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Oktober 1999; one of the most durable games all the time was born made from the hand of microsoft studios; its name: Age of Empires II. Even Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, which turned up at the same time, wasn't in a position neither to beat down the rapidly growing fanbase nor to outclass Age of Empires II itself.
Yet so many years later none games from this genre have nowere near enough reached the quality of Age of Empires II and we all ask ourselfs; is there something which can make such an old game better and give it modern conveniences to the newer operating systems? I'll give you the answer; a second coat. HD and the option to play with higher screenresolution.
With this AOEII looks better as never before, however the gameplay and everything else you may know from the old version has remained. Sadly this includes also unaltered animations from the unites, which causes the feeling that the whole game seems to be a bit laggy, especially when you have a lot of unites on the field.
Don't stop to read now! This and the price (18,99EUR/$ 19.99) could may be a reason to close this window within the second you saw the last sentence, but don't you dare! It's worth the time.
Remember when there was a population limit of 200? Microsoft had the wonderful idea to increase it and allow us to create not less than 500 unites. A real ease for most of the gamers, even if there was a mod which did the same to the old one.
Apropos ease: The multiplayer from the old version is yet after this many years still active but a pain in the neck to get it work properly, if I may say so. To avoid this, you are now able to play through the steam p2p multiplayer which microsoft implemented. As if this wasn't enough they also added a ranking system which permit you to duel yourself with other gamers and be the best!
Also steam called a workshop for this game into existence, so feel free to scroll through all the fanmade maps, graphics and so on!
Incidentally this version contains the add-on "The Conquerors" and if you still want more you also be cordially invited to buy "The Forgotten" Once a fanmade product, now remastered and available at the same menu from AOE II after purchase.
As to the rest you can expect playfully exactly what it was back then: Almost a perfect real time strategy.
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Not every remake is good enough to fit into the quality of these old games... but in my opinion microsoft studios made nearly everything perfect. Till now I have no regrets about the purchase of this game plus its DLC and I guess it will still mesmerize me when I am old and bony and begin to fall apart! ;)
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Value of Replay / Lengt of Playing: Endless
Recommendable: How can you ask? Go and buy it... NOW!
All in all: 10.0/10.0
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SOUL OF EPICNESS!