Below are some minor bugs / suggestions I have noticed for AOE2HD, there may be some other bugs for the other AOE games, but this thread is mainly for AOE2HD. These are in no order of priority as the devs already have their own bug tracker.(My responses are in italics)
The game slows right down to 20 FPS if I open up the Steam overlay. I assume this would come under the FPS issues some people are experiencing.
Age of Empires: Online will no longer be available to play after July 1st 2014.
Ryz0n, I think the playerbase of those who still play AOE:O would appreciate it if you could somehow get the game to either have a continued lifespan or if it could be ported offline like the other AOE games. I understand Skybox have nothing to do with AOE:O, but anything is better than having no game at all. From a legal point of view MS has done nothing wrong, but it would make a lot of players happy if they would be able to continue playing this, especially players who have purchased premium content for the game.
The display resolution on the intro videos to the game is far too low. Would it be possible to have the same videos but change the resolution on them to 1920x1080, or even a higher one? If you view the actual source video in the Steam folder, the resolution is actually much higher than what is displayed. So my suggested fix is to allow the intro sequence to have the same resolution as your current desktop (like the game does it). This would stop the Steam overlay resetting (every time) you start the game up and stop my desktop icons being knocked around.
If I start up AOE2 and wait for the the main menu to display, the music from the Forgotten starts to play even though it is on the AOE2HD menu screen. The fix I am suggesting for this is to simply assign the original AOE2HD menu music to play upon starting up AOE2 instead of The Forgotten one.
The William Wallace campaign game speed is locked to 1.5 and has always been like this. All other campaigns have had their game speed unlocked but the tutorial. It could be that this was left locked intentionally so that new players cannot knock the game speed up accidentally and thus the tutorial is too difficult for them as time goes too fast. If this is the case, could the speed at least be unlocked so it goes from 1.0 – 1.5 – 2.0 speeds? I do like to play the tutorial sometimes for nostalgia reasons but playing at 1.5 is just too slow, especially in 2014. If not fully unlocked, at least let us change the speed to up to 2.0. 1.5 just feels too eugh after playing on 2.0 or higher.
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. Unless I am mistaken, the “Against” word should not have a capital A. So instead it should simply be “Brother against Brother”.
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. The text is as quoted on both screenshots:
“This scenario uses the advanced commands interface.
Although you do not need to use this interface to play Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, it does provide access to some more powerful ways to control your civilization.”
The fix for this is pretty obvious. Simply, the red underlined text should be changed to “Age of Empires II: HD edition”. Or it could be changed to something else like “the game”, if this make sense. This is simply editing a text field for two of the campaigns in the tutorial so it is not difficult at all to do.
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If you go onto the main menu and hover the mouse over some of the buttons, you will see that some of the buttons light up before the mouse cursor actually touches them. I have only highlighted some of the invisible border boxes which stick out.
The red ones indicate the current border boxes which highlight when you move the mouse cursor over that area. These are red as some of them are inaccurately drawn.
The green area indicates a much more acceptable and appropriate border lines. Note that ‘Learn to Play’ and ‘History’ currently overlap when you move the mouse over both of them.
The orange lines simply outline a better border for the top banner which displays the copyright information for AOE / Microsoft and so on.
Also, I am suggesting that the AOK and AOC campaign buttons for the be switched around. AOK was released first so it makes sense for it to be the first in order on the main menu.
My suggestion here is to simply adjust the clickable invisible borders so there is none or very little overlapping when you move the mouse cursor over then and in general would make everything work neater on the AOE2 forum. The green / orange lines are what I have suggested for the invisible border lines to be adjusted to. I am also suggesting the two buttons described above to be switched around.
> I did discuss this with you before Ryz0n, is it going to be possible at all to fix this? I recall you saying it was originally coded and set out pretty bad back in 1998 / 1999.
8.I've provided an answer on this many times (not changing it). Response:
Well, hopefully in the future you'll change your mind. AOE2 doesn't have it, and AOE1 wouldn't have it if that was released tomorrow, so keeping the ® is just becoming pointless. It's a mistake that should just be fixed.Remove the ® for AOE3 on the library title on Steam. This has been brought up before. There is a seperate text field for the store page title and the library title, the ® really doesn't need to be there and is just an annoyance in the game library.
If Microsoft ever release AOE1 on Steam in the future then AOE3 is going to be put at the top of the list because of the ® causing a different category to be created. At this moment in time Valve do not offer any options for customising Steam game titles in your own library.
@Ryz0n - I've discussed the ® issue with you countless times. Aside from apparaent OCD and just wanting everything looking perfectly neat and tidy in the Steam library, I don't have a specific reason to want the ® gone. However it does stick out in the game library and it does look very annoying if you care about having everything neat and tidy. I understand you're pretty adamant on "no", but I would like you to reconsider, and if not, at least a fully explained answer would be best. In my eyes just because one person reports a bug doesn't mean it doesn't need to be fixed. Especially something that would take 10 seconds to do.
Thanks for reading and I hope these bugs / suggestions can be considered and hopefully approved!