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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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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c0rda
( 21.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Very good game!

Brings back a lot of memories...

mainly of WOLOLO
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Bl4z3
( 28.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
a classic for sure and a very challenging and fun game to play all together, i highly recommend this one.
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南极难民
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
If you were born between 1990-2000, please buy this.
If you are a crazy fan of RTS, please buy this.

For me, this is a memory of all my childhood and youth. I've deeply attracted when I'm 5. And, together with other RTS games, my computer is completely captured by RTS for 10 years.

You have to know that in China, It's quite difficult to buy a genuine game in early years. Thanks Steam that give me a chance to pay for this marvelous game.

Well, leave the emotional part, the reason for me to recommend this game is that , there's so many concept that appeared and affect the following RTS games. Multiple resources makes you crazy about how to spare your workers work efficiently. And the most interesting part of the game is that there's a huge complex counter system in this game. Archer counters infantry, while cavalry counter archer. Meanwhile, pikeman could also make great damage to cavalry. Some civiliazation's unique unit can handle melee well. Some is master in against archer. However some could handle others' unique unit. It's quite hard to handle your army in a limited population. This complex system makes the whole series of Age of Empires games great. But this also make 1 single games could last for 2 or 3, even 4 hours:(

Another great features of this games is that it widen the victory condition. You can build your own Wonders and keep it safe or you can kill enemy's king. What's more, you can just control a hill for a period of time. The change that inherited from Age of Empires makes this game more interesting(or just kill the useless time:) )

Last is that from all Age of Empires series, the importance of navy is increasing. While look at other games, only Red Alert series emphasized the importance of the navy like Age of Empires. The control of sea also means you could have more ways to gather food. Or beat your opponments hard.

Oh forget one thing. If you want to learn history, why not try all Age of Empires series? Age of Empires 2's history is ranged from the Fall of Rome to Columbous' exploration. And the 3's story is after until the WWI explode. Believe me, this game is the best history teacher than anyone in the world!!!

Finally...this is really a great game. If it's on sale. Don't hesitate to buy it. Even to nowadays, in my view, it's still one of the best RTS games in the world.
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White Wolf™
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Remind me old school strategy games. Nice and extended type of battles and ages. I recommend you all.
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coolguy23
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
This game is cool.
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i.anderson45
( 35.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Where to begin, I've played Aoe2 since it came out when I was like 10 (can't exactly remember) although my steam says I've played for 31 hours, it's probably more like 3,100, perhaps more. I had slowley forgotten it througout my years following high school, (never cared much for aoe3), one day I stumbled upon it on steam, and instantly purchased it, it's a gem that'll never fade, I still feel like a kid without a care in the world when I play it.
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xX|AUT-TA|Xx ToXiiCImpactzz
( 205.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
I am enjoying the game very much. I startet to play the Conqueriors Expansions 10 years ago. Many bugs got fixed with the HD version(like Mangonel/Onagers/Siege Onager shots were faster before Chemistry,....).

I prefere to buy all of the dlcs. In the Forgotten Empires DLC there are now one unique- research for every civilisation added. There are some techh-trees changes, that improoves the game a little bit more. In the African Kingdoms DLC, camels are no longer definied as 'boats' so they are now better against buildings and the research heated shots now doesen't makes extra damage against camels, which is a huge change.

I like the fact, that there is the steam workshop added for the game, that means that you can install texture packs, maps, custom scenarios, custome AI's (Like Ressonace Bot and Bruteforce,....) and much more stuff, that the community is creating for the game.

When I bought the HD edition the multiplayer servers were very bad and the game started to lagg at the beginning of the game. Right now the servers are improved and the multiplayer is now 'playable'

One thing, that i don't like about the HD expansion is, that enemies can glitch through you walls and can easily raid your economy, which is a little bit annoying. With double walls and some castles you can avoid that pretty easy

Beside this little bug I personly think that buying the HD Version was totaly worth it! And I like to play with the new DLC civilations.
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One Shot Grandpa
( 98.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
How do you turn this on
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CiccioNerd
( 38.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
The masterpiece. "The" RTS.
Ensemble Studio rules.
But expensive - buy only when discounted.
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What is your ip
( 52.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
msn game zone
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245 of 284 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
17.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Great game

Not convinced?

Wololo

Now you are
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108 of 174 people (62%) found this review helpful
140 people found this review funny
Recommended
74.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
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31 of 46 people (67%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
-how do you turn this on
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
All time classic and one of the best RTS games of all time.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
111.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 19
Dear God do I still play this.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
over 300 games in my library across 3 Steam accounts and this 15+ year old game is the most fun i have ever had....awesome!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
You can play as Saracens in Scandinavia.
10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
153.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
my review of this gane, with my opinion.

first i will talk about the cons of the game, ill save the pro's for later.
- the game uses the "genie engine" wich is a old engine, originaly used by the old age of empires.
the engine is weak and outdated, there are some big maps in this game wich the engine does not quite support.
i also get in some trouble when play with more than 3 friends with the population cap set to 500, probably because of the engine as well. i am using a gaming pc, and i still have this problem, so it can not be because i have potato specs.
- unit pathing is horrible, units will often get stuck or regroup in weird ways, this left me to lose a couple of battles.
- the isometric view of the game is iconic and comfortable but also gives fair amount of trouble because some things are unclear to see.
- maybe a bit hard to get into the multiplayer, but practice against bots easily customizable, and playing with friends gives you great benefits ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) in learning the game.
- 20 euro's is a bit expensive for a game that basicly is from 1999, even when remasterd, it is and stays the same game.

pros
- everlasting graphics style, the graphics stayed the same since 1999.
- random maps bring a constantly new experience to the game.
- a lot of different civilizations to choose from, with each unique units and every civilization can use unique tactics to win the game. this causes a unending stream of experience and replayabilty.
- multiplayer is fun, and had great modification options to optimize the game to everyone's needs.
- steam workshop, with nice and usefull content.
- single player campaigns with voice over.
- every unit has its counter, wich makes nice gameplay.
- co-op against bots, is a very nice way to learn the game and have fun, while still being challenging.
- improved unit cap over the old age of empires.
- new dlc's with nice content. ( civilzations, voiced campaigns, maps ) for decent pricing.
- the game is often on sale and easy to get.
- it is playable on older pc's/ laptops.

the final verdict.
in my opinion this game set a standard for rts games, the hd remaster give's a nice nostalgia feel, while still being refreshing.
i played the old age of empires when i was younger, and it is almost the same, but this new age of empires brings great improvements, personally i would never spend 20 euro's on a game like this. and i waited for one of the regular sales.
it is a nice game to play with friends ( if you have any that is ).
i personaly would give this game a 7,5/10
it is a good game, but has some mayor flaws, the biggest must be the outdated engine.

i hope this review was usefull, good luck aging.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
best game ever 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Preface
Age of Empires 2 has been a game that I have been playing since I was about 9. Don't let the low hours fool you, for I've had this game before it came to steam. This is a game that me and my brother bonded over when we were young. The emotional connection this game brings to me today when I play it with my friends is unforgetable. This review may be a little biased based on nostalgia.

Audience
If you are fan of RTS games or maybe even the slightest of one, please check out this game, it will be worth every cent. If you enjoy games where you have to manage your resources, this is the game for you.

Gameplay
You have to build houses. Once you've built houses, build more. They are the very foundation of your town. More houses, more people. Anyway, The game starts with you in a random place on the map with very little viewing distance. You start with 3 villagers and are left to set them to do whatever you please. Tell one to go cut some trees so you can build more houses. One to collect berries to make more villagers. And one for gold so you can afford upgrades on your town center. These are the basics of this game. Collect resources, make more villagers, collect more resources. Now that you have an army of villagers, make a real army. Build a barracks and create troops. Collect Resources, build troops. And So on. Then send a few out and find the enemy base and attack. Thats pretty much it and it's alot more fun that you would think. With up to 8 player free for alls, it gets pretty heated pretty quickly.

Verdict
I love this game. This game is very good. I highly reccommend it. It's 3$ on sale right now, and it has trading cards aswell. I'd probably rate it a 9.5/10 Just for not having a super long campaign. However, the multiplayer will last forever.
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