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It may be the case that Microsoft’s games for Windows are sometimes overshadowed by some of their other software titles. However, Microsoft Game Studios has actually produced some of the finest game titles for Windows. Here are a few of the great Microsoft games and game series for Windows.
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Age of Empires
Most have heard of Age of Empires which to this day probably remains Microsoft’s biggest game series that is exclusive to Windows. The first Age of Empires game was released back in the ‘90s as a historical real-time strategy game. Age of Empires is a little like Command and Conquer in some respects, except that the game also included civilians and civilian buildings such as houses, and is of a different period. As such, towns and cities are constructed alongside the usual fortifications and barracks to build armies up with collected resources such as wood, gold, food, and stone. The game included both single-player campaigns, and multi-player maps to battle it out on.
Overall, the Age of Empire game series has included three main game titles: Age of Empires, Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings, and Age of Empires 3 which goes up to the European colonial era. The relative success of the franchise has also ensured numerous expansion packs such as Age of Empires 3: The Asian Dynasties. Of these game titles, Age of Empires 2 is considered by many to be the best in the series
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Halo One and Two
Halo is widely considered to be one of the finest multi-platform game titles; although not all of the Halo games have made it onto Windows, those that have had certainly been among the best PC games. Halo is a futuristic FPS game that is set in the 26th century (2500) starring the Master Chief, who is one of the last of the elite Spartan soldiers involved in a war between the United Nations Space Command and aliens that are called the Covenant. In the original game the Master Chief escapes the Pillar of Autumn space craft after a Convenant attack, and lands on a mysterious Halo which secrets must be uncovered. While the game series includes four game titles on the Xbox, only the first two Halo games made it onto Windows. However, both were still comparable to their Xbox counterparts, and along with Call of Duty and Half-Life are among the best FPS game for the Windows platform.
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Rise of Nations
First there was Age of Empires, and then there was Rise of Nations which advanced on the Age of Empires game series. Rise of Nations had input by Reynolds, of Civ fame, and so is considered an Age of Empires-Civilization combination which includes territory or national borders, wonders, as well as a tech tree which goes from catapults up to nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missiles. As such, Rise of Nations has plenty of variety and options for its multiplayer games, and a single player game similar to the board game Risk. Although there has been no direct sequel to Rise of Nations it was followed by Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots expansion pack. Overall, Rise of Nations was another great Microsoft RTS game that was plenty of fun. For further details this Rise of Nations review is worth noting.
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Microsoft Flight Simulator
Microsoft Flight Simulator has been the longest running Microsoft game title which dates back to the 1980s. In fact, this also makes it the longest running PC game, and Microsoft Flight Simulator has always been the flight simulator of choice for Windows. Since the first Microsoft Flight Simulator game title up to 12 Microsoft Flight Simulator games have been released for Windows. The most recent addition to the series is Microsoft Flight Simulator X which has, as you might expect, some of the most advanced and realistic landscapes and planes. The game includes a variety of aircraft such as the Boeing 737, Airbus A321, and Maule Orion which can be flown over a number of different landscapes and missions. Although these games have usually had high hardware requirements the most recent dates back to 2006, and so its hardware requirements are not so great now.
These are a few of the great Microsoft games for Windows. Age of Empires 2, Halo, Rise of Nations, and Microsoft Flight Simulator X are among the best games for Windows. Most of the more recent additions of these game series, dating back to 2005, should also still be compatible with Windows 7 and Windows Vista.