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 (553 reviews) - 89% of the 553 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (24,601 reviews) - 92% of the 24,601 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 9, 2013

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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

    • 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
    • Additional:900x600 minimum display resolution
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Very Positive (553 reviews)
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( 1,746.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I've been playing this game a bit. It's pretty cool.
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( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
So where do I start with this review? I think the majority of us older gamers will remember Age of Empires from late 1999 or early 2000. I first played Age of Empires in the late 2002's and early 2003's (curtsy to my cousin who is old enough to be my father for introducing me to this game). I could play this game before I could even read or write, I watched my elder siblings play this game and learnt from them how to do everything.

So as you can tell, this game was one of the first games I ever played and it was the game that really got me into gaming in the first place. I still have my original copy, another copy I picked up for £7 in Morrison's one time in 2008 with the expansion packs.

Let's get properly into the jucy bit of this review. This game is fantastically done but to call it "HD edition" is misleading as it is hardly high definition, they just scaled up the textures and possibly changed the water textures. I can't thing of any other negatives though. I can loose my self in this game for hours and still not want to leave the screen for one second, the competitiveness of this game between empires is crazy (especially on hardest AI settings). The game also works similar to real life, you all have your resources, some have more of one than another, and you can sell or buy resources (like importing and exporting) and have your own supply. It's also interesting how the AI can launch an attack on you when you haven't even started to gather an army and can just wipe out your empire in less than 20mins into that specific game.

In my expierence if you play islands death match large (8players) the best way to go about an invasion is first of by building up a decent size navy and attack from the seas first and then transport your troops to low concentrated area and then have a battle on land between land based troops.

I wouldn't recomend this game to people who don't enjoy games that require a fair bit of patience though, that being said I think that this has to be the best RTS game I have ever played.
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( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
A great RTS to play with some friends.
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( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
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1. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2. 1/2 cup white sugar
3. 1/2 cup brown sugar
4. 1/4 cup water
5. 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
6. 1 pinch salt
7. 5 apples - peeled, cored and sliced
8. 1 pastry for double-crust pie

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. Combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, remove from heat and set aside.
3. Roll out half the pastry to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Place bottom crust in pie plate; pour in apple slices.
4. Roll out top crust into a 10-inch circle. Cut into 8 (1-inch) wide strips with a sharp paring knife or pastry wheel. Weave the pastry strips, one at a time, into a lattice pattern. Fold the ends of the lattice strips under the edge of the bottom crust and crimp to seal.
5. Pour butter-sugar mixture over top of pie, coating the lattice, and allowing any remaining sauce to drizzle through the crust.
6. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and bake until the crust is golden brown, the caramel on the top crust is set, and the apple filling is bubbling, 35 to 40 more minutes. Allow to cool completely before slicing.
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( 4.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
good game
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( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
would die to hard bots again
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( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Let me tell you a story. I call it The Adventures of Agent Cobra: Episode 69: Checkmate.

Our heroes, Agent Cobra and his furious monkey-boy sidekick Furious have just returned to their Byzantine castle hideout in the mountains. No sooner had they returned than a new document was faxed to their secret missions-only fax machine. Furious picked it up.

"Zimmering zwounds, Agent Cobra, it's a message from the leader of the Byzantines!" He said, flapping the page in the air.

"Well, Furious my boy, what does it say?" He was calm, nonchalant, which was odd, given the traumatic conclusion of their last adventure. Of course, being a car with an automatic assault rifle in the hood, his emotions were difficult to gauge.

"I'm not sure. The message reads: 'how do you turn this on roggan wololo wololo wololo roggan start the game already start the game already don't point that thing at me furious the monkey boy wood please wood please woodwoodwoodwoodwoodwoodwoodwood please <laughs>. Stop. Sincerely, The Byzantine Leader'. What does it mean, Agent Cobra?"

"Furious my boy, that's a cipher," he said, as he somehow lit a cigarette. Puffing a noxious cloud from his exhaust, he continued, "If I'm not mistaken, it can be decrypted to mean 'Dear Cobra Car and Furious the Monkey Boy: I am aware of the dangers of requesting your assistance so often, especially given the... emotional nature of your last mission,'" he shrugged, "'but I fear circumstances have left me with no choice. The reasons for your new mission are confidential, I fear, but your objective is simple: the enemy king must die. Do this and you shall be rewarded.'"

"You decrypted that in your head?"

"Many newer cars have onboard computers..."

"Well, yeah, but not for cryptog..."

"We ride, Furious my boy, to slay the enemy king."

"But which enemy did he mean, Agent Cobra? There are so many. The Aztecs, the Koreans, the Malians, the Franks; how will we know which one to assassinate?"

Cobra put his tire on the confused sidekick's shoulder. "The only way we know how, Furious my boy. The only way we know how."

And that, my son, is why there are so many ruined castles in Europe, and a few in Asia, Africa and Central America.
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( 5.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
get it or your ♥♥♥♥
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( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Used to be a huge Age of Empires II fan, decided to get this on sale.
Game has FPS issues now, laggy, stutters and has an assortment of other bugs such as the screen being all fog of war until you click menu which causes it to go back to normal.

Couldn't recommend with all the bugs the new expansions and "patches" have caused. :(
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Ultimate Furfeg
( 38.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
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137 of 175 people (78%) found this review helpful
116 people found this review funny
116.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
My friend decided once that we would play a round of 2v4 (us vs four AI opponents) Age of Empires II, but limiting ourselves to our unique units and monks.

Victory by assimilation

10/10 would Wololo the entire world again
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
If you know what Age of Empires 2 is: get it. The HD version is a delight and they also added multiplayer support and decently-priced DLC. The remake is among the best i’ve played.

If you don’t know what AoE2 is, you are in for a sweet treat, a blast from the past, a game of… much fame? Alright I’ll stop.

AoE2 is a RTS in which you play one of many olden civilizations, starting in the Dark Ages, and progress all the way to the Imperial Age, all while expanding, building an army, creating defences, researching military/industrial/agricultural improvements, leading your forces to battle, creating trade routes, protecting wonders, finding relics, gathering all seven Dragon Balls et cetera et cetera.

The “to do” list might intimidate new players, but AoE2 plays as smooth as butter, with easy controls and button layouts. After a few sessions and looking up a guide, you too will have a strong starting economy and empire in 15 minutes during skirmishes (campaign can be a different beast altogether).

The economy is based on 5 resources: food, wood, stone, gold and population (from houses). There are multiple ways to get each resource, albeit stone and wood trading is a bit difficult with the AI since this isn’t really a game about diplomacy. Gold however can be taken from “trading” easily among two of your marketplace buildings: the further they are, the more you get.

Be prepared to spew out villagers left and right and grab any rock and log you can get, since you will need them to build an army. Besides the regular soldiers, each civ has it’s own perks and a castle with a unique soldier. Some have restrictions to certain troops or upgrades, making sure each one feels and plays slightly different.

All of these can be inspected neatly in the Tech Tree, available both in and out of game. You will also find an encyclopaedia about medieval battles, units, buildings, kingdoms; all sorts of neat things that old farts like myself wish were still around in modern games. It’s also worth mentioning that AoE2 HD, without any DLC, has 9 historical campaigns that are both entertaining, educational and, at times, hard as nails.

If you like “easy to learn difficult to master” RTS games, absolutely get it.
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48 of 64 people (75%) found this review helpful
17.7 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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41 of 61 people (67%) found this review helpful
51 people found this review funny
160.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
-Played online
-Team mates want me to kill myself

A very fun experience

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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.1 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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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
One of the best great strategy games ever!
I recommend it for all.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
167.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This was one of my childhood games and it has aged really well. The gameplay is really addictive and it is so satisfing to watch your civilization grow and dominate everyone else. Playing with other people is a lot of fun and the game compares your skill level to everyone else's so you always know whether or not it will be a far match. That's not to say the game is perfect. As satisfying as the game is when your winning, it's really depressing when your losing; all that hard working building your civilization gone to waste. The learning curve is also really steep, especially if you're unfamiliar with this genre, and getting to the level of skill that most people have online is a bit of a chore. If you can go toe to toe with a 'hardest' level COM your probably ready to play with most of the average tier players. I'd also recommend a youtube channel called 'spirit of the law' if you want any advise on how to play the different civilizations. But it's a lot of fun to learn. I'd recommend it, even if you're not into strategy games. Come on in and play. More people need to.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
9.6 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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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
177.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
One of the greatest games of all time
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
You know you are getting old when one of your favourite game has an HD version of it...
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