Age Of Empires 2 HD Review

Age Of Empires 2 HD Review

I remember first time when i played Age Of Empires 2 in late 90´s and now i had the opportunity to purchase the game once again and relive those moments i had in the past. The Word Father of Strategy gets tossed around a lot when people talk about AoE and when you look lot of today’s games they tend to be more simplistic, Age of Empires had a great balance between resource control, map control and the skirmish elements.

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, and Skybox Labs, Microsoft Studios is proud to bring Age of Empires II: HD Edition to Steam!

Lot of the current RTS games today like Starcraft II, Grey Goo or even Warcraft III all of them really use 1-2 resource system while AoE used 4 resource systems, which are Wood, Food, Stone and Gold. Wood being used in all buildings in the game along with some units and researches, while Stone is for towers, castles and certain upgrades. Then food is of course for units along with gold. You had to collect all resources in this game and midst of this build army and defenses such as walls and towers. I find it funny that lot of current games don´t let you build walls, while i think they are very good element to be had in a RTS game.

AoE II lets you choose between 18 different civilizations each of them having bit different unit trees but for most part they share everything, except a castle unit that is special for each civilization in the game. Some Civilizations may have up to two special units, while the gameplay aspect difference between civilizations is rather small compared to other RTS games out there, i do think the art styles of each civilization does compensate very well the lack of differentiation.

Positive Aspects
  • The Game does look pretty good still, outside the unit models
  • Outstanding unit animations for its time
  • Great Campaign with countless hours of gameplay
  • Lot of civilizations to choose from
  • Map Editor & Custom Campaign Creator
  • Offers lot of difficulty options on custom skirmishes and campaigns
Negative Aspects
  • Some issues do exist with multiplayer when playing online
  • The AI can be sometimes quite random and inconsistent on campaigns, which affects the overall difficulty

If you want to get this old gem, you can purchase it from steam and also check out our African Kingdoms review as well from our website if you are interested purchasing the expansion.

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