Core game is oldschool RTS gameplay at its finest; addictive MMOish bits; tons of content.
Can be enjoyed for hours without spending any money, Almost every quest supports cooperative play, MMOstyle rewards keep you hooked, Uniformly great presentation.
Free to play, Addicting, Easy to learn, Supports a wide variety of hardware.
PVP matchmaking rarely finds appropriate opponents, Enemy AI isn't very bright, Quests are overly repetitive, Need to spend at least $20 to feel like you're playing a complete game, No Skirmish mode at launch.
Paid premiums can accumulate quickly, Limited launch options available, Early levels can be a slog, Won't challenge players of "serious" RTS games, Available only for PC.
By PC Gamer on May 08, 2012
The best free RTS gaming you'll find, the Celts bring AoEO two steps closer to...90
By PC Gamer on October 16, 2011
It’s beautiful, free and addictive to a point, but Age of Empires Online’s battles fail to deliver a...65
By Maximum PC on October 11, 2011
Playing Age of Empires Online is like greeting an old friends for the first time in years, but instead of returning your friendly fist-bump, your pal socks you in the gut. Don't get us wrong: AOEO isn't a bad game, and somewhere benearth its...70
By New Game Network on September 10, 2011
For many, Age of Empires has long stood as one of the hallmarks of not only the real-time strategy genre but as one of the greatest PC game franchises of all time. In Age of Empires: Online, the series makes the jump from AAA retail title to...84
By Gameplay Monthly on September 07, 2011
To sum it all up, this is a game with a good core (end gameplay) that is detracted by intrusive and unnecessary online features, bad PvP, and borderline ridiculous begging for you to buy premium. My suggested action would be this: don’t put money...17
By GameSpot on September 02, 2011
Age of Empires Online effectively infuses its conventional real-time strategy gameplay with massively multiplayer online-style loot and leveling...-
By IGN Gear on August 24, 2011
For all its flaws, I can’t help but like Age of Empires Online. Caught somewhere between massively-multiplayer online role-playing game and hardcore competitive real-time strategy, Age of Empires Online delivers some of the most addictive parts of...70
By 1UP on August 23, 2011
When Microsoft shut down Ensemble Studios a few years ago shortly after the release of Halo Wars, I never thought we'd have a new Age of Empires game, much-less one being developed by remnants of that fabled studio. Microsoft, along with Gas Powered...63
By Tech Digest on August 19, 2011
Name: Genre: Platform: Few real-time strategy series are as revered as Age of Empires. As well as leading the way with perfectly balanced combative units, it had a great defensive system too and finely tuned resource management, tied up in a sweeping...60
By Games Radar on August 19, 2011
After taking Age of Empires Online for an initial spin, we briefly removed our strategizing caps and stroking (followed by an audible “Hmmm”) beards to give you our first impressions. The short version? We were pleased with the game's...60