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  • Summary: In 1997, Age of Empires changed RTS games forever. Today, twenty years later, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition begins that transformation anew with all-new graphics, remastered sound and music, and a smooth UI experience rebuilt from the ground up.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Feb 19, 2018
    90
    The performance was solid throughout my testing, I had no issues with gameplay improvements and the graphics looked great. There were some pathfinding issues and units did enjoy clashing with one another, which made battle rather hectic, but the clunky controls and movement were among the things I loved most about the original.
  2. Feb 19, 2018
    80
    There’s clearly been plenty of love and attention given to the remastering of Age of Empires Definitive Edition, even if some of the less enjoyable elements of the original have also made it through the process unscathed. Twenty years later it still remains a hugely enjoyable RTS, and particularly thanks to its iconic soundtrack remains a joy to play, with hours disappearing as the eras pass you by.
  3. Feb 26, 2018
    78
    Age of Empires Definitive Edition manages to fulfill its function as a remaster. The graphics and the sounds are truly a delight, and there are some small playable improvements as well, but these are weighed down by the AI and a pathfinding system which still does not behave as well as it should.
  4. Feb 21, 2018
    70
    The return of one of the vicars in the RTS genre is a mix between nostalgic memories and learning how to manage your rage. The same problems that in 90s were the norm now are huge problems that can make you shout at your citizens.
  5. Feb 19, 2018
    68
    After hours spent in the world of Age of Empires - Definitive Edition, we still don't have the answer to the real question: why should we play this remake? Gameplay-wise, the genre has seen a lot of improvements over the years, and the developers weren't bold enough to give a fresh start to the original title. At the end of the day, this seems more and more like a wasted opportunity.
  6. Feb 19, 2018
    65
    A questionable operation.
  7. Feb 19, 2018
    50
    Hopefully one day we can get a decent sequel in the series with the tight controls, intelligent AI, and fun city-building mechanics we deserve.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 34
  2. Negative: 10 out of 34
  1. Nov 2, 2018
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. es increíble lo competitivo que se ha vuelto y la cantidad de jugadores que tiene después de tantos años, la dificultad de ser mejor en estrategia y velocidad lo hacen ciertamente adictivo, las nuevas civ también dan balance al juego y con los servidores de voobly jugar online es fácil, en fin otro juego no puede logar esto después de tantos años, solo lo aprecian los que ven mas allá de gráficos en 4k y entienden de la dinámica del juego Expand
  2. May 28, 2020
    10
    Throughly enjoying this. Playing this brings back so many memories of my childhood.
  3. Feb 25, 2018
    8
    If you already own the game and it runs on your computer fine there aint no reason to get this.
    Its just a nice spitshine of paint and new
    If you already own the game and it runs on your computer fine there aint no reason to get this.
    Its just a nice spitshine of paint and new music.

    I actually kind of miss the pixel art.

    Game plays same as you remember it. So ill give it the same review score I did to the first one.
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  4. May 9, 2020
    7
    Pros.:
    - Nostalgic.
    - Nice graphic upgrades. - Music, sounds, etc. Cons.: - Nothing new, except updated graphics (slightly). Were even
    Pros.:
    - Nostalgic.
    - Nice graphic upgrades.
    - Music, sounds, etc.

    Cons.:
    - Nothing new, except updated graphics (slightly). Were even lazy to update photon man and big daddy car.
    - Expected more from the definitive version: campaigns, tech, etc.
    - Minimum new things.

    So, I was a big fan of the original game and spent hours. That's why I gave 7. But if you seek for something bigger than just the updated graphics, better stay away from this game and play the original.
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  5. Mar 9, 2018
    6
    After playing the Greek campaign and some random map vs AI, this is my main list of Pros and Cons:

    Pros: 1.- Nice graphical visuals and
    After playing the Greek campaign and some random map vs AI, this is my main list of Pros and Cons:

    Pros:
    1.- Nice graphical visuals and sound effects improvements.
    2.- Population limit for random maps now can be more than 50.
    3.- Some gameplay improvements: Farms are easier to build and you can pass through them, inactive villager button, you can build even if there is a tree or animal in the place, and you can pass through buildings if they are not built yet
    4. You have a narrator before and after every campaign scenario.
    5. You have the tech trees button for every civilization (just like AOE 2).
    6. Amazing building destruction sprites.

    Cons:
    1.- Same old AI, even sometimes the pathfinding is somehow worse than the original game (Example: A group of villagers trying to collect food from forage bushes on a narrow space)

    2.- Civilizations controlled by the AI is the same, plays bad even in Hard difficulty : Develops too few technologies, in water maps it sends villagers to get resources very far from the base so it losses a lot of them, it does not take care about its villagers, 5 from 10 times (approx) it build defenses in isolate places that do not defend the base or close-base resources, and does not know how to counter attack
    TIP: If you like to play skirmish mode in solitary (like me), just play on maps with 0% water, for some reason the AI only in this kind of maps does not commit suicide with the villagers.

    3.- No basic formations or basic commands such as guard, follow, passive, aggressive, defensive behavior.
    4.- No information about how many villagers are working on different resources.
    5.- Can not queue more than one kind of units in one building.
    6.- No modding capability.
    7. Small personal detail: In the original version, dead units would start to decay, before becoming skeletons, before fading out. In the Definitive edition that decomposition detail is lost.

    I know that Devs say that "this is not a bug/basic limitation, it is a feature!". Old basic limitations/bugs have no reason for existing in a modern remake, so I hope that Forgotten empires are still working and creating a nice Age of Empires definitive edition such as nowadays Age of Empires 2 HD in Steam.
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  6. Mar 6, 2018
    3
    Could not get the game to start. Used Microsoft's online live agent to obtain a refund.

    (but the thing is, I was able to play about a
    Could not get the game to start. Used Microsoft's online live agent to obtain a refund.

    (but the thing is, I was able to play about a dozen games. Then the loading screen went crazy. The game-play was fine.)

    The good thing is, Microsoft's live agent tried to troubleshoot the problem (to no avail) and then transferred me to billing.

    I received a refund without any hassle. Just politely informed the live billing agent that the software did not work and I uninstalled the game, and I would like a refund for purchase number xxxxxxxx.
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  7. Mar 10, 2020
    0
    I just made an account to write this review. I have the game for a month and the multiplayer experience is terrible. Like 1/3 of games endsI just made an account to write this review. I have the game for a month and the multiplayer experience is terrible. Like 1/3 of games ends before action because people get disconnected. Servers lags and are unstable. You cannot rejoin the game after DC - you can save a game and load it later. Great, nobody does it. There are lots of errors in the multiplayer lobby browser, eg. you cannot join the lobby or you cannot see 90% of lobbys. And watch out for the Performance Test - many people cannot play ranked games because their set up is not good enough to pass the test. Expand

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