We know that Age of Empires IV is going for a long time and that the rest of Age of Empires cannot be lived forever. No matter how much we continue to give them. Today, that’s why we are going to think about games like age of empires.
Not all are going to be strategy games that respect their mechanics 100%, not even their setting, but as we say in Galicia, it will be bad that they do not end up convincing their proposals shortly when you like RTS.
Games like age of empires
- Empire Earth
- Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
- Halo Wars
- Empires Apart
- 0 AD
- Rise of Nations
- Stronghold HD
- The Settlers II
- They Are Billions
- Dawn of man
- Anno 1404
- Age of Vampires
We started, as it could not be otherwise, by Empire Earth, the greatest rival that Age of Empires II had in its time when leaving with only two years of difference and posing a slightly similar style throughout different times and managing A whole empire. The striking thing is that this proposal from Stainless Steel Studios ranged from prehistory to the futuristic “Nano Era.” It enjoyed a sequel to the height. It ended up crashing with the expendable Empire Earth III of 2007.
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds
That same 2001 where Empire Earth debuted, Ensemble Studios would bring to the market Star Wars: Galatic Battlegrounds, which comes to be, almost literally, an Age of Empires set in the Star Wars universe. However, it did not have the same impact as it was not a product as round as the 1997 and 1999 classics of Ensemble Studios. But it is still priceless to remember its soundtrack again, along with its most iconic planets and controlling those units that we know so much.
Since we are talking about Ensemble Studios, we cannot forget (unfortunately) what was the last work of the creators of Age of Empires. We speak of that Halo Wars launched in 2009 for Xbox 360 and currently can also be enjoyed on Xbox One and Windows 10 under a definitive edition. An RTS that bets more for the action and less for the management of the base, but that can be interesting for those looking for another variant.
With Empires Apart, we are facing a game that drinks a lot from the formula created by Ensemble Studios to the point of touching plagiarism at certain times … despite some original touches. The pity is that it looked to be much better than it was, because of a bad optimization with AI, among other aspects. Hence, its creators ultimately changed its business model.
The one that did succeed fully and is a vastly more interesting free (and open-source) project, to the point that nothing has to envy the work in which it is inspired, is 0 AD, a titanic project that does not stop evolve and it gets bigger with every update you receive. As a curiosity, to say that it began as a conceptual mod of the Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings in 2003. Yes, it already rained …
Rise of Nations
Halfway between Civilization and Age of Empires we have the case of Rise of Nations (Big Huge Games, 2003), whose Extended Edition was launched by Microsoft a few years ago on Steam and already in the official store of the Redmond company with Xbox achievements Live It still has an undeniable appeal that can hardly be understood as to why it had no more continuity after the fantastic and remarkable spin-off Rise of Legends.
Since we are with classics from the beginning of the 21st century, we cannot ignore the great debut of Firefly Studios with Stronghold in 2001, whose remaster for Steam of the year 2012 made it clear that satisfaction when building an entire walled empire had not lost or A whit of fun.
The Settlers II
Conserving the resource management of Age of Empires, but elevated to the cube and with higher levels of procrastination, we have the timeless The Settlers II of Blue Byte, a classic strategy that has reissued Ubisoft with the rest of the saga.
In style slightly similar to the Ubisoft saga, but with a quieter and also more addictive cadence, we have that Shinished Rock Software Banished that left us feeling so good in 2014. Because not everything in life is fighting in mass battles, the part of creating a city from nothing can also be most comforting.
They Are Billions
What does the mambo do and we want war? Well, with They Are Billions, we won’t have two cups, but a billion of them. And what is this strategy game of the Spanish studio Numantian Games about? Well, to create a base and defend it from millions of hordes of enemies. A vice.
Dawn of man
Coincidentally another Spanish strategy game, in this case of Madruga Works, but where the evolution of Age of Empires is recovered from the Stone age to the Iron age, is in the recent and not negligible Dawn of Man. A title with good ideas that need to be polished in some aspects so that the emphasis does not decline after many hours of play.
Taking advantage of the fact that Anno 1800 is falling into the Epic Games Store, it may be a good idea to relive one of the best installments of this Ubisoft saga. The Anno 1404 released ten years ago on PC. Ideal, above all, for those people who prefer the economic and management part of the Age of Empires.
Age of Vampires
Nobody said that in this list, we could not include mods. And we already know that there are very cool mods of Age of Empires II, like this Age of Vampires, where the universe devised by Ensemble Studios is modified by one vampire and other fantasy monsters.