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 (539 reviews) - 90% of the 539 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (26,568 reviews) - 92% of the 26,568 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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aniruddhbhatkal
93.6 hrs
Posted: August 31
I've been a fan of the Age of Empires series since way back in 1998. And Age of Empires 2 and its expansion the Conquerors is the best of the whole line, including Age of Mythology. HD adds some much needed graphics so that we can enjoy an old game on higher resolution monitors, whereas "The Forgotten" and "African Kingdoms" add some new civilizations and tech, along with some game rebalancing leading to some more variations to an already incredible game.
Being Indian, I am only disappointed in the representation of Indians in the game. While the villager cost reduction bonus allows an amazing boom opportunity, I dislike how it continues the Age of Empires 3 trend of Indians having no heavy horse. The uniques are sorely lacking, with Elephant Archer being an inferior ranged unit, hardly worth the expense, and Imperial Camel, which only barely allows it to match up to the heavy cavalry line of troops. Not to mention the poorly written Prithviraj Chauhan campaign. Overall, finding my country underwhelming makes me a little less enthusiastic about the Forgotten as a whole, but that's a small qualm while facing the many hours of enjoyment one can gain from this game.
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162.7 hrs
Posted: August 31
Nice game, but my cavalary always gets stuck inbetween trees. Not sure how they even get there..
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LieutenantSHEEP
59.0 hrs
Posted: August 31
Old school Age of Empires 2 with extra content and smarter AI! Love it!
A technical masterpiece
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Rujemto
49.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
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BlueEyedMutant
1.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
had a blast on my first game even tho i was carried
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The Glory In The Grey
4.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
I love this game I played it a lot when I owned it on CD I play it when I have nothing to do but anyways I recommend it
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Marc
11.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
One of my favorite games of all time!
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Hogen_
53.5 hrs
Posted: August 30
One of my favourite games. Played it when I was a lot younger and still like playing it now.
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matt-zeus
14.2 hrs
Posted: August 30
one of the great games, not sure what is HD about it. Buy on sale and stow it in your library. Aquire goats.
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PirateBoy
1.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
its fun too play with friends
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72 of 84 people (86%) found this review helpful
57 people found this review funny
24 of 26 people (92%) 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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13 of 13 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 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
126.2 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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Dave Chappelle created a classic that solidified his legacy as one of the greatest comedians of all time. His show is just as watchable and relavent today as it was on release, Age of Empires II is it's RTS equivalent in that sense.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
46.1 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
56.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
In my opinion, the best RTS ever made. Very well done and balanced, graphics feel chunky at first if you're a newcommer, but very smooth once you get used to it. Playing it with friends is even better. And one of the most important aspects of this masterpiece: it is enjoyable by everyone, whether you're good at the game, or if you're not.

10/10 would put in wishlist if I didn't already have all exp. packs.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Exactly one of the first PC games I've played in my life. It's been 14 years and I'm 21 now, I can't even remember how many PCs I've used up, yet this game still gets me sitting along for a few hours and brings me joy. LONG LIVE, AOE!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Great RTS even to this day. Playted it as a kid still love it today.
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