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 (559 reviews) - 90% of the 559 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (26,516 reviews) - 92% of the 26,516 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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Gumarelo836
58.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
Classic masterpiece, though the new campaigns arent as good as the old ones. Still plenty of players for online, and the HD is pretty welcomed. Really really really recommended.
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BoBgames
46.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
great...thats all u need
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๖ۣۜLutkno/kugelblitz
30.9 hrs
Posted: August 27
Really a good game, a classic in those years.

I think it's not an HD version at all, almost everything looks the same and the new stuff are just dlc's.

so just take this review as the game itself, not as a remastered version or something because I can't really notice differences between the old and the new one.
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GamerBlueFire
558.8 hrs
Posted: August 26
This game was my childhood. I thank anyone who helped recreate this game. Thank you.
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Inurtia
803.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
It's a classic strategy game that you can play in so many different ways.
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Gerg
201.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
This is one of my favorite RTS games, not because it has the most innovative system or gameplay, but because it is easy to play and pays attention to the details. The fact that each civilization uses it's own language, the architecture fits the location and the scenarios reflect real events. It's perfect for someone who wants to get involved in history, not just something to be read in a book. It sounds absurd, but I learned so much about history by playing this game: Who Saladin was, the history of the Aztecs, how to pronounce Quetzalcoatl (Not how to spell it; I need to look that one up). I've spent literal months of my life playing this game for the last 15 years, and I can't imagine I'll stop now.
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ScurvyD
43.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
100% greatest game ever made.
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King Excrementus
72.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
You can use sheep to scout.
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Admat^
8.2 hrs
Posted: August 26
Classic RTS at its best. The memories of playing this game bring me back to a time when Compaq/Dell computers were commonplace and staying up late at night fighting off 2 to 3 computer players with your friend until 2 - 3am. The HD addition is pretty good. Thought the graphics could have been better but that could be a misunderstanding on my part. All in all its a great game. Solid balances. Active player base. Tons of workshop goodies. This game will probably never die and will forever be a part of PC gaming RTS lexicon probably forever. For anyone whom has never played this game try single player first or campaign. Jumping into public games without any gameplay knowledge and you will be destroyed. Multiplayer learning curve is pretty sharp so be aware and don't surprised.
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Sandman
27.8 hrs
Posted: August 26
AWESOME LAN AND ONLINE GAME
unfortunately the singleplayer campaign mostly sucks!
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62 of 72 people (86%) found this review helpful
50 people found this review funny
24 of 26 people (92%) 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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13 of 13 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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9 of 9 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Dave Chappelle created a classic that solidified his legacy as one of the greatest comedians of all time. His show is just as watchable and relavent today as it was on release, Age of Empires II is it's RTS equivalent in that sense.
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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
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
223.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
The Beginner and the main stay of any true RTS gamer. Buy and show the world what you got. Try me......IM A KING
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