Age of Empires 4 comments

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What is it? Historical real-time strategy set in the Middle Ages.
Expect to pay USD 60 / GBP 50 (or via Xbox Game Pass)
release October 28, 2021
Developer Cultural Relics Entertainment
Publisher Xbox Game Studio
Review date Ryzen 7 5800H, Nvidia GeForce 3070 (mobile), 16GB RAM
multiplayer game? Up to eight players online
Associate Official website

Based on its evidence of the eternal despotism of the RTS type, there is a reason for not transcending Age of Empires 2-now its “decisive” form. Its competition scene is booming, and people are wrapping up its ongoing DLC, just like bread distributed by the benevolent ruler, and its gorgeous sprites have a cleanliness that 3D graphics can’t seem to match.

So, on the one hand, it makes sense for the new series developer Relic to decide to loosely simulate Age of Empires 4 on the beloved second entry. It removes some of the complexities of Age of Empires 3 and returns to the lovely cycle of exploration-economy-conquest, while adding most of its own popular elements. Chief among them are the asymmetric factions, which almost certainly cause bloody and unbalanced screams, but are still regarded as the game’s greatest success.

On the other hand, reverence for the past may be limited, and I can’t help but feel what Age of Empires 4 could have been more. Although I respect Relic’s pretty safe decision, this should lead to something that already exists real Shine; polish the minarets of the mosques and the Moscow onion domes, raise those population restrictions, and let the corpses fly Physics-y give up the impact of the cannonball and the big image.

(Image source: Microsoft)

On the contrary, there was a steady utilitarianism for most of Age of Empires 4-everything in it work As always, but without the talent that can make it a grand celebration of the eternal AoE formula.