Age of Empires IV

Rating Summary

Based on 83 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

83%

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Based on 83 critic reviews
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77 / 100
Oct 25, 2021

A worthy new entry in the legendary series that's equal parts progressive and dated.

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IGN

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8 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2021

Age of Empires 4 is an enjoyable RTS throwback that often plays it too safe, but excels when it doesn't.

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Metro GameCentral

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7 / 10
Oct 27, 2021

A highly competent but disappointingly unambitious real-time strategy that fails to move either the genre or the Age Of Empires franchise forward.

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Oct 25, 2021

A triumphant return for the strategy series, and well worth the wait.

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8.3 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2021

Age of Empires IV successfully captures some of the magic of earlier titles in the franchise with clean, crisp gameplay and varied playstyles.

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7 / 10
Nov 8, 2021

We got hands-on with the closed network test for From Software's next game, and it felt both familiar and different in an exciting way.

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Unscored
Oct 25, 2021

Age of Empires 4 revives the series’ brilliance

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7.5 / 10.0
Oct 27, 2021

I hope that in the future, the devs take the asymmetrical civilizations further and focus on mechanics that evolve the Age of Empires franchise. There’s a solid foundation here, and if built in the right direction, it could lead to something special. For now, it’s too old school for its own good.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2021

Age of Empires IV is a breath of fresh air to the saga that maintains the essence of the classics without innovating too much, but taking a step forward to what the community has been asking for years. The saga is back and the care and detail they have put from Relic Entertainment is worthy of praise.

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89 / 100
Oct 25, 2021

Age of Empires IV makes a safe bet by appealing to the classic gameplay of the series, with the right novelties, but without risking. If you are a fan "of those of a lifetime", you will enjoy it very much, but if you expected a deeper evolution, here you will not find it.

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8 / 10
Oct 25, 2021

Age of Empires 4 is a deeply enjoyable return for the series. It puts history front and centre, and opts to refresh its gameplay instead of reinvent it. That may not be enough for some. Then again, when you've got a series that's remained the base template for RTS games for more than twenty years, who can blame them?

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9 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2021

A few months ago, Humankind was presented as a candidate to become the benchmark of turn-based strategy for the next few years. Now, with a similar love for the story, but with a different tone, Age of Empires IV arrives to reposition the franchise in the Olympus of RTS. A title that knows how to pick up and update the essence of the saga, and that is the basis of a resurgence that seems to have a long life ahead of it. If you like the genre, clear your diaries.

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8.6 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2021

Age of Empires IV won't shake the videogame world as much as its famed predecessors once did, but it's still a quality production from Relic Entertainment and a worthy addition to a legendary series of strategy games.

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Oct 25, 2021

There’s no need to change what works already, though a few additional gameplay flourishes could have helped AoE 4 feel more fresh and exciting. The campaigns are robust, but the missing content stands out in its absence. That’s especially true considering Age of Empires 4 is a full-priced release, though being on Game Pass makes it a more appealing prospect. What’s here is still more than enough to be getting on with, but lIke any good strategist, World’s Edge is planning ahead for the long game.

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9 / 10.0
Oct 25, 2021

Those expecting a revolution may be disappointed, but Age of Empires IV is still a confident, deep, and hugely compelling return.

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Unscored
Oct 25, 2021

Like I said. It’s been so long since I’ve played an Age of Empires game that I needed the extra tutorial help, the engaging historical videos, and the narration that kept me playing through the single-player campaign. I think this game is accessible and easy to learn, but it’s also got a lot of depth for real-time strategy veterans. I hope it does well because I want to see more RTS games hit the market. But this one could keep fans busy for a long time, as far as I can tell right now.

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Unscored
Oct 25, 2021

It could still be friendlier to newcomers, but Age Of Empires 4 is an assured step in a genre whose comeback is long overdue.

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Oct 27, 2021

Overall, Age of Empires definitely brings enough to the table and captures enough nostalgia to make it an easy recommendation for any fans of the franchise or the genre. For gamers new to RTS, the Story Mode and campaigns actually make it a very strong choice for diving in as well, as long as they aren’t expecting cutting-edge graphics. The fact that the game is going to be available on Game Pass Day One could potentially help expose a large new audience to the franchise and build up some new fans. It will be very interesting to see what kind of reception it receives and, if its successful, what sort of post-launch content could arrive in the coming year to keep the community hooked and engaged.

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95 / 100
Oct 25, 2021

Age of Empires helped define an entire genre, and under the steady hand of RTS masters Relic Entertainment, it may once again wear that crown -- Age of Empires IV is that good.

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Nov 11, 2021

Relic returns with this safe but solid modern revitalisation of the classic real-time strategy series

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