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  • Summary: Rise of a Dynasty is the expansion for Patrician IV.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 12, 2011
    80
    If you're not already the kind of gamer who obsesses over making an extra 2% rate of return on investment, this game probably isn't for you, but for those that enjoy business simulation games and are willing to put the time into learning how Patrician IV works, this game delivers incredible value.
  2. CD-Action
    Aug 31, 2011
    75
    Patrician IV combined with the add-on is one of the best economic strategies I encountered during the last couple of years. Those of you who are into such games will have a lot of fun with it and probably will be able to let obsolete graphics slide. [September 2011, p.71]
  3. PC Games (Russia)
    May 6, 2011
    65
    A failed attempt to right the wrongs of Patrician IV, Rise of a Dynasty is a very questionable investment of your time. [June 2011, p.98]
  4. May 28, 2011
    58
    Quotation forthcoming.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
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  1. Sep 20, 2016
    9
    If you're a fan of trading games you'll enjoy Patrician IV just as much as you probably enjoyed the previous three games. While there isn'tIf you're a fan of trading games you'll enjoy Patrician IV just as much as you probably enjoyed the previous three games. While there isn't as much of an improvement to graphics as there could have been, that has never been the series strong suit.

    The ship combat could have been done a lot better, but that's not the focus of the game and everyone knows it. Still, it would have been nice. People who play trading games like myself tend to not like to let battles auto-decide because the AI that steps in for you is awful, meaning you lose more, which is unacceptable to those of us who sweat the details.
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  2. May 20, 2013
    8
    My main disappointments with Patrician IV were the bland and boring graphics and the arcade-style sea combat. RoaD delivers some really niceMy main disappointments with Patrician IV were the bland and boring graphics and the arcade-style sea combat. RoaD delivers some really nice improvements to the graphics, making the game much more enjoyable to play. Unfortunately the sea combat is till a boring clickfest, the predecessor Patrician III had much more deep and interesting approach to the fights. Nevertheless, trading, not fighting, is the main focus of the game and it feels much nicer with Rise of a Dynasty.

    In addition to better graphics this add-on also adds an extra feature of inland towns and land trade routes which are nice extra challenge for the player.
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