Over the course of 2014, I have been playing the original Age of Empires (plus Rise of Rome expansion!).
This is an official announcement that I have, as of tonight, defeated all the campaigns on Hardest difficulty.
A handful of the maps were quite memorable because they were so tough, but some were surprisingly easy. (“Easy” meaning I had to restart at most once.) The penultimate scenario in “Enemies of Rome” was a worthy challenge, although it was short and only took a couple restarts. The final map was, sadly, a relative laugher. Maybe I deserved a cakewalk for the final night.
Kudos to the campaign designers for thinking up enough unique challenges to keep the campaigns interesting.
Clearly, there’s no way my mid-30’s self could do decently in multiplayer, though. Muttering “macro, macro, macro, upgrade, upgrade, upgrade” after a fight indicates my poor ability to multi-task.
Does this mean moving on to Age of Empires 2? You bet!