Oman Game Review: Age of Empires IV

31 Aug 2017
POSTED BY Alvin Thomas

Alvin Thomas finds nuggets of history served up in the latest version of his all-time favourite game.

That’s it, folks. I never thought it would have come to this. But, I think it is about time I took a sabbatical from writing at Y.

“Why?” you ask.

Well, I’ll make it easy for you: Age of Empires – my favourite game of all-time – is making a comeback. Needless to say, I’m mighty chuffed about it.

I’ve learned more world history (even if it’s not complete in historical accuracy) from my long hours playing this epic strategy game saga than I ever learned in high school – no kidding!

Soon, my knowledge on history rose: I went from, “Genghis Khan, who?”, to “Genghis Khan, the founder of the Mongol Empire – the largest contiguous empire in the world”.

From the teaser revealed by Microsoft at the Gamescom 2017, last week, in Germany, fans around the globe are excited, too.

And why not?

It has been 12 long years since the last Age of Empires game was released. Now in its fourth generation, Age of Empires – as per my analysis of the trailer footage – will largely remain true to its original hawk-eye-style game format.

No more details of the game have been revealed, but leaked game footage (by international gaming website IGN) shows an analogous gaming engine – similar to what we find in Age of Empires II and III.

You will still get to play campaign mode; getting an insight into the history of the world like never before, while also getting the opportunity to re-write the books, in ‘conquest’ mode.

Oh, and yes, the graphics are spectacular, too. The game can be played in 4K resolution, which should spruce up your gaming.

Just make sure you have a compatible, high-speed internet connection to complement the game. Otherwise you will just end up cussing your way through to an inevitable loss to your opponent, in your multi-player conquests.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Age of Empires, Microsoft will also launch an ‘Age of Empires: Definitive Edition’, which will include a wealth of new features while keeping a lot of the aspects of the original adventure to preserve the feel of the original game.

I’m eager to get my hands on this one.

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