After playing beta I got different feelings about the game. There are many videos and comments already complaining about the graphics, I am quite sure devs are notified about that. The question is, why do they not talk about it? Bet we would appreciate updates regarding this topic…
On the other hand the game have so much potential and positive things that I consider important to share to thank devs for some specific decisions that I am quite sure we mostly like (imo, not pretending to talk by a majority)
1-Landmarks: many people hate landmarks, I personally liked it. It adds a whole new game mode and that’s pretty cool to have, they will obviously add the most played mods we all know of course, but having a new game mod it’s pretty cool and brings that feeling that they will add more fun game mods.
2-Environment: I do not know if I am the only one… but the game is so pleasant to see when you are playing it in terms of environment. I pretty much like the feeling of the atmosphere. I think we all agree that there is a lack of details and little details, but I am quite sure they will add those in the campaigns at least (fingers crossed)
3-The mongol explorer: the mongols explorer is amazing, just wish all civs had their unique explorer, with that big button to find him easily.
4-The shepherd horse: well that was so much fun to haunt some sheeps with my explorer, and stealing dead sheeps from the enemy base was so much fun and strategic. That’s a great addition. Still like it more the treasure haunting from AoE 3, but devs did great by adding something completely new and different and that means a lot.
5-Game stability and performance: that’s finally fixed at all. A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE. Again thanks to devs for such incredible work in this area. For whoever has played the previous AoE versions online, the sync errors and the lag caused by others make the experience so frustrating and it takes dozens of minutes to find a good game that is worth it. It seems to be completely eradicated now, at least in the beta it took a few minutes to connect a game and had 0 drops, 0 fraps drops, and had a great time playing without any inconveniences.
6-Art design: this is a polemic one. One thing is art direction and another thing is graphics. If the graphics are not looking anything like the concept arts then there is a mistake. For example the concept art applied to the graphics from 2019 looks great. But the graphics from the beta are hard to read in game and far (visually speaking, proportions, colors, tones, saturation) from the 2019 video. My hope is that they fix or tune over whatever they have to do to make it look better, because the graphics are a failure at this point IMO, but the art design, yes those colorful cinematics (assuming that was the main art design) from 2019 were amazing. For example the mobile game shares the same concept art but it looks more defined and contrasted, and with bigger amount of details and props, you can check this post: AoE 4 vs AoE mobile, lets compare them - #32 by marcoracosta205
7-Sound design and music: age of noob explained it very well. Sound is a masterpiece, so pleasant to hear and give extra inmersion to the inmersion lol, I really loved that, again thanks to the devs for such a crazy and incredible perfect work in terms of audio.
8-Celebration animations: thanks for bringing back that detail from AoE 3, it adds a lot to the game.
9-Age of mythology gameplay: I do not understand why are people comparing it to AoE 2 gameplay, when it is completely equal to AoM. As a AoM casual player I love this, thanks for keeping it stuck to the game and not changing it that much that would ruin the experience. And I think this is a wink for us to expect AoM 2 on this game engine which will be insane!
10-Classic 10 elephants in a boat lol: maybe you have not noticed but this is a very loved and authentic feature from all AoE games. I know ships could be better and bigger and more exciting, but even if they enhance them, I hope they keep this feature of getting my whole army inside of a small ship
Well now I want to hear your opinion, from all the pros the game has, which one is your favorite? or what else would you add?