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 (492 reviews) - 89% of the 492 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (24,528 reviews) - 92% of the 24,528 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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George W. Kush
( 177.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The game that got me into PC gaming. Speaks for itself.
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Crypto
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Literally unplayable.

Pathfinding is insanely stupid, so that instead of walking straight from A to B units will move as if there were invisible walls.

Siege weapons are basically useless, I've tried the starting campaign (William Wallace) and it took literally 20 seconds to have the battering ram attacking the enemy castle or any other building, since they just kept wandering around or just positioning close to the target without ever beginning the attack.

I don't remember the original version being so dumb.

I used to love this game and play it for at least one month every year, so I took advantage of the summer sales to get the HD version, but it's not worth the 2,24£ I spent to get it.

Make it playable.
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VERTEX☆MAGICA
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
How do you turn this on
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wburton
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
AoE II has been around for a very very long time and is still going strong today. When I think of rts games AoE is the first game to come to mind before any of the others. It has the perfect blend of civilization simulation, tower defense and combat. Its slower pace is easy for people new to the genre and while other rts games get laggy when you enter combat this game runs like butter. I remember the days when I used to play the AoE Gold CD on the family windows XP computer. It was the first rts game I ever played and the only one I will ever return to. Today we have AoE II HD. Its the same game as it was back then but with the ability to be played on hd displays and you get the Steam Workshop for more content then you could ever want. Its a great game. I love it and it will be my favorite rts game probably for the rest of my life. Totally worth buying and you would be a complete dummy not to get it when on sale.
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staem
( 70.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I like this
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Tsumego
( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
wololo
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sebast2213
( 49.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is the best game
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Nema
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
a classic that will never die.
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The Duke's Dear Freyja
( 332.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
we wuz kangs n shet nigguz i swear to gawd we wuz ancient nigguz we more i wuz an ancestor of egypt man you tellin me that... thththat them gypsies over there aint black look at that skin mayn they black mayn they hey you know mayn like im sorry mayn we trying to go to space n shet this and shet mayn im like "fuh mayn these white ppl mayn" i-i-i like don't think it sane mayn these white people be ruinin our lives mayn shet mayn let me tell you mayn my gran mama she part egptian mayn you tellin me king tatutatu tha-tha-that's my great great great great great great granfather mayn and you tellin me that dem gawd dang egyptians aint black shet niqqah l-l-look mayn julius caesar wuz black i don' know why these history bookz be lyin to you julius caesar wuz black he wasn't white the romans were ruled by black ppl ♥♥♥♥♥ man ill tell you what i swear let all the black ppl go back to africa they gonna be one duz mayne
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ayman
( 13.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Product received for free
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
120 of 153 people (78%) found this review helpful
104 people found this review funny
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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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
6 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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40 of 55 people (73%) 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 19 people (84%) 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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32 of 49 people (65%) found this review helpful
39 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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20 of 29 people (69%) 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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7 of 7 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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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
177.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
One of the greatest games of all time
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
167.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This was one of my childhood games and it has aged really well. The gameplay is really addictive and it is so satisfing to watch your civilization grow and dominate everyone else. Playing with other people is a lot of fun and the game compares your skill level to everyone else's so you always know whether or not it will be a far match. That's not to say the game is perfect. As satisfying as the game is when your winning, it's really depressing when your losing; all that hard working building your civilization gone to waste. The learning curve is also really steep, especially if you're unfamiliar with this genre, and getting to the level of skill that most people have online is a bit of a chore. If you can go toe to toe with a 'hardest' level COM your probably ready to play with most of the average tier players. I'd also recommend a youtube channel called 'spirit of the law' if you want any advise on how to play the different civilizations. But it's a lot of fun to learn. I'd recommend it, even if you're not into strategy games. Come on in and play. More people need to.
10/10
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
264.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Buggy as hell. Between me and the three other players I play with we average a half hour or more of game troubleshooting every other time we try to play together. Getting to the point where the game isn't worth it anymore. Always a new error code, or just random crashing without any changes being done on our end. Wasn't a problem a few years ago, but not it's almost constant.
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