What happens when a popular real-time
strategy game for the PC gets ported to the DS... and gets translated into a turn-based title in the process?
That's the question in the minds of Age of Empires fans who finally got to check out this reinvention of
AoK this past week.
Luckily for fans of Ensemble's work, the reimagining turned out a bit better than they might have hoped, even if the overall 82 out of 100 metascore means it didn't fare much better than its PC big brother. Nevertheless, here are a few scores and review excerpts to make up for past strategic miscues on the platform:
- The New York Times (86/100): "Missions are quite interesting, as you seek out holy relics or protect besieged cities. They can also be very difficult, and there were times when after an hour of desperately trying to wipe out the enemy my army would be decimated and my general slain, forcing me to start over with a fresh approach. Fortunately, the varied strategic choices can make a mission play out quite differently a second time."