Campaigns like this help breath new life into AoE; fasted-paced, fun to play, creative and enjoyable, "The Life of Persius" should definitely be one of your first choices. You play the role of Persues, as he struggles to defeat the Barbarians. Along the way, you will make new allies, face dangerous tasks, and in the end uncover a sinister secret that may surprise you. Playability wise, this campaign is very good and very fun to play. You will feel as if you are a real part of the campaign, which should be every designer's goal. The creativity is good as well, and it is clear that a lot of thought went into it. You will face a wide variety of obstacles and tasks, from Barbarian killers to mighty strongholds to cleverly designed traps and puzzles. "The Life of Persius" will challenge your Age of Empires ability, without being overly hard. In most of the scenario, you will need to try it a few times before you can get the start right, but after that the difficulty slows sown somewhat. The Map Design is beautiful, with many nice features, especially in the first and second scenarios, as well as one very nice farming delta in the third scenario. The first two scenarios are played on the same map, although it is handled nicely, and you do not get the feeling that you are replaying old ground. Another nice part of this campaign is the Story/Instructions. For the most part they are well done, interesting and informative. The Bitmaps are fairly nice, except the third scenario lacks a bitmap. One other small problem is the Objectives in the second scenario are somewhat vague, but can be figured out after a little experimenting. The only this that mars this otherwise great campaign is the fourth and final scenario. It feels somewhat underdone, and is much easier than the other three. The map design is not nearly as nice, and it is very quick to play, as only about half the map is used. However, this is not a huge problem, and only slightly hurts this good campaign. One thing that surprised me was the ending of "The Life of Persius", which seems slightly...odd. If you ask me, the door is definitely open for a sequel, and I certainly hope that there will be one.