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 (24,983 reviews) - 92% of the 24,983 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Pepper
( 9.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
-how do you turn this on
-furious the monkey boy
-aegis
-lumberjack / cheese steak jimmy's / robin hood / rock on
- marco / polo
- natural wonders
- i love the monkey head
- to smithereens
- black death
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Krypteou
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Loved this game in my youth, still a top game now. Worth purchasing and playing.
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Kody
( 17.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Preface
Age of Empires 2 has been a game that I have been playing since I was about 9. Don't let the low hours fool you, for I've had this game before it came to steam. This is a game that me and my brother bonded over when we were young. The emotional connection this game brings to me today when I play it with my friends is unforgetable. This review may be a little biased based on nostalgia.

Audience
If you are fan of RTS games or maybe even the slightest of one, please check out this game, it will be worth every cent. If you enjoy games where you have to manage your resources, this is the game for you.

Gameplay
You have to build houses. Once you've built houses, build more. They are the very foundation of your town. More houses, more people. Anyway, The game starts with you in a random place on the map with very little viewing distance. You start with 3 villagers and are left to set them to do whatever you please. Tell one to go cut some trees so you can build more houses. One to collect berries to make more villagers. And one for gold so you can afford upgrades on your town center. These are the basics of this game. Collect resources, make more villagers, collect more resources. Now that you have an army of villagers, make a real army. Build a barracks and create troops. Collect Resources, build troops. And So on. Then send a few out and find the enemy base and attack. Thats pretty much it and it's alot more fun that you would think. With up to 8 player free for alls, it gets pretty heated pretty quickly.

Verdict
I love this game. This game is very good. I highly reccommend it. It's 3$ on sale right now, and it has trading cards aswell. I'd probably rate it a 9.5/10 Just for not having a super long campaign. However, the multiplayer will last forever.
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WyldPon-E
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Wololoo
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deadmeat
( 44.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Fun game, I'm glad steam is able to add old games that play on new operating systems.
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GoldenCμmfαrt
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
It's buggy and the barely looks any better then the original but it fixes a lot of problems that newer OS had with the original game
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GarlicMan22
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
If your looking for a game that u will be able to play for 100000000000000000000000 hours this is the one i personally enjoy this more than part 3 but hey have FUN
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gokcekbey
( 190.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Cba go go go go
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The Dark Blin Rises
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Product received for free
Just a poorly made rehash of the original.

You can get a patch to make the original cd version work on Windows 10. Just search around
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
65 of 68 people (96%) 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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19 of 20 people (95%) 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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30 of 41 people (73%) 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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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This game is abso-

*wololooo*

-lutely wonderful
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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
13 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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12 of 12 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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7 of 7 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Great game

Not convinced?

Wololo

Now you are
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people 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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