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 Legacy Bundle Including The Forgotten

Includes 3 items: Age of Empires II HD, Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, Age of Empires® III: Complete Collection

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Includes 5 items: Age of Empires II HD, Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, Age of Empires® III: Complete Collection, Age of Mythology: Extended Edition, Rise of Nations: Extended Edition


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August 28

African Architecture in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms

It's been a while, but it's time for another dev blog on the upcoming expansion for Age of Empires II HD!

This time we're focusing on the new architecture set, which will be used by some of the new African civilizations in the game.

As a teaser, we have a screenshot of a small feudal Malian village.

If you're interested in reading more on the upcoming African building set, you can check out the full dev blog at the Forgotten Empires website:

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August 13

Patch 4.3 Released!

AGE2: Patch 2F: Version 4.3.729236

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  • Vastly improved overall performance by enabling the renderer to update separately from the World Update.
  • Text rendering has been improved and combined into a single pass (down from 5). Virtually all text in the game used to render 5 different passes to create the text outline effect.
  • Command inputs now feel responsive when entered quickly. One common example was when the player would select a villager and quickly hit “build” “house” but the house command would not register.
  • Upgrade and Build progress bars should appear smoother.
  • The game will no longer take up 100% CPU, which will reduce heat buildup and energy consumption, which is mostly a problem with laptops.
  • Large native fps improvements under Windows 10 (In some cases, more than 200% frame rate improvements have been experienced). NOTE: Only applies to people upgrading from Windows 8.

  • Old Saved games and Replays should now load correctly without desyncs.
  • Record game is always enabled by default for multiplayer matches.
  • Restore Multiplayer game should now function correctly.
  • Hotkeys now correctly display and use special characters without corruption or crashing.
  • Bright fonts and highlight colors have been toned down.
  • Civilization sounds now play correctly at the start of a game and the delay has been removed so the game starts quicker.
  • Main Menu music now has new logic to determine which music variation to play depending on which combinations of DLC the player owns.
  • Selecting Random Civilizations should now function correctly with minimal duplications.
  • Checkboxes in the Multiplayer Lobby now appear correctly when selecting Ready.
  • Tech Tree images now correctly display the player color.
  • Campaign Difficulty popup text no longer cuts off in localized languages.
  • Campaign Difficulty setting is now saved correctly.
  • Campaign background images no longer appear corrupted in the dark/shadow areas.
  • Players are no longer able to make Player profiles with the same name.
  • Players are no longer able to delete their last Profile.
  • Game Launcher now functions correctly with Windows 10.
  • Game Launcher text should now appear correctly in localized languages.

In Game Improvements:
  • Taunt/Command audio now play correctly when selecting them in the Chat menu.
  • Taunt/Command text should now display correctly in all localized languages.
  • Help Text is no longer being cut off and the “hit point” and “hotkey” information is now being displayed correctly.
  • Scrolling now has a small accelerate/decelerate value which is also tunable in the Options menu as Scroll Inertia (If you turn this off, scrolling will behave exactly the same as before).
  • Clamped Mouse scrolling now functions correctly and players are able to easily move Windowed screens.
  • Objectives menu now contains additional information (like Map Type, Treaty Length and Teams Locked).
  • Diplomacy menu now correctly displays radial buttons.
  • Players are no longer able to send tribute to enemy players.
  • Non-Host players can no longer swap teams in scenarios when that option is disabled.
  • Help cursor no longer stays active when using ESC to exit the Diplomacy menu.
  • Save menu now displays dataset icons next to each entry.

Scenario Editor:
  • Display Instructions message box for the Trigger Effects has been increased to 200 characters (up from 50).
  • Display Instructions images no longer appear corrupted.
  • Gaia’s default player color is now defaulted to grey.
  • Additional Units, Buildings and Heroes now have placement sounds (like Amazon Archers, Sheep, Yurts and William Wallace).
  • Starting Age now correctly updates the building visuals when loaded.
  • Re-ordering Triggers with Effects should now function correct and maintain the correct Trigger association.
  • Play Sound Trigger Effect no longer has “None” as a valid option and the Effect text will remain red until a sound file is selected.
  • Teleport Trigger Effect now functions correctly and units no longer try to navigate back to their starting location.
  • Lock and Unlock Trigger Effects now function correctly for Gates.
  • Change Ownership Trigger Effect should now function correctly for Town Centers.
  • Upload Trigger Effect now functions correctly with the Set Location Option.
  • Disable Buildings Option now functions correctly with the Forgotten Dataset and disabled buildings are no longer available to build.
  • Set Area should now function correctly with Patrol and Attack Move commands.
  • Random Start Option should now function correctly with Starting Age, Unit Ownership, Town Center locations and Triggers.
  • Opening the Menu while entering text no longer prevents further text entry once the Menu has been closed.
  • The Delete Scenario Confirmation popup now correctly displays the file name being deleted.
  • Saving a scenario no longer disables scroll wheel functionality in some menus.

Mod Manager:
  • Filters have been integrated which include Status/Dataset check boxes and a text field.
  • Players can also use the minus (-) key at the start of their text to create a negative filter.
  • Shift+Click on Priority Up will move the selected item to the top of the list (or to the bottom if Priority Down was selected).
  • Shift+Click on Enable will enable all visible mods based on the current filter setting (or
  • Scenario movies and .BINA files should now load correctly.
  • Publish Mod Preview Image help text now correctly says to use a .JPG file.
  • Movies have been added to the Steam Tag list and recognizes .AVI and .WMV files.
  • Clicking in the Mod list when it’s empty no longer crashes the game.

Known Issues:
  • Quick Match functionality has temporarily been disabled.
  • If fonts disappear after patching from older builds – please reboot your PC to resolve the issue.
  • When watching replays, replaying at the fastest speed can lead to an eventual crash due to recent render decoupling changes.

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Steam Workshop

Advance to the Steam Age!
Explore new maps, multiplayer scenarios, and user created campaigns. Or reinvent your game experience with new sounds, visuals, AI, units, and more! Ready to share your creations with the world? Upload right from the map editor, or collaborate with friends to create a masterpiece collection.

New DLC Available

Explore a host of new features with Age of Empires II - The Forgotten including

  • Five New Civilizations
    • Italians
    • Indians
    • Slavs
    • Magyars
    • Incas
  • Seven new Campaigns
    • Alaric
    • Sforza
    • Bari
    • Dracula
    • El Dorado
    • Prithviraj
    • Battles of The Forgotten
  • New LudaKRIS map size
  • New Game Modes
    • Treaty
    • Capture the Relic
  • Twitch streaming integration
  • Spectator Mode

Download the expansion today!

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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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Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in
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Better than Clash of Clans
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Tell a male Saracen villager to go pick berries. He sounds absolutely insulted and ♥♥♥♥♥♥ that you would dare make him go pick some motherf*ckin berries. Srs, he's really insulted.

I also enjoy repeating what the villagers and units say when you click on them/tell them to do something. Then I try and figure out how it's spelled if it was English.
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149.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Apparently stone walls catch fire.
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40 of 42 people (95%) found this review helpful
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Posted: June 17
Age of Empires II, known in the professional world as Human Resource Management Simulator 99’, is the premier HR Management Simulator. After 16 years, it still stands in a league of its own. Simple to use, this software is utilized by the likes of Fortune 500 companies and top tier business schools for training and retaining skills. Furthermore, it doubles as an entertaining and interactive platform for learning about the Middle Ages.

HRM Simulator 99’ takes place in a historical period running from the fall of the Western Roman Empire to the dawn of the Colonial Age. You will be placed in the role of a medieval leader seeking to build your kingdom and defeat your opponents. In order to win, however, you will need to micromanage your human resources with the utmost efficiency and effectiveness.

Central to your efforts is the villager. Villagers are the ideal worker. They can work for indefinite periods of time while earning nothing and aptly work several different jobs throughout your kingdom. They can handle everything from construction to fishing to sapping enemy buildings. Your villagers are also loyal to you beyond question; they will even gather berries while wolves are mauling them to death.

Once you have established a perfectly efficient economy using the principles of operations management, you will have to shift your attention to raising an army and defeating your enemies. As a human resources manager at Proctor & Gamble put it, “HRM Simulator 99’s army management is good preparation for some of the most daunting tasks that a new manager may face in the real world”. While managing your army in battle, you will also still need to pay attention to your economy, keeping your villagers on task and away from becoming useless, idle drones.

Campaigns (Spoilers?):
  • Play as Mel Gibson and beat up the army of a dude named Edward Longshanks who, despite his last name, cannot shank anything for long.
  • Play as a teenage chick, summon Shelby Cobras for horny Frenchmen so that they can shoot up snotty Britons.
  • Play as a legendary ISIS commander and defeat NATO forces in Israel.
  • Play as Genghis Khan, travel the world and break down the Great Wall of China with an extraordinarily fast & furious monkey.
  • Play as der Fuhrer, subdue domestic opposition, invade Poland and convince Italy to side with you. Then drown in a river and get buried in a pickle barrel.
  • Play as Attila the Hun, beat up everyone and steal their everything.
  • Play as Good Guy Greg, save your king’s life even after he screws you over and imprisons your family.
  • Play as Cuauhtémoc, repulse the Spanish invasion of Tenochtitlan with the help of God-given Hun Tarkans and Korean Turtle Ships. Witness the evolution of Cuauhtémoc from a loyal, concerned jaguar warrior into a tenacious resistance leader and then finally into the last Emperor of the Aztecs. Then play Age of Empires III and see him finally become a psychotic blood fetishist fighting wars in oddball locales all across Asia and the Americas.

If you successfully complete these campaigns with flying colors and prevail over your colleagues in online skirmishes, you will be ripe to become the CEO of one of the largest corporations in the world!

500/500 Preferred by all large-cap corporations listed on the S&P 500. In other words, buy this game if you want to invest in the American economy!
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