Again, I was asked to explain it to my friends, but a slightly more specific version can be seen in my comment above.
Yes, sprite games look better. Thats entirely true. But my statement is not wrong. I never said it looks great. Maybe I need to rephrase. I meant you CAN play on a potato and play it, but if you do Not, like me, then the game looks quite well. Sorry, also @jehovakin I now see how my statement could be misread.
regarding campaign - I dont want to be spoiled. I did see the Intro to the joan of arc campaign, with the plaquette and the smooth transition into gameplay. So I know it will be immersive, and I know the gameplay is good - what else is there to make the campaigns great?
So yes, I can argue (to my friends at least) that the campaigns PROMISE to be good. And I will soon be able to tell them if they are
Its true, you can say that for many games. But since I know my friends, I can be sure here. We all didnt quite like age 3, all have many many hours in 2, and age4 feeels and plays similar to 2, so many hours will be played.
Also the gamepass argument still is quite strong, even though of course there are other games there aswell.
The question was to bring my friends to get the game. I have SC, but it never was our game. I played enough of age 2 for my taste. I need someone to play against AI is therefore, at least in my circle, a valid argument.
My friends already know why its a fresh title, and so does anyone in the forum I hope. Climbable walls, hiding in forests, and yes (although we argue on that later) the 8 quite asymmetric civs, aswell as updates on costs and especially early age variety (dark age with very different unit types) make the gameplay “fresh”.
See, you dont get the point there. You describe exactly what I find SO interesting in age 4, which I and my firends couldnt get from age 1.3 and O/M.
As you state, each civ had a very specific way to go. Thats nowadays called a meta. But it first needs to be build, found out, and strengtened. When we played age 2,3 etc, there already was a meta. So, to take your first examples, you KNEW Chosons went for swords.
And thats my 2 points here.
- in age 4 as it is a new game, a meta will evolve fast (because dedicated age players and pros are quite fast in finding good comps) BUT it will have to evolve first. So on release, all is possible, we ourselves can find us a need tactique
- And you are wrong to think that each civ in age 4 is precisely good for 1 thing. That was the most interesting part about the beta actually, and I am still of that opinion - Each civ has multiple valid ways to play. On HRE, you could go fast next age - or build your first prelate with the starting gold.
Of course one of them will become meta. But there is multiple ways to work here. The house of wisdom - which way would you build it? Maybe I would build in a different order?
That makes the game exciting.The units may be more similar, the base building / gameplay however not.
And yes, any new strategy game would offer that experience. But then again age 4 is also Age of empires, a series at least my friends recognize and love in a way.
This was simply referring to the example games stated in the post before mine. These were city builder RTS for solo players. Of course its not age 4 exclusive xD It still is a relevant point to make.
No, I dont think you see scenario editing as I do. I just boiled the idea down to similarities to stronghold, of course there is much more. But I wouldnt explain to my friends, what they already know
You are also right about the AI. But its neat side things that show atttention to detail and make a game worth much more - in my opinion.
To conclude, You are not part of my friend group, which I “pitched” these quick and dirty points to. Of course therefore, you disagree with some/most of them or at least my depiction.
If I were to make a professional essay, I am sure It would rather focus on unique technical points like better AI. And be more detailed about the great stuff I see in the game. But I wasnt asked to and didnt mean to
I could have made it much shorter- the game is fun, go buy it. Thats the only info someone actually needs to decide to get a game, if they and you believe in the same aspects