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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!
Release Date: Apr 9, 2013
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Patch 3.7 Patch Notes

July 31st, 2014

There are a large number of small changes made with the recently released 3.7. For the full list of patchnotes, please see the following thread:
http://steamcommunity.com/app/221380/discussions/1/35219681549357566/

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AoE II: HD Best of Steam Workshop Stream

July 28th, 2014

It's time for the weekly best of #AoEIIHD Steam Workshop stream! Tune in and play at twitch.tv/ageofempires.

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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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Steam Trading cards are now available for Age of Empires II: HD. Collect them all to craft badges, emoticons, coupons, and unique profile backgrounds!

About the 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 XP, 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
102 of 131 people (78%) found this review helpful
1,227 products in account
24 reviews
58.8 hrs on record
+ Updated versions of classics "The Age of Kings" and "The Conquerors" to run on modern systems
+ Steam Workshop support with good compatibility for legacy mods
+ Same classic gameplay with improvements still being made

+/- Multiplayer is easy to set up but one person lagging still slows the game for everyone
Posted: June 2nd, 2014
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78 of 102 people (76%) found this review helpful
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1 review
7.2 hrs on record
A game that made part of my childhood, one of the best RTS I ever played, brought back in its full glory with HD graphics.
It's a must have on your library!
Posted: June 22nd, 2014
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73 of 101 people (72%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
143.1 hrs on record
Age of Empires II HD, well HD? Not really. That doesn't change the fact that it's still a pretty good stragety game.
I personally love the unique units you can train in castles, for instance when you play as the Spanish you can train a unit called the Conquistador in your castle, a unit wich only you (while playing as Spain) can create.
The maps are quite big, so enough space for large battlefields.
While the naval battles aren't bad either, I personally love the land battles between two different infantry units.
The original 18 civilizations are still in the game, but a DLC has been added: The Forgotten (empires)
This DLC ads 5 new civilizations, including the Italians and the Inca's.
All civilizations have got their very own unique unit, and building style.
An awesome new campaign has been added aswell. Here are a few short descriptions about the different campaign scenario's:

1. Alaric I:

The trauma of the Hun invasion in the 4th century has shaped Alaric, the fearsome warrior king of the Goths. But can the beloved king secure a new homeland for his people in the territory of the collapsing Roman Empire?

2. Sforza:

Always hungry for glory and wealth, Sforza wanders around 15th century Italy, offering his services to the highest bidder. Will he pick the right battles or make the wrong enemy? Take the fate of the young mercenary captain in your hands.

3. Bari:

400 years after the collapse of the Roman Empire, Italy is still up for grabs. Relive the tale of the port city Bari from the point of view of a Byzantine family, rising from the common soldiery to the nobility. Beware, for not only Bari is at stake, but also control of Southern Italy.

4. Dracula:

History forged an incredible legend around the man who ruled Wallachia in the mid-15th century. Holding his ground against the vast armies of the expanding Ottoman Empire, his cruel tactics made him the most feared man in all of Eastern Europe. Will his thirst for blood and the loyalty of his soldiers hold the Turks back for good?

Sounds good doesn't it? Well it is.

The €18,99 you pay for a game wich should be HD but the only thing HD in the game is the water, might be a bit much. But it's defenitly worth it.
Posted: February 20th, 2014
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69 of 99 people (70%) found this review helpful
674 products in account
99 reviews
11.0 hrs on record
One... more... mission...
(Since 1999)
Posted: June 27th, 2014
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179 of 297 people (60%) found this review helpful
12 products in account
1 review
8.1 hrs on record
Destroyed the Persian Empire with a horde of Shelby Cobras.
10/10
Posted: June 20th, 2014
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310 of 365 people (85%) found this review helpful
1,016 products in account
21 reviews
29.4 hrs on record
One of the RTS classics alongside C&C & Starcraft, Age of Empires 2 is brought remastered on steam. Now supporting all HD resolutions, reworked terrain, water & building textures/sprites, it definetly looks better than it did a decade ago. Gameplay is left mostly untouched, with the only notable change being a pop cap increase to 500. Multiplayer is handled through steam, meaning (generally) more stable MP, but with the caveat that LAN got removed from this version.

The constant support and existing features makes this a version to get even if you still have your old copy laying around.
Posted: July 13th, 2013
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