Cool idea, BUT that is the must disgusting graphics ever in AoE. Why do they destroy the realistic graphics they did so much out of in AoE III?? So sad! :S. Why make it a kids(>12) game? :S
Like the 24/7 gameplay, this game will consume much time.. But will it like in Ogame, where the players who play all the time become undestroyable, and unbeatable :S dont like the grafichs
If this trend continues games are going to be just another shallow commodity of the Social Media gaming era, but big business for publishers because they will capture the masses and obviously $$$$$. What next...Baldur's Gate? Planescape Torment? Total War? Half Life? Hopefully not. I feel sorry for those people who are going to "play" this AoE online.
Omg. noooo. First. The cartoony graphics = Not AoE Second. The voice for this trailer sounds like it should be a comedy kids game... Third = it looks like a basic version of AoE... Come on... this is pretty lame Honestly this reminds me of a sequel of a movie that is horrible compared to the amazing original movie. I.E. The Matrix Reloaded.
This game looks great. I don't know what all you "true gamers" are talking about. It still resembles Age of Empires plenty. They add gear and even kept unit bonuses. Sure the way your building your town in the down time has changed, but doesn't the addition of being able to trade and fight with friends online in this "Empire that never sleeps" sound appealing? I'm looking forward to it, and besides, it won't cost me anything to give it a shot. Cheers. Let's hope it don't disappoint.
looks fun, i have aoe 3 w/ war chiefs and asian dynasties and theyre awesome, this looks very different but a fun new approach.
They are obviously appealing to the "farmville audience" with this one. It will be insanely popular, but its a shame. I believe AOE2 was one of the best game I've ever played. This is a sadly watered down, dumbed down version of this! This game could of been HUGE if done with the true gamers in mind.
Impossible. Age of Empires is an RTS. You can play a match that lasts about an hour. How can they make it a persistent world online game? Intriguing idea, but the chances of failure seem high.
age of empres 1 was great, dunno why gamespot gave it a low score :P hopefully it wont be the boring renaissance period swords and bows is always better
a perfect example of what big business does when it acquires a successful model. And what happens when this fails (too)? They'll just buy out the competition and ruin that next just like the last several years of microsoft acquisitions. These big companies cant do anything right except take idiots money, an buy out anyone that actually does their job. Eventually the public will latch on to something you've bought out and you can exploit them, rinse and repeat. Rinse and repeat. Its a cursed machine that ruins everything it touches and then some.
look ugly omg Aoe 2 got better graphics, why ruining game to to death? it could be better if you would make AOM 3 or AOM MMO
A yes to newer generation of player but those player who had been following the AoE series since 1997 will have a hard time accepting it.I really hoping for a more serious kind of game.
This is not the end of the franchise. They are merely "accepting" the new generation of gaming. I agree that their execution looks a bit odd with their choice of graphics. I think that it will continue to go beyond AoE3 and AoE online. Like someone said, it's free and it's AoE. Worth a go.
I think the sort of "Woohoo!" bit at the end of a trailer has become a gimmick to some gam devs, Battlefield Heroes and Microvolts both have it. I also suspect that it'll just be a 3D version of Travian.
From the traile i am disappointed!!!I was expect something better than this.....thing.I am sorry microsoft but this graphics looks like 2001 games...
I am curious as to whether or not they're gonna make a new Age of Empires game or remake Age of Mythology.
OMG, they really disappointed me! If they thought this could be a part of the AoE series... they're wrong. I guess it won't be much of a success...
Too bad the graphics are so childish. I get the online limitations, bu still. It made me think about Warcraft 3, in a way. And is it me or did they include city managemet stuff similar to Caesar III?
It's a game, and it's free, I'm getting it. What have I to lose? Sure AOE 2 was great, but the sequels weren't that bad imo. Anyway it seems like a trend is going around where popular famous RTS games are going free. CoH: Online, AOE, etc.
@ blairstheman didn't you hear? The company behind age of empires disolved after the warchiefs expansion pack. The asian one was made by another company. And god knows who's gonna make this one.
So they axed the creators of the genera Ensemble studios. Threw all the developers in to the wind most being sent to other MS developers and now they are bastardizing the genera??? Good Job Microsoft we are very proud of you. Now its like playing Call of Duty with none of the original creators involved to make sure the game is not crap. And yes I contradicted myself by signing up for the Beta, always best to try it before putting the final nail in the coffin or just rip the lid right off.
age of empires was good untill it went to the stupid boring renaissance era, this kinda game should be swords and bows :)
I've played and enjoyed the AOE series, they are all pretty great games, and this is gonna be pretty great too even with its cartoonish graphics. hopings its just a distraction while they work on a new full fledge retail AOE
Yeah, it looks less realistic but I'm loving the combat animations. I'm definitely looking forward to this one!
Looks like it can be quite fun with some pve stuff to it just signed up for the beta hopefully it starts before Civ 5 comes out. If not; you can forget me playing it.
They obviously made the graphics stylized like this to appeal to the Farmville crowd en masse. If any former Ensemble Studios devs were behind this, I'd be really amazed. I'll pass on this one and simply wait and see what Civ5 will be like. If that sucks, my plan C is to go with Heroes VI in March.
If the graphic were like in AOE 2 or AOM it would be wayyyy better. Anyway I'm really interested to see how this is going to turn out.
I don't really like the cartoony graphics, just goes against every AOE there is, but i could imagine playing this online and actually having fun :D