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The bottom line is quite simple - Age of Empires II is very possibly the best real-time strategy game currently available for the Macintosh, and at the least occupies a position of honor among the RTS Holy Trinity, with StarCraft and Myth II at the remaining points of the triad. It's not revolutionary in either graphics or gameplay, but it is highly evolutionary, bringing its genre to new heights. It's overwhelmingly recommended for history buffs and aficionados of RTS games, and is aggressively recommended for everyone else.
Age of Empires II is clearly one of the greatest real-time strategy games ever to grace the Mac OS. With rich, tactical gameplay, historically accurate and entertaining single-player campaigns, intense multiplayer action, lush graphics and dozens of combat units & buildings, Age of Empires II: Gold Edition has something for everyone. So, go out there, buy this game and fulfill your delusions of grandeur!
Numerous game modes, ranging from Campaign to Death Match, heighten the replay factor, and the realistic terrain constantly offers new challenges and forces you to consider new techniques. If you tire of doing battle with the sometimes-difficult computer player, the option of online gaming offers the added pleasure of going head-to-head with your friends (or foes) in a fight to the finish. Full of action and historically thrilling battle, Age of Empires II: Gold Edition for Macintosh is sure to please veteran strategy fans and will likely convert skeptics or newcomers who have yet to experience this exciting and involving game.
Age of Empires II is both predictable and fun. It may be formulaic, but the challenge in balancing all its elements in unique maps keeps the game interesting.
There's so much going on at so many levels in this game that it should probably be covered in three reviews. Ensemble Studios has somehow managed to take a complex genre and make it accessible to both veterans and recruits alike. The stories are intriguing, the action is intense, and the game play is entraining. The more you play Age of Empires, the deeper into it you want to get. Luckily, with the number of campaigns included, the random and custom map features, and the multiplayer capabilities, you can get very deep indeed.