Grand Ages: Rome PC

User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 40
  2. Negative: 2 out of 40
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  1. Feb 22, 2012
    7
    The biggest problem with modern City Builders is they have a control radius around buildings, exempli gratia: if you place a house more than 20m from a workplace then the inhabitants would rather emigrate than walk their lazy asses over there. While this adds some standardisation and forces a high degree of planning it also leads to a crisis of space, with its micromanagement being centralThe biggest problem with modern City Builders is they have a control radius around buildings, exempli gratia: if you place a house more than 20m from a workplace then the inhabitants would rather emigrate than walk their lazy asses over there. While this adds some standardisation and forces a high degree of planning it also leads to a crisis of space, with its micromanagement being central to the success of your city. Grand Ages: Rome unfortunately commits two city building sins. One it does not attempt to break out of this mould and your experience will therefore revolve around squeezing all your buildings as close together as possible. And two, it is a city building game about Rome, from which there are about a dozen to chose. It does have many positive points: Diverse array of buildings, an excellent campaign which is also historically accurate, detailed models, and a good combat system. The resource management is also very good, with the production of goods always being balanced by a reasonable the demand and the trade gives ample opportunity for monetary income. But in the end, your cities will always be highly restricted and specially constrained. If you're bored with Caesar IV and looking for something more historically accurate then Grand Ages Rome will be good for you but otherwise don't bother. Expand
  2. Apr 18, 2014
    7
    Like the game and the idea. Its a long game, so you get a lot for your buck. I found the game way to easy and had no problems at all completing the campaign without reloading. You can complete most of the missions without building half of the buildings available. The game also have a bug, making you unable to reload at some points, so you have to restart the mission. This game could haveLike the game and the idea. Its a long game, so you get a lot for your buck. I found the game way to easy and had no problems at all completing the campaign without reloading. You can complete most of the missions without building half of the buildings available. The game also have a bug, making you unable to reload at some points, so you have to restart the mission. This game could have been much more fun and challenging, therefor Im only giving it a 7. Expand
  3. Jul 15, 2012
    6
    Grand Ages Rome has beautiful graphics, a fitting soundtrack, and a good campaign, but there are some pretty big problems too. The biggest thing that this game lacks is re-playability; when you first play it you can't get enough of it, but after you beat the campaign two or three times things just get really boring. Free build is a fun feature, but once again, after building a few dazzlingGrand Ages Rome has beautiful graphics, a fitting soundtrack, and a good campaign, but there are some pretty big problems too. The biggest thing that this game lacks is re-playability; when you first play it you can't get enough of it, but after you beat the campaign two or three times things just get really boring. Free build is a fun feature, but once again, after building a few dazzling cities, things just get boring and repetitive. The family system is nice, being able to get different perks depending on what family you are in, but other than making certain missions easier, it really has no effect on the course of the game. The combat system, although the units look nice, is really terrible as there are too few units, too overpowered special abilities, and no real strategy required. The multiplayer should just be completely ignored; there are few people who play it. The Reign of Augustus expansion adds little of value; the new campaign is far too brief. If the developers were to release a new game in this series, they would have to do a massive overhaul to get even a somewhat replayable game. Great graphics, great voice acting, great idea - poor execution. Expand
Metascore
72

Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. The motivating RPG part, the good graphics and the family revenge story make Grand Ages: Rome a real competitor to "Caesar 4."
  2. Looks like Rome was ahead of its time: raw materials weren't transported, they were teleported. At least that's what happens in Grand Ages: Rome, because the focus of the game is not on building effective transportation. Instead you need to build an efficient economy. This can be quite motivating if you enjoy being rewarded for your city planning.
  3. The developers seem to have learned from their previous mistakes and have implemented some rather extreme but useful changes into Grand Ages: Rome. In technical respects the game may convince, although the user friendliness would still need some improvement. However, for those interested in this kind of game Grand Ages: Rome is a good choice nevertheless.