So today we see the release of Age of Empires Online. The review on ArsTechnica covers the salient points.
Coincidentally I recently tried returning back to the original AOE games – I actually bought these on CD via Amazon – and unfortunately getting them to run on Windows 7 was a bit disappointing because its hard to take advantage of the larger display sizes available. (I want to run it at 2560×1600 on a 30” monitor – but it insists on running in the much more limited original resolutions).
What I discovered in my search for the original experience is that there are others who seek the same. And if Wildfire games is successful we may have an MODERN AOE-like experience via their game calls 0.A.D.
Clearly the game graphics are more like the original AOE that the more cartoonish style of Age of Empires Online.
As a parting thought, here’s some nostalgia for you. Listen to the Age of Empires 2 soundtrack on YouTube.