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 (547 reviews) - 90% of the 547 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (26,450 reviews) - 92% of the 26,450 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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wwfedele
70.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
so excited to see they brought my childhood back!!!
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its_danus
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
The best one of the Age Of Empires series in my opinion. A classic game that can be enjoyed by everyone. The new additions and updates are nice too. A new feel to an old game. They dont make them like they used too.
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southkoreansoldier
424.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
between Steam and the game... seams to always have issues... enjoy your ban
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or3131
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
marco polo
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Naruto Uzumaki
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Aoe !!!!! What shall i say. A game that i played when i was 8 / 9 years old. This game kindled my interest towards RTS genre. A beautiful game that enables us to experience building and create an empire while managing resources. The funny thung is that i used to think i was the best person to play these games until i bought it on STEAM and got REKT in matchmaking against intermediate pros with elo score of 1600. Overall its a great game that everyone play.
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Jabbafeet
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
One of the best RTS games ever made. Remastered in HD. Amazing still, less likely to work on your Windows 95 machine.
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[FDC2] Omega
196.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
I grew up with this game but now due to the DLC's i find my self getting ym clan members and friends to buy it. Amazing game still
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ToBe
150.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
It is still the best game!
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Stuart1044
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Old school classic map play, brings back all childhood memories

10/10
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Baby Cowz
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
10/10 runs on windows 7, 8, 9, and 10. Would reccomend.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
37 people found this review funny
20 of 21 people (95%) 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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9 of 9 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 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Play it with my wife on multiplayer! Against 3-4 normal enemies. We build 1 big base with common walls and defences. 1000 units against thousands of enemy units Absolutely fun! We can play one game for 4-5 hours straight.
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6 of 6 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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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
70.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
One of my favorite games ever which has a catastrophic bug that I've seen on two Steam Support threads that makes it impossible to start no matter what you try. Given the developers' indifference to providing a fix to the bug, I have to say that no one should buy this game for any reason unless they are fans of Russian Roulette or mid 2006's XBox 360's.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
I just bought this game which I last played about 15 years ago! Oh My God! It's so exciting and still so great! I was so glad to see thousands of people playing so many years after the game was created.

This is one of those games which will be played for ever, it is simple and a real time short game, just perfect.

I just played a few online games against people at the same level than I and had a blast, Best Buy I've ever got in steam and best in games for computers ever! Totally recommended!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
4 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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
own and play the nonsteam version, why is this one so laggy........ unplayable
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
31.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
The game is as great as it was 17 years ago. This HD edition simply allows you to play it easily on a modern operating system, with very minor graphic improvements.

Multiplayer is what convinced me to buy it, but it clearly needs further work. When a game stops for unknown reasons (which happens often), you have the possibility to "load" your save, but so far, after a few months playing the game, it has never worked. You find comments on forums reporting this bug as early as two years ago, yet nothing has been done to fix the issue.

Great game but not worh the price until the developers fix the multiplayer, which is still not stable.
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