Age of Empires II HD Edition
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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!
A Classic Resurfaces884okeoJ | June 30, 2014 | See all 884okeoJ's reviews »
The original Age of Empires 2 is possibly my favorite game of all time. On those merits, this game is an easy 10 out of 10. However, this re-release has to stand up based on it's own worth as well as it's original counterpart's. The game does look slightly better than the original Age of Empires 2, but no enough to warrant a rebuy. The main selling point for anyone wishing to buy this is a much-streamlined multiplayer system which allows you to play with friends over steam. For a marginal graphical improvement and an improved multiplayer system, whether this game is worth buying at full price is doubtful.
Definitely worth it.MarianoAlipi | June 28, 2014 | See all MarianoAlipi's reviews »
Either if you played the original Age of Empires games, or if you're new to them, Age of Empires II: HD Edition is a game you won't regret playing. Campaigns are interesting, entertaining and challenging. Now, with the better multiplayer support provided by Steam, you can challenge your friends (or unknown people) like never before. This game never gets old. I played the original version, and decided to buy the new one. Worth every penny. Try it out!
Nostalgy helps but still goodjkail | June 13, 2014 | See all jkail's reviews »
I remeber playing this game for so many hours when I was young(er).
It's now a bit old regarding new gameplay mechanism but still have the awesome basis.
Still hard, still fun, the "HD" doesn't seem to add much. I guess new player can be disapointed because the game feels old but if you like RTS it's a must play.
Great for NewbiesROKET | June 10, 2014 | See all ROKET's reviews »
I have to admit, I never played the original, but I was quite glad when MS finally started making remakes for its great original RTS games.
Gameplay: The game doesnt have much of a story but it does have a few campaigns (with stories) that are fun enough to play through. The gameplay is simple enough with resources to manage and units and buildings to build. You build and army, take it out to the battlefield, and try to annihilate or survive the enemy in order to win the day (and level). Its a tried and true and worth the asking price.
Presentation: The game does look good for what it is and I do appreciate the ability to install workshop content and play at higher widescreen resolutions. I wish, however, that there was some sort of AA (if possible with 2D games) and that the textures were even more updated.
Online: I havent really tried the online gameplay but I hear that the game has been patched quite a bit to fix the launch issues that plagued the game. There isnt much you can expect and the online population on Steam has gone down since launch.
I cant wait to try out Age of Mythology HD and Rise of Nations HD
Return of a classicTG_Judgement | May 3, 2014 | See all TG_Judgement's reviews »
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 definitely 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.