I have literally no idea how I’m supposed to beat this game. I get wrecked on Moderate AND Standard. I have had literally only one victory out of several games, and that’s because I accidentally set the victory conditions to Standard and collected all the Ruins.
I get steamrolled by Heavy Cavalry, Elephant Archers, and War Elephants every time, and I have no idea how to counter them.
I was hoping for a fun new experience, but it’s more frustrating than anything. Every single unit past Tool Age is completely unbeatable.
An easy way to beat the AI is to reach the Tool/2nd age first, build a barrack (or 2) and spam slingers into the AI’s base. The AI won’t be able to counter if it is still in the stone age. Age of Noob has a few videos on YouTube covering the basic game mechanics too. And +1 to FearfulSugar350’s suggestion. I’ve seen some of the Aoe2 pros (e.g. TheViper, Daut, Tatoe) games and it was helpful to see the build order/walling strats.
I only played a game against the extreme AI and I steamrolled it. It is kind of what I expected after seeing how it perforned in SotL video.
I hope the devs did a proper scaling of the AI from easiest to extreme, contrary to aoe1de, but from your experience it seems not. It is a shame because an AI revamp should have been the main focus if the DLC imo.
In aoe1de many people complained that all AI had a similar level, and that the moderate AI felt weaker than the easy AI.
There are a few attack boni:
camels and axemen deal bonus damage against cavalry
knights deal bonus damage against barracks units
scouts and slingers deal bonus damage against archers
In age 2:
scout > slingers, bowmen
axemen > scouts
bowmen > axemen
In ages 3 and 4 are similar to aoe 2, except that hoplites (from academy) wreck all melee units and stone thrower projectiles are slower than mangonels.
The melee chariots units are rather weak and very expensive, despite being invaluable in trash wars.
Just like aoe 2, it is very important to have a “good start”, the trick in aoe 1 is to use one or 2 villagers to scout for natural food resources (especially elephants/boars) and to kill all deers of the pack next to your TC or build a storage pit next to the dead deers (accepting losing food from decay).
From the descriptions here it still seems to be way harder.
I mean in basic AoE2 on standard the AI barely attacks at all and resigns pretty quick even to things like a successful 7 unit light cavalry raid.
Its almost impossible to loose on standard.
Even if you don’t know AoE1, if the AI were remotely similar, even your AoE2 knowledge would let you easily stomp the AI on standard.
Unfortunately I still have to wait until I can try the DLC myself.
If extreme AI is surprisingly easy and medium AI is surprisingly hard, could it be that all difficulties are the same?
Looks like there is a bug in the part of the AI that determines the difficulty or something like that.
I’d rather have an AI that is challenging. I was concerned that the AI would be weak as shown in several pre-release videos. I am glad it’s not that way. When I first started playing AoE 2, I found moderate to be difficult, until I figured out how to beat it. I beat it easily now.
Apocalypso4826, hang in there, you just need to play more. I got beaten on Extreme pretty badly, and lost on Hard. I beat the AI pretty easily on Standard.
The way I beat Standard was by getting to Tool age quickly, and building a barracks and archery range near their Town Center. I began making clubmen/axemen, slingers, and archers. I then started killing villagers. The villages can run and hide in the Town Center, but you can stay there because the Town Center does not shoot arrows. I also built some cheaper Roman watch towers in their base. Keep them from acquiring resources, while you continue to gain resources. Get to the Bronze age and it should be over soon. I recommend you choose a civ with good economic bonuses. In addition, if you choose a map with water, the AI may be putting resources into docks and ships, while you wreck the land economy. Good luck.
Ballistas and Helepolis with a small meatshield normally wreck everything the AI can offer.
Otherwise try to play something that is already boosted by the civ bonuses.
Don’t forget your Unitupgrades in the Storagepit.
if you are new to aoe1 age of noob has a 4 part Videoseries for new return to rome players.