Age of Empires II and The Forgotten Expansion
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This pack includes:
- Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten DLC
Age of Empires II HD
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 reimagined in high definition by Hidden Path Entertainment, Microsoft Studios is proud to bring Age of Empires II: HD Edition to Steam!
Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten DLC
Welcome to Age of Empires II HD - The Forgotten; the first new official expansion for the Age of Empires II universe in over ten years. Challenge friends with five additional civilizations and technologies, battle through four campaigns, vanquish opponents in new game modes on massive maps, or shoutcast a match and stream it all through twitch.tv. Crafted exclusively for Age of Empires II: HD Edition; The Forgotten expansion builds upon the Age of Empires II: HD experience and includes Steam workshop support, new expansion rankings, steam trading cards, and more!
Hours of Entertainmentromenjack | Nov. 14, 2014 | See all romenjack's reviews »
I first played Age of Empires forever ago and it has aged well with time. The city building and army managing is still just as fun now as it was back then. One of my biggest gripes about this game is lake of diversity. While each faction has its own special unit that also has a special look and ability, most of your generic units all look the same and or have the exact same states. Unlike in the total war games where they try to portray each nation as accurately as possible in Age of Empires they try to keep the game as balanced as possible. That being said if you approach this game more like Warcraft 3 then in many ways it is far more expansive and diverse focusing on fielding large armies in formations and managing your food resorces.
More toys to play withMarianoAlipi | Sept. 23, 2014 | See all MarianoAlipi's reviews »
The base game is very entertaining, fun and captivating. The Forgotten adds several new civilizations and campaigns never seen before. I have had so much fun playing these games with my friends. It allows many situations to happen for you to enjoy. I have spent a lot of time playing this awesome game, and I recommend it 100%. Don't worry if you don't like History, because you don't need almost any previous knowledge. In fact, campaigns make you learn History in a fun way! Be sure to check this game out as soon as possible. And don't miss multiplayer!
Nostalgia expandedCoolicy | April 21, 2014 | See all Coolicy's reviews »
This is the ultimate AoE2 HD pack. For old time fans who loved AOE2, this is the pack you'll want to buy. You'll get to relive the old time fun of Age of Kings and Conquerors, as well as 5 (used to be four, but they added a free one) new campaigns based on historical events! The Forgotten used to be the work of awesome modders, but is being re-released in HD as paid DLC.
Part of what Hidden Path did here was a fantastic job optimizing an old game for modern machines. Textures did not improve, but the increased resolution still makes the game look great.
As of now, there are two more campaigns in development that are coming soon. What's unclear is whether they'll be patched in for free for owners of The Forgotten or would they be sold separately as DLC. But it's good to know that the game is still being supported.
The new civilization and tech are nice additions, and fit perfectly with what's already in the game. Considering the already massive amount of civilizations and tech in the game, balancing the new additions must have been a massive undertaking. The modders (authors of The Forgotten) did an amazing job with this mod. The only criticism I could think of would be the lack of voice-over for the pre- and post- game scenes. Nitpicking, sure, but it doesn't seem to be the same AoE experience without some good voice acting with awful accents.
All in all, the Forgotten expansion adds much to the game that I didn't know I wanted. The game is good, but the expansion made it awesome. As a kid I loved AoE2, and with this expansion I get to play even more of the game in new settings, as new civilizations, and use new units to conquer the battlefield.
Get this game already.