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HD blunder or remake? - Age of Empires 2 HD

Age of Empires 2 HD comes out in three days, but a pre-release version just came out for all pre-orders and with it comes a great many issues. Age of Empires 2 HD doesn't come out until April 9th, but those who pre-ordered the game have just received access to the game and there already a great many problems.

When I first heard of issues with this release it was due to Reddit, but then I also checked out the Steam forums and found a number of complaints. First, there are about fifty to sixty complaints about Age of Empires II HD not starting correctly and coming up with numerous errors, like “Failed to start game (Unknown Error)” or “Unable to initialize graphics system. Device may not meet minimum specs. Subcode=3″, but then there are also more complaints of the game randomly crashing at various points.

When it comes to new features or improvements to the mechanics Age of Empires 2 HD is also lacking. On the plus side they have added Steam workshop integration, so mods shoul...

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extermin8or1271d ago (Edited 1271d ago )

Well I've had it crash once, for no apparent reason, but I occasionally get this on other games too, once or twice Bioshock crashed on me and Skyrim and ?M?ax Payne 3- Red Faction Armageddon won't even load up the 1t mission and my machine is perfectly capable of playing it- it's a bug several people have experienced that THQ and the developers never cab to fix I'd be after a refund but I got it as part of the indie bundle deal. And as for new Mechanicsit's a HD remaster- Disney don't add in new scenes usually to their HD remasters so I didn't expect anything new gameplay wise. That said- Zoom would have been useful lol but otherwise...

Glitch1001271d ago

The discussion on Reddit featured many fans of the series asking questions to the devs (and the game is aimed at those fans). Ultimately, if the fans are happy its good. This game probably isn't aimed at cashing in many new comers, but rather reigniting the old fans. Also as far as I new there aren't that many problems with the game, but rather computer specific issues, as there are with all games.

Hardly a good article, where you are giving errors you have experienced. And why are you looking for new features? It's a HD Remake. The HD is the new feature. It's a plus that they added Steam Workshop!

DeadlyFire1270d ago

As well as online mode again. No more hoops to jump through to play an online match anymore.

sonicsidewinder1271d ago (Edited 1271d ago )

Have none of these issues what-so-ever.

Running in 1360 by 768 - It's not too big as to make everything look too small, but it's bigger than what I'd have if I went and installed the original right now.

Only issue that comes to mind: Playing the Joan of Arc campaign, the Wolf AI wasn't as aggressive as I remembered.
Sometimes they didn't attack at all.

I dont like the Farm textures (but they can be modded)

I don't like the Resources icons. (I hope they can be modded)

Havn't tried online. But it's AOE2.

Shame people are having issues.

extermin8or1271d ago

most annoying thing about the online is pro's joing games titled as for new players, or players who haven't played rts games etc in ages :/

sonicsidewinder1271d ago

Are all online games Ranked? That would explain pro's stomping nubs.

In which case there should be a non-ranked mode.

extermin8or1269d ago

not that I know of, there's a lobby system and sometimes the host has labeled it as looking for newer less experienced players- yet you'll get a pro player join it just to mess up everyone elses fun.

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ISNeko1271d ago

I just want my Germs Blood days back.

DeadlyFire1270d ago

it will return at some point to the HD version my friend. I have no doubts.