Microsoft Age of Empires II

What is Microsoft Age of Empires II?

Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is an installment to Age of Empires game series. This game runs on a thousand-year period from the fall of Rome to the Middle Ages wherein players run one of the 13 civilizations. It has the features of the original game plus added enhancements. New combat options let the player use military and garrison formations to add to their tactics. Smarter units are featured with AI [artificial intelligence] options such as Follow, Patrol and Guard and multiple aggression levels. Combat alternatives let the players improve the economy through options diplomacy and trade. They can buy and sell resources in the market, and use trade routes with allies. The 13 civilizations include Japanese, Mongols, Franks, Celts, Vikings and Byzantines. Every civilization has unique technologies, buildings and attributes and a combat unit.

The game features a new two-layer user interface with rally points, production queues, expanded rollover help and customizable hot key system. Ways to win include accumulating wealth for economic victory, defending and building world wonders and dominating enemy civilizations. Choose a technology path to lead your civilization such as the economic path including craftsmanship and farming and military path including naval warfare. The technology tree offers more than 100 nodes for the player to choose from.

Story-based campaigns feature historical figures like Joan of Arc, Barbarossa, Genghis Khan, William Wallace and Saladin. It also features a system-driven computer player as single human-like opponent. It provides larger maps with more options for game extensions especially multiplayer functions. The Random Map provides unlimited replay for both single and multiplayer. It includes a new game mode called Regicide that requires players to protect the King and Queen while assassinating enemies. The Map Editor lets players exchange and create scenes to link to campaigns.

To play this game, you need 166MHz Pentium or higher CPU, 32MB RAM, 200MB free disk space, additional 100MB for swap files, 800x600 SVGA monitor, 800x600 video card with 2MB VRAM and 256 color resolution, quad speed CD-ROM drive, pointing device such as mouse, 28.8kbps modem or higher for Internet play, sound card, headphones or speakers for sound functions, Internet Explorer 3.02 or later version or Netscape Communicator 4 or above to access MSN Gaming Zone. The game runs on Windows NT 4.0 SP5, 98 and 95.

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