You’ll learn a lot while playing through Relic Entertainment and World’s Edge’s Age of Empires IV. Not only how the ins and outs of its RTS mechanics work, thanks to the excellent Art of War mode, but for-real history stuff. Like, how castles, err, castled. The wonderful (and impressive) documentary approach found across the game’s four single-player campaigns is a great fit for the long-running RTS series. And as the first mainline Age of Empires in well over a decade, Age of Empires IV is something of a dream come true.
An expansive modern RTS gem.
Age of Empires IV is something of a marvel, a modern-day RTS released at a time when the real-time strategy genre exists mainly on the periphery of the genre landscape. Dating back to the time PC games first integrated the mouse and keyboard for input; the isometric perspective of the RTS, the real-time combat, the shoring up of defences, and training a large force to take on threats is still timeless. And with examples few and far between in 2021, having something exceptional arrive takes on an extra special quality.
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