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 (14,571 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 9, 2013

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Includes 2 items: Age of Empires II HD, Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten

Buy Age of Empires Legacy Bundle Including The Forgotten

Includes 3 items: Age of Empires II HD, Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, Age of Empires® III: Complete Collection

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Includes 5 items: Age of Empires II HD, Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, Age of Empires® III: Complete Collection, Age of Mythology: Extended Edition, Rise of Nations: Extended Edition

 

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June 1

Best of AoE II: HD Steam Workshop Twitch Stream - 6/1

Looking for new AoE II: HD Steam Workshop mods to try? Look no further than the Best of Steam Workshop stream, live now on http://twitch.tv/ageofempires! We'll be highlighting awesome community-created mods until 3 PM PDT.

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May 4

The Best of Steam Workshop Stream Returns, Live NOW!

Hey AoE II: HD fans! We're showcasing some of the awesome Steam Workshop mods created by you, the community, live on stream now!

Join us from 1-3 PM PDT at twitch.tv/ageofempires or hitbox.tv/ageofempires.

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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

Download the expansion today!

Steam Trading Cards



Steam Trading cards are now available for Age of Empires II: HD. Collect them all to craft badges, emoticons, coupons, and unique profile backgrounds!

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
370 of 410 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
144.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
When i play this game i imagine myself killing vast armies of EA representatives
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72 of 78 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
683.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
I thought I was over my AOE addiction back when MSN zone shut down. I managed to go outside and make some friends. I even got a girlfriend and a job. Life was good until a colleguage told me to check out the black friday steam sale. I noticed AOE HD listed with 70% off and immediately started having flash backs of the game from back in 2000.

I have to say the game hasn't changed from what I remember and once I got the hang of the keys I was playing like a pro again. In the first few months there were crashing issues in the lobbies but these have been fixed recently. I now love playing it just as much as I used to and spend most nights in deathmatch games.

The population limit increase it the only feature i've noticed to really improves the game from the original...apart from that its the same, so probably overpriced for a 15 year old game. Reasonable if you pick it up in a steam sale.

Unfortunately my girlfriend got sick of the sound of camels moaning while she tries to watch towie so our relationship took a bad turn...my boss has also noticed my work productivity has decreased because I spend too much time sitting in deathmatch lobbies when i'm supposed to be working...he said if things don't improve I will be fired.

I think I could enjoy this game more if I was single and unemployed but at the moment it's causing too many problems :(

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47 of 48 people (98%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
144.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
This game has long been a childhood favorite. It was the first game I ever bought and owned for the PC. I played a lot of this game, mainly singleplayer back in 2006, but scratched the CD a couple years later. When I found it had been remastered on Steam I was quick to purchase myself a copy and have been playing both singleplayer and multiplayer since. For those of you who used to own a copy like myself, I highly advise purchasing this digital edition, as it offers both the same nostalgic gameplay and a great strategic outlet. The Forgotten DLC also gives you more to explore and adds even greater variety to an already extensive game. I highly recommend this title, as it has quickly (re)become a personal favorite.
For those of you who haven't played Age of Empires before, it was one of the older RTS games dating back to the late 90s / early 21st century. I'm surprised more people don't play it. You are given a wide selection of civilizations with specific perks each, and try to race each other towards an objective, be it a Wonder Race, Deathmatch, or King of the Hill. All of which are great fun! What really stands out with this game is that there are hundreds, if not thousands of ways to win. Granted, the mechanics may seem simple and outdated, but when trying to runn an entire empire with 200+ units against up to seven other players, every click counts as you try to out-maneuver, out-think, and out-micro your opponent. The graphics may take a while to get used to, but what you really should look forward to enjoying is the satisfaction of wrecking the strong defenses of an enemy with allies or alone, and conquering lands one by one. A great title, I also highly advise purchasing this for the newer community.
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60 of 68 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
105.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
10 war elephants could fit on a boat but 11 archers couldn't. gg
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62 of 73 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
I converted a trebuchet to my side.

10/10 would wololo again
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32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
A old classic game that is always fun to play. it may be old and the graphics might not look the nicest, but if you can play 3 hours straight without noticing how much time has gone by, I can sure tell you it is a good game.
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31 of 40 people (78%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
Age of Empires II: Age of Kings was originally released in 1999, and it is one of the most influential titles in one of real-time strategy’s most celebrated franchises. It holds a special place within gaming history as a solid, meat-and-potatoes RTS generously drizzled with rich historical gravy.

Age of Empires II: HD’s main changes are updates to the graphics engine, allowing the game to be compatible with modern machines. The game has been overhauled to allow players to take advantage of HD displays and multiple monitors. But one of the strongest elements of the re-release is the score, which has been lovingly remixed. The music now evokes a more sophisticated mood than it did previously, and it’s something that adds greatly to the feel of the game.

This edition of Age of Empires II includes The Conquerors expansion, so fans wanting to replay the campaigns will find hours of familiar scenarios. These haven’t aged particularly well; the scripting system compares poorly with other titles, particularly Blizzard’s Warcraft III and StarCraft II. There are many instances of breaking the fourth wall, where victory and activation conditions are very obviously scripted rather than fitting seamlessly into gameplay.

The new textures added to water, fire, and earth add a nice new look to the terrain. It’s subtle, but the overall impression is refined and almost painterly. The terrain itself has been one of the biggest changes, with a mesh system now used to give a more even natural landscape. Also gone are the 256 colour UI elements, and the icons have been updated to a more rustic feel to go with the softer 32-bit colour scheme.

The only significant change made at all to gameplay is the raising of the maximum population cap to 500. This is a lost opportunity to fix the kinds of problems that even diehard fans consider simple annoyances. The ability to select more than 20 units would have been a worthy addition, and is simply a control flaw rather than a balance or creative issue. Running at 1920x1080 allows for a huge number of units on one screen, which still need to be divided into small divisions to command in battle.

The most positive change – and one that will justify the price tag for most players – is multiplayer. Although alternative matchmaking services have done much to keep interest in the online game alive over the years since the demise of Microsoft’s clunky Gaming Zone, Steam integration puts players back onto a universal ladder system. The platform’s social features and existing framework also mean players can come to the game with their own networks firmly in place.

So for better or worse, Steam has come along and is now selling a game it’s quite possible many gamers already own in some form or other. The changes are subtle, but well-intentioned and admirably executed. Multiplayer is excellent. Those who loved Age of Empires II should happily indulge in some nostalgia with this HD facelift. Anyone new to the game will be frustrated by the lack of modern control systems and responsive hot keys.

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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
386.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
Tell a male Saracen villager to go pick berries. He sounds absolutely insulted and ♥♥♥♥♥♥ that you would dare make him go pick some motherf*ckin berries. Srs, he's really insulted.

I also enjoy repeating what the villagers and units say when you click on them/tell them to do something. Then I try and figure out how it's spelled if it was English.
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29 of 42 people (69%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
Do you even farm bro?
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
338.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
I miss my wololo guys from part 1
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
484.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 31
Age of empires 2 HD ~
Dont think just buy.
This game is one of the best Real-Time-Stratergy games i have ever played,
You will never get bored,
The community is great,
The game is amazingly fun,
The graphics is beautiful(compared to its old counterpart)
A classic, beautiful game that you must play,
Dont think just buy.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
One of the best RTS of all time, it brings back good memories!
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
I had this game when I was younger. I would subjugate the known world under the rule of a one-world empire and crush all those who opposed me with my mighty iron fist. It was so much fun. But it was also nice to relax after all that by coming home and playing Age of Empires II. Highly Recommended.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 29
Age of Empires 2: HD edition is an update on the original game.

The first difference is that you have all of the previous DLC/expansions already. So no need to go rummaging around old game stores for the extra campaign mode maps.

The game really does look really nice when playing it on 1080p and the support for multiple monitors is a welcome addition.

Multi-player AOE has never been easier. No need to set up servers, IP addresses and the sort. Just click "join" and you are in.

Is it worth it though? If its your first time playing Age of Empires, then yes, it will save you a lot of hassle, however if you have played before, you can get the majority of these features via mods to install with your older version of Age of Empire.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,011.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in
AOE gamer through the years...
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
542.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
This game is more addictive than cocaine
I own three copies
10/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
While i'm not great at this game, i never got to play Age of Empires 2 when i was younger, i played Rise of Nations instead (will make that review later) this game has to be one of my favorite rts games ever made, large scale warfare, knights in armor, multiple factions, steam workshop integration, there's tons of maps and mods you can download if you get bored, (this review is a work in progress, i'll update it once i play more and get the forgotten expansion)
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
89.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 1
10k hours could be a achievement for this and most would get it pretty quickly.
This game has so many hours to be played on. Such a great RTS and nothing will ever beat it !
All time classic worth getting 10/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
61.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 2
My review will be in two parts, one for the normal version and one for the forgotten expansion.

Part: 1

You can play as floatin iron turtles that spit giant rocks. (Koreans)

10/10

Part: 2

The forgotten expansion add the following amazing bonus features:

You can play as angry Russian axe murderers on horseback. (Slavs)
'nuff said
10/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
Start up the game expecting to relive your childhood. Get Wrecked in the butt by the Computer before you build your first house.
0/10.
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