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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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  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: 62 out of 77
  2. Negative: 13 out of 77
  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 20, 2019
    10
    Best Age of Empires for the money. Played for many hours and never experienced any crashes. Loved this game as a kid and still play it to thisBest Age of Empires for the money. Played for many hours and never experienced any crashes. Loved this game as a kid and still play it to this day. This game is a gem, a classic. Expand
  3. Jun 16, 2020
    10
    Still loving this masterpiece 25 years later. And it’s better than ever. Great campaigns, but even greater online play!
  4. Nov 16, 2019
    10
    The game is a phenomenal refresh. Amazing audio, new civilizations, all existing content in a new package with some new one on top. It looksThe game is a phenomenal refresh. Amazing audio, new civilizations, all existing content in a new package with some new one on top. It looks and feels like the classic title but it's better in all respects.

    Only negative, at the time of writing, it suffers from some performance issues if your hardware is on the down side, but still remains playable at lower settings and hopefully a patch will come out soon.
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  5. Feb 3, 2020
    9
    Excellent games received an excellent remaster. The game has become more beautiful, it works quickly, stably, conveniently. The price is fair.
  6. Sep 29, 2021
    8
    This is how your remaster a game! I hope you're listening Activision-Blizzard! WC3 - Reforged: Disastapiece

    Age of Empires II - Definitive
    This is how your remaster a game! I hope you're listening Activision-Blizzard! WC3 - Reforged: Disastapiece

    Age of Empires II - Definitive Edition isn't just a simple remaster, the additions are great, quality of life improvements, nice visuals and sound design, all the civs from the HD expans
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  7. Jun 11, 2021
    0
    I honestly wonder how can people play this game today. I mean: it’s a trip in the early 2000, so i get that many players would love theI honestly wonder how can people play this game today. I mean: it’s a trip in the early 2000, so i get that many players would love the nostalgia. But it is unplayable today. Super old: no great graphic improvements, animations are still very dated, battle mechanics are simply from another millenium. Expand

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