Rise of Rome
    • Ave Caesar
    • Imperium Romanum
    • Enemies of Rome
    • First Punic War
    Features:
    • All-new graphics & artwork
    • Multiplayer
    • Remastered soundtrack
    • Remastered sound effects
    • Completely revamped UI
    • The good old campaigns with proper spit and polish
    • Countless balance adjustments
    • New terrains & scenario editor objects
    • Classic Mode – The original 1997 experience
    • Plenty a-wololo
    I say WOLOLO! :emoji_grinning::emoji_prince:

    Source: ForgottenEmpires, arstechnica
     
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    Those look like 3D models rather than sprites. Did they recreate it using AOE3's engine?
     
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    @007 looks amazing, good times playing it, will add to wishlist
     
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    oh the nostalgia....played the s#it out of this game in my school days
     
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    Me too :D Not sure if this comes on Steam. By looking at the news and posts it doesn't look so. Worst case this will be my first purchase on Windows 10 Store. :|
     
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    No, i dont think so.. AOE's art style always had that 3D feel even though it was 2D.. Now it will feel even more 3D thanks to the updated resolution
     
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    Age of empires 4 when?!
     
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    Yeah, I hadn't seen the video, just the screenshots. The bloom effects look similar to the effects in AOE3 that is why I thought so.
     
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    Probably never since Ensemble studios has been closed down by Microsoft.
     
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    Looks rather good. I should play my AOE 2 HD sometimes. It's been way too long since I played one for a proper game.
     
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    Just curious... can a potato laptop with i5 and intel hd4000 graphics run this game?
     
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    Yeah, for AOE, its not a potato laptop, its a mega potato laptop
     
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    So I guess, AOE : Definitive Edition won't run my laptop. :unsure:
     

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