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  • Summary: Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the most popular strategy games ever with stunning 4K Ultra HD graphics, a new and fully remastered soundtrack, and brand-new content, “The Last Khans” with 3 new campaigns and 4 new civilizations.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 28, 2020
    100
    Only few creators can show off with such a good remaster as the creators of Age of Empires. The second instalment almost didn’t age, and its already great gameplay was perfected. [Issue#301]
  2. Nov 12, 2019
    90
    Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition offers an overwhelming wealth of content through hundreds of hours of campaigns to play through, refined to make them more entertaining. With an improved AI offering more engaging battles (although it still doesn't understand the concept of diplomacy or trade) as well as improved visuals and audio, drawing you right into them, you'll not find yourself bored at all and will no doubt keep returning to the skirmish modes. At a cheap price and offering so much, it's impossible not to recommend the game. This is what the original Age of Empires: Definitive Edition could have been. As a standalone title, it's fantastic and one that I'd recommend to anybody and everybody.
  3. Dec 10, 2019
    90
    Beautiful new graphics and many game improvements guarantee that this, the Definitive Edition, is by far the best way to experience the legendary Age of Empires II. Even the new content is awesome. Shame about the intermittent lagging and a small multiplayer player pool.
  4. Nov 12, 2019
    83
    It is the best version of an epic game that has made the history of RTS and the worthy celebration of its twentieth anniversary.
  5. Nov 15, 2019
    80
    The graphics might sometimes be a bit old school, the quality of Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition certainly is not dated. This is still one of the best real-time strategy games ever made.
  6. Nov 12, 2019
    80
    With new official DLC, a glorious audiovisual overhaul and a touch of modern quality-of-life polish, this is now the best way to play Age 2 - though it'll take a while to match the HD edition's user content.
  7. Nov 12, 2019
    60
    Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition has the content to keep you entertained for a time. Unfortunately, the visuals and core mechanics are woefully behind 20 years after its initial release. It's a nostalgia trip for fans given the low price, but it's lacking in this new age of strategy games.

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  1. Positive: 68 out of 87
  2. Negative: 16 out of 87
  1. Nov 21, 2019
    10
    Masterpiece! The best RTS of all times with a great graphic engine and dedicated servers for Multiplayer. Ridiculous amount of content forMasterpiece! The best RTS of all times with a great graphic engine and dedicated servers for Multiplayer. Ridiculous amount of content for single player. Enjoy it forever.
    9/10 (Optimization)
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  2. Dec 8, 2019
    10
    Yes! I've been waiting for this game! This is the best game i have ever played. I still remember 1999 when I first played this game. I'm veryYes! I've been waiting for this game! This is the best game i have ever played. I still remember 1999 when I first played this game. I'm very happy to recall the memory of that time. Expand
  3. Oct 15, 2020
    10
    One of the best RTS games of all time, addictive beyond belief. This game launched 20 years ago and still tops the RTS charts on Steam.
  4. Nov 20, 2019
    10
    The best version of AoE2! Buy it and no hesitate any moment. If you are a fan of previous editions it is an obligatory purchase.
  5. Dec 23, 2019
    9
    O jogo só não é perfeito por ser muito desbalanceado em algumas missões de campanha. É de longe um dos melhores jogos de estratégia que temO jogo só não é perfeito por ser muito desbalanceado em algumas missões de campanha. É de longe um dos melhores jogos de estratégia que tem (pra muitos o melhor), mas pra mim ele ainda perde pra starcraft 2 Expand
  6. Jul 14, 2021
    8
    I highly recommend this game both for old-school and the new Age of Empires players. The balance of the units and the resources are very good.I highly recommend this game both for old-school and the new Age of Empires players. The balance of the units and the resources are very good.

    Still, it needs some fixes for the AI actions. The AI somehow finds a way to breach into your lands, even if you close any quarter. I think there are some exploits on the maps. And some of the maps are unbalanced for their wildlife. For example, sometimes the Black Forest has lots of leopards in packs. You need to send guards with your villagers if you want to send your villagers far away from your town centre.

    I can say that in conclusion, the game is still can playable, but AI bugs sometimes being annoying. Also, they should fix some of the economic balances in the maps.

    There is still a bug in the game, and it is there since the beginning of the time; villagers highly tend to stuck themselves between buildings.
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  7. Nov 12, 2021
    0
    This game was created by Ensemble Studios, not the current developer. The current developer has essentially taken credit for everythingThis game was created by Ensemble Studios, not the current developer. The current developer has essentially taken credit for everything ensemble built and has tried to erase history of ensemble. Do not trust the reviews on steam, they are fake. Age of empires 2, definitive edition doesnt deserve your money.

    We must fight the fake reviews on steam. Unfortunately you have to buy the game on steam to review on steam which doesnt make sense if you dont support the current developer.
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