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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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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KEcena
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Just like childhood, amazing, not old but classic and a must have in any playlist! :D
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The Phoenix Empire
( 48.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Decided to play against some other peoplez. One of them alied me I killed the others (There were 7 others) and he then declared war on me when he only had 7 SPEARMEN. Easiest game ever. 11/10 Would decimate again.
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therod1
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This game is fun three stars
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UnDeRaTeD
( 22.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
The mechanics and gameplay of the AOE series were seminal in the development of the modern RTS. Age of Empires II is arguably the best iteration. When I saw that this game was up for re-release, I had to snap it up for multiplayer alone. Still fun after nearly two decades... They just don't make 'em like they used to!
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Jeremy
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I have loved AOE II for such a long time. Seeing it on sale for so cheap, I bought it up right away. Even if you are not a big RTS fan, give this one a shot. It is a masterpiece! :)
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TheJarlofRed
( 19.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
One of the few games that never gets old, i have hundreds of hours on the CD version and it's my all time favorite, if you like strategy games at all, get it, if you don't, still get it :)
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PotatoCustard
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
I have never really played RTS games but I think I found a true gem at the first try.
Even though this game is nearly two decades old, it's still going strong. With its
great game mechanics, excellent storytelling and tons of different options to customise
the experience it is the origin and trendsetter of all modern RTS games. For example the graphics
don't necessarily need to be so good in game like this - You can still spend many enjoyable and intense
hours playing this game. AOE 2 is worth every penny!
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Shroomy
( 10.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_O_Othis games is amazing i played this when i was 7 or 6 or 9 i don't remember the HD doesn't fell any different
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Kieru`
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
One of legendary games. Worth to play
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Amoneth
( 369.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Best Game ever!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
189 of 235 people (80%) found this review helpful
159 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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61 of 64 people (95%) found this review helpful
9 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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29 of 35 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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28 of 39 people (72%) found this review helpful
3 people 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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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
When I was just 8 years old, I began to play this game with my father, and now I am 21 years old.
I used to used the pirated software,but now I decide to support original
As the milestone of the Real-Time Strategy, you should buy it to play or just collect it ,it is well worth it.
当我还是个8岁小孩的时候,我和我爸一起玩的这个游戏,现在我已经21岁了
我原来一直使用盗版软件,但现在我决定支持正版
作为RTS游戏的里程碑,他值得你去玩或者仅仅是收藏,他值得这么做
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
96.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Step 1:Make 100 monks and convert enemy army through the walls
Step 2:???
Step 3:Profit
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11 of 11 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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This game is abso-

*wololooo*

-lutely wonderful
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
WARNING: IF YOUR PC/LAPTOP RUNS A 4K DISPLAY THIS GAME WILL NOT WORK PROPERLY. THE HUD IS FAR TOO SMALL. OTHERWISE CRACKING GAME
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Let me tell you a story. I call it The Adventures of Agent Cobra: Episode 69: Checkmate.

Our heroes, Agent Cobra and his furious monkey-boy sidekick Furious have just returned to their Byzantine castle hideout in the mountains. No sooner had they returned than a new document was faxed to their secret missions-only fax machine. Furious picked it up.

"Zimmering zwounds, Agent Cobra, it's a message from the leader of the Byzantines!" He said, flapping the page in the air.

"Well, Furious my boy, what does it say?" He was calm, nonchalant, which was odd, given the traumatic conclusion of their last adventure. Of course, being a car with an automatic assault rifle in the hood, his emotions were difficult to gauge.

"I'm not sure. The message reads: 'how do you turn this on roggan wololo wololo wololo roggan start the game already start the game already don't point that thing at me furious the monkey boy wood please wood please woodwoodwoodwoodwoodwoodwoodwood please <laughs>. Stop. Sincerely, The Byzantine Leader'. What does it mean, Agent Cobra?"

"Furious my boy, that's a cipher," he said, as he somehow lit a cigarette. Puffing a noxious cloud from his exhaust, he continued, "If I'm not mistaken, it can be decrypted to mean 'Dear Cobra Car and Furious the Monkey Boy: I am aware of the dangers of requesting your assistance so often, especially given the... emotional nature of your last mission,'" he shrugged, "'but I fear circumstances have left me with no choice. The reasons for your new mission are confidential, I fear, but your objective is simple: the enemy king must die. Do this and you shall be rewarded.'"

"You decrypted that in your head?"

"Many newer cars have onboard computers..."

"Well, yeah, but not for cryptog..."

"We ride, Furious my boy, to slay the enemy king."

"But which enemy did he mean, Agent Cobra? There are so many. The Aztecs, the Koreans, the Malians, the Franks; how will we know which one to assassinate?"

Cobra put his tire on the confused sidekick's shoulder. "The only way we know how, Furious my boy. The only way we know how."

And that, my son, is why there are so many ruined castles in Europe, and a few in Asia, Africa and Central America.
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