I love real-time strategy computer games, especially the history-based ones. I’ve owned and played different versions of Civilization, Total War and Age of Empires. Two days ago, August 16th, Microsoft Studios released the much anticipated online version of the AoE series – Age of Empires Online.
Age of Empires Online is a freemium game, meaning it is free to play but have the option to purchase premium content like special items, blueprints, quests and other features. Players can choose to play the game in single-player or co-op and horde type mode in booster packs like the Defense of Crete booster pack. Age of Empires Online was developed by Gas Powered Games, the same company who developed the Dungeon Siege series.
If you’re not yet playing it or haven’t seen it, here’s the full cinematic trailer and several in-game screenshots.
Age of Empires Online Full Cinematic Trailer
Defense of Crete Booster Pack Preview
Right now, players can only choose from two civilizations (free and premium content) – Greek and Egyptian but I’m sure they’ll be adding new civilizations like Persian, Celt, Roman, etc. soon. Graphics are very nice and the gameplay is basically the same as other Age of Empires versions. The only difference is that on Age of Empires Online, some features and options are only made available to players who purchase premium content. Premium civilizations cost $19.99, booster packs cost $9.99, extras (decors/blueprints) cost $4.99.
Some people are complaining about the art style which has a comic look & feel, lack of violence, etc. in this version. Personally, I find it fun and entertaining and I’m sure that most hard core Age of Empires fans will like this game because of the gameplay, not the graphics. I’ve been playing the game since it’s launch and I’m really enjoying and having fun with it. The only thing I don’t like with this game is that it requires an Internet connection and there’s no option to play it offline.
To check out or download the game, check out the official Age of Empires Online website.
Anybody else playing Age of Empires Online? Which civilization are you playing with? What features and options from this game do you like the most? Please share your thoughts.