Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the most popular strategy games ever with stunning 4K Ultra HD graphics, a new and fully remastered soundtrack, and brand-new content, “The Last Khans” with 3 new campaigns and 4 new civilizations…
About The Game
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, celebrates the 20th anniversary of one of the most popular strategy games ever with stunning 4K Ultra HD graphics, a new and fully remastered soundtrack, and brand-new content, “The Last Khans” with 3 new campaigns and 4 new civilizations.
Graphically, the game excels. The devs definitely had a challenge here. Playing the game requires you to be able to quickly identify buildings, units and terrain at a glance. This means that each building and unit on the field need their own graphical representation.
The graphics also had to be reminiscent of the old game to allow players to jump over without much trouble. On top of all this, many of the civilizations have their own architecture styles. Microsoft balanced this perfectly. The units and buildings are fresh and look nice from a graphical point of view, but are similar enough to the old game that there is no problem jumping from one version to the next. A+ work from Microsoft here.
Another great add was the ladder matchmaking system. Being able to queue up for a 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4 in deathmatch or random map and play a person your rank is huge. Totally cuts down on the lobby system found in HD. The lobby does stick around for those who want to play custom scenarios or play weird setting games with their friend. The matchmaking mode tended to get me in a game in as little as 2 minutes. Not super fast, but certainly serviceable. Great system all around.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64×2 5600
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 420
Storage: 30 GB available space
Additional Notes: 2GB of video memory