Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings

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Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings
Age of Empires II Gold Cover.png
Developers
Publishers
Engines
 
Release dates
Windows
September 30, 1999
Mac OS
October 2001
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings at WineHQ
 Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings at Wikipedia
Age of Empires
Age of Empires 1997
Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings 1999
Age of Empires II: The Conquerors
Age of Mythology 2002
Age of Mythology: The Titans
The Golden Gift
Age of Empires III 2005
Age of Empires III: The WarChiefs
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties
Age of Empires Online 2011
Age of Empires II HD 2013
Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten
Age of Mythology: Extended Edition 2014
Age of Empires: Castle Siege 2014

This page is for the original game. For the re-release, see Age of Empires II HD.

Key points

Advantage UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update adds support for widescreen/multi-monitor resolutions.

General information

More information Age of Empires II Official Microsoft Site (archived)
More information Age of Empires Wiki Wikia for the entire series
More information Age of Kings Heaven Community Site and Map Archive
More information AoCZone Community Site for competitive gaming
More information /r/aoe2 Age of Empires 2 Subreddit

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys
Retail Disc check DRM: SafeDisc disc check.
Amazon.com Disc check Collector's Edition
Information The "Age of Empires Collector's Editon" can often be found on store shelves. It is the most cost effective way of acquiring the game, as it contains the following games on a single DVD-ROM:
Advantage NoCD version; DVD only necessary for installation.
Advantage All games are already fully patched.
Disadvantage However, it should be noted that the DVD re-release of these games does not feature the Red Book audio stored as separate audio tracks on the original games' discs. As such, the game music will not be played while the DVD is in the drive.

Demos[edit]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Fix Start game with -nostartup parameter[1]

Patch 2.0a (The Age of Kings)[edit]

The latest patch for the base game is Version 2.0a.

Patch 1.0c (The Conquerors)[edit]

The latest patch for The Conquerors is Version 1.0c.

Unofficial Patch 1.0e (The Conquerors)[edit]

The unofficial patch for Conquerors, which includes NoCD is Version 1.0e.

UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update[edit]

The unofficial UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update patch for The Conquerors adds many fixes including widescreen support, UPnP port forwarding, and various optional tweaks. Although it doesn't include a NoCD, it will not remove a valid NoCD. If it is installed on top of Version 1.0e, no CD is required.

Age of Empires II: Forgotten Empires[edit]

Age of Empires II: Forgotten Empires is an unofficial expansion which adds new civilizations, maps and other fixes.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\config.xml

Save game data location[edit]

  Location 
Windows <path-to-game>\SaveGame\
Information Player settings are saved in <path-to-game>\Player.nfp (determines unlocked scenarios etc.)
Information Custom campaigns are saved in <path-to-game>\Campaign\
Information Custom scenarios are saved in <path-to-game>\Scenario\

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GameSave Manager Native

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution Hackable WSGF WS Bronze.svg See Widescreen resolution.
Multi-monitor Hackable WSGF MM Bronze.svg See Multi-monitor.
Field of view (FOV) Not applicable
Windowed Hackable See Windowed.
Borderless fullscreen windowed Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
Anisotropic filtering (AF) Not applicable
Anti-aliasing (AA) Not applicable
Vertical sync (Vsync) Hackable See Borderless fullscreen windowed.
High frame rate Unknown

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Install UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update then set your resolution in-game. Your chosen resolution is used during gameplay; menus are letterboxed 4:3.

Multi-monitor[edit]

Install UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update then set your resolution in-game. Your chosen resolution is used during gameplay; menus are letterboxed 4:3. The main game interface is shown on the far left.

Windowed[edit]

Install UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update and select Windowed mode support, then set your resolution in-game. Your chosen resolution is used during gameplay; menus are windowed 4:3.

Borderless fullscreen windowed[edit]

Install UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update and select Windowed mode support, then set the in-game resolution to the same as your desktop resolution. Your chosen resolution is used during gameplay; menus are windowed 4:3.

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping Native
Mouse acceleration Impossible
Mouse input in menus Native
Mouse Y-axis inversion Impossible
Controller
Controller support Impossible

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls Unknown
Surround sound Unknown
Subtitles Unknown
Closed captions Unknown
Mute on focus lost Unknown

Localizations

Language UI Audio CC Notes
English Native Native Native
French Native Unknown Native
German Native Unknown Native
Italian Native Unknown Native
Japanese Native Unknown Native
Korean Native Unknown Native
Spanish Native Unknown Native
Traditional Chinese Native Unknown Native

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play Native 8
Online play Native 8

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking Impossible MSN Gaming Zone support has been discontinued.[2]
Peer-to-peer Native
Dedicated Impossible
Self-hosting Native
Direct IP Native

Ports

Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 2300-2400, 47624
UDP (outbound) 2300-2400

Issues unresolved[edit]

Dell laptop compatibility issues[edit]

On some older Dell laptop models (e.g. the M1530) an issue occurs where the OS crashes and a blue-screen of death is displayed. This issue occurs after a seemingly random amount of gameplay time (from <30 seconds to 10 or 20 minutes). Many things have been tried to fix the issue including changing graphics card drivers, limiting the frame rate to mitigate overheating and running on virtual machines of different OSs (e.g. windows 98). As far as can be seen, this issue has never been resolved nor will it be, rendering AoE2 unplayable on the affected models of laptop. This issue can be mitigated by playing through Voobly.com game client and selecting 32-bit DirectX mode in the lobby options. It is actually caused by an unterminated loop in the graphic card driver. However, Age of Empires II HD (the re-mastered version of the game released in 2013) is unaffected by this problem.

Issues fixed[edit]

Windows Vista and 7 colours[edit]

See Also: Color Fixes For Older Games

Windows Vista and 7 (NT 6.0 and 6.1) can have issues with displaying true colours in Age of Empires II correctly. This is because the game uses an outdated and no longer supported palette-based drawing method. Note that this doesn't apply to Windows 8 and newer, which now uses software palette conversion from 8-bit to 32-bit (though often resulting in performance penalties in various other games due to the poor implementation). There are currently several methods available to resolve this issue.

Fix UserPatch: Conquerors Feature UpdateLink

Install UserPatch: Conquerors Feature Update. This includes a color fix for Vista and 7, and will also set a registry flag, allowing Windows 8+ to emulate the 256-colour modes, required by the game. It will also optionally provide support for loading the windowed mode plugin, which, apart from its direct purpose, also performs software palette conversion to 32-bit, resolving said issues.

Fix DirectDrawFixLink

Use DirectDrawFix to apply the required compatibility fixes to the registry.

LAN connectivity with Windows Vista/7/8[edit]

Fix Setting the IP address to Static and the Default Gateway to nothingLink

Information This method allows gaming over LAN between Windows Vista/7/8 64-bit systems.
  1. Navigate to the Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Right-click on the LAN adapter and open "Properties".
  3. Highlight "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)" and click on "Properties".
  4. Check "Use the following IP address:" and enter an address which is not currently being used on your network (such as 192.168.1.[1-253] e.g. 192.168.1.11 ). Also change the Subnet mask to 255.255.255.0 and leave the default gateway blank.
While in use, internet connection will be lost until the settings are switched back to "Obtain an IP address automatically", but LAN will function in-game.

MIDI music[edit]

Fix Copy files from demo versionLink

  1. Download the demo version of Age of Empires II
  2. Copy the midi folder from the sound folder of the demo of AOEII
  3. Paste the folder in the sound folder of the full game.
  4. Go to the properties for the game shortcut.
  5. Add -midimusic to the end of the Target.

Notes

Information Music from the Conquerors expansion demo can also be used; rename the Conquerors MIDI files from music 1-8 to 9-16 to prevent replacement of existing files.
Information The -midimusic parameter is no longer supported in UserPatch, however its m3u playlist system allows any audio format to be used for in-game music, including WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, and FLAC, as long as the required DirectShow codecs are installed.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95 98
Processor (CPU) 166 MHz 450 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 64 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 300 MB 300 MB
Video card (GPU) SuperVGA
2 MB of VRAM
Nvidia TNT2 or Rage 128
16 MB of VRAM

References

  1. Known video issues in Age of Empires II
  2. Age of Empires matchmaking has been retired from MSN Games - MSN Games - Free Online Games