It’s true, the new game in the series is indeed not so much like the RTS you used to play.
A shame really, as Age of Empires used to be one of those games that pushed innovation in its respective genre. At this point, I would be more satisfied simply having a 3D version of AOE2 without the glaring oversights seen in the game after such as trees being chopped while standing up and projectiles going through walls and cliffs. Now it seems like Microsoft decided to abandon it’s successful formula in favor of copying other games (what’s next, Angry Kings?)
In the meantime, I hear that the free game 0 AD is almost ready for primetime. (as in, becoming the 3D ancient warfare game that AOE never managed to become).