This ain't Age of Empires. It's too cartoony from Ensemble Studios style of graphics. Change the name, you're giving Age Of Empires a bad name. I'm a huge fan and i won't be playing this game that doesn't have the look and feel I came to know back then. Time to reinstall StarCraft II
why does he wait until halfway through the interview to mention that it is FREEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!
Cartoony graphics does not attract a new audience. It just makes your game look childish. AoE was great the way it was in the first two versions.
u guys noobs dont like it i want aoe4 i want old one better than nothing i like it and online ah these is what i want kings army and attack )
Doesn't really remind me of the AoE series that took up so much of my time when I was 12-13. I will reserve judgment for now until I know more, but for now, I will stick with Starcraft 2 thanks.
haha "whos got the prettiest city". they should seriously change the name of the game, get rid of the words age of empires, its misleading.
This is Microsoft's version of corrupt-a-wish. We asked for a new AoE game and this is what they gave us.
AoE was the first pc game i played and the reason i got into pc gaming. As and old time Aoe and AoM fan, this AoE online crap makes me want to throw up. Cruse you micro$oft for killing off an old time epic.
im a fan of AoE games... but the whole thing where your infantry destroys stone buildings is a bit old. they should take that out of this game
When i heard of a AoE online , i didnt have much hope, i was expecting some 3rd person wow clone lol, but watching this gives me hope... this looks epic!!
The bottom-line for me here is this: Am I, as a 'hardcore' Age player and long-time fan of this franchise, a part of the target audience for this game? The entirety of the Age franchise has been a game for RTS enthusiasts who also liked a bit of history with their gameplay doze. Even Age of Mythology, which staggered a bit from the real-world historical line, incorporated elements of history and historical mythology in the game to satiate their core fanbase of AoE & AoK while still retaining the core 'Agey' formula by not fiddling too much with the look and feel of things. But the obvious focus of the devs is to make the game 'more approachable for the new audience'. Now I don't feel there's anything wrong with that, but, I hope that for the sake of the franchise, the answer to the question I posed at the beginning of this post doesn't turn out to be a resounding no.
The art style reminds me of the old obelix & asterix cartoons. Don't know what to think about this new direction.
AoE SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET. Age 2 is still my favorite strategy game, already signed up for the beta, I am not a huge fan of the art style but as long as the game stays true i am happy
i think its a sweet idea.. dont know what it will turn out to be, but nobody should talk sh** about these guys, just reserve judgement or play the game, and then talk sh** about it if you dont like it.. i love AOE so i am gonna give this a shot.
the new art style is hideous! A big part of AoE experience was the detailed building, units and other visuals. "We have a new art style to make it more approachable for new players" - they are losing more old AoE fans with this crap than gaining new.
Hmm, sadly this doesn't impress me at all. It's nothing like the AoE series, but let's wait and see.
this looks like garbage what happened?! it's like they're taking a step backwards the art style sucks, AOE II graphics are way better than this, it looks like a little kiddy game and its so different i'm disappointed. of course it's worse cuz it's freeware...
Looks great, art style looks great as well ! I hope they send me the beta, can't wait to play more Age of Empires ! Too many whiners seriously, without even playing one second of the game. "Traditional Age gameplay" "Full blow age of empires game for free" "Deeper than other Age games" ... yeah that sounds really ... really bad. tooki: Age of Empires 3 wasn't bad :S. It just wasn't as good as Age of Kings or Age of Mythology.
Hmm, interesting concept, free to play main game, customability, I am interested although the art style will take getting used too
It looks like it plays similar to Age of Empires but the art style is terrible. Why did they think that was a good idea?
The "more approachable art style" is made for kids. Kids don't have a lot patience making an RTS a bad fit for them. Plus it turns off older gamers who wanted to try it
The whole time the interviewee keeps saying "this is Age Of Empires," but anyone who played AoE1, AoE2, or AoM is probably thinking the exact opposite. Almost reminds me more of Battleforge in that you can apparently just call in units on the battlefield wherever you need them. I would pay an exorbitant amount for a quality modern strategy game in the vein of AoE2, but all we get is more freeware and nickle-and-dime pricing schemes.
Oooo.......premium content model....just what all of us AoE fans always wanted /sarcasm. Microsoft, why don't you make some new IP for this crap instead of ruining a classic series. AoE3 was bad enough.