|Dev: Ensemble Studios, Hidden Path Entertainment|
|Pub: Microsoft Studios|
|Release: April 9, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Blood, Violence|
While newcomers to the RTS genre might quickly find themselves frustrated, they’ll learn to be thankful for the campaign’s difficulty once they decide to wet their feet in the raging river that is the game’s PvP. If you haven’t mastered the skills the campaign instills in you, your opponents will devastate your puny little village, laughing all the way as your pixel buildings catch fire and collapse into digital piles of rubble.
Now, there have been some complaints about the game’s multiplayer, with several users experiencing connectivity issues. However, in my time with the game, I didn’t notice a single problem; everything ran perfectly fine. Another complaint people have levied is the fact that AOE2HD doesn’t play online with the original. But seriously, did we really expect a modern day remake to play well with its fourteen-year-old brother?
There are some modern quality-of-life improvements to the game as well, most notably in the form of the Steam Workshop integration. This makes applying whatever mods you see fit easier than ever. And, as we all know, the modding community tends to contribute some incredible things.
Do you want a modern RTS with an absurd amount of polish and visuals that make you feel justified in purchasing that high-end gaming rig? Well, you’ll want to look elsewhere. In fact, I hear StarCraft II’s new expansion is pretty great. But if you want to relive the glory days of when the RTS was first coming into its own as a genre (with a glorious palette of pixel art), then you can’t do much better than Age of Empires II: HD Edition.
Date: April 17, 2013