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Discussion in 'General Gaming and Hardware Forum' started by Brother None, Aug 17, 2010.
What is this I don't even
Wait...so it's an MMO, but instead of being an RPG its a RTS? How is that going to work?
Oh I know you'll play against other players just like in the custom and ranked matches you already have in any online RTS only this time the community will be "connected" in some sort of cohesive "world" so they can call it an MMO.
The Vault Dweller
Hmm... an RTS MMO? This could be interes-
Well, it was an interesting idea, at least.
Wait, so this is an MMORTS?
Could it be the first of its kind?
Link doesn't work for me.
Link dead. Sounds cool though, for those that are into that sort of thing...
I wonder how they'd do it though.
Beta sign-ups, trailer, etc.
Looks too cartoony for my taste...
I read the FAQ, and to be honest, Im not impressed, I don't see the game working at all, and probably short lived like many other MMOs, and the graphics are cartoony, unimpressive at the same time. will certainly give this one a miss
Man, these new cherry cartoon graphics ALONE almost totally killed my interest in the game. I mean, what was wrong with the old, maybe a bit oddly scaled, but otherwise realistic graphics?
Anyone notice how the team working on it is mostly ex-Ensemble employees? Nice one, Microsoft... destroy one of your longest-standing and most-respected game studios, and then hire them again as independent contractors so you can abuse them more easily.
Still, I'm... interested to see how it goes. I'm not fundamentally opposed to an online game with social networking integration, provided it's not mandatory, but the gameplay can't take a backseat to those networking features and cute, approachable visuals. I'm hoping this will be a real Age of Empires game and not something like Battlefield Heroes.
I agree, not impressed right there, I always liked the look of AOE 2and thought that was a great game, but it seems that M$ is trying to get a quick buck from the series, but many MMOs have failed or been very short lived, I think after a month or two, people will move on, I don't even see an appeal to the game, unite friends under one banner, and become a powerhouse? it will only take a a guild to amass a fortune and dominate the game, which means those that play alone will be doomed, I don't see how the system will be fair? then again not interested in trying the beta to find out, the whole game and concept is very unappealing, especially the graphics, a real turn off
yes I noticed that, they seem to be taking the route that many big publishers are taking, killing game studios while reassigning some to others, there are fewer and fewer good studios out there now, and most are getting owned by the big publishers, not fair and not right at all
well, i would see it as a type of persistent bonus system
you start off with like x resource points or unit bonuses or research options...
you play games to get more of these points, and as you win/rank up, you basically get easier to start
Giving some bonuses to players who have hacked the game for a long time would be against all common sense; the original AOE was a game where skilled players could crush newbies even if the n00bs were given several different bonuses (believe me, I have experience about this), so this some kind of level-up-system or the like should be made completely differently.
I think the best way to do this would be that experience would not give you gameplay bonuses, but new ways to show off, like unit and building looks customing, while their stats would remain the same.
This level system might actually be a good thing for online games, to keep n00bs away from pros and let people find opponents of their own skill level (at least if it's done correctly.)
I sorta like the cartoony style, but I fail to understand why they thought it would be a good idea for the AoE series. It's a huge change from the earlier work.
That's a nice idea. Unlocking extra units that can still be countered with a more basic army. Unlocking statues to decorate your city. Stuff like that.
But I'm sure cosmetics will be implemented somehow.
I just would have liked it if they simply would continue from where Age of Empires 2 stoped. I think most people agree that it was the best AoE particularly with its expansion. Just making a game with great visuals "somewhat" realistic units and nice stories behind it the game had even a small encyclopedia behind it where you couldread about feudalism, the history of certain units and a lot more. Making a kind of "MMO" out of it doesnt sound that interesting particularly with GFWL behind it ...
Sadly they closed the team behind AoE in the past.
It went downhill with Age of Mythology: the graphics were pretty sweet (the water landing on the shore, that was just mezmerizing), but the campaigns were boring and although you could have different interesting combinations with the Gods you chose, it just didn't feel as big as AoE2. Manual was bad as well. I bought AoE3 and the first expansion, but it just felt like a copy with different graphics. I gave it to some dude for his birthday soon after. AoE2 was surely the best so far. I "wasted" a lot of time on that game.
Yeah, having seen the website now, I am appalled!
You mentioned all the good things I loved so much about AoE2 - the chance to learn a bit of history, and how different units work. It was the first strategy game for me where you didn't have to concentrate on jut one uber-unit, but had to combine strengths and weaknesses of all, otherwise your army would suck, no matter its numbers. It felt and looked just realistic enough to be fun.
Sure, some of that might be available in the online AoE, but from the look of it, it's lost its appeal to me (and most traditional fans). Cartoon graphics, really?
I think from the visuals AoE2 was the best so far. Even with just its 2D graphic. but it feelt compared to any other game like "hand made" and a artistical piece. The units, buildings and landscape feelt at least for me better.
It is really great news for me. Because, The Age of Empire is one of my favorite game and I have all the parts of it. I like war type games and It is amazing war game. So, I will take more advantages of it. I am really exciting about it.
Hm..., is it just me or does the graphics looks a bit like the old Warcraft 1 or 2 games?
As for this style of MMO game play, it has been attempted before, and I've played it. The game I played was free though, and it got pretty addicting if you got friends with you. The way that game worked is that the game keeps running even if you aren't at it, meaning your troops will keep spawning (if you queued it) and you will keep gathering resources. But, the best way to get ahead is to cooperate with others and raid other towns for resources, then you can expand faster and build way more troops. It got addicting for a while, until the clan fell apart. It really wasn't feasible to play the game alone. Since attacking was done in real time, if your friends were too far away or not online to protect you, you can get wiped out easily if there is a clan around you who is hostile.
In the end, it became too time consuming, since it requires a lot of micromanagement.