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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October 25

Extra Life 24hr Streamathon

Our 24 hour streamathon for Extra Life starts right now! Tune in at www.twitch.tv/ageofempires, and donate at http://aka.ms/aoeextralife2014.

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October 22

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Steam Workshop

Advance to the Steam Age!
Explore new maps, multiplayer scenarios, and user created campaigns. Or reinvent your game experience with new sounds, visuals, AI, units, and more! Ready to share your creations with the world? Upload right from the map editor, or collaborate with friends to create a masterpiece collection.

New DLC Available


Explore a host of new features with Age of Empires II - The Forgotten including

  • Five New Civilizations
    • Italians
    • Indians
    • Slavs
    • Magyars
    • Incas
  • Seven new Campaigns
    • Alaric
    • Sforza
    • Bari
    • Dracula
    • El Dorado
    • Prithviraj
    • Battles of The Forgotten
  • New LudaKRIS map size
  • New Game Modes
    • Treaty
    • Capture the Relic
  • Twitch streaming integration
  • Spectator Mode

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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
Helpful customer reviews
124 of 133 people (93%) found this review helpful
97.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
When I was a child I would play this game. Now I bought it a second time because I want to be a child again... This is a game where you make an Empire that lasts through the Ages... Also when a friend of mine was telling me about this game when I was in third grade, he thought that it was called Agent Vampires. A game that has nothing to do with agents or vampires. Anyway, good game if you have friends who also want to be kids again.
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31 of 31 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Before you read this please note that I have been playing this game since I can remember and have only had it on Steam for a short while. This game is awesome! It is the perfect type of strategy game! There are dozens of different types of nationalities to choose from which all have their strengths and weaknesses. I have spent hours of countless fun playing this game. You can play the campaigns and when you have finished them you can play with a friend over LAN or online with random strangers! It randomly generates the maps so you don't have to worry about playing the same old map over and over. All in all I think this game is well worth the money! I give this game a 9/10!! Just cause I don't think any game can be a 10/10 but if a game can be 10/10 then this is the game!
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53 of 67 people (79%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
It's Age of Empires, just buy it.
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25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Played this to death as a kid and it is exactly how I remember it.

AoE2 is the quintessential medieval base builder that has you conquering your opponents through four "Ages", with progressively stronger and better units. Best part was they released an expansion after more than a decade because this game has such a cult following.

The game has you gather resources, build structures, amass units and go trapsing over maps of all kinds. These range from tiny islands to pretty decent sized representations of European climates that have you seek out and destroy your enemies or win by several other not-so-total conquest game types. The new expansion allows those maps to be massive and adds even more civilizations to play with, making the total 23. These civilizations span from all corners of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. All units have voice clips in their native languages to help with the feel of every faction being truly different in addition to visually unique buildings and units depending on the cultural locale of your civilization.

With its migration to Steam AoE now has great multiplayer support, achievements, and Steam Workshop capabilities that will allow the sharing of user-created content to be spread much easier than having to download things like scenario maps from a third-party webpage over dial-up as I did back in the day.

If you played this game in the past, it is well worth picking up again if nothing more than for nostalgia goggle syndrome because you know just how fun this was. If you somehow missed the boat in the past and are a fan of games like this there is literally no reason you should not own this game. It has been improved and will more than likely be considered one of the fine wines of gaming; Better with age and enjoyed even more with friends.
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
First PC game I ever played and 11 years later I'm still playing it. I think that sums up this review.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This game is the King of RTS. I have not played it much since getting it on steam but that is because I have hundreds of hours logged on the game outside of steam. If you love history and RTS this is the game for you. Far superior to Age of Empires 1 or 3.
While the game may look a little dated, Don't let that fool you, the mechanics are still top of the line.
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20 of 30 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
If you were like me as a kid, you didn't even OWN the game!
You just played the demo and OVER played it, drained the map of everything and just slaughtered EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!
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28 of 45 people (62%) found this review helpful
178.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
wololo
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
183.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
everyone play this game its important
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
85.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Now my PC isn't the best by far but with this game I can run this in the highest quality and lag free whereas other games even when it's windowed and on the lowest quality graphics I still lag like crazy.

I'd without a doubt recommend this game to everyone who see's this comment yet doesn't own the game!!
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34 of 59 people (58%) found this review helpful
37.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
FRIEND 1: HELLO U WAN 2 PLAI AGE UF EMPUIRE?
YOU: PLS

-YOU HAS CONNECTED-
FRIEND 1: WOLOLO
FRIEND 2: WOLOLO
FRIEND 1: WOLOLO
FRIEND 3: guys wat r u doin
FRIEND 2: WOLOLO
FRIEND 1: WOLOLO
FRIEND 2: WHAT AGE ARE YOU IN?
FRIEND 1: WOLOLO
FRIEND 2: ROGGAN?
FRIEND 1: YES
YES
NO
FRIEND 2: WOLOLO
FRIEND 3: guys pls stop
FRIEND 1: GIVE ME YOUR EXTRA RESOURCES
FRIEND 2: NO
FRIEND 1: WOLOLO
FRIEND 2:WOLOLO
FRIEND 1: ROGGAN?

-YOU HAS DISCONNECTED-


10/10 would Wololo again
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Love the game from like 15 years ago! absolutley best game ever!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
111.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
My current rig is 10,000 times the machine my original AoE II runner was, those many years ago.

Still can't play more than 4 armies with 200 pop cap each without experiencing unplayable lag in later stages of contest.

I will always love this game and still enjoy playing smaller battles, but what I thought I was getting, what I really wanted, was to finally be able to do 8 man high cap extravaganzas. Can't seem to get that to work.

Will still recommend this game because, heated shot.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
72.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
amazing
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
When Microsoft re-released Age Of Empires II as the HD Edition, I can't tell you how excited I was. With widescreen support, updated graphics and interfaces, multiplayer and workshop support, this classic game that I binge-played as a kid just got even better. I've deposited countless hours into this game growing up and played local-multiplayer with my sister every day. In later years we used GameRanger to play multiplayer verses other players, even though it wasn't super ideal.

In my opinion, Age Of Empires is one of the greatest RTS games to date... even though I play very few RTS games, the ones I have played pale in comparison. AOE II has a deep upgrading and leveling system per game and a very large varity of tribes to choose from, each offering their own special units. You can play on a variety of maps and gamemodes, including ones you can create in the map editor. This is where the Steam workship really comes into play, easily being able to download custom maps in minutes.

The map editor itself is something I could talk about for a long time because it is so advanced. I'll keep it short though and say that under it's surface are the options to create detailed and custom campaign scenarios or maps with custom triggers and plenty of props. If you have the time to invest into the map editor, there are no limites to what you can create.

Age Of Empires II holds up really well for being 15 years old, and if you love any kind of RTS game, Age Of Empires II HD without a doubt should be in your collection. The new expansion packs they added is also a must have, adding new features, maps, and units while keeping it true to the origonal game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
You are Han Solo, a dashingly hansom young man lost in the pits of Ibiza after becoming detached from your wing man ♥♥♥♥ Dastardly.

You are surrounded by cougars and milfs who all want a piece of your fine booty. Protect your booty as you move through the crowds and are force fed various narcotics while you solve the mystery of "♥♥♥♥ Dastardly: Friend or Foe?"

Rated R,

Starring Mick Hucknall as Han Solo and that priest guy from Siones wedding as Han Solo
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
I dont know if anyone from Valve reads these reviews. But if you do, I would like to thank you from the most sincere part of my heart for putting this game on sale. This game was a major part of my childhood, and it makes me so happy that I can play it again. I was even able to get the Forgotten DLC without breaking the budget. The upgraded graphics from the origianal dont make it seem less retro either, they simply enhance the expirience. Overall, thank you so so much Steam/Valve for making this affordable, and for letting me go back to my childhood :)
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
99.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Please note that I'v been playing this game for as long as I can remember.

Age of empires 2 is the grandfather of RTS games, and i'v been playing since I was a baby, Litteraly, This was one of my first games.

If you want a nostalgia trip then by all means, Buy this game now, It's great.
If you've never played this game before or you are new to RTS games, I advice getting, It's a great intro the RTS genre.

Pros:
- MultiPlayer, It's awesome, It's fun, it's fast and its a lot better than the original.
-Replay ability
-Great intro into RTS games
-Workshop
Cons:
-Lag, It can get a bit laggy towards end game, Especially if you get mods which up the unit cap
-Multi Player community, In my experiance the online community surrounding AoE2 HD can be a little hostile to new players.

In all, AoE 2 HD is a great buy, It's worth picking up, Even if its not on sale, Which it often is!
The game comes with the conquerors DLC which makes the price even more worth it.
The game also has "The Forgotten" DLC which is on sale right now.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
This bring back a lot of old and fun memories
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Best stategy game ever.
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