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Jul 30th 2010 at 12:56:34 PM

I wonder why there isn't a subject for this yet.

Anyways, I consider this the best of the AOE series. Haven't played it for quite a while though. Could there perhaps be a patch somewhere that I could use to fix the color problem (I run Windows 7) without having to shut down explorer.exe?

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Jul 30th 2010 at 1:00:57 PM

Shutting down explorer fixes it?

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Jul 30th 2010 at 1:08:10 PM

I preferred the Conquerors Expansion, myself.

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Jul 30th 2010 at 1:47:55 PM

I preferred Age Of Mythology and Empire Earth to AOK (I dunno, I could never get into AOK) but it was a great game nonetheless. Correct me if I'm misguided here but (other than Starcraft 2) I seem to notice a dearth of RTSes like the Age Of Empires series, which makes me sad.

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Jul 30th 2010 at 1:51:14 PM

Age of Mythology was the better game, But Age Of Empires 2 (both the original and expansion) introduced me to history and computers. I wouldn't be here without it, so it gets higher points in my book. Empire Earth won't work on my computer.

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Jul 30th 2010 at 8:06:04 PM

Not much happening in this thread, huh?

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Jul 30th 2010 at 8:08:23 PM

Try bringing in some war elephants.

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Jul 30th 2010 at 8:10:40 PM

Heck yeah, I loved the Persians!

edited 30th Jul '10 8:10:53 PM by AlirozTheConfused

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Jul 30th 2010 at 11:11:58 PM

I loved Age of Kings. I mean REALLY LOVED. Never tried Age of Empires III though, I heard bad things about it at the time of release, so I just skipped it.

Jul 31st 2010 at 12:53:43 AM

Me? I really like the Japanese for their Samurais and their fast-assembling trebuchets.

edited 31st Jul '10 1:00:20 AM by WartysNeryon

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Jul 31st 2010 at 3:41:55 AM

Wartys Neryon: Could there perhaps be a patch somewhere that I could use to fix the color problem (I run Windows 7) without having to shut down explorer.exe?

Not a patch, but I've managed to get rid of that by doing the following:

1. Change your desktop wallpaper to a solid color. Any color is fine, but it has to be that single color accross the whole desktop.

2. Open the window where you change your screen resolution. So right click on desktop and select ""Screen resolution". Leave this window open while you play the game. You can minimize it, but not close it.

When you stop playing you can close the window and change the wallpaper. To make it quicker I saved a custom theme where the background is one-colored, makes it much faster to do all this.

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Jul 31st 2010 at 3:44:08 AM

Guys, we already have a general AOE thread here.

OP: Try changing your desktop settings to 16 bit colouring. That might help.

edited 31st Jul '10 3:45:03 AM by Mapi

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Jul 31st 2010 at 5:36:20 AM

Yeah, the problem with older games is their issues with hardware that's too new for them.

I never minded the color issues myself.

Oh, and Huns = Broken.

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AlirozTheConfused Bibliophile. from Daz Huat!
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Jul 31st 2010 at 5:45:49 AM

No, Huns = Awesome.

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Jul 31st 2010 at 7:21:02 AM

@ WUE: Given the length of time between AOE II and III, enough hype had developed that it would never have lived up to expectations. I've got III and 'The Warchiefs Expansion', both of which are pretty great. The Home City, new setting and unit rebalances will take a bit of getting used to, though. Plus it glosses over the less..illustrious elements of the colonial era.

And I played my copy of The Conquerors to death, resurrected it and played it to death again. I never really had a favourite civ to play as, though, or a scrappy civ either. I've changed from a turtler to a boom/rush player, though, so I'd probably give the Goths and Huns more turns if I went back to it. Anyone have any definite favourites?

edited 31st Jul '10 7:21:19 AM by DarkDecapodian

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AlirozTheConfused Bibliophile. from Daz Huat!
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Jul 31st 2010 at 7:27:02 AM

The Persians. I also liked the Aztecs.

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Jul 31st 2010 at 7:34:06 AM

Aztecs, Goths, and Huns are the bomb.

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Jul 31st 2010 at 7:36:56 AM

Yeah, the barbarians were always fun. Spain was overrated, England was lame, the Chinese were boring compared to them.

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Jul 31st 2010 at 7:38:36 AM

France is a late-game killer.

Having no need for houses pretty much breaks the game in your favor.

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AlirozTheConfused Bibliophile. from Daz Huat!
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Jul 31st 2010 at 7:40:31 AM

The Byzantines were always useful against the french, but they never could defeat the Goths. That's how it happened with me, at least.

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Jul 31st 2010 at 7:43:00 AM

^^ If you can capitalise on it quick enough, then yeah. Kind of less effective with the Sioux of III, due to no siege weapons, but that's for the other topic.

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Jul 31st 2010 at 7:44:16 AM

Byzantines are defensive powerhouses. Of course, plopping down Barracks after Barracks right near their settlements and cranking out infantry is too easy.

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Jul 31st 2010 at 8:33:25 AM

Who do you think would win, a group of elite cataphracts or a group of halberdiers, if the resources spent for both sides was the same?

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AlirozTheConfused Bibliophile. from Daz Huat!
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Jul 31st 2010 at 8:35:10 AM

Cataphracts.

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Jul 31st 2010 at 8:35:12 AM

Cataphracts; they're still fatter than the Halberdiers.

Goths are great, but if you don't finish the game by Castle Age, you're screwed (no walls).

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