This high-definition edition of the classic real-time strategy trò chơi adds little more than bugs.
By Daniel Shannon on April 16, 2013 at 4:42PM PDT
The appeal of Age of Empires II: HD Edition is readily apparent.
Bạn đang xem: Age of empires iiAfter all, the original Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings và its expansion are so beloved that there is still a healthy modding and multiplayer community devoted to lớn the game. This is an impressive feat for a real-time strategy trò chơi that came out over a decade ago, especially when you consider that the official multiplayer matchmaking service was shut down years ago. A prettier version of AOEII with easier multiplayer matchmaking và mod support (via Steam"s servers & Steam Workshop) is a solid idea. Unfortunately, Hidden Path"s HD edition of Ensemble Studios" classic RTS suffers from a variety of bugs và missed opportunities.
The main difference between AOEII:HD và AOEII is the HD version"s use of Steam for multiplayer matchmaking, which, given the kích thước of Steam"s user base, is significantly more convenient than programs lượt thích GameRanger. You can hop into a random trò chơi from the lobby browser and, theoretically, enjoy fantastic experiences. The game is highly enjoyable for both friendly comp stomps và player-vs.-player games. Of course, some people rage quit after accusing you of cheating simply because of your Byzantine fire ships" predilection for sinking undefended fishing fleets.
Still, a victory is a victory. A match might involve you sending a series of impressive (and foolish) Aztec human wave attacks against Viking castles và longboats defending the river crossings separating your peoples. Untold hundreds of digital Aztecs could die trying khổng lồ destroy the proud Norsemen"s wonder.
Sadly, such experiences are rare because AOEII:HD"s multiplayer is currently extremely buggy. You could encounter out-of-sync errors, random crashes to desktop mere moments into the game, complete strangers entering friends-only games, và excessive lag. Another recurring problem is that, often, when someone drops, everyone else gets stuck on a vote screen, and nothing happens even if the players unanimously vote to continue the game. Furthermore, when you are using two monitors, AOEII:HD runs so poorly that even the single-player modes are practically unplayable. Hidden Path has released a few updates over the past week and fixed some of the problems. The lag in two-player games is less pronounced and some achievements work now. While it"s fortunate that Hidden Path has been working on some of these problems, it is inexcusable that the trò chơi was released in this state.
Age of Empires II: HD Edition has enormous potential. After all, the base trò chơi is still enjoyable & visually attractive (excepting the units that were never beautiful), và you can smoothly download content from the Steam Workshop. However, the HD edition fails to lớn improve on the original"s chơi game in any way, and numerous bugs mar what should be an excellent multiplayer experience. Hopefully, Hidden Path will eventually fix the problems so that epic eight-player matches with hundreds of units on each side can entertain strategy fans until our civilization, lượt thích ancient Rome, falls & fades into the annals of history.