Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

Back to Summary

Percentile Rank

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is ranked in the 90th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 30 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

90%

Critics Recommend

Based on 30 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Checkpoint Gaming
Liked-a-lot
Liked-a-lot
Nov 25, 2019

To see an RTS game with core mechanics still enjoyable more than a decade later is impressive and speaks to the timelessness of the game’s core premise.

Read full review

Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 14, 2019

Given the scarcity of successors, then, I see no reason why Microsoft shouldn’t just keep making this game bigger and bigger and bigger, lumping all the bits together every few years and slapping it down with nicer animations, until it’s got ten thousand missions and includes “Dudley” as a civilisation because they ran out of ideas. That would be fine by me. Long live the (Age of) King(s)

Read full review

Chicas Gamers
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 2, 2019

Maintaining the base of what it was, but innovating with technical and graphic improvements, we find a game that maintains its essence, but it adapts to the current situation in an impeccable way, which makes it together with the new civilizations and campaigns, and to a good multiplayer support, let's have a great strategy game.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Scored Reviews

Saving Content
Nov 12, 2019

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is exactly what it says it is. For all the effort that’s gone into this, it’s kind of insane to get all this game for a mere $20. It plays incredibly well, looks even better, and hasn’t aged a day. Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is next to perfect. It’s time to strategize like it’s 1999.

Read full review

Pixelophobia
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2019

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is remaster of classic strategy game, still popular among many. It introduces remastered graphics, brand new civilizations, many modern mechanics and new campaigns. It's a must-play of every strategy buff.

Review in Polish | Read full review

Gamerheadquarters
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2019

Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is an excellent effort at bringing back an absolutely classic genre defining title and preparing it for years to come.

Read full review

Generación Xbox
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

Age of Empire II: Definitive Edition is the perfect excuse to relive the title. A timeless game, which seems not to pass the years, in which any fan of the genre will find the most exposing and reference at its best.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Wccftech
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

This is what the original Age of Empires: Definitive Edition could have been. As a standalone title, it's fantastic and one that I'd recommend to anybody and everybody.

Read full review

COGconnected
90 / 100
90 / 100
Nov 23, 2019

I can only hope that all remasters in the future will be as good as this.

Read full review

Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Dec 12, 2019

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is the champion of the RTS genre we deserve.

Read full review

Windows Central
Nov 12, 2019

There is some wonky balancing and AI logic evident, but Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is an absolute joy to play. Just be sure your PC can handle the requirements in order to get the full experience.

Read full review

GameSpew
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 27, 2019

There’s no reason to go back to the original now, and its generously low price (£15/$20) makes Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition an easy must-buy.

Read full review

GameSkinny
Dec 2, 2019

Improved visuals, modern quality of life features, and brand new content upholster a classic RTS in the Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition.

Read full review

SECTOR.sk
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2019

Age of Empires II is a timeless classic, and it gets even better with Definitive Edition. It brings a lot of content, QoL improvements, and other stuff.

Review in Slovak | Read full review

Hobby Consolas
88 / 100
88 / 100
Nov 12, 2019

Age of Empires 2 Definitive Edition is the update of a classic. It wasn't easy, but Forgotten Empires Studio has hit the nail on the head with lots of playable changes and lots of new content. The AI fails sometimes and the new voices won't please anyone, but overall it's a fantastic real-time strategy game.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

XboxEra
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Dec 3, 2019

The definitive edition of Age of Empires II has been made with a lot of love and care for the original – the nostalgia it creates in itself is almost a form of time travel. The passion Forgotten Empires and Microsoft have for this title really shines through. Though there are some performance issues, which hampers the experience a little bit, overall this is a remaster done the right way and fills me with hope for the eventual release of Age of Empires IV.

Read full review

Areajugones
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2019

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is a breath of fresh air to a genre somewhat diminished today of video games but that would certainly seem to have returned to remain the fans of the saga those who enjoyed this second edition the most.

Review in Spanish | Read full review

Gamersky
8.5 / 10.0
Gamersky
棘皮动物的野望

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

It is pretty obvious that AoE II definitive edition shows more respect to players than the HD edition. Even though new AI still has some logical problem, the new contents and multiplayer lobby are interesting, and the upgraded graphic textures look impressive with 4K resolution. You will find both memories and future here.

Review in Chinese | Read full review

Worth Playing
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 5, 2020

At the end of the day, I'm not sure what else you could expect from a remaster of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. It was a great game in 1999, and it's aged better than most in its class. If you're looking for some solid RTS gameplay, single-player or multiplayer, look no further than Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.

Read full review

Zoomg
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2019

Age of Empires II: DE have done a great job in making an improved version of one of the best strategy games in history.

Review in Persian | Read full review

The Games Machine
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2019

It is the best version of an epic game that has made the history of RTS and the worthy celebration of its twentieth anniversary.

Review in Italian | Read full review

IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

A great classic returns to PC and it's still a great RTS experience. The Definitive Edition enrich the formula with a few quality of life improvements while maintaining its core gameplay overall intact, but at the same time there are some flaws, especially on the technical side. Still, the nostalgia operation works and Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is the best way to enjoy the classic Microsoft RTS today.

Review in Italian | Read full review

PCGamesN
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 12, 2019

With new official DLC, a glorious audiovisual overhaul and a touch of modern quality-of-life polish, this is now the best way to play Age 2 - though it'll take a while to match the HD edition's user content.Sam White

Read full review

GRYOnline.pl
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 12, 2019

Age of Empires II Definitive Edition is a truly meticulous remaster, one of the best of its kind. Fans of classic RTS that are not afraid of the archaic, core gameplay solutions should be thrilled to try out this gem.

Review in Polish | Read full review

CGMagazine
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2019

Age of Empires 2: The Definitive Edition is an excellent version of a game that refined a genre two decades ago, but it doesn't offer much to entice new players from their modern conveniences.

Read full review

GameSpace
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 25, 2019

Age of Empires 2: Definitive Edition is a small piece of nostalgia with some modern improvements to get you ready for the upcoming title from Relic Games. The developer's main focus has been visuals and it's definitely succeeded, though some issues still remain from the original core of the game.

Read full review

PC Gamer
78 / 100
78 / 100
Nov 12, 2019

A polished, wide-ranging update that brings the classic RTS into the modern age.

Read full review

Spaziogames
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2019

As its name says, Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition it's a true definitive edition.

Review in Italian | Read full review

New Game Network
78 / 100
78 / 100
Nov 19, 2019

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition brings the 1999 classic into 2019 with admirable grace. The developers manage to introduce very positive changes without radically altering that gameplay which has enthralled legions of fans for decades. Despite some issues, this is an exemplary remastering of a past title.

Read full review

PC Invasion
6 / 10
6 / 10
Nov 12, 2019

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition has the content to keep you entertained for a time. Unfortunately, the visuals and core mechanics are woefully behind 20 years after its initial release. It's a nostalgia trip for fans given the low price, but it's lacking in this new age of strategy games.

Read full review