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Age of Empires II, Gold Edition
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In Age Of Empires II: Gold Edition you'll have the chance to rewrite 1000 years of human history as you conquer and spread your culture across the globe! Build technological wonders that will help you advance your civilization Create your own unique scenarios through the powerful campaign editor You'll rewrite the era between the fall of Rome and the Middle Ages as you create a new world order!

Age of Empires 2 Gold Edition unites the exciting game play ofboth Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings and Age of Empires2: The Conquerors Expansion plus additional content for onecompelling gaming experience. Experience real-time evolution as youbuild your civilization into a flourishing empire, from the Dark Ageto the Imperial Age. Decide whether to conquer the world throughmilitary might, commerce and diplomacy, or intrigue andregicide. There are many paths to power but only one will reignsupreme. Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings spans 1,000 years,from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages. Players control thedestiny of one of 13 civilizations. The game keeps the epic scope ofAge of Empires' gameplay while evolving the combat and economicfeatures. Developed by Ensemble Studios, Age of Empires 2features the expertise of Bruce Shelley, co designer of Age ofEmpires and the hit strategy game Civilization. Age ofEmpires 2: The Conquerors Expansion adds five new civilizations,four new campaigns, 11 new units, 26 new technologies, real worldmaps, and much more. Experience the adventure of the SpanishConquistadors as they enter the exotic lands of the Aztecs, or relivethe destructive force of Attila's pillaging Huns. This add-on packfocuses on the armies and military thinking of a handful of history'sgreatest tacticians, including Attila the Hun, El Cid, andMontezuma. The new civilizations each have unique attributes,buildings, and technologies, such as Chinese Rocketry and PersianMahouts. You'll put hussar cavalry, kamikaze siege units, andhalberdier infantry into battle in four all-new campaigns. Play up toeight other conquerors via modem, Internet, or LAN.

Features:
  • This game set features Age Of Empires II and the Conquerors Expansion pack
  • Start with Age Of Empires II and help William Wallace rise up to defeat the British
  • Use your strategic skills to control all kinds of military units as you advance and conquer
  • You'll also have to be good with diplomacy and spying to keep your empire intact
  • Develop commerce and encourage trade as you also attempt peaceful expansion

Customer Reviews:

  • This is going to be an all-time classic.
    I think that this is one of my favorite computer games in the whole wide world. I think that anyone who likes action games and likes building their own cities & villages, will like this game. I think that people who like the Sim City games, and like medieval fighting games, will love this one. It is a lot of fun planning out how you're going to build your civilization into an empire and upgrade your army,navy,etc. This game is honestly going to be an all-time CLASSIC!!...more info
  • Oldie, but a goodie
    I love this game. I used to play it when I was younger and only had Windows 98. Then one day, the disc got cracked from me being rough, but I continued to use it. When it overheated, it literally exploded inside the tower and came out in pieces when I pressed eject.

    I sadly hadn't played it in years, and since it was so inexpensive for the original game AND the expansion, I had to get it. I was not disappointed. The game came to me in a factory sealed box and in impeccable condition. This game may look old, (and it is), but I still love playing it for hours....more info
  • Great game.
    I love this game. It is so fun to play, and it changes every time, so doesn't get boring....more info
  • Works with Windows Vista Business (64 bit)
    The package comes with two CDs, an Age of Empires II: Age of Kings Technology tree card of laminated cardboard, a Age of Empires II: Age of Kings game manual, at 142 pages and a Age of Empires II: The Conquerors Expansion manual, at 48 pages. The manuals are in the same book, back-to-back.

    CD one:

    The Age of Empires II: Age of Kings CD, version 2.0a. There is no patch for this game CD, as the CD contains the latest update.

    CD two:

    The Age of Empires II: The Conquerors, version 1.0b. There is a patch for the game, "update v1.0c" (Age2XPatch.exe), you can download via the "web connection" link in the game menu.

    Gameplay is fine. for the nuances of the game, check the Amazon listings for the stand-alone game and it's expansion package, ASIN: B00002NDRY and ASIN: B00004VP4M...more info
  • Its......Starcraft only really early in histry
    This is a great game for Starcraft lovers. You do the same thing as in Starvraft but your in the middle ages. The only problem I had with this game was the voices.......more info
  • Kinda old, but still really good
    Age of empires II is a really fun game. Sometimes when I feel really small or I'm in one of those moods where I just want to kill someone, I play this and it makes me feel better. You start as a tiny little settlement with only a few villagers. Over time you build an army, get new technologies, and fight other civilizations to make your empire rule over all others!
    The only reason I gave it four stars is because the graphics are not the best in the world. They were good for 1999, but now they are really outdated. Also, Naval battles are really boring to watch. Still, if your computer can support it, BUY IT!!! IT ROCKS!!!!...more info
  • Age of Empires 2 Gold
    The best game in the world it is so much fun...more info
  • Sim City with seige weapons!!!!
    If you like battles and are creative, then you will love this game. The graphics get an A+ and the game is so fun that it will hook you for hours. You get to make cities, armies, and more, but at the same time you have to be cautious with your rations, you only have so much stone and food. But, you can easily just harvest more supplies, making it so that your city never stops growing. And yes, there are exiting battles, conquests and explorations, too. If your parents want games that are educational, guess what, THE AGE OF EMPIRES II has tons of historical facts about the middle ages. In the long run, all these things put together make this a very cooool game....more info
  • AOE2 gold - best game ever played
    If the old AOE with a maximun population on 50 was already very good, what can I say about AOE2 gold edition? It's just the most adictive game I ever played, weekends last only minutes when you are playing it. Love it!...more info
  • Not at it's best....
    Honestly, those who keep giving this game a five are cheating themselves. The truth is, if you live in the 21st century, you know that this game has subpar sound (only when your units speak) and crappy graphics and animations. Of course, it is a great game. Easy management of you empire along with some great music make this a definate keeper for all of you guys who like RTS games.

    To sum it up, if this had graphics that were as good as their semi-new game Age of Mythology, it would have been a five. BTW, you better go buy that. It is awesome....more info

  • The Best Strategy Game Of All Time And One Of The Best Games Ever Made
    Age Of Empires 2 is a masterpiece. Regardless of any complaints anyone has made about this game, there is no arguing. This one of the most fun, addictive, and satisfying games ever made.

    You can play it for months. I played it for over a year, then came back and played it for another year. It's probably the most addictive game I've ever played. Not Mario, not Zelda, not the great Doom, not Quake or Half-life or Warcraft or even Grand Theft Auto has ever had me as hooked as this game. Microsoft and Ensemble Studios hit the nail on the head with AOE 2.

    The sequel to Age Of Empires keeps everything that made the first one great, throws away almost everything that made it bad, and throws an amazing, revamped user interface that gives the player god-like power if used expertly.

    The different civilizations are fantastic. The advantages and disadvantages of each one make the game interesting and balanced, although some civilizations are better (overall) than others. I mean, really, who doesn't love (and equally hate) the Longbowmen? The War Elephants? The Woad Raiders? The Throwing Axemen?

    The units are the best part of the game. Except for the paladin and scorpion wipeout trick, the unit balance is superb. The naval battles are amazing, with fireships, ballista ships, and even ships that launch cannonballs.

    There are more buildings, tons more upgrades, and a brand-new unit I like to call the x-factor: the trebuchet. This is one of the units that makes AOE 2 a true delight. As built up as a city can become, it can be destroyed in minutes with enough trebuchets.

    The multiplayer aspect of this game is what solidifies AOE 2's standing as one of the best games ever made. It is surreal. I've had 12-hour multiplayer sessions many times. You just don't want to stop. It's so fun!!! It's madness!

    As far as challenge goes, you'll get all you want. Just try beating the entire game on the hardest difficulty and see the headache you get. And if you get through with that, buy the expansion pack and eat your heart out.

    Buy this game! Play it until you're sick of it! That probably won't happen, but even if it does, when you come back from your break you'll be twice as hooked.

    Ha!!! The memories I have of this game! Man, this is the best!
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  • cool game with small problems
    It is a great game you can be almost anybody you can think of in the middle ages. If there was only 1 computer game I could play it would be this.The small problem is that it is very hard to set up multi player. I have failed to do so in having this game for 2 years....more info
  • cool game with few problems
    It is a great game you can be almost anybody you can think of in the middle ages. If there was only 1 computer game I could play it would be this.The small problem is that it is very hard to set up multi player. I have failed to do so in having this game for 2 years....more info
  • The BEST 5 STAR strategy game EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    This game is THE BEST STRTEGY GAME EVER!!!!
    This game is for KIDS who love knights, horses, Ships, castles and most Importantly, WAR!
    I recommend this game for Strategy war tycoon LOVERS!
    5 STARS *****...more info
  • This game was off the HOOK
    This game is a must buy. You have definitely have to buy this game. It is now one of my favorite games. That is besides Halo, F-Zero GX, Enter the Matrix, and The Sims Unleashed.
    This is a must buy for gaers who are into strategic games....more info
  • This game is cooool.
    I love this game. I played it forever. But I mastered it. So if you love histiry you would like this game. It has some history in it....more info
  • Great War Games with great add-ons. Good deal!
    Age of Empire II is a great improvement over Age of Empires I, albeit, Age of Empires I is still good. AoE I starts with the stone age and goes up to the Dark Ages. AoE II starts out at the Middle Ages and goes to the industral age. The game set is a great deal and would make a good Yule present. Wyatt Kaldenberg...more info
  • This is a really great game.
    This is a really good game. I had mastered the Star Wars equivalent, Galactic Battlegrouds, and was a little skeptical about the great replay value others had given this game. However, my misgivings were baseless. I have been extremely pleased with this game. Something about it gives it TREMENDOUS replay value. 5 stars. As far as the expantion pack goes, I've never played the original Age of Empires II. However, the features that come from the expantion really make the game. If you've ever played a real time strategy game before, make sure to get the gold edition....more info
  • awesome game
    I'm very picky when it comes to computer games, but this game absolutly kicks a**.

    You must play it....more info

  • BEST STRATEGY GAME EVER
    The controlling is easy and there are all types of maps to play on ...more info
  • This game rocks
    This game rocks. My whole family is addicted to it even my anti-violence mom. The gameplay is great with 18 civilazations u can play as each one with its own unique abilitys and strengths. the graphics aren't stupendous but aren't bad either. i have played the game for hours upon hours and it is still fun. As you play u find new strategies and new approaches to the computer. also the computer puts up a good fight if u have The conquerors installed. unlike the Age of Kings where the computer makes tons of villagers and almost no army. but overall it is a great game that is definetly worth the cash....more info
  • The One Strategy Game to Rule Them All!
    If you enjoyed AOE I, then you will salivate over AOE II. AOE II retains the qualities of AOE I but features cooler weaponry, technology, and defensive structures. Each civilization has at least one unique military unit and a unique technology (for example, the Vikings are the only civilization with Berzerkers and Longboats), you have more options for diplomacy and trade, and you can garrison your civilians and infantry inside town centers, towers, and castles for protection and healing. Thumbs up!...more info
  • AOE 2 Is Amazing
    Everytime you play, it is a different senario. This games consumes for much time and is so much fun I have lost entire days dedicated to playing it. Main goal is to Rule and Conquer the other civilizations!...more info
  • The Zeus of god games.
    The Age of Kings (AoK) along with its expansion pack, AoK:TC (The Conquerors--which we now call "AoC" when both are installed) is a superb game for either "Multiplayers" who play on-line or "Singleplayers" who don't. If a game which has a historical aspect to it which resides in the 1,000 year realm of ancient history stated has appeal for you (which isn't all 'hoked_up' with fantasy creatures), you cannot go wrong with purchasing the "Gold pack".

    Yes, in order to play AoC which epitomizes the development of the game, you need to install from both disks, first installing AoK, then removing it and installing the AoK:TC disk which you leave in the tray (it must be in there when you want to play). You can then go online to either Microsoft's or Ensemble Studios' websites for the game, Age of Kings: The Conquerors, and download the 1.0c patch which fixes any minor 'bugs' discovered and rectifies a few civilization "balancing issues" which have come up. Thus buying the Gold pack is a real good deal for anyone getting the game now as it cost me more than twice as much to have bought AoK & then AoK:TC, as they came out.

    There are so many ways to play this game that it almost boggles the mind, but preferred game modes are "Conquest" followed by "Deathmatch" in popularity amongst "Agers". If you really want to learn to play the game using the various "strategies" for the 18 civilizations which Agers have developed, it's a good idea to join a good Ager gaming clan such as Tonto Clan, which caters to both Multi- and Singleplayers. You can find Tonto Clan by doing a websearch for "tontoclan1", or look for "Tonto Empire". The clan celebrates its 2nd birthday the 13th of March, 2002, so you know they aren't fly-by-nighters. And that's a good place to ask any questions one might have about the game.

    A final thought: "Real Time Strategy" is a bit of a misnomer, oxymoron, in computer games as "twitch-and-bang" on the keyboard doesn't really give a person time to think, only act and react. But an aspect of AoC that makes it come closer to being enabled as a true strategy and tactics game is that you have the "Pause key" which when playing Singleplayer you can use to pause the game in progress in order to "think on it" a bit and decide what next you want to do. This brings yet another dimension to the game that most don't have.

    There are other RTS 'historically based war games' which have come out since "Age", but it is surprising how many people will try them and then just keep coming back.... to AoC. And, for my money the next RTS slated to come along that might be as good or possibly better isn't projected to hit the market until Spring (if then) of 2003....more info

  • awesome
    this is truly the best game i have ever played. for players who are hoooked on to the medieval ages, get the game! I personally did not like AoE I because it took place in an age where all the races are ancient races (babylonians, assyrians,carthagians). But this is the best. For the medieval aged game player, this is a must have....more info
  • Good game, even on older PC
    This is one of the very few games I keep on my laptop and play regularly, even a couple years after installing it. This game runs just fine on the low memory and video capabilities of my fastly aging machine, and is a whole lot of fun to play. Game developers need to remember that you don't need gratuitous graphics bloat to make a game fun....more info
  • Been playing for 4 years and still love it!!
    I bought the AOK in 2/2000 and the Conquerors the day it came out in 9/2000. (Also played AOE I from 1998-2000). In my opinion, no other series is as comprehensive and fun. I have also played Empire Earth, Age of Mythology, and Rise of Nations. Here's why I like AOK the best (I'm referring to the most recent release, the Conquerors edition):

    By the way, I only play Standard games, I've not tried any of the campaigns so I don't comment on them.

    1)Time - The game is simple to navigate but has so many different angles of play. I can start a game with myself and two computer players on the hardest level and whip both of them within 3 hours. I've been playing an EE game off and on for 1 year and still cannot win. The short games keep me interested.
    2)Ages - There are only 4 ages. This makes the game manageable for those who can't spend 15 hours a day on the computer playing games for weeks on end. Empire earth has around 10 ages and Rise of Nations has a lot as well. Upgrading the ages in AOK is not that hard.
    3)Units - There are enough units here to keep me happy. Calvary, infantry, archers, naval units, seige units, special units with each civ. There are almost limitless ways to play the game. I play calvary one time, then infantry once, and so on. Never gets boring.
    4)Graphics - Now that some of the newer games are out, the graphics are only so-so but it's still not that bad.
    5)Civilizations - with around 13 civs and each having a unique strength and weakness, it never gets boring playing different ones and learning about each.

    Here's why I like AOE better than Empire Earth:
    1)The graphics are much better in Empire earth, but I cannot beat the game. The AI is very tough. I can nuke the computer down to 10 units left and 5 minutes later he has 300 armies and 100 buildings.
    2)Simplicity. As I stated above Empire Earth is great fun, but almost too much action.

    Here's why I like AOE better than Age of Mythology:
    1)I am very disappointed with Age of Mythology. I find it downright boring.

    I've only played rise of nations a couple times but I do not find it to keep my interest as AOE does.

    Happy gaming.

    ...more info