Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Feb 28, 2020
    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 24, 2019
    Definitive Edition manages to upgrade the all-time classic that was Age of Empires II while still respecting its original version, making the whole experience feel like a whole new game that also manages to wake up memories from the old times.
  3. CD-Action
    Jan 10, 2020
    As a person who was raised on Age of Empires I was satisfied with every aspect of the remake. Small missteps didn’t spoil the fun and the addition of new nations only deepened my love for the series. [01/2020, p.82]
  4. Dec 13, 2019
    Whether you’re a new fan looking to get into the series, or a veteran player wanting to revisit a classic title, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is a must-play for any RTS fan.
  5. Dec 10, 2019
    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.
  6. Nov 27, 2019
    Age of Empires II is a game that has demonstrably lasted the test of time and arguably didn’t need an update; even in its original form it remains a real staple of the real-time strategy genre. However, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition has taken that winning formula and ever-so-slightly tweaked it; not enough to disrupt anything that makes the game some great in the first place, but just enough to bring the game into the modern day.
  7. Nov 25, 2019
    This remaster not only revamps the visuals and playability, but it also adds a whole expansion pack to the game. Priced like a large DLC, there is no reason not to get this game if you are already an Age of Empires fan. I can only hope that all remasters in the future will be as good as this.
  8. Nov 22, 2019
    Age of Empires 2 was one of the best RTS games 20 years ago and with the Definitive Edition it reclaims this status once again. Outstanding updated graphics and several reasonable quality of life improvements on top of the ageless gameplay and an insane amount of content result in a game that no old or young RTS fan should miss.
  9. Nov 12, 2019
    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.
  10. Nov 12, 2019
    There is some wonky balancing and AI logic evident, but Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is an absolute joy to play. Just be sure your PC can handle the requirements in order to get the full experience.
  11. Nov 12, 2019
    Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is the best Age of Empires 2 on the market.
  12. Nov 12, 2019
    Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition is the update of a classic. It wasn't easy, but Forgotten Empires Studio has hit the nail on the head with lots of playable changes and lots of new content. The AI fails sometimes and the new voices won't please anyone, but overall it's a fantastic real-time strategy game.
  13. Mar 5, 2020
    At the end of the day, I'm not sure what else you could expect from a remaster of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. It was a great game in 1999, and it's aged better than most in its class. If you're looking for some solid RTS gameplay, single-player or multiplayer, look no further than Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.
  14. Nov 14, 2019
    Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is a breath of fresh air to a genre somewhat diminished today in video games but it would certainly seem that it has returned to remain the fans of the saga those who enjoy this second edition. But those who have not had the opportunity to discover it are facing the best time to enter the magical world of Age of Empires.
  15. Nov 13, 2019
    I am very satisfied with the package that is the Definitive Edition. Especially since the price of around 20 euros is really fair.
  16. Nov 12, 2019
    It is pretty obvious that AoE II definitive edition shows more respect to players than the HD edition. Even though new AI still has some logical problem, the new contents and multiplayer lobby are interesting, and the upgraded graphic textures look impressive with 4K resolution. You will find both memories and future here.
  17. Nov 12, 2019
    It is the best version of an epic game that has made the history of RTS and the worthy celebration of its twentieth anniversary.
  18. Jan 4, 2020
    Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition has upgraded beautifully to the current ages, with some great content and improved gameplay and graphics.
  19. Nov 25, 2019
    Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is a small piece of nostalgia with some modern improvements to get you ready for the upcoming title from Relic Games. The developer’s main focus has been visuals and it’s definitely succeeded, though some issues still remain from the original core of the game.
  20. Nov 24, 2019
    Age of Empires 2: The Definitive Edition is an excellent version of a game that refined a genre two decades ago, but it doesn’t offer much to entice new players from their modern conveniences.
  21. Nov 15, 2019
    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.
  22. Nov 14, 2019
    One of the best strategy games ever made is back with additions that, even if small, give us a reason to rediscover it.
  23. Nov 13, 2019
    Age of Empires II Definitive Edition is a truly meticulous remaster, one of the best of its kind. Fans of classic RTS that are not afraid of the archaic, core gameplay solutions should be thrilled to try out this gem.
  24. Nov 12, 2019
    Quotation forthcoming.
  25. Nov 12, 2019
    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.
  26. Nov 12, 2019
    A great classic returns to PC and it's still a great RTS experience. The Definitive Edition enrich the formula with a few quality of life improvements while maintaining its core gameplay overall intact, but at the same time there are some flaws, especially on the technical side. Still, the nostalgia operation works and Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is the best way to enjoy the classic Microsoft RTS today.
  27. Nov 20, 2019
    Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition brings the 1999 classic into 2019 with admirable grace. The developers manage to introduce very positive changes without radically altering that gameplay which has enthralled legions of fans for decades. Despite some issues, this is an exemplary remastering of a past title.
  28. Nov 13, 2019
    As its name says, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is a true definitive edition.
  29. Nov 12, 2019
    A polished, wide-ranging update that brings the classic RTS into the modern age.
  30. Nov 18, 2019
    This version gives you a bucketload of campaigns, neat remaster elements and a lot of detail enhancements on one hand, but on the other crashes and multiplayer problems, that reduce the fun significantly.
  31. Nov 12, 2019
    This does not mean that the product originally developed by Ensemble is today unpleasant, but only that it should be approached with a bit of preparation: one must be aware of the fact that some aspects work "in the old way" and that technical limits defeated by the evolution of software they are still there, mitigated by the careful reworking of Forgotten Empires.
  32. Nov 12, 2019
    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. Dec 5, 2019
    On the whole, this is an excellent update which I believe will please lapsed players looking to return to an old favorite, as well as new players who are curious about a genuine classic. [Impressions]
  2. Age Of Empires 2 is a much bigger game these days. And it’s been improved meaningfully enough that this is much more than just a bundle deal with increased resolution. But would I still recommend it to someone who never played an Age game back in the day, and has no nostalgia to buoy them? Well, yes. The RTS genre is a strangely empty thing these days, and there’s certainly not many games being made in the AoE2 mould.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 339 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 24 out of 339
  1. Nov 21, 2019
    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. Nov 15, 2019
    Sorry but: Bad performance, censorship with corpse and audio (especially women), glitches and bugs, campaigns deleted because some minoritiesSorry but: Bad performance, censorship with corpse and audio (especially women), glitches and bugs, campaigns deleted because some minorities believe is "bad" for this era, very bad online at the moment, extremely disk usage when game is opened with lot of freezing. Full Review »
  3. Feb 2, 2020
    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 expansions, regular fixes and patches (sadly it's necessary, there are still glitches).
    You know it's a success when even the pro players started to play it after release. I personally expected the game to be decent but I thought pros will stay with HD. Thankfully it's so good they play it too.
    What I missed from the original are all in here. There are a few optimization issues too, hopefully it'll be fixed too.

    In overall: MASTAPIECE, above average price/value ratio
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