I have returned to AoE multiplayer for the first time since the old Microsoft Gaming Zone days. What great memories…
Anyway, I noticed that the favorite game types on this the Neo-Gaming Zone is Unranked. Now I understand that when you create or join an Unranked game, no ranks appear next to the player’s names. I am curious if wins and loses in these unranked games effect the ELO rankings of the participants. When I try to create a game for fellow “Noobish” players we get very little interest. Switch to unranked and it will fill up.
About ELO; based on the ELO score what would be considered beginner level, intermediate, advanced, etc.? I am at 1054 but some of that is because I defeated my nephew in a 1v1 and won a few other 2v2, 3v3 ranked games. I have noticed ranked games with players in the low 2000’s and 1500+ range. I am an OK player if playing standard random map with no greater than pop 100. That was THE setting we used back in 1997-1999 and that is what I became proficient at.
Third, is the Multiplayer Lobby that we go to when selecting Multiplayer from the AOE DE home page the best multiplayer environment? By best I mean the most traffic and diversity of player skill level? I see that Steam is a partner in some respects. I am not a big fan of Steam because of performance issues with the Total War franchise back in the day. But as far as I know the Steam lobby may be the same as the Lobby we go to from the main AOE DE menu.
Thanks in advance for your response.