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 (458 reviews) - 91% of the 458 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (27,147 reviews) - 92% of the 27,147 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

    • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
109.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
I remember back in 2000, 2001 ish. I was about 6,7 years old and I remember sitting on my father's lap. I remember those summers, long and humid and hot. My father would be playing Age of Empires the Conquerors. It was the first game I really got into, I remember back in early 2000s all the internet cafes in China would be filled with people playing AOE, warcraft, starcraft, and red alert. AOE was the game everyone plays. I remember one time I played against my father when he had to stay at work late and I just got to feudal age and he put a freaking castle in front of my TC. I was crying and I was so sad. Those were the days. And Now I cant tell you how excited I am to get back into it. Classics never die.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
still the best game ever made if you dont like it gtfo
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
It was fun in 1999 it is fun in 2016
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Product received for free
A really fun game, I'm so noob at it and played with my friend with like 100hours on it and wiped my ♥♥♥, He even helped me a bit with the game.
Game is dangerous if you're so much into strategy games like this.
+1 if you know what I mean by dangerous, I think it's pretty obvious

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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
What is there to say about this game?

I've played this to death in my childhood, countless hours playing just one more skirmish. It really is a true classic. The multiplayer works splendidly, and it promises to keep on delivering even more countless hours of RTS fun. Just buy it, I guarantee you won't regret it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
980.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Probably one of the best game of all time!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
99.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 22
First of all, I played this game when i was a little kid and oh man, all the memories and the feeling are back. The community is awesome, if you are a competitive player you will find you can find your place here, though casual players can enjoy the game too.

But I'm writing this review to encourage people who never played this brilliat RTS game, to try it out. It has a reason why this game isn't dead yet, although it's 17 years old. It's hard to start a game as a new player, but if you invest some time in it, there will be no problem at all.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
51.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Nothing more disgraceful then allying with your so called "friend" and then later getting sideways penetrated by 20 trebuchets.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
This game is so fun and engaging that it actually puts you in a time bubble, and what felt like a half hour will have actually been 5 hours.

I missed days of school because I'd be playing the game, never looking at the clock (Probably didn't even blink) then my mom would walk in and be like "Oh great, you're already up and ready for school?".

"...Yeah... I'm up..."

Then I'd start walking to school, take a quick turn into the woods and wait unil 8:30 when my mom left for work. Then i'd proceed home, pack a bowl, and play until I fell asleep on my keyboard. I probably did that exact thing, on aeverage, 3 times a week.

I learned more from AoE, anyway.

10/10, This game is a must-have.
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774.6 hrs
Posted: October 26
This game is so well balanced and thought out. Get it, and have fun exploring endless possibilites
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21.9 hrs
Posted: October 26
Amazing game! I remember my childhood playing this on a CD with my best friend. We bought the remastered version on Steam and relived old times. Great to experience it again, despite its old and outdated mechanics it is still one of the best strategy games to grace the gaming world. Buy this game, but only if your fine with an old but glorious strategy game.
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78.8 hrs
Posted: October 26
Sigh... Still the best RTS game ever made.
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54.9 hrs
Posted: October 26
One of the best games ever made.
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*Schoon* Deanaldo2.0
19.5 hrs
Posted: October 26
It's AoE 2... what more can one say??
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27.0 hrs
Posted: October 26
this was full of great things and i learned a lot about korea very fast wooden horse demons
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229.2 hrs
Posted: October 26
Villager(s) kills a bear with no bother (bear has 25hp), need like over 5 villagers to kill a wild boar (75hp). Also bear kills any villager with one hit, except a Magyar.
10/10 would play again !
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1,213.2 hrs
Posted: October 26
I think it is okay ....
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4.0 hrs
Posted: October 26
JD always wins
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Tommy The Jerk
252.8 hrs
Posted: October 26
I very tentatively recommend this.

"How can you say that?" you might ask, knowing full well that Age of Empires 2 is an excellent game that is widely praised and regarded as a classic. Well, I'll explain.

Age of Empires 2, as a game, is a classic RTS game where you manage a Medieval Civilization, going from a tiny settlement to a sprawling empire. If you don't get invaded first that is. There is a massive focus on combat in this game, most games are decided on the battlefield, with players fielding massive armies against each other to knock out buildings, defences and eventually innocent civilians. But of course, these armies don't come out of nothing, you need to build up some money, gather food, collect wood for buildings and stone for castles. If you aren't familiar with Age of Empires 2, I suggest you look for reviews of that game.

Age of Empires 2 HD is a little different, and not always in a good way.

The upgrades from the original are primarily on the graphical side of things, the updating to a modern lobby-based multiplayer, better mod support and two expansions not originally made for the game. Make no mistake, these aren't all what they're cracked up to be and there's a few problems in this release.

As far as graphics are concerned, the game looks as nice as ever, with only the water reflections, the larger resolutions (which aren't easily adjustable) and a few changed in-game graphics, most of which are welcome additions. To call it HD is perhaps a stretch, but it is graphically superior to its original counterpart.

The modern lobby-based multiplayer is a welcome feature, theoretically allowing for easy and simple online play, without the need for third party clients like Voobly and Gameranger. In practice, the lobby system is very suspect to bugs, with crashes upon game launches occuring frequently and dropouts that halt the game halfway through happening somewhat less frequently. For all the unreliability in Voobly and Gameranger that this system could do away with, it is in many ways inferior, with these problems ocurring less often in either client.

Another couple of things that Voobly and Gameranger players would be able to avoid is the problems that actually happen in-game. Path-finding was never stellar in the original game, but many claim that it has been significantly degraded in this version. Not to mention that the actual game seems to typically run slower, with more log and with more connection problems than it does in Voobly and Gameranger under similar conditions.

The mod support is nice, but the amount of content for AoE2 that isn't on the Steam Workshop is gigantic, which leaves mostly classic and popular scenarios as well as an assortment of other bits and bobs to choose from. Your typical AoE2 player won't be missing out on much, but for those who want really specific things, they might have a hard time to get a hold of them.

And lastly, there's the two expansions. Opinion is divided about these; some say that the new African Kingdoms are extremely powerful, to the point of possibly being imbalanced. And The Forgotten Empires is perceived as being a slew of rather lacking civilizations that don't boast much power, but seem to have very little place in the game. Personally, I think that the African Kingdoms expansion adds a lot to the game and is very fun to play with, even if the new civilizations, particularly the Portugeuse can seem a little tough to play against. As for the Forgotten Empires, it's fun in much the same way, but the civilizations added seem too timid to really add all that much beyond a few interesting unique units and techs to open up a few more strategies than there used to be.

The bugs that make online play well under optimal for such a multiplayer focused game, not to mention one so old and a few of the gameplay problems make me really hesitate to recommend AoE2 HD, because these issues are extremely frustrating and can feel like a dealbreaker. But when the game works, it's as fun as the old AoE2 and sometimes even more so with the higher resolutions, the extra content and the new community. I can't blame you if these bugs get the better of you and you end up going back to Voobly though.
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