Age of Empires II has been re-imagined in high definition with new features, trading cards, improved AI, workshop support, multiplayer, Steamworks integration and more!
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Very Positive (621 reviews) - 87% of the 621 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (24,106 reviews) - 92% of the 24,106 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 9, 2013

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Buy Age of Empires II HD + The Forgotten Expansion + The African Kingdoms Expansion

Includes 3 items: Age of Empires II HD, Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms, Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten

Buy Age of Empires Legacy Bundle

Includes 4 items: Age of Empires II HD, Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms, Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, Age of Empires® III: Complete Collection

Buy Microsoft RTS Collection: Age of Empires/Age of Mythology/Rise of Nations

Includes 7 items: Age of Empires II HD, Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms, Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, Age of Empires® III: Complete Collection, Age of Mythology EX: Tale of the Dragon, Age of Mythology: Extended Edition, Rise of Nations: Extended Edition

 

About This Game

In Age of Empires II: HD Edition, fans of the original game and new players alike will fall in love with the classic Age of Empires II experience. Explore all the original single player campaigns from both Age of Kings and The Conquerors expansion, choose from 18 civilizations spanning over a thousand years of history, and head online to challenge other Steam players in your quest for world domination throughout the ages. Originally developed by Ensemble Studios and re-imagined in high definition by Hidden Path Entertainment, and Skybox Labs, Microsoft Studios is proud to bring Age of Empires II: HD Edition to Steam!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS:Windows Vista, 7, 8 Pro+
    • Processor:1.2GHZ CPU
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Direct X 9.0c Capable GPU
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    Recommended:
    • Additional:900x600 minimum display resolution
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KreamKorn
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Ehh, nah
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Hugo Träsktroll
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
I played this alot as a kid and i love the new HD and DLCs, anyone who likes medieval RTS will enjoy this game 9/10
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Sydney6696
( 301.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
I''ve played this game since 2001, and over my 15 history with the game I have never regretted playing it or had an unhappy time playing it (ignoring the sore losers you get online, but thats every game). If you are into stragety games at all, I urge you to give this game a whirl, and if your a bit tired with RTS like SCII, then this game will reignite that interest for RTS games.
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Kernstein
( 18.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Masterpiece.
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Emperor Dan
( 162.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
One of the greatest games of all time
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Mc Cree i5
( 62.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Still my favorite strategie game since 16 years. Recommend this great game!
Makes even more fun with friends online.
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==[CmeC]==
( 17.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
It's better than AOE3. One of the best strategy game i've ever seen.
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tnelson0826
( 23.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Fun strategy game.
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Hadronik
( 63.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Awesome game, I like playing online alot. Good campaign and the graphics are OK.
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GODLIKE
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
The game that got me interested in strategy games. Amazing game that has aged well in my opinion. Workshop support is always a huge plus and keeps thingss interesting if you ever get bored (unlikely).
As much as I love it, I wouldn't pay £14.99 for it. Wait for a sale.
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Sony_One
( 57.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
top game
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Whuffo
( 192.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Nostalgia/10
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DuesFalchion
( 125.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I have been playing AoE since its original release, oh those many moons ago. The HD reboot and new expansions, have yet to dissapoint my expectations, and in fact have returned this once beloved game to the top of my favorites list.

New AI is solid and a lot more "Logical" than the original AI and dosent roll over very quickly when you lay waste to their base. New Turbo mode and other options let you customize the games pace in much better ways as well as let you attain victory only in the ways you approve of. (*Cough* Wonder Victories are for slackers *Cough*)

If you enjoyed classic AoE, you should not hesitate to buy this. (Or copies for your friends, and your friends friends)
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matthammons8
( 114.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
The RECENT UPDATE 4.6(?) has broken it. I either get desync errors online constantlyall sizes of games games with one other player, get a glitch where my workers won't farm, get a glitch where I can hear no sound effects, or just general lag and skipping when there are large battles on the map. This never happened with the older versions of the game like the original Conquerors or Forgotten before it was on Steam when using a free service like LogMeIn Hamachi. Whatever has been done to this game has made it unplayable.
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insevin
( 194.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
REVIEW FOR RECENT UPDATE 4.6(?) Whatever has been done to the game has broken it. I either get desync errors online constantly in normal to large games with one other player, get a glitch where my workers won't farm, get a glitch where I can hear no sound effects, or just general lag and skipping when there are large battles on the map. This never happened with the older versions of the game like the original Conquerors or Forgotten before it was on Steam when using a free service like LogMeIn Hamachi. Whatever has been done to this game has literally made it unplayable. What a waste.
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The Hatsher
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Didn't play the game much so I wanted to play it again after a few months, but can't get the game going. After launching it over my desktop it shows me the launcher and I hit 'Play'. After that there comes an intro of Microsoft, which doesn't goes through completly, because it closes itself. Then the Steamwindow opens, telling me it's installing. Shows me 1% and then a bug message comes up, saying the servers are overloaded with a '(41)' like this and a link to steam support behind it.
I will search for a solution, but paying 20€ and then this, without chance of giving it back seems ridiculous to me.
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3/5
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
9/10
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Acechappers
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
A classic RTS that has been had an update and new content added. If you are into RTS or are wanting to get into these types of games then this is where to start. It has stood the test of time and is still fun to this day
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
65 of 78 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Father of strategy games.
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
631.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
There is just too much to say about how amazing this game is so I will be brief. My dad first got this game for me when I was 5 years old, and it was my childhood. A long time passed and Age of Empires seemed to die down... However when the HD Edition was released I cannot describe how happy I was. Even if you have never heard of this game you are in for a big treat, because this is the best strategy game of all time.
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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
512.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
This HD remake has been riddled by various bugs ever since the release in April 2013, but at least multiplayer worked for the most part and I spent over 500 hrs. in it trough out the years and it was hell of a ride. Well, that has changed since the release of the latest African Kingdoms expansion on November 5th, 2015 - since then multiplayer has been rendered unplayable. What is worse, the SkyBox Labs/Forgotten Empires crew ceased any communication regarding the problem shortly after. As early reviewer, I was assured by Cysion (Belgian member of a dev team) that repairing the broken multiplayer is high on to do list back on November 13, 2015, but nothing has happened since, except for the release of half-baked & buggy expansion for Age of Mythology with the subtitle "Tale of the Dragon" back in January 2016.

On reload, game does not seem to remember players/AI oponents involved, which can be clearly seen in the lobby, after reload, you cannot play a multiplayer game for more then few secs before it just desynches. African Kingdoms was my very first and for sure the last preorder on Steam, sure, multiplayer-destroying update came to all AoE II owners, including those who did not bought the expansion, but this expansion symbolizes the beginning of the problem and the lack of commitment from the developers towards their own project which stands on multiplayer. They do not deserve any finnancial support until they fix their mess. AVOID!
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
110.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
It was a good game, but the devs broke it somehow and havent patched it in months. No further communication on whats going on, check the forums.

Game currently lacks of basic functionality which used to work in the original, eg. being able to load a multiplayer saved game, multiplayer desync issues and scenario triggers behaving incorrectly and randomly.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
This game is a musthave. It should be played by everyone atleast once if you are born before 2000.
Gather some friends, challenge ea in combat.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
i think i've played about 6 matches in my 54 hours .. good times.

if you're bad at this game like i am, tell everyone that you're a peaceful nation and build up an army of petards in secret. then holler at your boys and let them know you're sending over a nice supply peace treaty or some crap and rip them apart with the strength of a thousand burning bodies.

you'll have nothing left, but neither will they.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
My friend made a huge army and decided to attack gray
when he got there he was greeted by a massive army of monks
(intense wololo takes place)
monks convert his entire army and turns it on him
they destroy him and he is forced to resign


10/10 wololo can take over the world
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Old School RTS in the category of Starcraft Brood War.

Great to play on the road, at home with friends, drinking a beer.

And it's history too. Wouldn't play it in History Class but you can try.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Product received for free
If Steam added all the hours I played on the disc copy of this game to my current digital download, I'd likely range in the 2-3k hours. A dear friend gifted me this game for my birthday, so thanks to him!
This game. . . .where to start. . . .
I grew up playing this game as a kid, and a young teen. This is perhaps one of the most immersive strategy games I've ever played. Overall, I can't find much to fault in it. Everything seems to still be in its respective place.
Age of Empires II is an amazing strategy game, retelling hisoric events, such as memorable battles, the rise of multiple leaders and civilizations (through campaign mode, which is also highly recommended for those of you who like to play alone), and events in history that just captured peoples attention. I think they should institute this at schools for history class instead. It's very accurate to the events/battles/timelines that it covers.
If campaigning just isn't your cup of tea, fear not! There are multiple online servers hosting games almost all the time! You can also play your own private games with friends, in standard games, if PVP isn't really something you want to do, or are extremely good at (like me. I'd probably get destroyed in PVP XD). Lots of civilizations to choose to play as in these modes, so finding the one that suits your playstyle doesn't take long at all.
Feeling creative? Make your own maps and scenarios, with scenario editor! Pick and choose features to add to your maps, and have a blast creating your own battles and maps to play!
I don't generally play strategy games (it's on my to-do list), but I have played this one extensively. All I can say, is GET THIS GAME!!!!! You will not be disappointed :)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
73.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
The players in an average multiplayer game:

1. The guy whose ping reaches the sky and later gets dropped out
2. The expert who lowered his ELO to 1600 just to completely annihilate lower tier players (often names their game "noobs only")
3. The guy who blames everyone for the lack of success
4. The guys who get blamed for everything (usually me)
5. + others

Nonetheless, it's great.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
150.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I've played this game for over 8 years now, and Age of Empires II has what most games these days don't have: Replayability.
The inexhaustable list of combinations and scenarios with equally diverse results keep this game interesting 17 years after it's inception.

The mechanics and options this game provides manages to be fully featured without becoming overwhelming (I'm looking at you Democracy 3). I reccomend this to anyone who enjoys stradegy games, economy games, military games, city building games, etc. This fufills all of those categories at once.

In the future, I intend to write a full review, but this is it for now.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
61.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
A very fun game, but it's not bug-free.
If you and your friend decide to take a break mid-game and save/leave, you can forget about coming back. You can't restore multiplayer games.
Online vs other players is pretty hard, or I just suck. Idk yet.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
This was my first PC game when I was young. Now years later, I still come back to it!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
has stopped working for me it will not go past waiting for other players screen
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
151.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
You dont like this game?

Monk: Wolololo!

Now you like this game.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
A real classic, used to play it all the time when I was little. Unfortunatly, the 'HD' version hardly changes anything apart from the water graphics.

Pros:
1. Great gameplay.
2. Made in 1999, yet still beats most other modern alternatives.

Cons:
1. Outdated graphics.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
106.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Vikings fighting Mayans. In Arabia
10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Da kommen wieder Erinnerungen bei mir hoch!
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