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  • Summary: GRAND AGES ROME is the sequel to the strategy game "Imperium Romanum". You are a Governor of a Roman Province in the time-honoured Roman Empire, its fortune very much lies in your hands. Choose one of five Roman noble families such as Caesar's Julii with different abilities to accomplish the comprehensive missions. Defend yourself against barbarian tribes, trade with other cultures, build a wealthy economic environment and fullfil the needs of your people in a huge single player campaign or with up to 3 human players in the multiplayer mode! [Kalypso Media] Expand
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  1. Throwing in the massively upgraded engine, which makes the game look even more luscious than before the game could hardly be better, and with music that suits both the period and manages to be both pleasant and doesn't distract from the game, this can only be hailed as a massive success.
  2. An expansive campaign, numerous multiplayer options, and excellently varied mission goals give this title a lot of mileage.
  3. The motivating RPG part, the good graphics and the family revenge story make Grand Ages: Rome a real competitor to "Caesar 4."
  4. 70
    It might not add anything new to the genre but it's still reasonably entertaining, especially if you're keen on the period it's set in.
  5. You can turn yourself into the ruler of an ancient city who manages every single detail to make his city grow and prosper. If the devs improve their battle system we have here a quite promising new strategy game. [Mar 2009]
  6. 68
    Grand Ages: Rome is an enjoyable game, but if you've played any of the other city-builders that have come along in the last ten years, you'll quickly grow bored of this one.
  7. Grand Ages: Rome is yet another generic city-builder set in ancient Rome.

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  1. Jan 31, 2014
    10
    As a huge fan of the Tropico series, I absolutely love this game. When I found out the Tropico devs (Haemimont Games) had made a couple of similar games set in Roman times, I was intrigued. I've now spent more time playing Imperium Romanum and Grand Ages: Rome than the Tropico series.

    First off, the graphics are phenomenal. No longer are city building games confined to the graphics of the past, yet apparently no one is familiar with this game, unlike say, the Caesar series. What an outcry! I can daydream for hours at the highly detailed art. This game does a truly amazing job at re-creating the Roman Empire, at least visually.

    People who say this is "just another city building game"... yeah, because so many city building games have a focus on actually planning out neighborhoods via small AoE radii... not. My experience with the "just another city building game" is carelessly throwing down a building wherever you have room. Grand Ages: Rome is WAY deeper than that. You can build poor neighborhoods, rich neighborhoods, mixed neighborhoods, and every kind of neighborhood has its own rewards and challenges to maintaining a high level of satisfaction. But you reviewers probably play the game for an hour at most and think you can somehow learn all the little nuances a game has in that time? Keep dreaming. You guys get paid to sell your own pathetic opinion, but truth is, in the eyes of a Simulation and City-Building game fan, this game is one of the greatest things to be released in the last five years.

    Shame is, most people who would like this game are going to miss out because of a) bad reviews and b) an idiot publisher that marketed it as a 4x game and not a city-builder.

    Definitely recommend trying it out if you enjoyed Tropico, however.
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  2. SeanB
    Mar 24, 2009
    9
    This game is GORGEOUS! The graphics are so nice. Rich textures and lighting. A stylish depth of field that is used at screenshot style angles. The transport system was simplified to nothing. You now focus on where things are and less on how it gets there. This means you can build a gorgeous city that most City-sims wouldn't allow due to the rules of movement. It is easy to do any basic task, with a stream-lined and sensible interface. It allows the player to focus on the grand goal of building a city and crushing the barbarians that threaten good Roman citizens. Expand
  3. Nov 1, 2011
    8
    This game has somewhat unique approach to city-building and resource management with its flow resources and areas of effect. After an expansion and some updates it is enjoyable to play. The graphics are nice and you can see your citizens going about their business in the city. I think the biggest drawbacks of this game is that is a bit too easy after the initial city is set up. Once the denarii start rolling in the game becomes super-easy and you can do whatever you want. Also many of the buildings, especially the high-level research buildings are almost useless. The economy could use some rebalancing.

    If you are a fan of city-builders and liked Caesar IV I'd recommend you buy this game as it shouldn't be very expensive by now.
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  4. May 11, 2011
    8
    Graphics are great and what voice acting there is has been done well. While this game doesn't bring anything terribly new or exciting to the genre it's still a very satisfying city builder. Expand
  5. Jul 22, 2013
    8
    Very nice game, for me who is an old gamer who played all the Ceasar and Paharaoh series, and who tried a lot of clones to find a true successor, this one is the true best candidate, graphically gorgeous and historically accurate while keeping the fun element, get it if you like city building games Collapse
  6. ChrisThomas
    Aug 14, 2009
    8
    I would say 8.5. the thing this game lacks is re playability. you could say it has it because of the fact you can choose a different family to play as. But the missions themselves are the same. The multiplayer from what I have seen has died off fairly fast. The only way to get a match is to auto find one which makes getting to play certain maps and match types impossible. Having more playable factions should be their next step when they either make an expansion for this game or create Grand Ages 2. Overall its a great game with good graphics, in-depth storyline, decent multiplayer when it first came out ( as said before somewhat dead now ), and a half decent combat system although outdated still offers some strategy and offers a good spectacle to watch when you play a 2v2 and each sides has a good amount of units. Overall its a good game any city-building fanatic should try, Not the best but certainly the best thing for this specific time period and settings so far. Price is a tad bit high though it should be lowered to 30$ in the US. Expand
  7. 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 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

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