- Aug 11, 2008
I would agree on most of those. Forgot about Rise of Nations. Galactic Battlegrounds was one of my favorite games ever. It had some really cool custom maps back when the MSN Gaming Zone was available. (Free online play from Microsoft that didnt suck and they actually made games for the PC---hard to believe. Those were the days.)You could also try Rise of Nations (expansion: Thrones and Patriots), Age of Mythology (expansion: The Titans), Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (expansion: Clone Campaigns), Star Wars: Empire at War (expansion: Forces of Corruption), as well as Universe at War: Earth Assault. And finally I'd also recommend Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (there's three expansions, but just get Dark Crusade at this point, it's the best, in my opinion). There's also Dawn of War II but that one has a bit of a learning curve compared to the first, since DoW II focuses more on small squads and units coordination (in comparison to the original).
All of them are rather easy though, or at least "easy enough" in my opinion.
Also forgot about Universe at War: Earth Assault. Did not get the publicity AOE and some others got, but it was a very good game with really nice graphics for the time.
And yes, I agree they were all fairly easy against the AI in campaign and skirmish mode.
Edit: Since AOE is on Steam, I wish they would bring some of these game to Steam as well. Does anyone know what kind of online play is available for AOE on steam?