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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Release Date: Apr 9, 2013

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December 22

Twitch Stream 12/22

Come play Age of Empires II: HD Edition with the community team! We'll be live December 22, 2014 from 12:30 PM PST to 3 PM on http://www.twitch.tv/ageofempires.

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October 25

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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

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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
Helpful customer reviews
290 of 316 people (92%) found this review helpful
97.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
When I was a child I would play this game. Now I bought it a second time because I want to be a child again... This is a game where you make an Empire that lasts through the Ages... Also when a friend of mine was telling me about this game when I was in third grade, he thought that it was called Agent Vampires. A game that has nothing to do with agents or vampires. Anyway, good game if you have friends who also want to be kids again.
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197 of 252 people (78%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
It's Age of Empires, just buy it.
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252 of 337 people (75%) found this review helpful
208.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
wololo
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109 of 132 people (83%) found this review helpful
53.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
First PC game I ever played and 11 years later I'm still playing it. I think that sums up this review.
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295 of 419 people (70%) found this review helpful
45.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Worker starts picking berries, gets attacked by wolf, worker keeps picking berries and ignores the wolf until he dies. 10/10
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52 of 55 people (95%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Before you read this please note that I have been playing this game since I can remember and have only had it on Steam for a short while. This game is awesome! It is the perfect type of strategy game! There are dozens of different types of nationalities to choose from which all have their strengths and weaknesses. I have spent hours of countless fun playing this game. You can play the campaigns and when you have finished them you can play with a friend over LAN or online with random strangers! It randomly generates the maps so you don't have to worry about playing the same old map over and over. All in all I think this game is well worth the money! I give this game a 9/10!! Just cause I don't think any game can be a 10/10 but if a game can be 10/10 then this is the game!
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Played this to death as a kid and it is exactly how I remember it.

AoE2 is the quintessential medieval base builder that has you conquering your opponents through four "Ages", with progressively stronger and better units. Best part was they released an expansion after more than a decade because this game has such a cult following.

The game has you gather resources, build structures, amass units and go trapsing over maps of all kinds. These range from tiny islands to pretty decent sized representations of European climates that have you seek out and destroy your enemies or win by several other not-so-total conquest game types. The new expansion allows those maps to be massive and adds even more civilizations to play with, making the total 23. These civilizations span from all corners of Europe, Asia and the Middle East. All units have voice clips in their native languages to help with the feel of every faction being truly different in addition to visually unique buildings and units depending on the cultural locale of your civilization.

With its migration to Steam AoE now has great multiplayer support, achievements, and Steam Workshop capabilities that will allow the sharing of user-created content to be spread much easier than having to download things like scenario maps from a third-party webpage over dial-up as I did back in the day.

If you played this game in the past, it is well worth picking up again if nothing more than for nostalgia goggle syndrome because you know just how fun this was. If you somehow missed the boat in the past and are a fan of games like this there is literally no reason you should not own this game. It has been improved and will more than likely be considered one of the fine wines of gaming; Better with age and enjoyed even more with friends.
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90 of 123 people (73%) found this review helpful
66.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
My crops can grow in thick snow as my morbidly obese King outruns horsemen and arrows alike.
10/10 would play again.
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47 of 61 people (77%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
Exactly the same game from 1999, except everything works and Conqueror's is free.
The year is 2014, and you were there.
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30 of 36 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
The Little Mod That Could.
A Franchise Refurbished, Yet a Missed Opportunity.

The age of empires series is one of fame. After 13 years it can still be purchased (along with its expansion, The Conquerors) at Wal-Mart and Office Depot. This "new" title is an attempt at sprucing up one of the most beloved games of the franchise. It is amazingly rare to see an old property being brought back to life and updated, especially by a parent company that is only looking forward to the next big buck, and are willing to drop any title not making 500% profit (AOE Online was scrapped after a year in the wild, and much needed updates to many games still hang in limbo at EA). Only the bigwigs know what made them bring this one back, but we are glad to see some dust wiped off of our past every once in a while. Developer "Hidden Path" was contracted to shine up the series fav and bring it into the new age of gaming, they fixed important things and they didn't fiddle around where it wasn't needed, but they missed a couple of points that would have made it into a new age RTS diamond.

First of all, I must thank hidden path for finally raising the unit cap, but why only 500? While it is a good 2.5x higher than before, our machines are 250x more powerful than the Pentium II 200mhz it was originally designed for. I can only guess that much of the core engine remains as it was, and 500 was the highest they could go without breaking it. Even though the cap has been raised, you can still only select 20 units at a time. Was it something that was overlooked? not likely. Here is another notch in the theory of a stretched engine. They just couldn't do more without overhauling the back end.

While we are on the graphics, The reason it has HD in the title is the ability to hit 1920x1080, (and beyond for multi monitor rigs) whereas the original topped out at 1024x768. I agree with the general consensus in that the overhauled building and unit models are amazing, but once again the elderly engine comes through showing us no shadows, no zoom, and no visual effect updates. These are an almost standard feature of today's even bargain bin games that they missed completely. Does it detract from gameplay? Not really. Could they have spent a little more time bringing the graphics engine into this decade without effecting gameplay? yes.

The multiplayer. What can I say here? Game Zone worked (kinda) back in the day, but thankfully we have learned from those early days and have integrated the game wholly into Steam's online network with only a few launch bugs and some early lag issues (to be continued). What this means is a front row ticket to a beautifully seamless multiplayer before-game matching experience, but completely removes the LAN option that, like me, so many young geeks had permanently set up in their basements just for this. Inclusion with the Workshop will make mod and map finding a breeze, and I believe the good outweighs the bad here, but somehow there is still a bad taste somewhere in my mind from losing our offline multiplayer. (single play is still allowed offline).

The music score has been redone, but I can still pound the number keys for WOLOLOOO and "I Need Wood". No complaints there.

All-in-all it was well worth the money, and it is the authentic Age Of Kings/Conquerors experience, but the lack of improvements to the gameplay, and the surface improvement to the graphics makes this game feel more like a decent mod than a blockbuster.

(For further fiddling- the mod "Forgotten Empires" does everything this HD remake does, plus adds hours of single player campaigns, and a good dozen fixes)
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37 of 50 people (74%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
It's age of empires.... need i say more? why is it not in your libary already? what is this madness!


Just buy it already.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
16.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
awesome blast from the past, nicely ported to modern systems, no stability issues or resolution issues. If you were a fan of AoE II back in the day i suggest getting this HD version
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53 of 80 people (66%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
You throw arrows in the farm, and it starts to burn. 10/10
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106 of 176 people (60%) found this review helpful
53.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
FRIEND 1: HELLO U WAN 2 PLAI AGE UF EMPUIRE?
YOU: PLS

-YOU HAS CONNECTED-
FRIEND 1: WOLOLO
FRIEND 2: WOLOLO
FRIEND 1: WOLOLO
FRIEND 3: guys wat r u doin
FRIEND 2: WOLOLO
FRIEND 1: WOLOLO
FRIEND 2: WHAT AGE ARE YOU IN?
FRIEND 1: WOLOLO
FRIEND 2: ROGGAN?
FRIEND 1: YES
YES
NO
FRIEND 2: WOLOLO
FRIEND 3: guys pls stop
FRIEND 1: GIVE ME YOUR EXTRA RESOURCES
FRIEND 2: NO
FRIEND 1: WOLOLO
FRIEND 2:WOLOLO
FRIEND 1: ROGGAN?

-YOU HAS DISCONNECTED-


10/10 would Wololo again
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34 of 49 people (69%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
If you were like me as a kid, you didn't even OWN the game!
You just played the demo and OVER played it, drained the map of everything and just slaughtered EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!
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18 of 22 people (82%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
This game is the King of RTS. I have not played it much since getting it on steam but that is because I have hundreds of hours logged on the game outside of steam. If you love history and RTS this is the game for you. Far superior to Age of Empires 1 or 3.
While the game may look a little dated, Don't let that fool you, the mechanics are still top of the line.
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
I was addicted to that game when I was a child. It is still a nice game and worth the price.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Good old AoE action but now in widescreen resolutions. Of course I got the Real HD Edition texturepack from workshop to make it look even cooler.
I haven't played strategygames that much since I'm more into fps games but this game truly has that something in it!
I really enjoy playing this every now and then even tho I suck at it :D
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
180.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
For the price, DLC, and updates, you can't beat the price. It costs more to buy the CD at walmart, which is the old version. I played this as a kid and still love it. I love real time strategy games, and wish there was a larger varietry for this great style of gaming. Great for the brain as you work with tactics and learn some history while you're at it.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
After the great disappointment induced by Stronghold: Crusader HD, I was cynical about the worthiness of remastered games. AoE II HD has really impressed me. Graphics updates look great, Steam Workshop grants access to some wonderful mods, and there is a vibrant multiplayer community playing classic AoE maps as well as fantastic new scenarios, such as Game of Thrones: War of the Five Kings.
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