Speaking of the game: did a few missions and overall it is a nice remaster but man I would’ve thought that after all these years they’d fix up the campaigns. ■■■■, I can play Brood War just fine but AoE1 has some of most infuriating maps I’ve ever seen in an RTS.
Like how am I supposed to complete the second map of Reign of the Hitties? You’re up against at least 3 factions, all of them outtech you and they attack instantly and of top of that your attackers are hard counters to the starting units the game gives you. I don’t even have enough resources to get things going… ■■■■, you start in the Tool Age without base and you get attacked by long range archers, priests and catapult… what is this? Compared to this Brood War’s last mission is a cakewalk.
I mean Microsoft, what was the design intention here? A lot of AoE1’s campaign was garbage so if you did not fix that up then what is the aim here, the multiplayer nobody will play because AoE2 HD exists?
Edit: Guess the thing you’re supposed to do here is collecting the few reinforcements scattered around the map, get your villagers, clear out the base that is right next to you and build your base there but the thing is that’s just not possible because there is a maxed out faction to the southwest that’s constantly attacking you with everything it got. This is insane, I think I won’t play this game a lot if it’s just pure torture instead of something that at least resembles a balanced experience. Guess the stupid purple buttons were the least of my worries, I mean with the frak shoud I do with maps like this, type PHOTON MAN? Years of SC2 online did not prepare me for missions made by Ensemble.
This is how they want to re-introduce RTS to a new audience? With unplaybale trash? I mean this is clearly impossible without exploiting something, there is no unit micro that could make this happen.
Edit: It looks like that if you build your base on the south the red base that’s giving me the most problems will just stop attacking. It’s the magic of broken enemy AI! Okay, let’s not buy anything else from these devs ever again, especially not from MS’s dumpster of a Store. Man, all of this balancing while Blizzard did nothing to SC1 apart from remastering the graphics and that’s still a masterpiece compared to this miserable pile of random bullshit.
And the weird thing is that there are even bugs that weren’t in the original, like sometimes my attacks just do not work (the attack animation plays but there is no damage being dealt to the opponent) and the pathfinding - while generally better at finding routes than the original AI was - has its own set of unique issues like units just getting stuck and rotating. This is just inexcusable, if I wouldn’t have bought this game on a code card I’d refund the ■■■■ out of it.
MS, please, just sell this IP to someone who cares because you clearly don’t give a ■■■■ about the PC audience.