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 (498 reviews) - 88% of the 498 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (24,534 reviews) - 92% of the 24,534 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 9, 2013

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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
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Very Positive (498 reviews)
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( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Well this game is ruled by people that are more dictators then workers of MS, they made a classic good game into piece of crap. Those dictatores rule a support forum that you get fast banned if you get opinions ( educated) that are contrary that what they think. Even people from inside is got ridded of the game because they question the leadership. Thats unacceptable behaviour for a company named Microsoft.
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George W. Kush
( 177.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
The game that got me into PC gaming. Speaks for itself.
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( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Literally unplayable.

Pathfinding is insanely stupid, so that instead of walking straight from A to B units will move as if there were invisible walls.

Siege weapons are basically useless, I've tried the starting campaign (William Wallace) and it took literally 20 seconds to have the battering ram attacking the enemy castle or any other building, since they just kept wandering around or just positioning close to the target without ever beginning the attack.

I don't remember the original version being so dumb.

I used to love this game and play it for at least one month every year, so I took advantage of the summer sales to get the HD version, but it's not worth the 2,24£ I spent to get it.

Make it playable.
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( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
How do you turn this on
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( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
AoE II has been around for a very very long time and is still going strong today. When I think of rts games AoE is the first game to come to mind before any of the others. It has the perfect blend of civilization simulation, tower defense and combat. Its slower pace is easy for people new to the genre and while other rts games get laggy when you enter combat this game runs like butter. I remember the days when I used to play the AoE Gold CD on the family windows XP computer. It was the first rts game I ever played and the only one I will ever return to. Today we have AoE II HD. Its the same game as it was back then but with the ability to be played on hd displays and you get the Steam Workshop for more content then you could ever want. Its a great game. I love it and it will be my favorite rts game probably for the rest of my life. Totally worth buying and you would be a complete dummy not to get it when on sale.
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( 70.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
I like this
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( 23.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
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( 49.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
This is the best game
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( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
a classic that will never die.
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The Duke's Dear Freyja
( 332.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
we wuz kangs n shet nigguz i swear to gawd we wuz ancient nigguz we more i wuz an ancestor of egypt man you tellin me that... thththat them gypsies over there aint black look at that skin mayn they black mayn they hey you know mayn like im sorry mayn we trying to go to space n shet this and shet mayn im like "fuh mayn these white ppl mayn" i-i-i like don't think it sane mayn these white people be ruinin our lives mayn shet mayn let me tell you mayn my gran mama she part egptian mayn you tellin me king tatutatu tha-tha-that's my great great great great great great granfather mayn and you tellin me that dem gawd dang egyptians aint black shet niqqah l-l-look mayn julius caesar wuz black i don' know why these history bookz be lyin to you julius caesar wuz black he wasn't white the romans were ruled by black ppl ♥♥♥♥♥ man ill tell you what i swear let all the black ppl go back to africa they gonna be one duz mayne
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124 of 158 people (78%) found this review helpful
108 people found this review funny
116.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 31
My friend decided once that we would play a round of 2v4 (us vs four AI opponents) Age of Empires II, but limiting ourselves to our unique units and monks.

Victory by assimilation

10/10 would Wololo the entire world again
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
If you know what Age of Empires 2 is: get it. The HD version is a delight and they also added multiplayer support and decently-priced DLC. The remake is among the best i’ve played.

If you don’t know what AoE2 is, you are in for a sweet treat, a blast from the past, a game of… much fame? Alright I’ll stop.

AoE2 is a RTS in which you play one of many olden civilizations, starting in the Dark Ages, and progress all the way to the Imperial Age, all while expanding, building an army, creating defences, researching military/industrial/agricultural improvements, leading your forces to battle, creating trade routes, protecting wonders, finding relics, gathering all seven Dragon Balls et cetera et cetera.

The “to do” list might intimidate new players, but AoE2 plays as smooth as butter, with easy controls and button layouts. After a few sessions and looking up a guide, you too will have a strong starting economy and empire in 15 minutes during skirmishes (campaign can be a different beast altogether).

The economy is based on 5 resources: food, wood, stone, gold and population (from houses). There are multiple ways to get each resource, albeit stone and wood trading is a bit difficult with the AI since this isn’t really a game about diplomacy. Gold however can be taken from “trading” easily among two of your marketplace buildings: the further they are, the more you get.

Be prepared to spew out villagers left and right and grab any rock and log you can get, since you will need them to build an army. Besides the regular soldiers, each civ has it’s own perks and a castle with a unique soldier. Some have restrictions to certain troops or upgrades, making sure each one feels and plays slightly different.

All of these can be inspected neatly in the Tech Tree, available both in and out of game. You will also find an encyclopaedia about medieval battles, units, buildings, kingdoms; all sorts of neat things that old farts like myself wish were still around in modern games. It’s also worth mentioning that AoE2 HD, without any DLC, has 9 historical campaigns that are both entertaining, educational and, at times, hard as nails.

If you like “easy to learn difficult to master” RTS games, absolutely get it.
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41 of 56 people (73%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
It's better than AOE3. One of the best strategy game i've ever seen.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
I played this alot as a kid and i love the new HD and DLCs, anyone who likes medieval RTS will enjoy this game 9/10
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32 of 49 people (65%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
159.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
-Played online
-Team mates want me to kill myself

A very fun experience

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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
53.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
One of the best great strategy games ever!
I recommend it for all.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
The game that got me interested in strategy games. Amazing game that has aged well in my opinion. Workshop support is always a huge plus and keeps thingss interesting if you ever get bored (unlikely).
As much as I love it, I wouldn't pay £14.99 for it. Wait for a sale.
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15 of 23 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
177.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
One of the greatest games of all time
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
167.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
This was one of my childhood games and it has aged really well. The gameplay is really addictive and it is so satisfing to watch your civilization grow and dominate everyone else. Playing with other people is a lot of fun and the game compares your skill level to everyone else's so you always know whether or not it will be a far match. That's not to say the game is perfect. As satisfying as the game is when your winning, it's really depressing when your losing; all that hard working building your civilization gone to waste. The learning curve is also really steep, especially if you're unfamiliar with this genre, and getting to the level of skill that most people have online is a bit of a chore. If you can go toe to toe with a 'hardest' level COM your probably ready to play with most of the average tier players. I'd also recommend a youtube channel called 'spirit of the law' if you want any advise on how to play the different civilizations. But it's a lot of fun to learn. I'd recommend it, even if you're not into strategy games. Come on in and play. More people need to.
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25 of 46 people (54%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 13
Age of Empires II: HD is a strategy game remake developed by Skybox Labs, Hidden Path Entertainment, and Ensemble Studios, and published by Microsoft Studios. The remake was released in April 2013. The primary differences with the HD version is that the multiplayer component is on Steam servers and it features updated graphics and features. Firstly, the original Age of Empires II was my favourite strategy game when I was growing up. The aim of this was to recreate the success of the original, but this is a clear disappointment due to the infestation of bugs and glitches within it. This review will cover the campaign, the multiplayer, the gameplay and the issues within each category.

Age of Empires II: HD features a standard campaign. The campaign is split into nine separate event campaigns with several missions in each. The mechanics of the series, which is building up your city and completing the objectives, allow missions to prosper and reach a climax. Furthermore, the story continues nicely from one mission to the following one, allowing for a clear direction in each separate campaign. For instance, one campaign recounts Joan of Arc and her war against the British and logically and chronologically tells the story until the final mission. The single-player component allowed me revisit some old missions, experience some new missions, and for the most part amounted to an overall average campaign. It felt like an afterthought because it lacked excitement and lacked the edge for me to invest into each story, which I felt detracted from my overall experience. The only highlight of the single-player aspect was the ability to play without the issues that primarily infested multiplayer.

The original Age of Empires II's multiplayer was my favourite aspect of the game. The recreation of multiplayer in the HD version fail miserably. It is infested by numerous bugs and glitches that dampened my experience of it. The most notable issue in it was the desync issues, resulting in lag and unsmooth matches, for literally every match and while there are other bugs and glitches with multiplayer, that is by far the one that destroyed my experience of this. Furthermore, the developers have not actively supported this game in several months, but have released patches, so looking at the bright side, at least they have done some fixing to this game since its release. But, sometimes I was able to look past the issues and play online matches with teams and in doing so I noticed how much I suck at this game than I realised. Regardless, I wanted to have fun with this game because again I love this game but the issues destroy my play through and unfortunately, at this point in time I will not play this game until its fixed, if its fixed.

The gameplay however is classic Age of Empires. It features real-time strategy with workers, military, and buildings to improve your economy and your overall stability in a particular match. Traditionally you start in the dark ages and advance your civilisation to the imperial age in which each age grants you new units, buildings and technologies. The prominent positive of the gameplay is the uniqueness of each civilisation because each civilisation has a unique technology, unique unit and unique bonuses. Each civilisation has variety and I love that aspect because for instance, one nation could be a naval civilisation whereas another could be an infantry civilisation or a mixture of naval/archers, etc. Each nation's type of civilisation adds a strategic element of playing to your civilisations strengths and not how you typically play, which I love. And, overtime this game teaches you how to balance your economy because I admit I only build my economy and leave my units to the late-game, which by the late game I am already wiped out. So, I love the strategy aspect of balancing and building an economy and troops. There are numerous maps so the game does not become stale, but in Australia, there is barely more than three games in a lobby on most peak hour nights. A notable feature in this edition is the ability to have a population of 500, which as you know creates more performance issues, but not if you have a good computer.

I cannot comment on the expansions as I did not purchase them.

Lastly, Age of Empires II: HD is 'high definition', as implied in the name. There are not many new features to complement the title. The game features higher resolutions to accommodate modern computers. It features an integrated steam workshop, which does expand on the experience of the game, and the updated graphics that triumph over the base game. While there are not many new features, the ones that are new change the dynamic of the game.

Overall, Age of Empires II: HD is a disappointing game that has massive potential. I did want to enjoy this game because the original was my favourite in the series, but this comes off as a miss. It features a fairly standard campaign that has solid recounts of events in history and a good amount of missions, but it comes off as an afterthought. The game features a horrendous multiplayer experience because of the numerous issues within that component. But, it features the same brilliant gameplay that was in Age of Empires II. If the developers focus on fixing this game to improve the experience, I'm willing to revisit and re-edit this review to accommodate those potential changes. As things stand, I would avoid this game until the developers release patches that fix the issues, in particular the desync and lag issues.

I calculate the point system by rating each component I discuss and then averaging the total and deducting marks depending on the amount and severity of issues within the game.

Campaign: 5/10
Multiplayer: 1/10
Gameplay: 9/10
Overall: 3/10

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