These Were The Hottest Games Of 1997
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Age of Empires
Described as "Warcraft meets Civilization" by GameSpot reviewer Tim McDonald, Microsoft's real-time PC strategy game Age of Empires challenges you to grow a small, primitive settlement into a massive warring empire.
Though McDonald expressed disappointment "with what it failed to be," the franchise has been a massive success, selling more than 20 million copies.
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