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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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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HeroKing
( 117.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Played this when I was little, somehow learned to play this game using the hotkeys and made "X amount of allies vs X amount of Enemies maps."

Amazing Game,
This game may be lacking in most aspects in comparison to todays standards but however still stands, (IMO) , as a timeless shining gem among RTS series.

-All aspects of the game stay true to the disc version.
(Unit Pathing,Combat,Mechanics)
Added:
-Online Multiplayer thats actually Decent!
-DLC
-Optimization (Graphics)
-Workshop!

-Most cons can be directed toward the limitations of the game during its time.
ie: Units getting stuck.. (that's all I could think of..)//

It's not as flashy as other games, but it has its own unique charm, Large Battles and sieges feel real, and require careful planning/execution. A game where you can easily fool around and experiment in if you'd like to! Example; Cavalry Only, Quote the Rohirrim,Die to spears. Historic accuracy everyone!

The Campaigns show some of the real important battles/events during the time period in which they took place. Some campaigns teach new players how things work while others challenge more experienced ones.

I wouldn't be discouraged by price as it usually goes on sale for 75%+ at every sale.

All in all this was a fun game to play as a kid and I still enjoy playing it. However as a final warning,
*This can be very time consuming.*
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alexp90
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Best strategy game ever but now on HD !
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Marko J.
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Awesome game!
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Hopesedge
( 41.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
So much nostalgia in this game for me, I recommend that anyone who likes RTS' should get this game, unlike newer games that use 3D models this game uses flat, still images making it look quite marvelous in terms of detail, the sound effects are nice and the scenario making is also fun.

The biggest problem with this game is it's stability, online games can be riddled with lag early on in games making a good start hard to do, but past that little hiccup I see a great game for both base-building & war!
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mage gaming
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game is the best age of empiers game that i have ever played if you dont play this your missing out
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<-=(ProfTesla)=->
( 50.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
You dont like AOE2 ? >:( GET OUT OF MY FACE !
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Mlbfan
( 33.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Goldbergstein wants his shekels.

Pros
+It's age of empires 2, possibly the best RTS ever made
+Rerelease invigorated online community

Cons
-It's literally just age of empires 2, straight outta 1999, with a few resolution issues fixed for a whopping $20.
-Performance is impressively poor.
-Modern RTS's a la Starcraft 2 are in another universe as far as unit handling and pathing is concerned.

Goldbergstein should probably put in at least some effort if he wants your shekels. This is a low quality rerelease of a phenomenal game.
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maloomjan
( 26.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Just buy it guy... One hand awesomeness. The other can hold a beer or glass of wine - if you are that way inclined.
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Kronos Kael'thas
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
I still have the disks for AoE 1,2 conquerers and I proudly display them in my house
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86 of 109 people (79%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
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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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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32 of 46 people (70%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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16 of 23 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
159.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
-Played online
-Lost
-Team mates want me to kill myself

A very fun experience

10/10
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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11 of 18 people (61%) found this review helpful
Recommended
177.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
One of the greatest games of all time
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14 of 24 people (58%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
72.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
I love this game <3
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14 of 24 people (58%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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