July 19th, 2013. /r/Aoe2. Simply A Classic.
Submitted by rya11111 6,744 Citizens since 2 years.
As the title aptly says, this game is a classic.
Anyone who plays computer games has played age of empires 2. Its not possible that he/she has left it out. ITS NOT POSSIBLE. If someone in this planet hasn't, I suggest you drop whatever you are doing(except pooing ofcourse) and run to the nearest computer, get it, and play it.
Age of empires 2 or AOE 2, is the part of the Age of Empires series which is a RTS based game and had 3 sequels totally (without considering the expansions) AOE 2 has the main part Age of Kings and Its expansion Age of conquerors. It was developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft. The main gist of the game as everyone knows is that this game replicates some of the famous battles which happened in the middle ages. We can choose different civilizations and grow accordingly and go forward in the game fighting battles and satisfying the objectives.
Age of empires 2 is a very satisfying and a fun game. even after 12 years of its release it is still played in many homes and no one has forgotten about it. That is what meant by a classic. The sequel of the game Age of empires 3 did not appeal to me as much the predecessor did but to each his own of course. AOE 1 was a good game but it was definitely more simple than the 2nd though i liked its graphics better :D
the various scenarios, different units, the mission objectives, the maps and its various other features make this game a really awesome experience for everyone and i have lots of loving memories playing this game :3 Recently the HD version has been released so that the new PCs can play it better. For such an old game to be remade into HD shows the popularity and the bar set by the game.
So proudly presenting this sub, here is an interview with the moderators.
1. What motivates you to moderate this sub ?
sixtyt3: AOE2 is one of the oldest strategy games out there (by current standards). It's also perhaps the only game which has a very fanatical & rabid fan following - in that a vast majority of the following wouldn't move to the newer versions (AOE3 or Age of Mythology) of the game. The game is just 'perfect' the way it is. I'm one of those fans. Though I've tried to play both AOM and AOE3 (and the trash that is AOE Online), I keep coming back to AOE2. So creating an AOE2 community was a natural next step for me when I joined reddit. Mind_Killer: I didn't have much of a choice. When it comes to video games, I've always been the sort of person who has more time to read/write about them than actually play them. So when the HD remake of AOE2 was released, I went looking for a community where I could read/write and looked on reddit first (of course). I had written so much that by the time sixtyt3 came looking for new mods, several people had already suggested my name before I even applied. Cheesydude: I love the game and supporting it through this subreddit I enjoy doing - i'll soon be working on updating the stylesheet to better fit the game's aesthetics as well :) madlordofmilk: It's just a fantastic community. I love the game and have gotten a lot of help out of the subreddit, especially when I first started getting back into the game :) JeffersonThomas: What motivates me to moderate this sub is helping to keep this community together for the next 15 years. After MSN Zone closed many years ago, our community went through a rough time. I've been working since then, to help keep the community connected. In 2013 we are a stronger community than we ever were in the heyday of MSN Zone. CysionBE: Just the love for the game. I went from a casual player, to a quite-a-bit-too-addicted player to a dev of AoE2, so I felt it was a logical choice to offer my help.
2. How long have you been playing AOE2 for ?
sixtyt3: AOE2 is one of the oldest strategy games out there (by current standards). It's also perhaps the only game which has a very fanatical & rabid fan following - in that a vast majority of the following wouldn't move to the newer versions (AOE3 or Age of Mythology) of the game. The game is just 'perfect' the way it is. I'm one of those fans. Though I've tried to play both AOM and AOE3 (and the trash that is AOE Online), I keep coming back to AOE2. So creating an AOE2 community was a natural next step for me when I joined reddit. Mind_Killer: I've been playing AOE2 since AOE2 was AOE1. I still remember my dad and I looking forward to the game's release back in 1999. To be fair, I stopped playing after the MSN Gaming Zone stopped supporting it, but that's the better part of 14 years at this point. Cheesydude: Probably about 10-12 years at this point, it was the one game I played early on in my childhood that got me hooked on playing on the PC. madlordofmilk: Since the HD re-release. I also played the original when I was younger. JeffersonThomas: I've been playing AOE2 as long as possible for a retail player, since Day 1. I actually stated with AOE 1 in 1998 and purchased AOE2 the day of release in early fall 1999. Approximately between 14-15 years depending if you include AOE1 in your count. CysionBE: Pretty much since the release back in 1999, started playing online in 2007.
3. Which is your favourite civilization and why ?
sixtyt3: It depends on the map. Vikings for any water based map because they breed boats like crazy - and goths for land maps. Mind_Killer: The Mayans. The "Meso" civs are the coolest looking, in my opinion. The Eagle Warrior is a fun unit, their Plumed Archers are like regular archers on crack and they're a good civ in just about any age and any situation. Cheesydude: Persians, for sure. Sometimes you just want to be an asshole and persian douche your enemy. Runners up would be the saracen's for their monk rush. I love alternative strategies, they add so much more to the game past hun wars. madlordofmilk: Byzantines. Their tech tree is open to pretty much any path you want for units, so they're pretty flexible. They get bonus building HP and they get discounts on trash units, so they're also pretty resilient while defending. JeffersonThomas: My favorite civilization has changed over the years and at this point, I like them all equally. I only dislike unfavorable match-ups :) CysionBE: Random! Other than that Byzantines, because of their broad tech tree, so you can do a lot of tactics and different army combinations with them.
4. If you could be one unit of AOE2 which one would it be and why ?
sixtyt3: Teutonic knights because MOTHERFUCKING CAPES. Mind_Killer: One of the three starting villagers. Because I don't want to die. I want to stay close to the Town Center. I will garrison my butt inside that TC before anyone even rings the bell if I smell danger. And if you ask to me to lure a boar without Loom, I will spit at you and sit on my farm. Put me on berries, man, I can pick the crap outa some berries. Cheesydude: A monk! 30 30 30 30 madlordofmilk: Samurai! No particular reason, I just think they're badass. JeffersonThomas: This is an interesting question to answer. Much like my answer to favorite civilization, I've had different favorites over the years, but now I really like them all. If I had to pick just one unit it would definitely be the boar because it eat noobs for a living. CysionBE: The hawk, I would just fly over the battlefield the whole time and won't ever get killed =P (anyone still remember those explosive birds in AoE1?)
5. do you have anything to say to your present and future subscribers ?
sixtyt3: Play to have fun. For new players - stop worrying about your skills - and stop calling yourself noobs. Because the purpose of the game is not to be super efficient at beating your rivals. The main purpose is to have fun. With Steam, Gameranger and Voobly, there are enough players of your skill-level so find them and have fun while playing. There are enough scenarios (CBA, Heros) that don't need specific economy based skills. I think the pressure of performing (or winning) takes the fun out of this outstanding game. Mind_Killer: There are very few "new" players to this game anymore. Even if you're pretty new, you've seen the game played or been playing against the computer or you tried it out back in the day and didn't get into it... whatever. We get a lot of people asking for help in the subreddit who don't necessarily lack an understanding of the game, so I like to ask everyone to please post a recording of yourself against a computer so we can fully analyze your gameplay and really get to the heart of where you can improve. Cheesydude: I hope you enjoy the changes we're going to be making to the stylesheet to make the subreddit more akin to the game itself. madlordofmilk: AOE2 is a really approachable game as a newbie, particularly with the HD re-release. There are a ton of videos and guides people have made. So if you like strategy games, give it a shot! JeffersonThomas: You played 2 hours to die like this? CysionBE: I remember the first time I played AoE2 online, I thought I was actually quite a good player. I could defeat the AI on hardest (even multiple players!) and I felt my army of 40 longbowmen was invincible. But boy was I wrong... So once you start to find your way in the wonderful world of multiplayer, prepare to lose a lot :P
Have an awesome weekend!
submitted by SROTDroid
Play on Age of Mythology, not Extended Edition!
You can obtain a video or text-based tutorial from the comments on installing Age of Mythology The Titans. The game runs smoother in multiplayer than The Extended Edition does in single player.
Of course, the only difficult part (and reason why people are too lazy to play the proper one) is to play on the online servers: GameRanger or Voobly. Both servers have mostly supremacy-loving players, but I recommend playing on GameRanger as it is more noob-friendly, and slightly more open to scenarios. If we can get more supremacy lovers into GameRanger the popularity will rise, as lots abandoned for a lack of scenario players on any Age of Mythology server.
Also, here is the website for forums, downloads, and more: aom.heavengames.com
"WHY NOT PLAY ON EXTENDED EDITION???" Because the other places have more online players, the game runs at 30 fps (compared to 25fps... that's 20% more), and you can find more types of games. I recommend playing BOTH extended and normal AoM so you can see the differences yourself. :)
submitted by StrangeStrike