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 (1,167 reviews) - 91% of the 1,167 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (26,067 reviews) - 92% of the 26,067 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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TommyOV
( 28.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
a must have :)
good old times
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LORDs_strateuo
( 575.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
This game still does not work, what happend why wont it launch. Do I need to take it off of steam and install from my CD afresh? Who keeps breaking it with updates?
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conspirat
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Never try to wololo a wolf.

10/10 would wololo again.
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Gewoonnootnoot
( 19.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
very nice game
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Ares
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
The only RTS i have liked, though it doesn't say that much as i have only played this and one or two command&conquer games. Slow paced most of the time but it can become fairly hectic when you are commanding one army, trying to not kill your own soldiers with catapults and suddenly hear wolololo while you see someone attacking your village :D The singleplayer campaign has many different scenarios and are fun to play. Some are pretty hard with you against many opponents but at least in standard difficulty i have managed to win most on my second attempt when i know where the enemy are and how they will act.
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c0rda
( 28.0 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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108 of 174 people (62%) found this review helpful
143 people found this review funny
Recommended
74.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
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34 of 49 people (69%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
-how do you turn this on
-furious the monkey boy
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-lumberjack / cheese steak jimmy's / robin hood / rock on
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- to smithereens
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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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4 of 4 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Better than what most people have been saying. The ability to use widescreen, sharper images, and even multiplayer! Plus the added benefit of using Steam so you can install it and use it anywhere easily!
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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
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
94.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
1. Play Goths
2. Build Castle Next To Enemy Base
3. ???
4. Profit

10/10
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