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Age of Empires II HD [Online Game Code]

Platform : Windows 7, Windows Vista
Rated: Teen
233 customer reviews
Metascore: 68 / 100
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Price: $19.99
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  • ASIN: B00CMSCTA2
  • Release Date: April 9, 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,769 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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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 re imagined in high definition by Hidden Path Entertainment, Microsoft Studios is proud to bring Age of Empires II: HD Edition to Steam!



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System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: Vista, 7, 8 Pro+
Processor: 1.2GHZ CPU
RAM: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 2 GB
Video Card: Direct X 9.0c Capable GPU
Additional Info: DirectX:9.0c

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96 of 102 people found the following review helpful By onduck on July 12, 2013
I loved this game when I was growing up, and this works great on my windows 7 machine.

The one and two star reviews for this game are unfounded. They are related to a lack of understanding about digital distribution of PC games. So here are some bullet points to help people who read reviews but not product descriptions:

*You need an internet connection to download and install this game.

*You need to install Steam and register a Steam account to install this game. (Steam is regarded by many as one of, if not THE, best PC game digital distribution services available today.)

*After the above have been done, you CAN play this game offline by launching steam in OFFLINE MODE. (You can easily google how to do this if you need help.)

*If you have problems, please contact support from the APPROPRIATE COMPANY depending on your problem, and wait an appropriate amount of time until any problems have been resolved before giving this product a poor review purely because you don't like the digital distribution service that has been made very very clear is required.

Thank you, and enjoy your purchase.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By ctny on July 12, 2013
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I played this game before, and really loved it. Not sure why some people rate it 1 or 2 stars and write long sad stories about how they can't make it work. Weird...

Here are the simple steps. I am on Windows 8.

- buy the game, you then download a small Amazon program which just puts 2 web pages on your desktop. 1 is the product key for Steam, other is for instruction to download Steam.

- follow the instruction to download Steam. Once Steam is installed, you will need to create an account.

- once in Steam, click "+Add a Game" in the lower left corner. Use the product key from Amazon. You then download AOEII, about 1.5gb.

- once the game is downloaded, click on the AOEII HD icon, Steam will launch again to run a first-time setup

- I first tried playing while on-line. I got a prompt to press some key combination if I wanted to jump into Steam Community

- I then exited and relaunched AOEII after unplugging the network cable. Worked fine, and I completed the first game. You can't play multi-player mode while you are off-line.

The whole install took 10min while I did something else at the same time. If I focused on the install, it probably takes 5min. Didn't experience any issue what so ever.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Exlibris on July 6, 2013
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It was and still is a great game!! I agree with a couple of the other reviews that talked about it being a bit choppy but it hasn't bothered me at all. While this is the original AOE II game, this is the HD version and is provide by Steam gaming service. It was recently developed further by a studio named Hidden Path (which has some of the programmers that worked on the original game) but is now being worked on by SkyBox Labs. Most of these changes are related to making the game work better with today's faster processors and graphics cards. It seems like the original version had a max civilization limit of 200 but the HD version maxes out at 500. I've found the AI to be very aggressive when setting the difficulty level at hard or hardest. I've had the game for only a week and have already logged about 24 hours playing time. I highly recommend the HD version to any AOE fans!!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 29, 2013
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I have the old version of AOE2, it doesn't work on windows 7. This version works, and awesome playing this game on Windows 7. My brother has this game too on Windows 7 and it works. This is via Steam and it's a new release by Microsoft, release date Apr 9, 2013.

So it works on windows 7. No problem, no CTD, as for lagging, I don't notice. Worth it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jose Luis Garcia Abrego on October 5, 2013
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excelent a game that i will always love to game, there are some changes or new things or improvements that the developers can apply to the game like, the ability to floor the ground, a wonder or a improved bulding, for each building like a better and bigger university, barracks, the ability to build a bridge, well to bring more realistic features to the game ( my apologize my english vocabulary is a little limited yet)

Age of empires es una de los mejores juegos que nunca dejare de jugar, hay algunas mejoras que pudieron ser implementadas al juego que podria verse como una deuda, la opcion de poner piso dentro del juego para darle un toque de civilizacion, tambien una maravila o un super mejorado edificio por cada edificio de tu civilización, centro urbano, universidad, castillo, no solo dentro de los editores de escenario, sino dentro del juego, dentro de una campaña, puentes entre otros
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon User on August 15, 2014
EDITED 12/31/2014

I'm a die-hard fan of Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings and The Conquerors Expansion. This "HD" download from steam.com is a great replacement for those of you who have had trouble installing AOE2 on your Windows 7 operating system via CD.

I'll get right into it:
PROS:
1: Game runs flawless and loads without issues.
2: All original campaigns from BOTH Age of Kings AND the Conquerors Expansion are included. This includes the in-game script and the campaign loading screenshots found in the original CD version.
3: They incorporated BOTH songs from Age of Kings and the Conquerors Expansion. They play on a loop, the Age of Kings song playing first, followed by the Conquerors Expansion song.
4: The water has been redone. It looks amazing and actually has waves and movements like in most other RTS games.
5: You can use steam user's modifications! There are hundreds of working mods available for this game on steam, from new units, to graphics, to entirely user-created campaigns.
6: AI FINALLY responds to most of your chat. At the time I first wrote this review, the AI would NOT respond to your chat.
7: CHEAT CODES. I am the kind of RTS player that likes to get my money's worth; meaning I like to be able to sit down after a long day at college or work and be able to play one game for several hours without getting bored. Typing the various cheat codes for food, wood, stone, and gold now yield 10,000 instead of 1,000. This allows me to much more quickly add resources and give to all AI players so that the game plays on indefinitely, with unlimited combat. My style!

CONS:
1: Can't adjust the resolution in-game. You have to manually adjust your PC's resolution via the control panel.
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