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Are there any differences between the original Age of Empires 2 game and the HD remake? If so, what are they?

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Multiplayer has been completely remade (for steam). For example, LAN play isn't possible anymore. – Mixxiphoid Feb 15 at 8:34
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There are differences between the two games, but they are mainly graphical or Steam-related. As stated on Wikipedia:

The HD Edition includes both the original game and the expansion The Conquerors, as well as updated graphics for high-resolution displays. It also supports user-generated content through the Steam Workshop and multiplayer games provided through the Steam servers.

There are also two other extensions, The Forgotten and The African Kingdoms, which are exclusive to this version of the game.

Source: Wikipedia

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I believe a version of the Forgotten is available as a mod for the original Age of Empires 2 game – camelCase Feb 15 at 1:40
Also: The HD version uses the latest patch (1.0c) for the games, whereas the original games were slightly different. – Tas Feb 15 at 2:10
@Dai The fire and water are a good example of graphical differences. – Mixxiphoid Feb 15 at 8:32
Also, the HD edition fails real bad with co-op play – Justin Feb 15 at 12:24
The HD version continues to be patched with fixes and balance changes. At this time, I believe 4.6 is the latest patch. 4.4 was the last to have significant balance improvements. – Lyrical Feb 17 at 10:03

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