One of the most popular real-time strategy games ever, the Age of Empires franchise has a sequel, Age of Empires II, which includes an extra expansion pack named The Conquerers. This new installment of the classic strategy game runs from the fall of Rome right up to the Middle Ages.
With Age of Empires II, you have the option to control one of a whopping thirteen civilizations, which include the Britons, Byzantines, Celts, Goths, Teutons, Franks, Mongols, Chinese, Japanese, Persians, Saracens, Turks, and even the Vikings. If you are familiar with the game, you will know how it works, since the basic gameplay is the same as the first Age of Empires game. You spend your days gathering resources that will then let you recruit armies, train soldiers, march into battle to defeat your enemies, or even trade with your allies.
As with the first version, Age of Empires II is an incredibly detailed game, but is still easy and fun to play. Regardless of the fact that the game is quite old, the gameplay is still classically intuitive and quite realistic, within the context of course. There are definitely some extra touches that Age of Empires players and history buffs will really enjoy. You can play the game as a legendary leader like William Wallace or even Gengis Khan. You also have the option to play against the computer, or duel it out with other opponents or friends.
Age of Empires II was originally released over eleven years ago and has since been replaced by Age of Empires III, online variations, and other similar games. But that does not mean that Age of Empires II is defunct. It truly is a classic game that will never go out of style, despite looking a bit dated. There are a great many die-hard fans of the Age of Empire franchise, and the quality of the game will ensure that its list of fans will keep on increasing. Try Age of Empires II today and really see what makes it so popular.