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!
User reviews: Very Positive (10,340 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 9, 2013

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"One of the greatest PC strategy games of all time, resurrected in 1080p. Perfect for LAN parties!"

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Steam Workshop

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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

    • 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
    • Additional:900x600 minimum display resolution
Helpful customer reviews
10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
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.
Posted: September 28
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
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
Posted: October 13
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
14.4 hrs on record
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)
Posted: October 14
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
I was addicted to that game when I was a child. It is still a nice game and worth the price.
Posted: October 14
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.9 hrs on record
AOE 2 is as addictive as crack, but at the same time, as refined as a 30 year old cognac. Package all that into a drop dead gorgeous graphics engine and it's easy to see that Ensemble and Microsoft have a real winner on their hands; AOE is going to be around for a long time. If you've ever liked any other real-time strategy game in this classical style, then you'll clearly see why this one deserves so much credit, even in direct comparison to the finest examples in its category. Needs a sale! Many more people would buy this game if it were put on sale for 5, or even 10 dollars.
Posted: September 27
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
155.0 hrs on record
This is an AWESOME game!!! I've played for 150 hours and ther's for shure 150 more to come. One of the reasons I like this game so much is that you never can finish it or beat it completly (well you CAN play ALL the campaigns). You can always set the difficulty up and there's always something new to learn. This is probably the game of my childhood (after the Sly Cooper games on PS2) There's also ALOT of history in the game wich can even help you with school work. It's alot better than AoE 3 and I don't really recomend that game so much.

AoE 2 is the best Age of Empires game and I really enjoy it. 10/10

Posted: October 8
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.7 hrs on record
I'm really glad someone brought this classic back to life. I had so many hours of fun with it back in the day. Should you have played the original and would still like to get a taste of it once again, you'll be happy to know that they almost entirely left the game as it was back in the day, only this time with mod support, support for modern machines, and Steamworks integration for multiplayer! Even to this day this classic holds its own and I think you will find a lot of enjoyment out of it even now.
Posted: September 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Definitely a classic RTS. The Age of Empires series is what got me into strategy games and what got me into history actually. Age of Empires II offered a better variety to the strategy of how you can build your empire and take on multiple opponents. Although I did like the third entry to the series this one will alwas have a special place in my heart. Having played it for hundreds of hours (although you won't see that listed on Steam) I always find my self coming back to this game all these years later. Building up a fortresss (especially on the island maps) and setting out to conquer whatever opponents you face is very satisfying. If only Age of Empires III had the map sizes that this game had I would say it would be a close competitor but nothing beats the classics.
Posted: September 27
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
165.8 hrs on record
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.
Posted: October 17
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Would be fun if Ranon played with me...
Posted: September 26
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
39.8 hrs on record
I like that there are some new civs. And the giant maps and increased pop limits almost make it a different game. I like being able to build 21 castles at a time.
Posted: October 17
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Single player mode is fun but, I recommend it as a awesome/fun game to play online with your friends.
Posted: October 13
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.5 hrs on record
On of the best RTS games ever released. I would also like to add that this is better than Age Of Empires III. A must buy for fans of this genre.

I spent countless number of hours playing this game before the Steam version came out. Fond memories.
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
This game takes me back to the good old days and is really fun to play. Although i've had trouble with controling AI
this game is forever my favorite.

Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
105.6 hrs on record
I used to play the original age of empires 2 back in the day, and spent quite alot of time on it. It is nice to see an hd remake of this old classic game. One of the best rts I have ever played, would recommend to any rts fan.
Posted: October 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
63.0 hrs on record
Great classics optimized for modern systems; great community. Totally fun.
Posted: October 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.3 hrs on record
11 / 10

Posted: October 1
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Ako stvorené pre hráčov, ktorí hralo AoE 2 v minulosti. Teraz je tu ale aj podpora pre Windows 8 a vyššie rozlíšenia. A tak trochu vylepšená grafika, čo je poznať predovšetkým na vode.
Posted: October 4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Collect Berries, Chop wood, Mine Gold, Build and Upgrade, And fight, Repeat. A really awesome RTS.
One of Microsofts good games.

Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
64.0 hrs on record
You can't really call yourself an RTS fan without playing this masterpiece of the genre first. It may seem a bit basic - train a load of soldiers and build a load of siege engines in order to systematically remove every other player from the map - but the complexity comes from adapting to various different styles of map, as well as learning how each different civilisation works. For example, the Britons have some of the best archery units in the game, but their mounted units are lacking in response. On the other hand, the Teutons have a unique unit that can take a lot of hits but is extremely slow, so they essentially need ranged escorts. And then there's dealing with being krushed (a.k.a. rushed with knights) and being able to reach the Castle Age in under 20 minutes. Oh, and don't even get me started on the absolutely wonderful soundtrack - something that I didn't hear until I got this version, no thanks to having to use a No-CD patch.

However, while this is an incredible game, I feel like Microsoft haven't done enough to call this a true HD edition. Yes, technically it is in HD and this improves the game significantly, but otherwise it has little in the way of improvements, and it's therefore quite expensive for what it is. If you're never going to play multiplayer then try to find it cheaper on Amazon or something, and download the Forgotten Empires mod separately. Otherwise, get it when it's on sale, because fifteen quid is rather a lot of money to be spending on a game that's over 15 years old.

In conclusion, absolutely get this game (when it's cheap) because it is one of the greatest strategy games ever created, alongside Civilization IV and Command & Conquer: Red Alert. And to those idiot critics who say the game doesn't play very well, you deserve several slaps.
Posted: October 19
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