Age Of Empires 2 Rise Of The Rajas Review

Age Of Empires 2 Rise Of The Rajas Review

This expansion pack came out of the blue, i had no idea they were working on a new thing, but it is a positive surprise really. I Do believe this is final one though, maybe they could wrap up something up from Russia and Scandinavia maybe, but i highly doubt it. South-East Asian history is not very explored really in any type of medium in the west, ive not seen them as playable factions in games, not seen in movies or books either (I Guess they have some local stuff obviously)

Some people raised opinions that the new civilizations are unbalanced, but i believe these will be patched out eventually and for the most part people who only play campaign they won’t care about this. This DLC requires the main game in order to be played.


Welcome to Age of Empires II HD: The Rise of the Rajas; the third new official expansion for the Age of Empires II universe in over 17 years. Challenge friends with four additional civilizations, new units, technologies, and build your empire on both water and land. Guide history’s greatest heroes in Southeast Asia through four additional campaigns and conquer your foes with mighty hordes of elephants under your command!

  • 4 New Civilizations
    • Burmese – Assemble the largest empire in the history of Southeast Asia through a legion of Battle Elephants that can demolish the most powerful of defenses. The Burmese unique unit is the Arambai, a ranged cavalry unit with a deadly but low accuracy attack.
    • Khmer – Construct the largest religious monument in the world and amass an immortal army of devastating siege weapons. The Khmer unique unit is the Ballista Elephant, a mounted scorpion that can be upgraded to fire two bolts simultaneously.
    • Malay – Conquer Southeast Asia with the vast island empire of Malay and upgrade your docks to harbours which can shoot arrows. The Malay unique unit is the Karambit Warrior, an extremely cheap infantry unit that can quickly overwhelm its foes.
    • Vietnamese – Lead your people to independence and wage guerilla warfare with an extremely powerful arsenal of ranged units. The Vietnamese unique unit is the Rattan Archer, a heavily-armored ranged unit that is effectively impervious to enemy archer attacks.
  • 4 New, Fully Voiced Campaigns
    • Gajah Mada: On the island of Java, a new power is rising. Gajah Mada, prime minister of Majapahit, conspires to build an empire to rule the waves and islands of the Archipelago. Will he be able to balance his unquestioned loyalty to the king with his growing ambitions?
    • Suryavarman I: It is the early 11th century and the Khmer Empire is in turmoil, torn apart by competing factions and surrounded by hostile neighbors. Only one prince, Suryavarman, has the courage and cunning to defeat his rivals and restore the Khmer to their former glory. Seizing the throne, however, is just the first of many tasks. Will Suryavarman muster the strength to expand his domain, overcome adversity, and create a timeless legacy as the king who attained Nirvana?
    • Bayinnaung: A warrior king seeks to unite a divided land. But when he is betrayed, only his devoted servant can continue his legacy. Can a mere commoner ascend the Burmese throne and build the largest empire in Southeast Asian history?
    • Lê Lợi: When a civil war plunged Dai Viet into chaos, the Ming Emperor intervened and seized control. Now, the only hope for freedom from oppression lies with one man: a minor noble named Le Loi. Will he be able to unite feuding factions, defeat the Chinese, and regain Vietnamese independence?
  • New Generic Units
    • Battle Elephant: Created at the stable and available to each of the new civilizations, the Battle Elephant is a slow and powerful cavalry unit that is devastating in melee combat. Each new civilization has its own unique bonuses to set their Elephant regiments apart.
    • Imperial Skirmisher: The long-awaited upgrade to the iconic Elite Skirmisher unit, the upgrade is available to the Vietnamese and all of its teammates.
  • New Environments
    • Land meets the sea in The Rise of the Rajas! Alongside massive rainforests, treacherous beaches, the new mangrove forests and shallows provide a whole new playstyle. The new amphibious terrain can be built on and both land units and ships can pass through it. This new terrain type is featured on each of the five new random maps.
  • Improved AI
  • 5 New Random Maps
  • 5 New Special Maps
  • 5 New Real World Maps
  • 13 New Terrains
  • New Scenario Editor Objects
  • Spectator Mode

So here is a summary of my thoughts of the game right now, after spending +30h on campaign and bit of skirmishing there and there.


  • The Internet play of things has been improved greatly, desync is lot less than it used to and its rather enjoyable experience now, some hiccups may happen but very rarely
  • New Campaigns are very solid they offer consistency and none of them were really terrible really, while previous campaign African Kingdoms was bit inconsistent on campaign level design.
  • Some of the new units can be rather game changers in terms of meta which is nice
  • While the Civilizations artistically are similar i do think they are rather innovative & fun
  • It’s very cheap Expansion Pack only 10$ for plus 30h of gameplay in campaign alone
  • Lot of the bugs were fixed


  • I thought that the Narrators for the campaign weren’t really precise representation for the region (having non-Asians narrating)
  • Some PvP balance issues exist in the game right now, but they are likely to be patched out

If you want to purchase the game, you can do it cheaply from Steam or you can pick it from and use code “SUGI” to get 3% discount on checkout (can be combined if you buy multiple games as well).

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