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Release Date: Nov 5, 2015

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About This Content

Welcome to Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms; the second new official expansion for the Age of Empires II universe in over 16 years. Challenge friends with four additional civilizations, new units, ships and technologies. Fight your way through the African continent with four campaigns and obliterate your opponents with a fresh batch of units under your command!

  • 4 New Civilizations
    • Berbers – Unite the tribes of Northern Africa and set sail for Europe. Can you hold your ground against the scrambled kingdoms of Iberia?
    • Malians – Follow in the footsteps of the great Mansa Musa and become the greatest king of Western Africa.
    • Ethiopians – Relive the glory of the once mighty Aksumite empire and rule over the Red Sea.
    • Portuguese – Set sail for the new world, discover new routes to unknown lands and expand your trade routes to the mighty African empires.

  • 4 New, Fully Voiced Campaigns
    • Tariq ibn Ziyad: Prepare to lead an army of Berbers and Arabs across the sea to Iberia, to defeat the fearsome Visigoths and bring the banners of war to the powerful Merovingian kingdom.
    • Sundjata: Said to possess a magical instrument that guarantees victory, Sumanguru, King of the Sosso, is poised to forge a new empire. Can you help Sundjata, the crippled prince of Mali, defy the odds, defeat Sumanguru, and become the most powerful ruler of West Africa?
    • Francisco de Almeida: Daring Portugese explorers have returned from India and given hope of glories and wealth unachievable in the Old World. Can you lead an armada to the East and forge an empire that spans three continents and two oceans?
    • Yodit: The beautiful princess Yodit has a promising future at the Aksumite court. But when her jealous nephew accuses her of theft, Yodit is forced to flee her home country. Witness how exile shaped this fallen princess into a mighty queen.

  • New Generic Units and Technologies
    • Arrowslits – Increase the power of your Towers and Keeps as they hail arrows down upon your foes.
    • Arson – Help your melee units burn enemy buildings to the ground with this new Castle Age research.
    • Fire Galley – Bring fires to the attack earlier in the game with this new Feudal Age ship.
    • Siege Tower – Hide units inside the tower and help them scale your opponents walls.

  • Sudden Death Game Mode
    • Be prepared to defend your town center in this new game mode. Each player only gets one, and if you lose it, it’s game over!

  • Improved AI
  • 10 New Special Maps
  • 8 New Real World Maps
  • 5 New Random Maps
  • 10 New terrains
  • New Scenario Editor Objects
  • Twitch.tv Streaming Integration
  • Spectator Mode

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 (15 reviews)
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Very Positive (334 reviews)
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Tyrannohotep
Posted: June 30
I've had this since release day, but am writing this review now because I have to call out all the idiots spamming that stupid "WE WAZ KANGZ" meme here. You people are such entitled, racist little ♥♥♥♥♥. Is giving Africa some spotlight in a game really such a transgression against your Eurocentric egos? You have plenty of European civilizations to play in AoK already (including smaller tribes like the Goths for example), a few from Africa shouldn't thretaen you at all.

Anyway, an expansion like this that incorporates Africa and its indigenous kingdoms is long overdue. I do wish they had included more (I would have liked to see some more southern African civs like Great Zimbabwe for example), but any expansion into non-European regions is always to be commended. Plus we get some female warriors (the Gbeto) from the Malian civ, which is even more of a plus.
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Carl
Posted: June 27
HOL UP YOU SAYING WE WUZ KANGS AND SHEEUT
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puliarmor
Posted: June 27
nice ! good to have this game back !!
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Alis Zigg
Posted: June 25
W
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The Duke's Dear Freyja
Posted: June 24
we wuz kangs n ♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥z i swear to gawd incoherent babbling we wuz ancient ♥♥♥♥♥z we 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 brain malfunction you know mayn like im sorry mayn we trying to constipate this and ♥♥♥♥♥ mayn im like "fug mayn these white ppl mayn" i-i-i like don't think it sane mayn these white people be ruinin our lives mayn ♥♥♥♥♥ mayn let me tell you mayn my gran mama she part egptian mayn you tellin me continuing tongue noises king Tootatutatu tha-tha-that's my great great great great great great granfather mayn and you tellin me that dem gawd dang egyptians aint black ♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥h 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 da 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 mayn-
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Mijin
Posted: June 24
WE WUZ KINGZ N SHIEET
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adamphelps12
Posted: June 23
cant get dlc to download
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MURCY
Posted: June 23
VERY GOOD
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ruruturu
Posted: June 5
This is truly blackwashing. Do not let blacks steal white history like that.
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EmE
Posted: June 1
10/10 best game ever
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
51 of 76 people (67%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: June 27
HOL UP YOU SAYING WE WUZ KANGS AND SHEEUT
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: June 30
I've had this since release day, but am writing this review now because I have to call out all the idiots spamming that stupid "WE WAZ KANGZ" meme here. You people are such entitled, racist little ♥♥♥♥♥. Is giving Africa some spotlight in a game really such a transgression against your Eurocentric egos? You have plenty of European civilizations to play in AoK already (including smaller tribes like the Goths for example), a few from Africa shouldn't thretaen you at all.

Anyway, an expansion like this that incorporates Africa and its indigenous kingdoms is long overdue. I do wish they had included more (I would have liked to see some more southern African civs like Great Zimbabwe for example), but any expansion into non-European regions is always to be commended. Plus we get some female warriors (the Gbeto) from the Malian civ, which is even more of a plus.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
464 of 495 people (94%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: November 5, 2015
A true expansion to the level of the original AOE2 Conquerors. By far superior to the Forgotten Empires expansion, adding new civs, units, campaigns, all fully voice-acted. Game-changing to the point of revival. 100% recommended for old and new fans of Age of Empires II, weither you're part of the multiplayer scene or more a fan of the singleplayer modes.
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230 of 248 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: November 5, 2015
-New civs are really good and balanced and encourage more team play
-New balance patches make civs more balanced
-More units which add to the siege mechanics
-New gamemode which is really fun and encourages more defensive styles of play
-Campaigns are extremely fun as well
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663 of 817 people (81%) found this review helpful
402 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: December 6, 2015
CUZ WE WUZ KINGZ N SHEEIT

t. Alberto Barbosa
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290 of 361 people (80%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: November 5, 2015
It's amazing that after so many years, this game still gets new content!

10/10, love ya AoE2. :)
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240 of 299 people (80%) found this review helpful
85 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: November 5, 2015
after 16 years
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91 of 98 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: November 22, 2015
Was pleasantly surprised with the african theme of the opening music.

A pity that here they added only one new style for the buildings - African.

It is strange that the style of Portuguese coincides with Italians, but still looks great.

The campaigns are big and they ARE VOICED! Which is a pleaasant improvement since the Forgotten pack.

Siege rebalance (siege towers) and dock rebalance (early access to fire galley and demolition ship) shifts playstyle a little bit, which is nice.


I really hope that some time in the future the devs will make an official retexture of all civilizations so that they all look unique (at least buildings).
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90 of 101 people (89%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: November 7, 2015
Fantastic DLC!
- All four civilizations are balanced well and fit nicely into the game.
-The new architecture looks amazing.
- New campaigns.
- New techs for all civilizations.
- Fire ships and demolition ships are finally balanced. Wait, you can use something other than galleys now?!
- Siege towers were added. Why destroy walls when you can climb over them?

10/10 would spam Shotel Warriors again.
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310 of 422 people (73%) found this review helpful
167 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: December 6, 2015
WE WUZ KINGS AND SHIEET
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