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 (552 reviews) - 90% of the 552 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (26,488 reviews) - 92% of the 26,488 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

    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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Ekspresi
12.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
Very Addictive games. It is a really good game.
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jamezevz
62.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
By far one of the best RTS games in existence, and mods too! ZOMG!
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seaturtlehorsesnake
33.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
this is the game where you throw history to the wind and have the mongols do battle with aztecs. history is silly anyhow, and it's good to mess with it. shake things up!

there are also new expansions where you can live the dream of ethiopia conquering japan.
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Spyral
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
It has excessive lag for no reason in most modes. The newer scenarios are super laggy and have low FPS. Menus are a bit bugged throuhout. For a 15+ year old game that used to run on anything it's sad that they've managed to break it to such a condition where it hardly runs on anything while only really adding a higher resolution setting.
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Teh Neko
103.0 hrs
Posted: August 25
Just as good as it was years ago <3 10/10
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Khur_He
11.8 hrs
Posted: August 25
Exactly one of the first PC games I've played in my life. It's been 14 years and I'm 21 now, I can't even remember how many PCs I've used up, yet this game still gets me sitting along for a few hours and brings me joy. LONG LIVE, AOE!
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DED☑ NOT DED口
68.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
Wololo
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Radioactive Bananas
207.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
Great game! Never played a better one!
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÷TSZM÷ †Sólyom†
97.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
Greatest game ever. Balanced civs, fantastic graphics, many civilizations to play.
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btb
50.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
please play this game with us
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
53 of 60 people (88%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
One of my favorite memories is playing this game back in the day with my Brother and some of my cousins.
This game helped me develop my ability to strategize and think quickly as a kid.

I gotta say I hoped the game would have been fixed up a little more when I saw it on Steam and got ahold of a copy in a gift trade but I know they have AOEIII and things and I do love how it just takes me back to being a kid who played when it came out. I actually have my old box copy with manual and the expansion disc too.

This is a great game to LAN with friends or just play solo while bored and needing to kill time.

It may not be enjoyed as much by millennials or people who want all the new graphics and such but any 80's or 90's kids that grew up on it or parents and others who played will definitely have a blast from the past.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
237.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
great game even though it is so many years old. still plenty of people who play it
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
126.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
I like to give this game a nickname which I like to called "Mini Civilization"

I'm gonna be honest most of the time when I'm ingame it doesn't actually mean I'm playing, sometimes I play but most of the time I doing a bot only game or in other words a bot tournement, partically ResonanceBot 5-1c. Why you may ask cause I have a fascination for the AI :D.

So for every bot tournement I always have the same settings no matter what
- 8 bots
- Black Forest
- Hardest difficulty
- All Visible
- Standard Resources
- Random Civs

In my current bot tournement the civilizations they're playing as
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Blue, Aztecs
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Red, Mongols
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Green, Goths
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Yellow, Britons
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Light Blue, Saracens
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Purple, Vikings ( Eliminated )
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Gray, Slavs
- ResonanceBot 5-1c Oranges, Koreans

So far playtime of the tournement 4h & 12 minutes

It very addicted game indeed, honestly I believe it the best RTS game ever created follow by Mythology of course. In Aoe 2 the farms are quite annoying, how you had to constanty replenish the farms. The Perisans and Teutopns are my favourites to play as nothing more fun then building mass war elephants ( Strongest Cavalry or Teutonic Knights ( Strongest Infantry ) and roaming over your enemies. Don't care for online matches unless I playing with a friend or steam friend but other then that I pass.

Overall if you love RTS games I highly recommend you give this game a try, if you love Age of Empires 2 I also highly recommend you try out Age of Mythology same thing but with mythological units and god powers.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
44.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
-Plays with a friend against an hardest dificulty bot.
-Population 500
-Because we suck the bot had suceeded destroying our 10 gates
-The bot has a 400 man army
-My friend retreats in my base and starts making wall after wall even palisade
-We build a wonder
-The bot is destroying our defences
-My paladins and halebardiers dive into battle
-In 3 min all u can see are bones with my color
-Bot cant move his army because its too big
-50 years left
-We say ♥♥♥♥ it and open every gate and meet the enemy with villagers
-At 35 years left our wander its destroyed
-I didnt understand wtf happened
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
The game is as great as it was 17 years ago. This HD edition simply allows you to play it easily on a modern operating system, with very minor graphic improvements.

Multiplayer is what convinced me to buy it, but it clearly needs further work. When a game stops for unknown reasons (which happens often), you have the possibility to "load" your save, but so far, after a few months playing the game, it has never worked. You find comments on forums reporting this bug as early as two years ago, yet nothing has been done to fix the issue.

Great game but not worh the price until the developers fix the multiplayer, which is still not stable.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
55.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
In my opinion, the best RTS ever made. Very well done and balanced, graphics feel chunky at first if you're a newcommer, but very smooth once you get used to it. Playing it with friends is even better. And one of the most important aspects of this masterpiece: it is enjoyable by everyone, whether you're good at the game, or if you're not.

10/10 would put in wishlist if I didn't already have all exp. packs.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Great RTS even to this day. Playted it as a kid still love it today.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful