Age of Empires II, Gold Edition combines the unlimited gameplay of Age of Empires and Age of Empires Expansion: The Rise of Rome in one compelling package. Age of Empires is an epic, real-time strategy game spanning 10,000 years. The player is the guiding spirit in the evolution of a small Stone Age tribe. Starting with minimal resources, players are challenged to build their tribes into great civilizations. Choose from one of several methods of winning the game: by conquering enemy civilizations, exploring the "known" world, and economic victory through the accumulation of wealth.
But don't stop there. Age of Empires Expansion: The Rise of Rome starts where Age of Empires left off. Now you can continue your gameplay with several new features, including four additional civilizations, several unique units, and three entirely new campaigns, including a campaign focusing on the rise of Rome.
In Age of Empires, there are many different multitribe scenarios from which to choose, each with one or more victory conditions. Do you want to take part in a quick race for domination or an epic affair? Choose your favorite form of world domination. With real-time action, all of your decisions count, so think fast and act bravely. You'll see the real-time results of your resource-management decisions. Consider your options and move forward, and assign civilization members to hunt, explore, conquer, or build. From the Stone Age to the Age of Iron, you'll have more than 10,000 years of real-time evolution with which to build your tribe into a flourishing empire. When you start with one of 12 actual ancient civilizations, your choice is tied to the type of technology available to you. The architecture you build and the armies you amass will all reflect your culture. The choices are yours in Age of Empires, Gold Edition.