If you played Age of Empires II back when it was released in the late Nineties, you’ll be in for a nostalgic treat. The Definitive Edition includes all the content from the original 1997 release and all expansions released over subsequent years. More content has been added with the The Last Khans pack, adding civilisations like Bulgarians, Lithuanians, and Tatars to the mix. The Definitive Edition now contains 35 civilisations and over 25 campaigns – in other words, more than enough content to keep you engaged for hours.
When it comes to the game’s core premise, the end goals and core gameplay haven’t changed. You choose a civilisation to play as, build up your base and gather resources, and battle it out with other civilisations in a bid to emerge victorious. Similar to later strategy game series like Civilization and Total War, you’ll have to create a city where you can harvest resources, train units, uncover unexplored territory, and defend your own territory as your campaign unfolds. Depending on which civilisation you choose to play as, you’ll have different perks and drawbacks to work with in battle.