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Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings

CNET Editors' review

Combining the features of hit games Dune II and Civilization, this strategy adventure proves to be one of the more challenging and graphically advanced we've seen in some time. We were floored by the program's highly detailed graphics, based on an isometric, two-dimensional design, which presents a world of medieval warfare in which you can practically feel the gritty action. Even when compared to more contemporary graphics, the game's soldiers and weapons, the program environment, and especially the interface elements will satisfy players. The interface is user-friendly and features plenty of options, including a great control system. Each of the 13 nations involved in Age of Empires II has its own strategic advantages over the others, and most units are put together on a "ro-sham-bo" strategy. The game includes historical scenarios as well as "skirmish" modes and multiplayer options. The game's choice of music adds an appropriate tension to the gameplay, and in a nice touch, the warriors of different nations speak in their native languages. Overall, we can't wait to get our battle gear on again. Any fan of historic action games who hasn't yet experienced Age of Empires should be sure to at least download this demo version.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.8 stars

    out of 1,213 votes

    • 5 star: 1108
    • 4 star: 31
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 61
  • Current version:

    4.8 stars

    out of 1,213 votes

    • 5 star: 1108
    • 4 star: 31
    • 3 star: 12
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 61
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  • 5.0 stars

    "enjoyable app"

    April 11, 2014  |   By ChristopherXerfnoc

    Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

    Pros

    Top in its category. Professional stuff.Does not waste your time. . Trust me.

    Cons

    are you serious? I can't think any

    Summary

    Used to be OK, now its even better :) My top two must-have apps is this and **********. , Seriously.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Stuffed with malware"

    March 26, 2014  |   By AimeeDoula

    Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

    Pros

    Hopefully it will be a delight to play.

    Cons

    I haven't even gotten to play it yet because I have been cleaning up the mess it made on my computer. I would rather have just paid $10 at walmart for the game instead.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "FULL OF Malware"

    February 4, 2014  |   By DirtyDogDaveee

    Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

    Pros

    full off malware

    Cons

    installed 4 other malware programs. malwarebytes picked up 37 malware files after i installed game. also alot of my setting where changed on my laptop by malware e.x browser home page.

    Summary

    do not down load. Cnet needs to clean up or remove this download quick

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  • 1.0 stars

    "BEWARE BEWARE"

    January 20, 2014  |   By Emerald_Sky

    Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

    Pros

    Unknown, haven't opened the installer file.

    Cons

    When I downloaded this game, PRIOR to running the AOE 2 installer, a program called Quickshare installed on my PC. I'm always vigilant about refusing the add-ons that would ultimately invade my privacy, and I know I did not elect to have this program installed. If you download this, pay attention, and download a good installer first.

    Summary

    I uninstalled Quickshare, and hopefully ASC got all of it. It really tics me off when this happens. Shame on you, Quickshare developers! Shame on you, CNET!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Best strategy game of all times *****"

    January 9, 2014  |   By JhonOrion

    Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

    Pros

    Best strategy game of all times, and the one that has withstood time

    Cons

    Best strategy game of all times, and the one that has withstood time

    Summary

    5***** stars ! Best strategy game of all times, and the one that has withstood time

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing and worth to Play"

    August 6, 2013  |   By Indrico Jowensen

    Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

    Pros

    you can run this great game with poor computer like Pentium IV .
    This game contain knowledge like history .
    easy and fun to play .

    Cons

    poor graphic .

    Summary

    just say great RTS .

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Superb RTS game"

    June 10, 2013  |   By purnabhishek

    Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

    Pros

    Excellent rts game to play

    Cons

    Its not free.

    Summary

    Don't worry there are so many free downloads for fullversion available.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "CNET is adding malware with this download"

    April 9, 2013  |   By pancholongo

    Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

    Pros

    great game

    Cons

    Malware added upon download

    Summary

    Malware added upon download

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Could be Beter"

    January 17, 2013  |   By HMBill

    Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

    Pros

    Downlads and works... but not terribly well..

    Cons

    ssslllooowww... or slow... outdated

    Summary

    Interesting- but not very...

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  • 4.0 stars

    "How to play AoE II on Windows 7 -- see Summary"

    April 6, 2012  |   By GamerKing

    Version: Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1.0

    Pros

    Great game. I played it for two years.

    Cons

    Graphics are outdated, and if you try playing it on Win 7 they will look even worse. But see the fix below. This works for the FULL game, I assume it will work for the Demo offered here.

    Summary

    What follows is the official word from Microsoft on how to play this game with Win 7. I certainly makes the graphics more acceptable.

    ADVANCED
    Simply turn off Windows Explorer (not Internet Explorer) after starting the game. Then, Alt-tab into the agem. Of course, after playing use Task Manager to turn Exporer back on again.

    NOT SO ADVANCED
    Create a batch file to do the above for you.
    1. Open your text exitor -- eg Notepad. Do not use Word!
    2. Enter the following into Notepad:
    taskkill /F /IM Explorer.exe
    age2_x1.exe
    Start explorer.exe
    3. Save the file in the same folder where AoE II is installed..probably C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Age of Empires II.
    4. Save the file as AOE2.BAT -- or anything you wish as long as it ends with .bat and not the default .txt
    5. Right click on the file.
    Select Send to
    Select Desktop (create shortcut)

    Now you can play the game any time you wish, it will automatically turn off Explorer while you play the game, and will turn it back on for you when you are finished.

    Just in case you don't know what happens when you turn off Explorer, be aware that it removes your desktop icons etc. So you screen will look blank. However, if you screw up--not to worry, just reboot and all will be well.

    Enjoy the game.

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