* Build a rich empire - A market based economy lets you open up new avenues of trade with your allies.* From the Dark Age to the Imperial Age - Experience real-time evolution as you build your civilization into a flourishing empire.* Lead with cunning and might - Place your military in formations or give them intelligent stances and commands to add interesting tactical choices.* Choose the path to greatness - Will it be an economic path created out of craftsmanship, trade, and technology? Or a military route of siege and naval warfare?* Command one of 13 civilizations - Including the Franks, Japanese, Byzantines, Vikings, Mongols and Celts. Each has unique attributes, units, buildings, and technologies based on it's historical counterpart.* Battle alongside heroes of the day - Who will fight for victory under your flag? With historically-based campaigns it could be Joan of Arc, William Wallace, Genghis Khan, Saladin, or Barbarossa.* Conqer a worthy opponent over the MSN Gaming Zone - Or a nearly human artificial intelligence opponent in single player mode.* New and bigger lands - With the random map generator you will always have new lands to explore and conquer, no matter how many times you play.* Create your own scenarios - The Map Editor allows you to build your own massive campaigns.* Lead swiftly and with ease - Production queues, gathering points and customizable hotkeys make it fast and simple to manage your forces and plan battles.
At the spot that catches my gaze, a sheet of bedrock has cracked under the immense weight of the rock above it (and the dirt and trees and animals above that.) The finger-width crack looks positively juicy in this dusty, silent realm.