As a newbie, I would know what is special about Steam?
Why do so many person praise Steam here?
Steam revolutionized the world in the late 19th to early 20th century. Harnessing the power of steam allowed for the creation of engines that were used in many applications including agriculture, manufacturing, and locomotives. Steam engines used in ships drastically reduced travel time in trans-oceanic voyages contributing to global trade and immigration.
For real though, Steam is just a nice platform to have all your digitally acquired PC games in 1 place.
Age of Empires 2 HD version AOE2HD $17.99 pre-order
Steam is currently running a promotion on the Age of Empires 2 HD game coming out on April 9th. If you preorder you get early access for 4 days.
Regular Price- $19.99
Sale Price- $17.99
Pre-Purchase and get Early Access!Age of Empires II HD will be released on April 5th to customers who pre-purchase the game on Steam!
About the Game
In Age of Empires II: HD Edition, fans of the original game and new players alike will fall in love with the classic Age of Empires II experience. Explore all the original single player campaigns from both Age of Kings and The Conquerors expansion, choose from 18 civilizations spanning over a thousand years of history, and head online to challenge other Steam players in your quest for world domination throughout the ages. Originally developed by Ensemble Studios and reimagined in high definition by Hidden Path Entertainment, Microsoft Studios is proud to bring Age of Empires II: HD Edition to Steam!
System Requirements Minimum:
OS:Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 Pro+
Memory:1 GB RAM
Graphicsirect X 9.0c Capable GPU
Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
Last edited by foodstampsz; 03-13-2013 at 09:56 AM..
The graphics appear to be exactly the same. The only thing I'm seeing here is the ability to play at resolutions higher than 1280x1024... and there's a mod for the original that lets you do that.
Looks exactly the same as the ten year old version. You can buy that version for a lot less than $18, and as atzemis says, there are patches to enhance resolution.
IIRC, the original AoE wasn't a 3D game, it was a 2D and a half game. The graphics were all 2D bitmaps, so unless they hired artists to recreate higher resolution bitmaps from scratch, it's hard to see how this will look any better than the original. Looking at the demo images and video, it's pretty clear they haven't updated the graphics at all. Play this in 1080p and be ready for some monster big pixels, either that or tiny, tiny. tiny buildings.
Maybe they added some other features that make this purchase worthwhile, if so, the reviews will tell us that, but until it's out, we won't know.
Preorders are for suckers. Wait for the reviews people, don't be a sucker.
I'm playing this. It is great. I think one of the major additions to this is the ability to have multiplayer, since MS shut down the old service. But if you have the old one, use the mods to do whatever you have to. Otherwise - no regrets, but you will see this for $10 within a few months.
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