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 (542 reviews) - 90% of the 542 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (26,537 reviews) - 92% of the 26,537 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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CookieSkoon
186.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
If you loved this game back in the day, this version and its new expansions are a must have! 10/10 seven asses.

The new AI is far tougher but if that's not your speed, the old AI is still there for the selecting. Multiplayer games are easier than ever. The graphics and texture mods available are amazing.

Seriously a great buy.
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BOT Cindy
2.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
I have a 4K monitor and cannot change the in game resolution to a lower setting. Everything is so very tiny and it is not playable.

Sometimes a resolution setting is too much to ask, huh? It's 2016 jeesh
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Botmun
56.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
killed 20 skirms with one demolition ship. GG 11/11
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Shepard
4.7 hrs
Posted: August 28
Very Good game. First game I bought when I got Steam. Highly recommend this game to anyone, can play solo or in multiplayer. Just an overall very good game.
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Viper0331
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 28
I've played this game since I was a kid (so around 15 years) and finally got around to buyinmg it again. I did purchase this with Ages of Empires 3 and I play this more than Ages of Empires 3. Absolutly great game and I wish I had actual players to fight against but regardless, there's no denying the wolololol
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King Biggy the Great
185.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
Best Game Ever
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ViciousKiwi
8.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
Probably the best strategy game I've ever played.

Big nostalgic hit to me, I used to play this years ago at school and even wrote a letter to our headmaster getting the trial installed on all of the computer lab's computers so I could play with my mates..

HD revamp is awesome, it's better than the hd patch for the original game.
Some times multiplayer messes up and you have to restart steam a couple of times before it gets going but well worth the troubles.

Recommended for those who want to play some easy to learn/hard to master war games with friends!
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Deénbektorian
65.2 hrs
Posted: August 27
Still today one of the premier RTS games around. Kudos to those who have not only kept this alive, but updated and improved it over these past several years.
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Jarn Argence
6.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
This one... happens to be one of my favorites. I played this game when I was pretty young. It was my first RTS. I honestly had no idea how to play the game. I'm still not good at playing RTS games, but I'm a lot better than I was.
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Gumarelo836
60.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
Classic masterpiece, though the new campaigns arent as good as the old ones. Still plenty of players for online, and the HD is pretty welcomed. Really really really recommended.
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67 of 79 people (85%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
One of my favorite memories is playing this game back in the day with my Brother and some of my cousins.
This game helped me develop my ability to strategize and think quickly as a kid.

I gotta say I hoped the game would have been fixed up a little more when I saw it on Steam and got ahold of a copy in a gift trade but I know they have AOEIII and things and I do love how it just takes me back to being a kid who played when it came out. I actually have my old box copy with manual and the expansion disc too.

This is a great game to LAN with friends or just play solo while bored and needing to kill time.

It may not be enjoyed as much by millennials or people who want all the new graphics and such but any 80's or 90's kids that grew up on it or parents and others who played will definitely have a blast from the past.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
237.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
great game even though it is so many years old. still plenty of people who play it
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
126.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
I like to give this game a nickname which I like to called "Mini Civilization"

I'm gonna be honest most of the time when I'm ingame it doesn't actually mean I'm playing, sometimes I play but most of the time I doing a bot only game or in other words a bot tournement, partically ResonanceBot 5-1c. Why you may ask cause I have a fascination for the AI :D.

So for every bot tournement I always have the same settings no matter what
- 8 bots
- Black Forest
- Hardest difficulty
- All Visible
- Standard Resources
- Random Civs

In my current bot tournement the civilizations they're playing as
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Blue, Aztecs
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Red, Mongols
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Green, Goths
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Yellow, Britons
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Light Blue, Saracens
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Purple, Vikings ( Eliminated )
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Gray, Slavs
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Oranges, Koreans

So far playtime of the tournement 4h & 12 minutes

It very addicted game indeed, honestly I believe it the best RTS game ever created follow by Mythology of course. In Aoe 2 the farms are quite annoying, how you had to constanty replenish the farms. The Perisans and Teutopns are my favourites to play as nothing more fun then building mass war elephants ( Strongest Cavalry or Teutonic Knights ( Strongest Infantry ) and roaming over your enemies. Don't care for online matches unless I playing with a friend or steam friend but other then that I pass.

Overall if you love RTS games I highly recommend you give this game a try, if you love Age of Empires 2 I also highly recommend you try out Age of Mythology same thing but with mythological units and god powers.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Dave Chappelle created a classic that solidified his legacy as one of the greatest comedians of all time. His show is just as watchable and relavent today as it was on release, Age of Empires II is it's RTS equivalent in that sense.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
44.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
-Plays with a friend against an hardest dificulty bot.
-Population 500
-Because we suck the bot had suceeded destroying our 10 gates
-The bot has a 400 man army
-My friend retreats in my base and starts making wall after wall even palisade
-We build a wonder
-The bot is destroying our defences
-My paladins and halebardiers dive into battle
-In 3 min all u can see are bones with my color
-Bot cant move his army because its too big
-50 years left
-We say ♥♥♥♥ it and open every gate and meet the enemy with villagers
-At 35 years left our wander its destroyed
-I didnt understand wtf happened
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
55.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
In my opinion, the best RTS ever made. Very well done and balanced, graphics feel chunky at first if you're a newcommer, but very smooth once you get used to it. Playing it with friends is even better. And one of the most important aspects of this masterpiece: it is enjoyable by everyone, whether you're good at the game, or if you're not.

10/10 would put in wishlist if I didn't already have all exp. packs.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Great RTS even to this day. Playted it as a kid still love it today.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful