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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Release Date: Apr 9, 2013

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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

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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

    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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lordgolias
( 81.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Perfect RTS. Balance, choices, speed, everything perfect.

Plus, community is great.
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Blooddonor
( 58.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Don't even consider it!!..... Just buy it!!
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Kylo Ren
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
"Hey, that's pretty good."
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Testcatt
( 1.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Best strategy game ever.

10/10
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GentlemanWolf
( 108.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Was my childhood life, still my life. Buy it if you're looking for a good RTS.
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SS-Obergruppenführer Smith
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Just installed Age of Empires II HD on my Surface Pro 3. What is this, a game for ants? I can't see anything and there's no resolution options. Unless someone can convince me otherwise I'm going to request a refund. Seriously WTF is this ♥♥♥♥, No wonder Germany lost World War II.
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A_Toxic_Hobo
( 242.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
Down a shot of nostalgia with this unregrettable purchase as you indulge in times of youth long passed. Alas, the fun ends when you attempt any form of multiplayer, lest you don the cloak of basementhood and fight among the echelons of the tactically enlightened. This RTS is THE definitive experience when it comes to PC gaming, and will likely serve as a Rosetta Stone to future civilizations, looking back upon this golden age of gaming in humanity.
#Trump2016
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nateattacks
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game SU-(WOLOLO)-THIS GAME IS AMAZING!
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TheOnComingStorm
( 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.
10/10
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99 of 123 people (80%) found this review helpful
85 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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34 of 48 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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22 of 33 people (67%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
159.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
-Played online
-Lost
-Team mates want me to kill myself

A very fun experience

10/10
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
177.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
One of the greatest games of all time
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
79.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
AOE II sure is great fun and has amazing nostalgic value. But playing it with friends is almost impossible, desync after desync make it unplayable. We can barely finish a game because either at the start or like 20minutes ingame, we get desynced. They added the function to restore a desynced game but that rarely works...

It has been like this since they released the HD edition.
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17 of 30 people (57%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny