As a very old time player I’ve been in the beta test of AOEO from the start and I liked every bit and byte of it, also the casual elements you talk about which were optional for progressing.
Did you know that AOEO was the first RTS game with wearable upgradable gear?
It takes a lot of courage to reinvent your own wheel.
believe me, no courage! and honestly I’m not even interested in demolishing aoeo. nobody is paying me for that. I’m just saying my thoughts. They are not cheap: I read reviews, and comments that can be found on the internet. Over time, since they closed the servers, they talked about aoeo, and I read these statements. I’m talking about normal users; not paid reviews to say the fake. as I also read about people whom the game liked; I also liked it … but not as a game that can be called AoE. I just ask you one thing: are you also thinking that AoEO is the best of the whole series?