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 (587 reviews) - 89% of the 587 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (24,635 reviews) - 92% of the 24,635 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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Very Positive (587 reviews)
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Johalandya
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Age of empires ll was one of the games that i played the most in my childhood.
And now that i have grown up i can't stop playing the HD version.
Buy it, i know you will hate the online as much as i do.
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thorpy.pimp
( 93.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
My favourite game. been playing it for as long as my memory allows. it is the best of its kind. but still could be better. autosave or should say lack of is very frustrating... its a game that you immerse yourself into so saving it isnt at the forefront of you conquering mind.and on the expansion or extention packs like the forgotten campaigns there are no voice overlay which is frustrating as some worded sections take forever and some are too quick. annoyingly simple things to be the best game ever.
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hann0r
( 27.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Prefer the first age of empires game, but this will do.
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Zapatos
( 374.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
AoE II is the best rts games I have played to date. Easy to learn, difficult to become great.

Pros:
Variety of game modes which keep the game fresh
Campaigns
Difficulty adjustments
AI that can be amazing or horrible
Online multiplayer

Cons:
Online multiplayer again: not entirely sure it isn't just my connection, but I sometimes don't get to finish games, which can be realllllly frusterating. Yet, this comes and goes, and works perfectly about 80% of the time.

Hell:
AI monk armies.

This is one my all time favorite games and for 3-5 dollars just add it to your inventory now.

8.5/10 would fight my own converted army again.
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Fruit Juice Samurai
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Now every one should be familiar with Age of Empires II, a game from the ancients. Back then we got the game, and it was in traditional Chinese. This HD version does not have this language script, but INSTEAD THEY RUB BLOODY SIMPLIFIED CHINESE IN YOUR FACE! I mean why this game, perfectly functioning, is giving me this load of crap? Playing it in Chinese was part of my youth memories. Seeing it not being available in this version is already disappointing, but they throw this knock-off script into the game? Hell no! There is however in Steam Workshop which adds Traditional Chinese into the game, which is more than great, but the devs don't even bother adding it into the game officially! As for now I'll keep playing it in English... (bloody China market)

My verdict:
10/10 for bringing back a classic game
-10 for having Simplified Chinese but not Traditional
Overall 0/10 - NOT RECOMMENDING TO TRADITIONAL CHINESE PLAYERS UNTIL THEY ADD OFFICIAL TRADITIONAL CHINESE SCRIPT INTO THE GAME
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Scatter Senbonzakura Kageyoshi
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
One of tge best real time strategy games ever made
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log2av
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
The first RTS game I played in my life, now in HD. Ultra highly recommended.
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Vexed Fox
( 10.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
if you were ever a child u know the greatness of this game
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Packnheat #NEWPC
( 574.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I cant stop playing this game. You think its old? think again, this game has held its playabiltiy for over 15 years and is still on of the most skill intensive rts' out there!

sinked plently of hours into it and I hope to sink many more! Made some cools friends too!

Rating = 10/10, everything I want from an rts!!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
149 of 189 people (79%) found this review helpful
129 people found this review funny
Recommended
116.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
My friend decided once that we would play a round of 2v4 (us vs four AI opponents) Age of Empires II, but limiting ourselves to our unique units and monks.

Victory by assimilation

10/10 would Wololo the entire world again
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42 of 45 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 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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50 of 69 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
It's better than AOE3. One of the best strategy game i've ever seen.
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45 of 68 people (66%) found this review helpful
55 people found this review funny
Recommended
160.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
-Played online
-Lost
-Team mates want me to kill myself

A very fun experience

10/10
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
I played this alot as a kid and i love the new HD and DLCs, anyone who likes medieval RTS will enjoy this game 9/10
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25 of 36 people (69%) found this review helpful
2 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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
The game that got me interested in strategy games. Amazing game that has aged well in my opinion. Workshop support is always a huge plus and keeps thingss interesting if you ever get bored (unlikely).
As much as I love it, I wouldn't pay £14.99 for it. Wait for a sale.
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7 of 7 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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18 of 29 people (62%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
177.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
One of the greatest games of all time
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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