Getting Started with Age of Empires II: DE – Xbox
Lesson 1: What is Age of Empires?
Empires through History
From the Mongolian Steppe dominated by the Horde of Genghis Khan, to the misty shores of Scotland, where a rebellion is brewing, to a great army conquering the sandy dunes of Egypt – Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition immerses you in a journey through medieval history.
A Real-Time Strategy Game
As a Real-Time Strategy game, you build and expand your empire as you see fit while the world advances around you. Command and control armies to defend your borders or dominate rival empires in real time. You decide the strategies for the great battles to come.
What is the Goal of a Match?
You must build a thriving empire as you expand through the Ages, defeating any rival empires along the way. In Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, your goal is to expand and develop your empire by growing your economy, researching technologies and training military units.
- Expand and develop your empire.
- Grow your economy and technology.
- Conquer enemies with military might and strategy.
A match is won when all enemy empires are defeated by military might, or their resignation.
Lesson 2: Building an Empire
Every empire in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition requires a few basic components to be successful, starting with the Villager.
A Villager is the backbone of your entire empire. Issue commands for your Villagers to gather resources, construct and repair buildings and even fight if necessary.
At the cost of resources, buildings can train new units, research technologies for upgrades and sometimes act as defense against enemies. Training a unit or researching a technology takes time, depending on the technology or unit.
Military Units are soldiers trained for battle. Each military unit has its advantages and disadvantages, and deciding which military unit is best for the situation is part of the fun!
Lesson 3: Advancing Your Empire
Technologies unlock bonuses for your empire at the cost of resources. These range from a bonus to speed, resource gathering, upgrading and improving military units, and more!
Every empire and match in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition features four Ages of technology to advance through. As you advance through each Age, your empire will gain access to new Military Units, powerful Technologies and new Buildings to construct.
We’ll cover the specifics of these Ages later!
Training a unit, constructing a building or researching a technology all have an individual resources cost you’ll need to meet.
Lesson 4: Let’s Play!
Play Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Now!
Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is available on Xbox through the Xbox Store, Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.
Crossplay can be enabled between the Microsoft Store, Steam and Xbox. Allowing you to connect with the entire community wherever you prefer to play!
Let’s go play!
Learn to Play with William Wallace
Scotland needs you!
The English king Longshanks has imposed his rule all over Scotland, and it’s time to fight back.
In this campaign, you’ll learn all the basic skills to help you play Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. Help William Wallace organize the Celts to fight back against the English and reclaim their homeland!
The rest of this guide will assume you’ve played the William Wallace campaign and build further on that knowledge.
Starting the William Wallace Campaign
To begin the William Wallace campaign, highlight the Single Player icon using the Left Stick, then press the A Button.
Next, highlight the Campaigns icon, then press the A Button again. The William Wallace campaign will be the first one you see when the Campaign Menu opens.
Press the A Button again and you’re ready to go!