The newest of the Age of Empires series is Age of Empires IV which came out 10/28/2021. A return to the classic Age of Empires II feel while changing it up a bit and making Civilisations very asymmetrical. Overall I have been quite a fan of the game thus far but let’s take a deeper look as to why that is.
What Is Age of Empires IV
The Age of Empires series has been around for quite some time. With many games across a large number of years, AOE is still one of the best RTS games ever made. Even before Age of Empires IV was announced or released players from all over the world were still playing AOE2 online for fun and in tournaments. Age of Empires IV is set in the Middle ages and pits different civilizations from across the world against one another.
To start their empires, players will need to explore the world around them to locate essential resources. Using these resources, they’ll construct buildings, produce units, and build their economies. All the while fighting off a barrage of enemy raids and attacks. Guide your empire through the ages, and when the time is right, strike your enemies with the full force of your empire, claiming victory!
The English are touted as a defensive powerhouse in Age of Empires IV. Stronger Man-at-Arms, the very classic English Longbowman, and a “firm control” over Castles and other defensive buildings. As well as a strong food economy to sustain them throughout the ages.
Known for their cavalry, the French are a fearsome army whose armored knights and charges can tip the tides of the battle. Good trade also helps to keep that fearsome army’s numbers strong while in Age of Empires IV.
In Age of Empires IV, the Chinese civilization is one of impressive construction, gunpowder strength, and a dynasty system that provides unique benefits and varied strategies to overcome opponents.
The Abbasid Dynasty is a very adaptive civilization due to their ability to research unique upgrades at the House of Wisdom. These upgrades impact and alter core game elements and mechanics, providing a truly unique way to build your empire.
Holy Roman Empire
The Holy Roman Empire is a civilization shaped by a powerful infantry army, made stronger by the support of their religious unit, the Prelate. Prelate can also be used from the very beginning buffing villagers and speeding up economic growth.
The Mongols civilization in Age of Empires IV are extremely capable of hit-and-run strategies, thanks to their exceptional mobility and nomadic nature. The ability to expand armies rapidly also helps in this playstyle.
The Rus are highly skilled hunters, adept in the wild. Supported by their battle-ready cavalry, the Rus grow more powerful as they expand to new frontiers through the ages.
The last but certainly not least civilization in Age of Empires IV is the Delhi Sultanate. The Delhi Sultanate is at the forefront of technological innovation. They have a strong focus on research and defense, with an edge in technological advancement over other civilizations.
“Age of Empires IV takes players on a journey through the ages as they command influential leaders, build expansive kingdoms, and fight some of the most critical battles of the Middle Ages.”
The campaigns for Age of Empires IV were promised to be based on factual history and it seems we got just that! I personally love history and think it not only makes for a fun campaign experience but also allows players of all ages to learn about the history of the time. They currently have 4 main campaigns Norman Campaign, Hundred Years War, The Rise of Moscow, and the Mongol Empire.
William of Normandy sets forth on the hard-fought road to conquer England and become its new king. What follows is an epic story of succession, family conflict, anarchy, and rebellion — all with the players in the front seat.
Hundred Years War
Ravaged by years of English raiding, France must gather its might to resist the onslaught. Over the course of a century, this fragile country evolves by virtue of chivalric knighthood, the fierce determination of a peasant girl named Jeanne d’Arc, and the explosive force of cannon fire. During the 100 Years War campaign, players will defend France, turn the tide of war, and forge the foundations of the French nation.
The Rise of Moscow
The story of Moscow’s rise begins at a humble outpost on the Moskva River and ends with the emergence of a new superpower. Playing as the Rus and their iconic leaders, players will battle the relentless brutality of the Mongol invasion, unite allies and foes, and force a change of fortune – from subjugation to independence.
The Mongol Empire
Under the unifying rule of Genghis Khan, warring Mongolian tribes came together and forged the largest contiguous land empire the world has ever known. What the Mongols lacked in resources, they made up for with tactics, martial skills, and adaptation. The Mongol campaign takes players through the thunderous rise of this awe-inspiring empire.
Each of the campaigns does a wonderful job of telling the stories of the historic events that happened while still being enjoyable to play. While no word just yet I truly hope there are more campaigns added to the game in the years to come.
Age of Empires IV
Overall Age of Empires IV has been wonderful thus far. There is plenty of detail and specialization within each of the different civilizations to keep play fresh. The civilizations largely feel balanced and I assume the developers will continue their efforts to make sure it stays that way. We know the AOE community is vast and I can only assume what great things Age of Empires IV will end up creating. Be sure to check back for all the latest news and updates that come out. As well as check out the official Age of Empires IV website.