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Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition review – reverent treatment


Ahhhhhh, Age of Empires. Is there any early millenium gaming nostalgia stronger than the memories of playing this series? Sat at a tiny hand-me-down CRT deeper than it is wide; the dawn sunrise outside, volume turned all the way down to avoid waking the family, sipping a coca cola to keep yourself awake.

For teenage me, definitely not.

Yet the Definitive Edition of Age of Empires II is a bit of a weird one. After all, we already have an HD edition of the 1999 original, which, while initially received with scepticism, has since won a keen community after years of official support and user-generated content. This raises the question of what exactly this new release can do to win over said community and earn the big-D moniker. It turns out the answer basically boils down to two things. Firstly, lots of content (20 years’ worth!), including some all-new campaign missions and four all-new civilisations for this edition in the Last Khans pack – Bulgarians, Cumans, Lithuanians, and Tatars. And the big clincher: all of it is presented very well for modern audiences, with updated looks and a few refined mechanics.

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