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Age of Empires: The Age of Kings (DS)

By: Rex Inego | Jan 21, 2007 10:38 PM

When I first heard this game was arriving for my beloved DS I bolted to the game store and bought a copy as soon as possible. With the supply of other DS games being fairly poor in comparison to earlier games (SMB is nowhere near as good as Mario Kart, obviously), I was hoping and praying that this game would provide some light entertainment.

What is provided me with was much, much more. The conversion of AoE from a real-time strategy game to a turn-based game was one that was severely scrutinised by the media in general. However, it works well, and certainly doesn't detract from the game at all.

The graphics are also rather impressive, as is the use of the 2 screens; the bottom screen is an overview of the land and the top screen is used for stats and battling. This works well, and saves the game's all-important map screen from being cluttered.

The amount of unlockables is surprisingly great too. The opportunity of aquiring famous battles like Hastings and Agincourt are available, and new units can also be bought. There is even a library, where you can read about the game's main characters and their real-life stories if you get a little bored of the campaigns.

However, the main thing that keeps this game thoroughly interesting is the storyline running through it. 5 campaigns, each with their own famous leader, are historically correct, which adds to the triumphant feeling you get upon completing a mission. Many people will say that Advance Wars is top of this genre, but I personally feel that because AoE is real people and real events, it adds to the overall playability of the game.

Pros: The turnbased works! Graphics arent confusing to go along with gameplay

cons: not the classic game to some people thats not good enough

conclusion: Overall, die-hard fans of Age Of Empires will be disappointed that it isn't a RTS, but considering the DS' specs it would not have been possible, and chances are they will come round to like it. If, like me, casual gamers pick it up and have a go they will be very suprised at the depth and range of this game. Either way, this game is a must-buy for the DS. For me, it is up there with the heaven-sent games like Mario Kart, Animal Crossing and WarioWare. Get this game. History has never been so enthralling

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