The Age of Empires franchise has long been a favorite of strategy fans. When Age of Empires Online debuted, fans of both MMOs and strategy games rejoiced. Does the game live up to his vaunted pedigree? Find out in our official Age of Empires review.
If you’ve played any previous entries in the series, you’re going to be in for a bit of a shock in terms of style. Gone are the realistic environments and militaries, instead they’ve been replaced by a cartoony, cel-shaded look. The troops have become heavily stylised with oversized muscles and little chicken legs; it’s not an Age of Empires experience you’ll have encountered before, and this will turn some people off. Personally, I found the game on the whole to be so different from the others in the franchise that it didn’t bother me too much. The animations are slick and again very in-keeping with the style of the game, whether it’s an archer attacking or a villager fishing. It may not be what you were hoping for from your next Age of Empires fix, but the design is certainly coherent and doesn’t jar with itself.
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