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 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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HK1-Bishop
( 16.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
This game is really fun. I play it a lot, but it is probably better to get the third one instead of this one, unless you can't afford it was then get this one. 10/10
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SaMonkeyBoy
( 7.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
I put well over 200 hours or so into this game when I was younger, and it still holds up pretty well. Building your town into an empire and fending off attacking nations is stategic, challenging, and rewarding. I also enjoy creating my own maps, it really lets you get creative.
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BLKYD
( 75.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
TLDR: Fun if casual

Age of Empires 2 is a fun game to play casually in my opinion. Build large armies and cities and just battle it out between you and the AI or friends. Personally I find serious play a bit bland, as you have to follow effectively one of two strategies at the start of the game, and it's just a clickfest. If you want a "hard" RTS I'd recommend Starcraft.

Cost: £15
Playtime: 200 Hours
£ / Hour: 0.08

Gameplay: 8 / 10
Plot: 7 / 10
Graphics: 5 / 10
Replayability: 8 / 10
Community: 6 / 10
Cost-Effectiveness: 8 / 10

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Overall: 7 / 10
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Bearded Stranger
( 71.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Excellent game. Would recommend.
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Ipu
( 70.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
The players in an average multiplayer game:

1. The guy whose ping reaches the sky and later gets dropped out
2. The expert who lowered his ELO to 1600 just to completely annihilate lower tier players (often names their game "noobs only")
3. The guy who blames everyone for the lack of success
4. The guys who get blamed for everything (usually me)
5. + others

Nonetheless, it's great.
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Matthew
( 62.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Best RTS ever made.
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Taxemic
( 56.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
been playing this since i was a kid
Modern RTS games can still learn from this game
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Halls of Mandos
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Ofcourse I have to recommend my favorite childhood game, but why u no Linux or mac support windows! greedy ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ :p
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Lano
( 27.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Big ping and lag problems in multiplayer.


But the game is hella good anyways!!
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- ЯuHtrA -
( 23.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
This game is a musthave. It should be played by everyone atleast once if you are born before 2000. Gather some friends, challenge ea in combat.
- You dont like this game?
- Monk: Wolololo!
Now you like this game.
Great game, fully recommend. 10/10
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Thomas Malibu
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
had this game when it first released on my old windows pc back in the late 90's, was addictive then and is more addictive now, never played online when i first owned it, but now its amazing, i always get my ♥♥♥ handed to me online, but i still go back for more, hd remaster makes it even better
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(*-*)TweetyCZ
( 512.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
This HD remake has been riddled by various bugs ever since the release in April 2013, but at least multiplayer worked for the most part and I spent over 500 hrs. in it trough out the years and it was hell of a ride. Well, that has changed since the release of the latest African Kingdoms expansion on November 5th, 2015 - since then multiplayer has been rendered unplayable. What is worse, the SkyBox Labs/Forgotten Empires crew ceased any communication regarding the problem shortly after. As early reviewer, I was assured by Cysion (Belgian member of a dev team) that repairing the broken multiplayer is high on to do list back on November 13, 2015, but nothing has happened since, except for the release of half-baked & buggy expansion for Age of Mythology with the subtitle "Tale of the Dragon" back in January 2016.

On reload, game does not seem to remember players/AI oponents involved, which can be clearly seen in the lobby, after reload, you cannot play a multiplayer game for more then few secs before it just desynches. African Kingdoms was my very first and for sure the last preorder on Steam, sure, multiplayer-destroying update came to all AoE II owners, including those who did not bought the expansion, but this expansion symbolizes the beginning of the problem and the lack of commitment from the developers towards their own project which stands on multiplayer. They do not deserve any finnancial support until they fix their mess. AVOID!
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[Knights] Buddha/ബുദ്ധ
( 8.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I still remember when i played aoe2 Demo long back when i was in middile school
HD brings back those great memmories when i bunked class to play
Thank you for the awsome improvements
and yeah the forgotten expansion with India is just great
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SpaceLordMoFu
( 31.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
The day has finally come! This is a true rebirth of AoE2. Looks great, Everything works amazing. Props to steam for giving this classic another life, one it deserves. Huge community behind this one. New Expansions coming out for a game this old is unheard of! LOVE LOVE LOVE,

buy this game now and stop waiting!! 10/10
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Fishpilot Gaming
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I WANT TO REBUY THE GAME FOR FREE UO GSTUPIDE A$$ES!
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Conner
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
A blast from the past!
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~Espcevan~
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
I've played this game way back in the day. Got excited when I saw it on steam. Great game to play and waste some time on.
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{GMR}coldwind81
( 63.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
Probably the best HD remake by Microsoft so far.And the new packs are actually good.
If you enjoyed the original game,trust me,you will feel the same about this one (maybe even slighty better)
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
52 of 59 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Father of strategy games.
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
628.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
There is just too much to say about how amazing this game is so I will be brief. My dad first got this game for me when I was 5 years old, and it was my childhood. A long time passed and Age of Empires seemed to die down... However when the HD Edition was released I cannot describe how happy I was. Even if you have never heard of this game you are in for a big treat, because this is the best strategy game of all time.
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20 of 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
100.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Quite bad at launch. Now it's fixed and worth it for both single- and multiplayer.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
This game is a musthave. It should be played by everyone atleast once if you are born before 2000.
Gather some friends, challenge ea in combat.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
512.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
This HD remake has been riddled by various bugs ever since the release in April 2013, but at least multiplayer worked for the most part and I spent over 500 hrs. in it trough out the years and it was hell of a ride. Well, that has changed since the release of the latest African Kingdoms expansion on November 5th, 2015 - since then multiplayer has been rendered unplayable. What is worse, the SkyBox Labs/Forgotten Empires crew ceased any communication regarding the problem shortly after. As early reviewer, I was assured by Cysion (Belgian member of a dev team) that repairing the broken multiplayer is high on to do list back on November 13, 2015, but nothing has happened since, except for the release of half-baked & buggy expansion for Age of Mythology with the subtitle "Tale of the Dragon" back in January 2016.

On reload, game does not seem to remember players/AI oponents involved, which can be clearly seen in the lobby, after reload, you cannot play a multiplayer game for more then few secs before it just desynches. African Kingdoms was my very first and for sure the last preorder on Steam, sure, multiplayer-destroying update came to all AoE II owners, including those who did not bought the expansion, but this expansion symbolizes the beginning of the problem and the lack of commitment from the developers towards their own project which stands on multiplayer. They do not deserve any finnancial support until they fix their mess. AVOID!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
54.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
i think i've played about 6 matches in my 54 hours .. good times.

if you're bad at this game like i am, tell everyone that you're a peaceful nation and build up an army of petards in secret. then holler at your boys and let them know you're sending over a nice supply peace treaty or some crap and rip them apart with the strength of a thousand burning bodies.

you'll have nothing left, but neither will they.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Product received for free
If Steam added all the hours I played on the disc copy of this game to my current digital download, I'd likely range in the 2-3k hours. A dear friend gifted me this game for my birthday, so thanks to him!
This game. . . .where to start. . . .
I grew up playing this game as a kid, and a young teen. This is perhaps one of the most immersive strategy games I've ever played. Overall, I can't find much to fault in it. Everything seems to still be in its respective place.
Age of Empires II is an amazing strategy game, retelling hisoric events, such as memorable battles, the rise of multiple leaders and civilizations (through campaign mode, which is also highly recommended for those of you who like to play alone), and events in history that just captured peoples attention. I think they should institute this at schools for history class instead. It's very accurate to the events/battles/timelines that it covers.
If campaigning just isn't your cup of tea, fear not! There are multiple online servers hosting games almost all the time! You can also play your own private games with friends, in standard games, if PVP isn't really something you want to do, or are extremely good at (like me. I'd probably get destroyed in PVP XD). Lots of civilizations to choose to play as in these modes, so finding the one that suits your playstyle doesn't take long at all.
Feeling creative? Make your own maps and scenarios, with scenario editor! Pick and choose features to add to your maps, and have a blast creating your own battles and maps to play!
I don't generally play strategy games (it's on my to-do list), but I have played this one extensively. All I can say, is GET THIS GAME!!!!! You will not be disappointed :)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
109.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
It was a good game, but the devs broke it somehow and havent patched it in months. No further communication on whats going on, check the forums.

Game currently lacks of basic functionality which used to work in the original, eg. being able to load a multiplayer saved game, multiplayer desync issues and scenario triggers behaving incorrectly and randomly.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
My friend made a huge army and decided to attack gray
when he got there he was greeted by a massive army of monks
(intense wololo takes place)
monks convert his entire army and turns it on him
they destroy him and he is forced to resign


10/10 wololo can take over the world
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Old School RTS in the category of Starcraft Brood War.

Great to play on the road, at home with friends, drinking a beer.

And it's history too. Wouldn't play it in History Class but you can try.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
144.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I've played this game for over 8 years now, and Age of Empires II has what most games these days don't have: Replayability.
The inexhaustable list of combinations and scenarios with equally diverse results keep this game interesting 17 years after it's inception.

The mechanics and options this game provides manages to be fully featured without becoming overwhelming (I'm looking at you Democracy 3). I reccomend this to anyone who enjoys stradegy games, economy games, military games, city building games, etc. This fufills all of those categories at once.

In the future, I intend to write a full review, but this is it for now.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
359.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
I used to play this on the original disk before i got steam.


Now i wonder why I even bought the disk version
Two expansions only available on steam, mods, achievements and a ton of really cool new stuff!!!!!!!

I definitely recommend buying this game and both its expansions
Buy them!!! You won't regret it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
49.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
A very fun game, but it's not bug-free.
If you and your friend decide to take a break mid-game and save/leave, you can forget about coming back. You can't restore multiplayer games.
Online vs other players is pretty hard, or I just suck. Idk yet.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
This was my first PC game when I was young. Now years later, I still come back to it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
148.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
You dont like this game?

Monk: Wolololo!

Now you like this game.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
75.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
TLDR: Fun if casual

Age of Empires 2 is a fun game to play casually in my opinion. Build large armies and cities and just battle it out between you and the AI or friends. Personally I find serious play a bit bland, as you have to follow effectively one of two strategies at the start of the game, and it's just a clickfest. If you want a "hard" RTS I'd recommend Starcraft.

Cost: £15
Playtime: 200 Hours
£ / Hour: 0.08

Gameplay: 8 / 10
Plot: 7 / 10
Graphics: 5 / 10
Replayability: 8 / 10
Community: 6 / 10
Cost-Effectiveness: 8 / 10

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Overall: 7 / 10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
A real classic, used to play it all the time when I was little. Unfortunatly, the 'HD' version hardly changes anything apart from the water graphics.

Pros:
1. Great gameplay.
2. Made in 1999, yet still beats most other modern alternatives.

Cons:
1. Outdated graphics.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
50.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Excellent, fun, strategy heavy classic.

If you are in it for the fun of it and have a lot of time to kill, serious candidate for your next purchase here, I must admit there is a long list of "wtf logic" moments, like camels being categorized as boats or those tiny one story houses housing 5 bunkbedding elephants/boats, but it makes for a good laugh.

Great game, fully recommend.
9.4/10
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
106.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Vikings fighting Mayans. In Arabia
10/10
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