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, 2016 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 three paid expansions, The Forgotten, The African Kingdoms and Rise of the Rajas which are exclusive to this version of the game.

It's also important to note that a team keeps working on patching the HD version of the game. While it would be ridiculously long to enumerate all those changes here, we can at least say they cover a lot of different points: upgrading performances and rendering, fixing bugs, balancing the units, upgrading the AIs and other convenient points. We can for instance quote this question where we have been talking about the possibility to move a greater amount of units comparing to the original version of the game.

Source: Wikipedia

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    Also: The HD version uses the latest patch (1.0c) for the games, whereas the original games were slightly different.
    – Tas
    Feb 15, 2016 at 2:10
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    Actually, there's numerous minor differences between the two versions. Many of Spirit of the Law's youtube videos explain them. Example @ 12:55 : youtube.com/watch?v=tdoyijRv54k
    – Ben
    Feb 15, 2016 at 3:28
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    @Dai The fire and water are a good example of graphical differences.
    – Mixxiphoid
    Feb 15, 2016 at 8:32
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    Also, the HD edition fails real bad with co-op play
    – Justin
    Feb 15, 2016 at 12:24
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    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, 2016 at 10:03

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