Empires: Dawn of the Modern World

Game Reviews | Mar 3rd, 2005

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Company: Activision
Platform: PC
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I haven’t really played too many PC games before because usually they involve the keyboard and that’s just too many buttons to hit. This game can be used with the keyboard or you can use the mouse, which I do. Empires is similar to Age of Mythology and Sims, or so I’ve heard since I’ve never played those games.

There is 4 periods of the game you can play. The first is the Medieval Age and you can play as Richard the Lionheart. I’m actually still playing that level. The object is to complete missions like protecting cities, build up the castles, have workers chop down trees, kill bandits and other enemies. The game is very time consuming and once you start playing, you’ll soon realize you’ve been playing the game for 4 hours straight. The game is really confusing and hard to figure out what to do at first but once you play the game a little bit you get the hang of it. I’m still trying to figure out what’s going on but I’m not used to these type of games so.

The other Ages are “Gunpowder,” “Imperial,” and “World War I.” I haven’t played Gunpowder or Imperial yet but I tried out the WWI level. I quickly died in that level. You play as Patton and his troops, land on the French beaches and try to take out the gun towers and military. I got a little bit farther than the beaches and I eventually lost all my men. This is why I was never meant to be in the military haha. Another cool thing about this PC game is that you can play in single mode, or multiplayer mode versus other Internet gamers. I haven’t tried that out yet because I suck at the game and can’t even beat the computer.

The graphics are really good, and the animation is decent as well. Sometimes there is slow performance or you can’t see the dialog boxes, when the people are talking, but I think that’s because I have other things opened that are taking up memory. Overall, this game is a lot of fun, and I’ll be playing this one for awhile now. Let’s hope I can get better at it though!

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Favorite Aspects: I like that there is different levels to play, and you can spend hours and hours playing this.
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