The cheats... this really made it too easy to play the game. The cheat was a reference to the Austin Powers movies. There were others, like Photon Man and E=MC2 trooper. It's coming back to me again. Good times. One of the things you could do is start the game, eject the disc and still play because the game was now loaded in the RAM and could keep running, put the disk in another computer and host a game from there and you could disable cheats.
Between League and AoE, AoE is more fun, even without cheats.