Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 94
    What impresses us the most is the sheer size of it -- each epoch feels fleshed out and playable, and every era has its own nuances, so it's almost like getting 14 games in one.
  2. Chock full of 200 units from 14 Epochs and about 60,000 years of evolution, Empire Earth can't help but quench your thirst for ultra-realistic and incredibly encompassing strategy game play.
  3. What makes this such a compelling feature is that you actually have different sets of units, heroes and buildings for each of the epochs, translating into over 200 different combat units, structures and era-appropriate historical heroes to command your armies. To say that Empire Earth has a lot to offer is an understatement.
  4. The most comprehensive real time strategy wargame ever produced.
  5. An enjoyable RTS game in the Age of Empire mold that will last even the most experienced of gamers quite some time with the various gameplay and map-making options available within it.
  6. An excellent and vast real-time strategy game that is complex yet fun to play, and which provides almost unlimited replayability.
  7. The variety of options available made me enjoy this game more, but it balanced out with the not so great graphics and audio.
  8. Earth not only plays great, it respects the feel of history and advancement, and by its very nature makes the player respect it too.
  9. It’s enjoyable, but because of the top-heavy resource management it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
  10. 85
    It sometimes paints with a very broad brush and glosses over certain details but it's a big package that's big on coherence and consistency.
  11. The multiplayer has one great option -- players can choose any nation from any period of human history, which means you can try out German plains from WW II and employ them against fierce Russian futuristic tanks.
  12. This is not a game for those new to strategy games - the challenge and complexity make Empire Earth too much to digest for these players and it may easily prove to be frustrating to them.
  13. While it isn’t perfect, it does offer up one hell of a good time. [Holiday 2001, p.96]
  14. The graphics look fine when pulled back, but tend to get blurry the closer you get to the object of the zoom. And there doesn’t seem to be any way to rotate the camera to allow a better view of a single object or citizen.
  15. War is hell…unless you’re in the cockpit of the F-15 that’s dropping bombs on cavemen.
  16. Empire Earth’s kitchen sink design is too massive (if at time unwieldy) to be darkened by the shadow cast by a dozen games. [Feb 2002, p.94]
  17. 80
    Good sandbox mode and multiplayer.
  18. The title is ambitious in scope, rife with innovative ideas and, while not flawless, is a genuinely fun addition to the ever-growing lineup of RTS games.
  19. A huge game to say the least--it's much more time-consuming and involved than the typical real-time strategy game, and its staggering variety of units is as impressive as it is intimidating.
  20. My main gripe comes from the game's seeming inability to provide consistent gameplay...the game's performance couldn't equal its scope. [Jan 2002, p.95]
  21. Playing Empire Earth is akin to attending a banquet with courses of food... that keep coming long after you've pushed back from the table and undone your belt.
  22. 60
    The most ambitious and complicated real-time strategy game ever made. This will make it a joy to devout fans of the genre, but an overwhelming mess to everyone else.
  23. It tries almost nothing new. It's like a K-Tel greatest hits album. Yeah, sure, you've heard these songs a million times, but they're all good and it's nice to have them in one place.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 95 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    This game was pretty good.The evolution from Stone Age to the Nano Age seemed an innovative idea.
    Unfortunately, the gameplay is copied from
    Age of Empires.No civilization, there is only one that collect bonuses.Campaigns are boring, the stories do not attract.The downside is the graphics, though it is 3D, you can not rotate camera.And the units are unfinished and square.
    I'm also bothered by mixing cultures, ex: in the Dark Ages find legionaries,barbarians and Persians together in the barracks.I am bothered by the fact that in the Nano Age, people still cut trees with axes and still use Pickaxe.

    Instead, the matches are spectacular in skirmish and multiplayer.
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  2. May 19, 2011
    I grew up with RTS games such as this as well as Age of Empires II. Empire Earth and Age of Empires have their similarites, but I believe they are quite different games. The campaigns of Empire Earth are historically accurate and a bunch of fun to play. Skirmish mode is great too. If you enjoy slower paced RTS games than Empire Earth is a game that is certainly worth buying, if not, then try Age of Empires. Either way this is up there on the best RTS games ever list. Full Review »
  3. May 16, 2013
    Best RTS I have ever played, hands down. Empire Earth has a steep learning curve, but once you got the basics down, it really is a fun experience with tons of replay value. The map and scenario editor really are icing on the cake. Full Review »