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!
Age of Empires II in HD with steam workshop integrationsmilzoboboz | March 11, 2015 | See all smilzoboboz's reviews »
AoE II is a 1999 2D isometric RTS game that marked an era on the RTS genre and this new version, luckily, just revamps it with widescreen/HD patches, a few bugfixes, reworked water/effects and steam workshop integration.
While widescreen/HD graphic support was a must have and there was no actual need for water or effects reworks, steam workshop integration is what makes this new version worth buying. On the workshop you're able to mod almost every part of the game, this increases even further the decennial longevity of this game. A few examples of currently available steam workshop items are: complete texture packs, water/coast mods, entire campaigns, extremely well made maps, ...
So, game system is exactly how AoE II was, one of the best ones ever among RTS games, extremely balanced and quite various, with slight but substantial differences between civilizations.
Graphic is good, not what you would expect from a 2013 game but strictly speaking about the HD port quality I couldn't think of any way it could have been done better.
Music got some nice remixes, most of them made it sound more "medieval", which as far as I'm concerned it really nice.
In the end I'd say that even at full price (which is maybe 30%~35% more than you may expect from an HD port of a 10+ year old game) I'd recommend buying this game, mostly because of steam workshop integration that really made (and still makes) the difference on my gameplay experience.
Top ten RTSvipe_1 | Jan. 27, 2015 | See all vipe_1's reviews »
Admittedly not a game I personally played back when it came out, Age of Empires II is a very good medieval era successor to the original. You will play amongst castles and villages, with knights, archers and siege weapons, to name a few. Graphics are significantly upgraded in this remastered version, and the amount of content will take many hours to complete.
The game looks and runs well on modern systems, and has held up very well over the years. The ability to easily play online against others on Steam is another great reason to pick this version up and move on from the original copy you may have. The campaigns are enjoyable, the amount of units and civilizations have enough differences to allow for different strategies, and overall this is definitely a top 10 RTS.
Well recommended to all that have the game already or have yet to try it after all these years.
One of the greatest gamesTheOneAndOnlyOn | Dec. 21, 2014 | See all TheOneAndOnlyOn's reviews »
This is one of my favourite games of all time. It's a classic game, which now supports all newer computer systems and the improved multiplayer allows you to connect to your friends easily through steam. It offers a lot of fun playing on your own or with friends or family. The game also has steam workshop support allowing you to find and install custom scenarios quickly and install new unit and texture mods with a click of a button. This is a great game and is highly recommended! ;)
In my top 5 rtshoward195 | Nov. 18, 2014 | See all howard195's reviews »
Age of empires 2 is still one of my favorite RTS of all time. It was probably the first I ever played. I never bothered with the first one, but the second stole a lot of my time. Great variety of civilizations to pick from, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Pretty solid campaigns from history, and the expansion adds on a few more, all with their different goals beyond just normal domination. You can definitely see the improvement in the graphics. The buildings and geography have definitely been polished.
one of my favorite parts is the map editor. You can build a huge, all-out battle, your indomitable fortress, or if you want to put in the time and intricacy build a full campaign. I think I spent just as much time on building scenarios as I did on the main game. Some of the campaigns will take some serious strategy, especially depending on the difficulty you choose. You can lose countless hours in this classic.
Remastered RTS-Classicpro2type | Oct. 25, 2014 | See all pro2type's reviews »
Age Of Empires 2 is the best RTS I played so far. It combines an easy-to-learn gameplay with a lot of possiblities and strategies. The gameplay is mostly the same compared to it's predecessor, but enhances it with more content. The graphics are not even the only highlight of this HD-remake, it's more the Steam-Workshop, which is integrated. Now you're free to add textures, content or other things without paying any money for it. Moreover the game still receives balance- and performance-updates to improve the gameplay. The only thing I miss in this game is the LAN-mode, which was removed.
Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.