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!
User reviews: Very Positive (10,702 reviews)
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
14 of 15 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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10 of 10 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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8 of 8 people (100%) 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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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Multiplayer is fantastic and the HD upgrade is brilliant!
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6 of 6 people (100%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
A nice upgrade to the old graphics and one of my favorite strategy games of all time
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Excellent game.
Age of Empires 2 The Age of Kings and The Conquerors (or Age of Empires 2 HD,but i preffer caling them their real names) are one of the best strategy games out there.They are released in late 90's,but even today,they are one of the best.
Age of Empires 2 HD doesn't add much,but you are able to play on win7 (which is excellent) and you are able to play mutliplayer (just find your friend and play,it's really fun) and it adds some shader efects (water for exampe).

Let me just say something about Age of Empires 2 : Aoe 2 is real time strategy games originaly deveploved by Microsoft games.It's setted in middle ages (starting from Dark Age till Imperial (late medieval) age ).
Campagins are deffinetely great,without a doubt ( Age of Kings campagins are : William Wallace (learning campagin),Joan of Arc,Saladin,Barbarosa,Geinks Khan) (The Conquerors campagins are : Atila the Hun,Montezuma,El Cid,and Battles of Conquerors).
You have quick battle option,where you choose your nation (they are a lot of nations) and battle vs bots or real players.In both cases,its fun.

I played this game since 2005,and i still play it.Maybe i'm not old,but i know what this game can give,and what to excpect.Still have my Age of Empires Collector's edition original cd.

If you never played this game,play it today.It's worth 20e withoud a doubt.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Awesome game. Been playing forever and never gets old. Team battle against moderate difficulty is impossible though
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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
It's Age of Empires, just buy it.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
20.6 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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
I am the shepherd of games and I alone will dictate whether a game is trash or not. This game is not trash.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
175.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Beautiful, beautiful <3

Enough can not be said about Age of Empires, but everyone who had their share of experience with this franchise will know. Never played the game, you say? Well then, don't wait for anything, but it!

Been playing AoE2 since like 2000 and it's still brilliant. The HD edition brought much refreshment for the game, with better graphics, native HD resolution and multi display support. What's the kickass for a casual player though, is the Multiplayer and Steam Workshop. Multiplayer is now ran through Steam, which eliminates all the trouble we've had since ES shut down.

If you're deciding on buying, i can't do better than encourage you and wish you good luck in the next hundreds of hours of wonderful and for some of you nostalgic gameplay.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
30/30 would 30 again.

WOLOLO!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
very good to play with friends
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Age of Empires II: HD Edition has enormous potential. The base game is still enjoyable and visually attractive (excepting the units that were never beautiful), and you can smoothly download content from the Steam Workshop. However, the HD edition fails to improve on the original's gameplay in any way, and numerous bugs mar what should be an excellent multiplayer experience. Hopefully, Hidden Path will eventually fix the problems so that epic eight-player matches with hundreds of units on each side can entertain strategy fans until our civilization, like ancient Rome, falls and fades into the annals of history.

Multiplayer is a buggy, broken mess :(
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
84.3 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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2 of 2 people (100%) 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
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
Love the game from like 15 years ago! absolutley best game ever!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
It's Age of Empires II but prettier and with Steam (workshop, invitations etc.). If you have the original game, don't buy this, it's not worth it.
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