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 (697 reviews) - 88% of the 697 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (23,753 reviews) - 92% of the 23,753 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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Very Positive (697 reviews)
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Very Positive (23,753 reviews)
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cunt
( 36.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 5
Wololo ! Quit touching me ! Start the game already !
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DGF
Posted: May 4
Product received for free
Been playing this masterpiece of a game since i was 7 (Now turning 24 this year). My Step-dad got me into this game and i fell in love with it ever since. The moment i heard that a HD re-release of the gamre was coming out, It had to be a day one purchase for me. This game teaches you so much and its so much fun. it teaches how to manage your resources, multitask, communcating with others (Teamwork) and it teaches you about the history behind each of the civilizations as well. I highly recommed this for anyone who is trying to get into RTS (Real-Time Strategy for those who don't know), because its a great starting point.
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cmduckhunter2
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
its been ages since i played this game. still love it. really fun just to kill time with
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iwikaus
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
chur chur
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Twilight
Posted: May 4
Super fun classic RTS game! I reccomend for everyone!

But these are cons for me
-Matches can be time consuming; the more players the more time and bigger the map the more time it takes

pretty much the only con; but war elephants are unstoppable in a big group
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Br4sc0
( 45.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Obviously shows it's age, but it's still one of the best games I've ever played. Out of what are in my opinion the three best RTS games ever made (Warcraft II, AoE II, and Rise of Nations) this one stays fresh the longest. To add to that, the multiplayer almost never gets old, as every nation, every map, and every gamemode makes for a unique experience time and time again.
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ZaDrooL
( 259.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
best game eva
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Dracgnar
( 116.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
It never gets old
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Redtay
( 27.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Father of strategy games.
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Treker
Posted: May 4
Best RTS without a doubt! Played for hundred of hours back in the good ol' days :) Now finaly here!
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jalaboy75
( 62.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
i r8 8/8 m8
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DDolphin
( 68.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Even tho this game is like 17 years old , it gives a lot of gameplay and its worth to spend hundreds of hours to play it .
You should find time in your weekly schedule to play this game , beacouse if you gather 3 or more friends to play with you , you will remember the good old days and you will relax a bit.
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KarmaticCones
( 83.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I loved this game when I first played it all those years ago. Still love it now. Addictive Gameplay, and an RTS Style that you simply cannot find in anything anymore. It even beats out most Civilization games in my opinion. If you have never played this game, and you love RTS genre games, this NEEDS to be in your library. The dev team also did a FANTASTIC job coming out with new expansions for this old game that blends seemlessly together. Call it bias, call it nostalgia, this is one of the best games that has ever existed.
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The Jackofficer
( 58.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
It's meh. You could get a better RTS than this for less the price. I just bought it because it looked cool, but the gameplay I rate 4/10.


























































































































JK. Get the game now.
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Spunky
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Great game but amazingly unstable for a remake.
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AtshKrazz
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I love this game. Played this so much as a kid, brings back some memories.
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BumpyGav[SBL]
( 206.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
Woah Age of empires 2 the game of my childhood. This game is one of the best rts games on the market it's fun and games last a perfect time not to long not to short. Age of empires 2 this game goes from medieval to gunpowder . From knight rush to bombard cannon spam . I highly suggest this game to any rts fan or any medieval fan also the dlc are highly suggested although you will probably use African kingdoms over the forgotten they are both still good and bring some sexy kingdoms to the game like the Portuguese fielding their organ guns and the Ethiopians with the mighty shotel warrior cheap faster then a horse and can be spammed to Tim buck too . If you have no life like me you can sink hours into this game I've got 60 hours in 3 days in this game alone . It's cheap it's fun 10/10
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6000
( 120.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
good game as far as offline goes but as for online what a joke laggy as all hell and theres basically no one ever online dead game is dead
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strood91
( 11.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
One of the greatest strategy games of our time; it will continue to provide challenging scenarios and hours of entertainment, many years after it's original release.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
100.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
Quite bad at launch. Now it's fixed and worth it for both single- and multiplayer.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
38.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 7
This game suc...

Wololo


This is one of the best games I have ever played
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
What can I say that no one already said about that game?
I bought it for the nostalgia and I haven't been disapointed. For me this is the mother of all Realtime-Strategy-Games and I will probably always come back to play a few rounds.
(Online-Multiplayer is kinda hard to get successfully into to).
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
I never have played that game before, but because I played the first Age of Empires a lot in my childhood, this game was bound to be liked. But still, I didn't get a nostalgicgasm (Something you experience when you play a game, that you already played as a child, years later. It creates the Illusion that, even if the gameplay is ♥♥♥♥ or the graphics are from the stone age, the game is awesome.) because of the said reason.

If you like RTS Games or the Age of Empires franchise, get this game. If it's too expensive for you, get it on a major sale like the Steam Summer Sale and don't hesitate to buy the DLCs as well when you're at it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
66.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Age of Empires II is one of the most popular RTS games of all time. It established Ensemble Studios as a top tier company in the time and corroborated the success they got with Age of Empires and the expansion Rise of Rome. It fixed every single aspect that lacked in the first game, like refarming, being able to start a building over a unit, better AI players and a better unit behaviour. Also it introduced new feautures like the domestic animals, formations, unique techs, tech trees and bonuses, up to 200 population capacity and many more.

AOE II still has a lot of popularity outside of steam, where people gather on IRC channels to share IP and play; however, over the time the rate of new players to the game was decreasing in relation to leaving players. Many causes of leaving were related to the graphic bugs the game had with newer OS like Windows Vista, having magenta all over the grass, water, etc. With the appearance of AOE II HD the game got fixed and the base of players increased again.

Pros of AOE II HD version:

- New graphic features
- Added more population cap
- Re-balancement of units
- Graphic fix with support of widescreen
- Music now sounds in every PC
- Integrated multiplayer with other Steam players (No more TCP/IP to play)
- Compatibility with Steam Workshop. Mods and campaigns all over the place
- Developers always working on the game adding 2 DLCs with new content including civs, campaigns and sounds.
- The posibility to play the game in multiplayer even if you don't have the DLCs. You can play with other players that have them with the cost of having a reduced choose of civs, with possibility of choosing an expansion one.

Cons of AOE II HD:
- SUPER IMPORTANT: Needs multiplayer tweaks - Crashes players and/or disconnects them
- High Latencies: Some players (like me) experience high pings whereas in services like voobly with classic AOC don't
- Reduced performance: Even with all the new graphic features disabled the game still has a considerable fps drop for players with old PCs (like me, again).

Overall the Steam version acomplishes the objective of revitalizing the game with new possibilities and ideas while adding new content to the game over the time. Old-School gamers, new gamers and nostalgia gamers, like me who played this on my childhood, are going to enjoy this version as the old MSN Zone times where the multiplayer was extremely fun. Needs some tweaks however but in a scale of x/10 it deserves definitively a 9.5/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Never really played RTS games before, but this is a lot of fun!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Father of strategy games.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
Can't hate this game because of the nostalgia factor. One of the best strategy games ever developed.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
After playing this game since I was around 5 years old, I still play it now at 22!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
HD remake of the best strategic game ever. There are not many major changes, just addition of HD resolution and few civilisations. There are some bugs and framedrops. Finally there is a large online community and you can easily find players online. In overall I am satisfied with this game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
oldies but goldies
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
destroyed my childhood

11/10 would destroy it again
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
This game is my childhood. This game still has a strong online community and the developers are still realeasing expansions 15 years after release!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
This is one of those classic games that you should play with your friends. It's a must buy game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
37.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
the only thing i'd like to have is to be able to spectate games. apart from that, all good
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
It's fun. Play it. Or don't. I'm not your boss.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Pure nostalgia <3 Still one of the best AoE games :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Game goes out of Sync a lot. Can't restore Multiplayer saves. All multiplayer saves are out of sync.
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