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!

Customer reviews


This game never gets old

The1337N00Bx | July 16, 2015 | See all The1337N00Bx's reviews »

This is a classic strategy game. It was one of my favorite games as a kid and even now it holds up as being great. I've never been a huge fan of RTS games, but Age of Empires is one of the few exceptions. Plus it incorporates bits of history into it as well, which made learning about history more fun for me as well. If you like war strategy games, this is definitely a game for you.



PlayTyrant | May 8, 2015 | See all PlayTyrant's reviews »

I think it's the only game I can give a 100/100 score. Combats that can last days (literally). Play it with friends and save the game when you feel tired, then keep playing from that save, that simple! I loved that feature. Playing alone is also a great experience, I've spent hours on the old one and it's gret to see the graphic improvements (when I played it the floor was red because of the color depth). I really enjoyed this game, and I strongly reccomend anyone to buy it! WOLOLO


Age of Empires II in HD with steam workshop integration

smilzoboboz | 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 RTS

vipe_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 games

TheOneAndOnlyOn | 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! ;)