UPDATE: IT HAS ALMOST BEEN A FULL YEAR AND THERE ARE STILL D-SYNC ISSUES AND NO SERVERS (so people are still DCing and it's still laggy as ♥♥♥♥) FIX YOUR DAMN 20 DOLLAR PEICE OF GARBAGE.
I'm sorry, what is with all these reviews with their positive ratings? You guys are okay with paying 20USD for a widescreen edition and paid dlc for a game that is more than a decade old AND that has had numerious bugs even 7 months later still have not been fixed? Like the online lag is still awful. "But it's better than it was on launch" yes but it's still awful and at this rate I would advise just finding a copy of the original game and playing it with mods (like the Forgotten Empires, more on that soon) that run it on a modern system for the single player.
As for the DLC, I have not played it, but I have heard how it had lots of bug on launch and the patch to add it in fudged up the base game as well. Buyer beware the campaign doesn't even have voice acting although on their livestream they said they [maybe?] will look for voluneteers. It's nice that they are getting paid for it but instead of releasing it for 10 (which is really unreasonable might I add) why not make it free and give some of the money you (MS) made - from the upsurdly priced 20USD - and give it to the devs of forgotten empires.
Also, there are no benefits that come from the FE update, therefore, IF YOU BUY THE GAME BUT DON'T BUY FE, YOU NEED TO PLAY WITH OTHERS WHO DON'T HAVE FE OR WHO CHOSE TO NOT USE FE. THIS MEANS THAT THE COMMUNITY IS SPLIT UP EVEN MORE, GREAT, THAT MEANS ONLINE IS EVEN MORE BUTCHERED.
Graphics and Performance
it's not an HD edition, it's a widescreen edition with 2 graphics options (which weren't even on launch btw) as well as no screen resolution. "But it's an old game, why do you need graphics options?" well that's because the game can run like crap online or offline on certain lower end machines. I run a gigabyte 7950 GPU with an intel 3770k I7 3.5 processor and the game runs like crap online, I HAVE PLAYED WITH 8 PEOPLE AND I GOT AN AVERAGE OF 15-25 FPS, THIS IS A SYSTEM THAT CAN RUN CRYSIS 3 AT ALMOST MAX AT 1080P 60FPS, THERE IS NO EXCUSE TO CHARGE ME 20 FOR A GAME THAT RUNS WORSE THAN A TRIPLE A GAME. Side note, when do you think people are gonna start saying "But can it run AoE II HD online?
The poor optimization is shockingly bad but the game is basically unchanged. Remember those graphs you would look at after a game ended that would show certain stats? Yeah those are unchanged, they look really bad now as they haven't been updated with cleaner text or anything. I would have accepted that in early 2000s, not 2013 on an "HD" edition.
Yeah it's good. It's age of empires 2 what do you expect and from what I can tell, that's all people seem to care about and i'm assuming that is the only reason people are giving this game good reviews.
But guys, THIS IS NOT WORTH 20USD AND TO BE MARKETED AT AN HD EDITION WITH THIS CRAPPY PERFORMANCE AND BAD ONLINE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. IT HAS BEEN 7 MONTHS AND THERE ARE STILL MANY BUGS AND ONLINE IS STILL BROKEN.
I will be fair right now with the gameplay, the campaigns take time to beat and they are challenging. The gameplay had a satisfacation in the way it was made that - to me, for the longest time - beat other games, units wouldn't get stuck from time to time via collision on an object when you moved them, (Star Wars: Empire at War) units move when you tell them to without fail (company of heoes one had moments where they would just sit there) and they would respond quickly (age of empires 3, although many units behaved like that, many would move slow as balls). The core gameplay is enjoyable at least to a fan of the original but there are many outdated mechanics that I really don't have the time to go into, just think of starcraft 1 to starcraft 2 MECHANICALLY Ie unit binding, macros, replay systems, all that and how much of a leap back it feels going from starcraft 2 back to 1 after awhile of playing 2. The difference is very noticable.
On sale at like 5 bucks, if you don't want to bother digging up the original game and putting mods (which isn't very difficult) than yeah, maybe buy it. But at 20 USD with an expansion at 10 more. No, just no. For that price you can get Starcraft 2 for a few bucks more on Amazon. Age of Empires 2 was my favorite RTS of all time until I played Starcraft 2 (warcraft 3/frozone throne came in third) but now after playing Age 2 again, I like warcraft 3/FT better. WHICH YOU CAN BUY COMPLETE FOR 20 DOLLARS, IT IS A MUCH BETTER VALUE THAN THIS RIGHT NOW AND THE MULTIPLAYER (although it has its problems after recent patches) DOESN'T HAVE LAG ON EVERY GAME YOU TRY TO PLAY.
Yes, Age of Empires 2 is a good game but the HD edition is a disgrace. Don't praise this game just because it plays like the original. Don't charge 20USD for a re-release with bugs, fix your game and make it look better and then I will reccomend it for almost anyone but at this point ONLY BUY IF IT'S ON SALE FOR 5USD OR LESS AND YOU ARE A FAN. Newcomers will get almost no value out of this instead of getting the original with mods.
if this was just an intended re-release for 5 bucks or 10 with workshop and multiplayer I would be singing a different tune.
Posted: December 5th, 2013