A new year is beginning for fans of medieval battles, and Microsoft has graced its cult title Age of Empires II Definitive Edition a busy new addition. The DLC The lords of the west is in fact available since January 26th and includes three new campaigns and two new civilizations.
Three new historical campaigns
The DLC is very generous in new scenarios as it offers no less than three new adventures. First, the Edward Longshanks Campaign will set you in the footsteps of one of the most respected rulers of the Kingdom of England. You will experience the thirst for conquest of Philippe le Bold and Jean-Sans-Peur through the campaign of the Grand Dukes of the West. Finally, the Campagne d’Hauteville traces the rise of the eponymous dynasty under the leadership of Robert Guiscard.
The rich Burgundians enter the scene
The Burgundians, a faction focused on cavalry, have a unique bonus for relics as they produce not only gold but also food. Incidentally, here is the list of their attributes that are clearly beneficial to those who revere mounted units:
- Improvements in the economy appear an age earlier than in other civilizations
- Stable technologies cost 50% less
- Gunpowder units have + 25% attack
- The upgrade from Knights to Cavaliers is available from the Age of Castles
After all, the Burgundians have not one, but two unique units. The “coustilliers” (perhaps a dangerous English for “cutlers”) are cavalry units that specialize in melee attacks, particularly effective against infantry and archers, but weak against camels and monks. The Flemish militia, on the other hand, is an infantry unit that inflicts severe damage on the cavalry but is weak against archers.
The unique technologies of Burgundy are also two. With the Flemish Revolution directly linked to the unit described above, not only will you be able to build these powerful fighters in your forums, but you will also be able to turn all of your current villagers into Flemish militias. Finally, the Burgundy Vineyards will allow you to convert all of your current groceries to gold while you double the amount, then slowly let your farms produce gold along with groceries.
The Sicilians, specialists in heavy infantry
The Sicilians are an infantry civilization with a big advantage in production speed as well as a nice resistance bonus. See instead:
- Castles and forums are built twice as fast
- Ground military units only receive 50% of all damage types received
- Farms have twice as much food before they need to be re-sown
In terms of buildings and unique units, the Sicilians adorn themselves with the Dungeon, a unique fortress that can train the sergeants, heavy soldiers who in turn can build these dungeons themselves. Additionally, this building has a full garrison mechanic that can be used to fire villagers and archers.
Two unique technologies are also part of the game, firstly the First Crusade, which allows a group of 10 Sergeants per forum to be produced up to a maximum of 5 of these buildings and only once. The “Scutage” (which could be translated as a kind of tax) is triggered only once, but allows a profit of 15 gold units per military unit owned … and this applies to all members of the team with the accumulation of their armies!
In addition, another team bonus completes the set: transport ships can accommodate 5 additional units and receive a bonus of 10 armor points in the event of a special attack on ships (such as those by ship arsonists).
The DLC The lords of the west is available for $ 9.99 in the Microsoft Store (with the usual 10% discount for Xbox Game Pass members) and on Steam.
Article written by Shard