Today we’ll be reviewing a remastered classic: Age of Empires II: HD Edition. It was a very popular RTS game released back in 1999, and today it has been packed into a better, more PC friendly version.
We’ll start with Pedro “Gunz” who has been playing Age of Empires for quite some time, and then João “Shepard” will give his opinion as a newcomer to this type of classic RTS games.
Pedro “Gunz” Relvas
Age of Empires 2, ah those good old times! I can’t believe that I’ve finally managed to play this beautiful and awesome game again but this time around in full HD and capable of running in any Windows software without any compability issues. The developer behind the HD edition is Hidden Path Entertainment (the developer who helped Valve create Counter Strike : Global Offensive).
This HD edition brings some exciting new features that the community and myself have been asking for a couple of years, first it’s the HD remaster, Steam features like the workshop and steam friends. There’s also new textures and a new a soundtrack available in this new version, it’s impressive how Hidden Path managed to put the HD textures in the old engine of Age of Empires 2 which I remind you that is a game from 1999, one of the game big changes in terms of graphics is the Water, the water of the game has been totally revamped to a more realistic feeling attached to it.
In terms of gameplay nothing has been changed from the original game, if you have played the previous game you will find all the game modes and civilizations that were in the original game. For those who didn’t have the opportunity to play the game you should give a chance to Age of Empires 2 as it is still one of the greatest RTS games available in the market even today.
All the campaigns from Age of Empires 2 are available in the HD Edition, the game also contains all the content from the Conquerors expansion that was released in 2000.
Age of Empires II HD Edition brings compability , HD remaster, multi monitor support with the good ol’ Age of Empires 2 gameplay, the downside is using the old Age of Empires 2 engine with a price attached to it of 17 euros.
João “Shepard” Lucas
I have never been a fan of RTS that present scenes from before WWII, however, the HD version of Age of Empires II gave me an opportunity to try out an RTS of this theme. The new things that were added in this edition (Already mentioned by Gunz) are a good addition and they make this game keep up with today’s online demand.Micromanaging your units and your available resources is a good feature and I like this type of content in RTS’, this is a bittersweet one. Sometimes I felt a bit stressed at this game’s amount of micromanagement.
A feature that they could’ve implemented and really lacked is the zoom one, if you’re used to modern RTS where sometimes you can even zoom-out and see the whole scene (I also believe that the old “black map means you haven’t explored it” is totally useless nowadays) then you’ll find yourself scrolling the middle wheel during battles or construction.
The graphics give you that old feeling that makes you feel like you’re playing a classic and I liked how they didn’t change the look of the game much. I’m sure a lot of players will feel nostalgic when they play this.Overall, if you like Middle Age styled games and you were a fan of this game before, I recommend you to replay it on the HD edition, and the price isn’t that high either.
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