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Age of Sail II (Windows)

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Age of Sail 2 is a wonderful game, suitable for Everyone (though it does sport realistic violence), with tremendous details, terrific historical backgrounds, and marvelous game play. If you have never played a real-time strategy combat sim before, this is the game that will give you a great introduction to the genre. If you have played RTS products, this program deserves a place on your shelf.
Gameguru Mania
Alike the original Age of Sail game, Age of Sail II lets you control each ship's sail configuration, speed, course, ammo, and weapon aiming. The interface in game is at once functional, informative, and easy to use. In addition the game includes an all-important time-acceleration option - game speed can be accelerated to either 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x or 32x, or it can be paused. Age of Sail II is very good looking strategy game, if you liked original Age of Sail you will more than satisfied.
Neben dem Simulationsgedanken, wurde der Schwerpunkt allerdings doch auf den Strategieaspekt gelegt, was dem Spiel sicherlich zugute kommt: Vor allem bei grossen Schlachten ist es kaum mehr möglich die Mannschaft von jedem einzelnen Schiff zu managen. Wer gerne einmal ein etwas anderes Strategiespiel kennenlernen möchte, sollte ruhig zugreifen, auch wenn der Seekampf im Mittelpunkt steht und das für Echzeit-Strategie übliche Drumherum etwas fehlt.
But like I said at the start (well, maybe not at the start, but it's somewhere up there), this is the only game in town as far as Fighting Sail games go. Sea Dogs is fantastic, but it's got much more of an individual piracy focus. But I don't want to make this like your grandpa tells you, "You're my favorite grandchild," and then you're all like, "But I'm your only grandchild." It's more than that. Age of Sail II isn't just a good game because of the dearth of competitors; it's a good game in it's own right. There are plenty of problems with it, but it still delivers a reasonably accurate simulation of the Wooden World with a little bit of fun thrown in for good measure.
Gameplay (Benelux)
Age of Sail II haalt niet het niveau van Sea Dogs doch zal vooral de strategen kunnen plezieren.
Many game developers tried to capture the true atmosphere of sea combat over the last couple of years. Regardless of the time and place they chose for their games, those games turned out to be failures, with the possible exception of Silent Hunter serial. The first part of Age of Sail used a real-time strategy engine, which reduced this game to a bunch of ambiguous controls and monotonous battles. The development of the sequel was entrusted to the Russian "Akella Software" (who developed the recent hit - Sea Dogs), and the renowned "Talonsoft" published it. I have to admit that this is the first game of this kind that got my full attention.
Assez difficile d'accès, Age of Sail 2 se destine aux joueurs passionnés par les combats tactiques navals. La réalisation est plus qu'honnête et le gameplay se situe entre le wargame et le STR. La durée de vie n'est pas en reste avec une centaine de scénarios historiques, des campagnes et un mode multijoueur en ligne.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
AGE OF SAIL II comes closer than any other game to simulating tactical naval warfare in the 18th and 19th centuries. Those who love that era would be doing themselves a disservice to miss it. Those who lack patience with nagging bugs and unrealistic design decisions should steer clear of it. In short, AOS2 isn’t a decorated admiral, but it is certainly a competent commodore.
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Het spel kent daarnaast nog tal van minder zware inhoudelijke en technische problemen, maar toch ... op de één of andere manier slaagt het er desondanks in de speler mee te slepen in deze zeeslagervaring.
Without a doubt, TalonSoft's Age of Sail II is the best serious simulation of fighting sail combat to date. However, since its competition includes lackluster games such as the original Age of Sail, Wooden Ships & Iron Men, and the Man of War games, being the best in its class doesn't necessarily say much about the game. Thus even though Age of Sail II can rightfully claim "best of breed" status, it does so in spite of numerous technical bugs and other flaws. Developed by Akella, which recently made the swashbuckling role-playing game Sea Dogs, Age of Sail II is a perfect example of a game that was released before it was finished or adequately play-tested.
PC Zone
Functional rather than attractive, Age Of Sail II's graphics may remind some of you of last month's Sea Dogs. If so, well spotted, as Russian developer Akella is responsible for both games, and while Age Of Sail II may seem like a cut-down version, it has its place. My interest in the period is inspired only by pirate flicks of the 1930s, so I'd have to say that Sea Dogs is a better, more interesting game. But then, what do I know?
PC Player (Germany)
Seit dem Vorgänger lief viel Wasser den Rhein hinunter; inzwischen haben es die Programmierer geschafft, eine 3D-Darstellung auf die Beine zu stellen. Die lässt sich leider nicht an ein Schiff ketten, weswegen Sie immer wieder korrigieren müssen. Überhaupt ist das Interface mit seinen Tausenden Dialog-Fenstern ein Ausbund an Unübersichtlichkeit, hier hilft nur die Sudden-Strike-Strategie: Spiel anhalten, Befehle geben, Spiel weiterlaufen lassen. Anhalten... Erschwerend kommt hinzu, dass weder Anleitung noch das Spiel selbst in irgendeiner Weise ein Tutorial haben - hier regiert Trial and Error.
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Age of Sail II comes across to me as a title that should be aimed at the specific niche of strategy enthusiasts. Technically, this game was shifted towards release prematurely. Even though I have only experienced one of the show-stopping crashes, potential buyers should be aware that some features simply fail to work as advertised out-of-the-box. What saves Age of Sail II from the abysmal fate that many people on Akella’s message boards claim it deserves is the excellent quality of the overall presentation in the music, graphics and sound systems. Purchasing this product may be a risk for some gamers with the many bug reports floating around, but anyone fortunate enough to avoid the more serious bugs will find a wealth of wonderful historic scenarios to play. The recently released patches allegedly solve many of the reported problems, but this still leaves Age of Sail II floating along with quite a bit of damaged rigging and a few holes in the hull.
A ne pas confondre avec un Sea Dogs, Age of Sail 2 constitue avant tout la suite d'un wargame de Talonsoft, empruntant quelques éléments au stratégie temps réel. La création de Akella s'avère très complète d'un point de vue historique et magnifique dans la représentation de dizaines de vaisseaux du XVIIIème siècle s'affrontant pour le contrôle des mers. En revanche, le gameplay aurait gagné à être un minimum simplifié, surtout en temps réel, et la prise en main nécessitera une bonne dose de persévérance pour quiconque se voit en amiral Nelson virtuel. Néanmoins, pour tous les passionnés du genre, Age of Sail 2 dispose d'un nombre imposant de paramètres et le nombre de ses scénarios promet des dizaines d'heures de batailles navales...Si seulement les bugs n'étaient aussi nombreux également.
Game Over Online
So with all the myriad of problems, can Age of Sail 2 possibly be fun to play? Well, yes and no. I'll admit that I'm not quite the right demographic for the game -- my interests lie more in real-time strategy games than in historical war games -- and so you can take the following with a grain of salt. But from my perspective, Age of Sail 2 is a little too simplistic when few ships are involved, and it becomes unmanageable when lots of ships are involved.
PC Games (Germany)
Talonsoft lässt die Zeit der Drei- und Viermaster wieder aufleben. In Age of Sail 2 führen Sie einzelne Barken oder Flottenverbände in Echtzeit durch 3D-Seegefechte im 18. und 19. Jahrhundert oder hangeln sich via Kampagne zum Admiral empor. Wer sich für das Thema erwärmt, wird mit langwierigen, aber spannenden Segelschiffduellen belohnt, stolpert aber über viele technische Mängel.
GameStar (Germany)
Age of Sail 2 leidet, wie schon die Burning-Steel-Reihe, unter der Langatmigkeit der Seeschlachten. Trotz Zeitbeschleunigung dauert es eine Weile, bis Sie all Ihre Schiffe auf die richtige Position dirigiert haben und das Feuer eröffnen können. Währenddessen sind Sie dazu verdammt, die mittelprächtige 3D-Grafik zu ertragen. Wer an historischen Seeschlachten interessiert ist, wird an Age of Sail 2 durch die gute KI dennoch Spaß haben. Wem dieses Faible abgeht, ist der altertümlichen Seegefechte schnell müde.