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Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings (Windows)

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Print advertisement - PC Player 11/1999:

    AGE OF EMPIRES III

    Endlich. Mit dem Strategiespiel Age of Empires II ist das Zeitalter der Könige angebrochen. Vom Untergang Roms bis ins später Mittelalter kommt man aus dem Spielen nicht heraus. Kaiser Barbarossa angreifen, Dschingis Khan abwehren oder die Jungfrau von Orleans auf den Scheiterhaufen begleiten! Ganze 13 Völker tummeln sich in feinster Grafik auf dem Bildschirm.

    Age of Empires II. Das Mittelalter lebt.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107080) on Oct 03, 2010.

Back of Box - Windows (Brazil/Portugal):

    ROMA CAIU E O
    MUNDO ESTÀ AI PARA SER DOMINADO

    No Age of Empires II The Age of Kings— continuação do premiado Age of Empires — você tem 1.000 anos para conduzir seu povo da Idade Média à grandiosidade. Controle uma das mais poderosas civilizações da época. Decida se deseja conquistar o mundo através do poderio militar, governar através do comércio e da diplomacia ou tomar o poder por meio de intrigas e assassinatos. Muitos caminhos o levam ao poder, mas somente uma civilização reinará absoluta.

    Crie um rico império — Uma economia baseada no mercado permite que você abra novas vias de comércio com seus aliados.

    Comande com astúcia e poder — Organize seus exércitos em formações ou forneça posições e comandos inteligentes para adicionar escolhas tácticas interessantes.

    Da Idade das Trevas à Idade Imperial, você verá a evolução em tempo real à medida que suas civilizações se tornam um próspero império.

    Escolha o caminho para a grandiosidade - Será um caminho económico criado através da habilidade artesanal, comércio e tecnologia? Ou será uma rota militar de cerco e guerra naval?

    Lidere uma das 13 civilizações - Incluindo as civilizações dos francos,japoneses, bizantinos, vikings, mongóis e celtas. Todas elas possuem atributos, unidades, edificações e tecnologias exclusivas baseadas em reproduções históricas.

    Combata ao lado dos heróis do dia- Quem lutará pela vitória sob sua bandeira? Em campanhas históricas, comande suas tropas com Joana D’Arc, William Wallace, Genghis Khan, Saladino ou Barba-ruiva.

    Derrote adversários conceituados através da MSN Gaming Zone, rede local (LAN) ou modem. Ou um adversário com inteligência artificial, quase humana, no modo de um jogador.

    Regiões novas e vastas - Com a criação de mapas aleatórios, você terá sempre novas regiões para explorar e conquistar, não importa quantas vezes jogue.

    Crie seus próprios cenários - O Editor de mapas permite que você crie campanhas próprias e poderosas.

    Comande com rapidez e facilidade - Linhas de produção, pontos de navegação e teclas de acesso tornam mais rápido e simples gerenciar suas forças e planejar batalhas.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107080) on Jun 09, 2010.

Back of Box - Windows (France):

    BAT1SSEZ VOTRE ROYAUME
    ET PARTEZ À LA CONQUÊTE DU MONDE.

    Suite de l’un des jeux de stratégie les plus populaires de tous les temps, Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings vous fait vivre des siècles d’histoire, de la chute de Rome à la fin du Moyen Âge. Présidez au destin de l’une des 13 civilisations en bâtissant d’immenses cités, en mettant sur pied de puissantes armées et en découvrant de nouvelles technologies. Exploitation de ressources, exploration, commerce, diplomatie, conquête... Les voies qui mènent au pouvoir sont nombreuses mais il n’y aura qu’un seul vainqueur!

    Bâtissez un riche empire - Mettez en place une véritable économie de marché et ouvrez de nouvelles routes du commerce avec vos alliés.

    Commandez avec force et ingéniosité - Placez vos soldats en formation, déterminez leur niveau d’agressivité et donnez-leur des ordres complexes (patrouiller, garder une position, etc.)

    De lá chute de Rome à la find u Moyen Age - Observez en temps réel l’évolution de votre civilisation

    Choisissez votre mode de domination. Préférez-vous bâtir une puissance économique en développant de nouvelles technologies et en usant de votre sens du commerce? Ou bien, votre chemin sera-t-il parsemé de batailles navales et de sièges?

    Commandez l’une des 1.3 civilisations historiques. Chacune, parmi lesquelles les francs, les vikings et les celtes, possède ses forces et Ses faiblesses, ses technologies, ses bâtiments et ses unités de combat spécifiques.

    Combattez aux côtés des grands héros de l’histoire. Qui se battra sous votre drapeau ? Gengis Khan, William Wallace, Barberousse, Saladin ou bien encore Jeanne d’Arc?

    Mesurez-vous à des adversaires de taille sur MSN Gaming Zone, via un réseau ou par modem (jusqu’à huit joueurs) ou bien affrontez l’ordinateur en’ mode solo.

    De nouveaux territoires encore plus vastes. Grâce au générateur de cartes aléatoires, vous aurez à l’infini de nouvelles contrées à explorer et conquérir.

    Créez vos propres scénarios. L’éditeur de cartes vous permet de bâtir vos propres campagnes.

    Planifiez rapidement et simplement le développement de votre civilisation. Les files de production, les points de navigation et les touches de raccourci rendent plus facile la gestion de vos forces.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107080) on Jun 09, 2010.

Back of Box - Windows (Germany):

    ROM IST UNTERGEGANGEN.
    DIE WELT IST WIEDER ZU HABEN

    In Age of Empires® II The Age ofKings™ - der Fortsetzung des preisgekrönten Spiels Age of Empires® - haben Sie 1000 Jahre Zeit, um Ihr Volk durch das Mittelalter hindurch zu Ruhm und Ansehen zu fuhren. Lenken Sie die Geschicke einer der mächtigsten Kulturen jener Zeit. Wollen Sie die Welt durch militärische Macht erobern, mit Diplomatie und Handel regieren oder durch listige Intrigen oder Königsmord die Macht an sich reißen? Die Entscheidung liegt bei Ihnen. Viele Wege fuhren zur Macht, doch nur eine Kultur wird siegen.

    Erschaffen Sie ein blühendes Imperium – Eine marktbasierte Wirtschaft eröffnet Ihnen neue Möglichkeiten des Handels mit Ihren Verbündeten.

    Regieren Sie mit List und Macht — Stellen Sie Ihr Heer in Formationen auf und beweisen Sie Ihr taktisches Können, indem Sie Ihr Heer geschickt organisieren und Ihren Truppen entsprechende Kampfhaltungen zuweisen.

    Vom frühen Mittelalter bis zur Imperialzeit — Erleben Sie In Echtzeit, wie sich Ihr Volk in ein blühendes Imperium verwandelt.

    Wählen Sie Ihren Weg zu Ruhm und Ansehen - Wird Ihr Ruhm auf der Entwicklung von Wirtschaft, Handwerk, Handel und Technologien basieren? Oder schlagen Sie den militärischen Weg ein, der über Eroberungen und Seeschlachten zum Ziel führt?

    Befehligen Sie eine von 1.3 Kulturen - darunter die Franken, Kelten, Byzantiner, Wikinger, Mongolen und Japaner. Sie alle verfügen, wie ihre historischen Vorbilder, über ganz spezielle Eigenschaften, Gebäude und Technologien.

    Kämpfen Sie an der Seite mittelalterlicher Helden - Wer wird unter Ihrer Flagge um den Sieg kämpfen? In den Kampagnen, die auf historischen Ereignissen basieren, stehen Ihnen die Jungfrau von Orléans, William Wallace, Dschingis Khan, Saladin oder Barbarossa zur Seite.

    Bezwingen Sie einen ebenbürtigen Gegner bei einem Spiel in der MSN Gaming Zone, über LAN oder Modem - Oder messen Sie sich bei einem Spiel im Einzelspieler-Modus mit einem beinahe menschlichen Gegner mit künstlicher Intelligenz.

    Neues, erweitertes Gelände - Mit Hilfe des Zufallskarten-Generators gibt es stets neue Landschaften zu erkunden und zu erobern - gleichgültig wie oft Sie spielen.

    Entwickeln Sie Ihre eigenen Szenarien - Der Karten-Editor bietet Ihnen die Möglichkeit, individuelle, komplexe Kampagnen zu erstellen.

    Bequeme und schnelle Navigation - Nutzen Sie Produktionsschleifen, Navigationspunkte und Abkürzungstasten, um Ihre Streitkräfte schnell und problemlos zu organisieren und Schlachten zu planen.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107080) on Jun 09, 2010.

Back of Keep Case - PlayStation 2 (Spain):
    AGE OF EMPIRES ®II: THE AGE OF KINGS™ - LA SEGUNDA PARTE DEL PREMIADO JUEGO PARA PC AGE OF EMPIRES – YA ESTÁ DOSPONIBLE PARA PLAYSTATION®2.

    Toma control de una poderosa civilización y condúcela a través de más de 1.000 años de historia, desde la Edad Media hasta la riqueza y opulencia.

    ¿QUÉ HARÀS...?

    ¿... Hacen que el mundo te siga por la fuerza?
    ¿... Gobernar el mundo con honor y nobleza usando el comercio y la diplomacia?


    ¿O...?

    ¿... Tomar control del mundo clandestinamente por medio de conspiraciones, embaucamientos y regicidios?

    MUCHOS CAMINOS LLEVAN AL PODER, PERO ¡SÓLO UNO PUEDE SER EL ÇOBERNADOR!

    UN VIAJE POR EL TIEMPO QUE HARÁ POSIBLE QUE TU CIVILICACIÓN EVOLUCIONE DESDE LA EDAD OSCURA HASTA LA EDAD IMPERIAL

    CONSTRUYE UN IMPERIO RICO Y PRÓSPERO COMERCIANDO CON TUS ALIADOS

    CONTROLA Y DIRIÇE UN EJÉRCITO DANDO ÓRDENES TÁCTICAS

    Y LUCHA JUNTO CON HÉROES DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS COMO JUANA DE ARCO, BARBARROSA O WILLIAM WALLACE

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107080) on Jun 09, 2010.

www.microsoft.com (publisher's website):
    In addition to all the features found in the original Age of Empires, Age of Empires II enhances game play in the following areas:

    New Combat Options
    Players can use garrisoning and military formations that add interesting tactical choices. Units are also smarter, with new artificial intelligence (AI) options like Guard, Patrol and Follow as well as multiple aggression levels.

    Alternatives to Combat
    Players can improve the economy of their civilization through trade and diplomacy options. In addition to gathering resources, they can trade at their own market or use trading routes with their allies. A market-based economy gives new options for players to buy, sell, and speculate on resources.

    Diverse Cultures
    Gamers command one of 13 mighty civilizations. These include the Franks, Japanese, Byzantines, Vikings, Mongols and Celts civilizations. Each civilization has unique attributes, buildings and technologies as well as a unique combat unit based on its historical counterpart.

    Ease of Use
    The William Wallace learning campaign makes it incredibly easy for new users to get started. The new two-layer interface lets players select the level of command buttons displayed based on their needs. Additionally, the game also includes production queues, rally points, customizable hot-key system, as well as expanded rollover help.

    Achieve Victory in Many Ways
    In contrast to the linear game play found in other real-time games, Age of Empires II lets gamers choose one of several ways to achieve world domination and ultimate victory:
    • Domination of enemy civilizations
    • Economic victory through accumulation of wealth
    • Building and defending wonders of the world

    Choose a Technology Path
    Age of Empires II lets gamers choose from numerous technological paths to help lead their civilization to greatness. From an economic path of farming and craftsmanship to a military route of siege and naval warfare, the game comes with a technology tree that has more than 100 nodes, larger than one player could possibly complete in just one game.

    Experience Intense Single & Multiplayer Game Play
    • Story based campaigns focus on historical figures and their struggles like William Wallace, Joan of Arc, Genghis Khan, Barbarossa and Saladin bring the player much deeper into the game as they strive with the hero to victory.
    • A new expert system driven computer player with artificial intelligence providing a solitaire opponent who seems human.
    • Maps are larger which adds to the sense of exploration and allows more options for extended play particularly in multiplayer.
    • The very popular Random map generator brings unlimited replay value for both multiplayer and single player.
    • In addition to the traditional Deathmatch option, there is a new gameplay mode: Regicide, where players have to protect their Queen or King while they try to assassinate the enemy one.
    • A Map editor extends also the game play by allowing users to create and exchange scenarios or link them into campaigns.

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107080) on Jun 08, 2010.

Back of Box:
    Rome has fallen and the world is up for grabs.

    In Age Of Empires II The Age Of Kings -sequel to the award-winning Age Of Empires- you have 1000 years to lead your people through the Middle Ages to greatness. Control one of the most powerful civilizations of the time. Decide whether to conquer the world through military might, rule through commerce and diplomacy, or seize power by means of intrigue and regicide. There are many paths to power but only one civilization will reign supreme.

    Build a rich empire - A market based economy lets you open up new avenues of trade with your allies.
    From the Dark Age to the Imperial Age - Experience real-time evolution as you build your civilization into a flourishing empire.
    Lead with cunning and might - Place your military in formations or give them intelligent stances and commands to add interesting tactical choices.
    Choose the path to greatness - Will it be an economic path created out of craftsmanship, trade, and technology? Or a military route of siege and naval warfare?
    Command one of 13 civilizations - Including the Franks, Japanese, Byzantines, Vikings, Mongols and Celts. Each has unique attributes, units, buildings, and technologies based on it's historical counterpart.
    Battle alongside heroes of the day - Who will fight for victory under your flag? With historically-based campaigns it could be Joan of Arc, William Wallace, Genghis Khan, Saladin, or Barbarossa.
    Conqer a worthy opponent over the MSN Gaming Zone - Or a nearly human artificial intelligence opponent in single player mode.
    New and bigger lands - With the random map generator you will always have new lands to explore and conquer, no matter how many times you play.
    Create your own scenarios - The Map Editor allows you to build your own massive campaigns.
    Lead swiftly and with ease - Production queues, gathering points and customizable hotkeys make it fast and simple to manage your forces and plan battles.

    Contributed by JPaterson (9161) on Dec 08, 2001.

Unknown Source:
    Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is the sequel to the award-winning, best-selling real-time strategy game Age of Empires. Age of Empires II spans a thousand years, from the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages in which players lead one of 13 civilizations into greatness. The game keeps the epic scope of Age of Empires' game play while evolving the combat and economic features.

    Contributed by Rynok (40) on Nov 02, 1999.