See, that's just it, I have played tons of CoH, Dawn of War, and Supreme Commander. Play lots of newer ones and you kinda get used to certain new features that RTS games have now. Then go back to AoE2, it is painful. Me and my buddies were gonna do an old school LAN party the weekend before release and play the original AoE2, so I tested it out first. Ugh, it felt like playing in molasses cause everything I wanted to do was more time consuming in mouse clicks and information gathering.
I guess if you havent played many modern RTS games you won't miss those features, but I think an RTS junkie will enjoy that twinge of nostalgia for the first few minutes, then be annoyed.
I'm getting back into it when time and life allows. I've got about all of the Total War series of games, debated on the DoW series, and if I ever sit down will get to enjoying RTS again. Then I'll get a good gander as to what you're referring to as I'm sure there are some features I'll just not want to do without.
Bummer you haven't already grabbed the DoW stuff, THQ had a fire sale and was practically giving away the series before the company was dissolved.
I saw that, but still wasn't sure then. I kept thinking "What's wrong with this game where the price keeps dropping and dropping every time they put it on a Steam Sale?" And there may be another one down the road, who knows.
Hey, AOE 3 was great. Even AOEO had good gameplay, they just messed up the presentation and financial model. COH is great but a different style. SC2 is the same style as SC1. There are no other good RTS games out in the traditional AOE/EE/RON model.
So yes, AOE 2 still holds up. RON is still really fun too.
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