An ancient mountaintop fortress in southeast Israel on the southwest shore of the Dead Sea. In A.D. 73, after a two-year siege, members of the Zealot Jewish movement committed mass suicide rather than surrender to the Romans.
It would seem from the name that this scenario might be about the Roman Siege of Masada in 73 A.D. After a few moments I realized it was. I've played a scenario like this for AoE before, but this one is sadly a lot worse. The expression "fish in a barrel" sums this level up perfectly. You control a huge group of powerful units like trebuchets, cannon and archer, and you simply smash down their towers and then kill them. There was no mass suicide.
Oh dear, this one really lacks any balance. The siege lasted for two years - so why should you be able to destroy them in 5 minutes? Anyway, it's just a matter of grabbing some siege units, any will do, and clumsily tasking them in the general direction of the enemy. Once the masses of bombard towers are gone, it's just a heartless murder - I broke a hole in the wall and let the archers finish them off. The enemy units are mainly militia, so there's no real threat here.
This historical event is portayed fairly poorly, with no creative elements in the level.
Map Design: 1
The map is a uniform dirt terrain, 'Dirt 1' I think. By uniform I also mean there are no elevations. Actually, there are some elevations, but mainly underneath the cliffs, which makes almost every cliff section look terrible. The Jews have huge numbers of bombard towers, which were not invented at the time.
None at all - without prior research or knowledge you are in the dark, so it seems somehow appropriate that you are in the Dark Age.
Perhaps the first time I have even given a score this low, the level simply offered nothing for me to award points to, and I've played too many scenarios by now to enjoy a defenceless siege.