F all this crap where is Elite 4. oh you never heard of that huh. AOK is not the best game of all time lol niether was Quake2, but Xcom, Elite,Dungeonmaster. there are your best games of all time. lol AOK
One of my fond memories of early RTS playing was that of a six hour game of Age of Empires, where all the gold had been mined, and we were throwing units that required only meat/wood at each other. Eventually someone figured out how to make gold by trading with the docks, and I followed suit building myself a nice set of cataphracts as shock troops.
Oddly enough, I never played Age of Empires 2, I'm not sure why, perhaps because I was still enthralled with StarCraft at the time.
Age of Empires and (especially) Age of Kings were two of the best RTS titles ever made. Anyone who compares the latter to Age of Myth needs to get themselves checked out mentally. AoK had a score of playable civiliations, with unique architecture, unique units and technology, and unique playing styles...years ahead of its time. I still play it. AoM had only three that seemed like more only because they gave you frivolous options, and most games were ridiculously quick and boring. It went into the gaming box after a few days.
And the Age series can't be compared to the Total War or Myth series in any fashion.
Am I the only one waiting for a spiritual successor to the Myth series? Myth 3 pretty much sucked, but the gameplay model (relatively small groups of units that can be controlled as individuals, and no resource farming/unit production aspect) is one of my favorites of all time.
To me, these games never involve all that much "strategy" and a whole lot of what amounts to zerg rushing..