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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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Age of Empires Definitive Edition - Gamescom 2017 Trailer
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: 15 out of 40
  2. Negative: 13 out of 40
  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. Feb 26, 2018
    7
    I have such mixed feelings about this. This is definitely Age of Empires I. It looks better, it sounds better, there are some minimal tweaksI have such mixed feelings about this. This is definitely Age of Empires I. It looks better, it sounds better, there are some minimal tweaks for the gameplay. And that's all?!

    First off all, it is still 2D and it's not really a bad thing, the visuals improved a much, but the style is the same, true to the original. But I think 3D models would work better in some cases, rather than higher resolution, smoothly animated units. Same for buildings. I wish it was kinda like Age of Mythology. But as I said, stayed true to the roots.

    The water looks really nice, destruction is beautiful, the little cloud effect on the terrain is nice but subtle. Units are detailed, but many of them are shared through fractions. Terrain graphics are... well, I miss the smoothness, it's staircase-like, similar to the old game. Also kinda wish it was a little bit more lively in term of effects, wind, more clouds, sounds effects, etc... So yeah, I'm so divided here! I like some things, but I feel it lackluster in some ways. And at the same times, I can't even say, it's a lazy remaster.

    Music is really nice! I like it!

    AI... ugh... I saw many, many ridiculousness there in just an hour. Gazelles got stopped by a unit and completely froze there, meaning they didn't move and their animation stopped too. Some enemy units got stuck in a short time. Path-finding is truly mixed bag.

    About the technical part: I feel like the system requirements are ridiculously high for a game like this. Zooming far caused me sensible FPS drops on an i5-6402P, 8GB RAM and GTX 750... For real? Also I read many people had problems with starting the game. Fortunately it works fine for me, but it's also a bad sign. And what is 17GB here? I was kinda shocked by the size of the game. It's standard nowadays, but for a game like this, I didn't expect more than 3GB.

    AOE - DE is a good game. But nothing more than the original. It's the same, but looks better. I wish it was updated in some ways other than sounds and graphics. Gameplay is the same and the 250 population limit doesn't change too much, but a welcome improvement. AI is not perfect, there are technical issues and while I like the game, it could have been way better. I like it, but at the same time, I'm disappointed. I feel like the price is barely OK, but acceptable, and also it's a really bad decision, Microsoft locked out every players who don't use Windows 10. I hope it'll be available on other platforms than Microsoft Store.

    It's a 6.5/10 for me.
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  5. Jun 21, 2021
    6
    Вот просто доебала эта игра, тупейший ai своих персов, отправляешь в одну точку они вообще в разные стороны разбегаються, тупат жостко, бегаютВот просто доебала эта игра, тупейший ai своих персов, отправляешь в одну точку они вообще в разные стороны разбегаються, тупат жостко, бегают за противником и никак не могут достать его, сам геймплей доставляет удовольствие, и я даже вспотел, от накала страстей. Графон конечно улучшили, но и на том спасибо. А русиш перевод просто дрянь, местами вообще не переведенно. Expand
  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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