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Parents' Guide to

Age of Empires IV

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Deep, polished historical game has educational potential.

Game Windows 2021
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+
The game violence is fairly minimal and the historical aspects to the game enhance the experience for kids.

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Real-time strategy games don't get much more polished or satisfying than this, especially not out of the gate. Age of Empires IV feels like it was made for as broad an audience as possible, featuring the sort of depth and strategic nuance craved by the genre's most devoted fans while understanding that there are plenty of folks out there who've never played a real-time strategy game before. The first ten hours or so of the single-player experience are essentially a giant introduction to what real-time strategy games are, though if you crank up the difficulty many of these missions can be quite challenging even for veteran players. Once you've learned how to properly group units in order to pit strong against weak, you've only scratched the surface of the game's tactics. There are still ambushes to set, special abilities to research and exploit, and strategic choices to be made that could ease or make more difficult latter stages of the mission. And with four campaigns to work through -- with loads of satisfying rewards in the form of network-quality video documentaries and unlockable cosmetic items -- plus endless customizable skirmishes against computer-controlled opponents, there's plenty here for folks who just want to play alone.

That said, players will eke out exceptional longevity should they choose to jump online and take on human opponents, who are much more challenging and unpredictable. Up to eight players can vie against one another in multiplayer matches, either in teams or every player for themselves. This is where you can really test the skills you've honed in solo play, and see if you fully understand how to exploit various factions' unique advantages -- such the Mongols' ability to gain resources by pillaging enemy buildings and efficiently move around the map as nomads. Online matches can also make for great social experiences, with players chatting with and learning from each other to become better players. Age of Empires IV doesn't revolutionize real-time strategy games, but it's well-designed, loaded with high-quality content, and should prove quite satisfying -- especially for anyone with an interest in medieval history and warfare.

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