Age of Empires is a classic RTS that helped bring in a new wave of multiplayer gaming that later blew up with Age of Empires 2 and StarCraft. If you play the original Age of Empires now, besides not possibly not running at all on Windows 10, it suffers from low screen resolutions that make it practically unplayable on a modern monitor. That said, some modern port projects such as the "UPatch Age of Empires Rise of Rome Unofficial Patch" seem to fix many of those problems giving the original Age of Empires the same treatment as Age of Empires II HD on Steam. In fact, i've installed the UPatch and it's a solid community patch making giving my original Age of Empires install discs some usefulness beyond collectors nostalgia.

All that said, it seems the Forgotten Empires team wanted to kick up the Age of Empires: Definitive Edition and as such are remastering the original graphics in 4K, re-recording the audio as well as other improvements. Information on the systems they are bringing the Definitive Edition to are sparse but it seems like it's coming to XBox One and PC. Again, no details on if PC means Steam or the Windows store but when it's announced i'll let you know. I think one of the reasons why Age of Empires II HD is a great version of the game is that the Steam integration is top notch. So having Age of Empires 2 HD on Steam and then the only version of Age Of Empires: Definitive Edition on the Windows Store seems odd to me. I don't mind if it comes to the Windows Store and Steam because giving people more choice to places is buy the game is a great idea to me.

If you are looking to dust off your original Age of Empires discs you can check the Unofficial Age of Empires patch check on the website linked below and while you are at it let me know what you are thinking of the new announced Age of Empires: Definitive Edition!

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/16/2017 at 02:05am

Definitive Edition audio update on how the new stuff is going to sound.

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