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  • Summary: Set amidst the reign of Julius Caesar, Praetorians is an epic troop-based strategy game from the creators of the award-winning, best-selling Commandos series. As a Roman General on a quest to forge an empire, you will be transported back to the dusty battlefields of Egypt, the frozen lands of the Gauls, and finally to the heart of the Empire itself, Italy. Your quest will be no easy task as the lands you seek to conquer are heavily defended by thousands of powerful troops. [Eidos Interactive] Expand
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  1. With outstanding visuals and audio to showcase its gameplay, Praetorians is a must-have for genre fans and a great introduction for newcomers to PC gaming.
  2. 89
    The gameplay and tactical strategy in this title is certainly its strong suit.
  3. The challenging and lengthy single-player campaign and the tough AI will keep you busy for a long time, while custom skirmish modes and multiplayer capability add to the game's value.
  4. It doesn't do anything much beyond what's expected in an RTS, and what it does do better either isn't quite improved enough (it's highly attractive... but not as attractive as C&C: Generals) or the really clever stuff is so subtle it bores. [PC Gamer UK]
  5. The game looks good and plays well, ­ it just doesn’t really offer much that is new or innovative to the genre.
  6. An interesting campaign and siege capability give it an edge, and the abilities of the troops and handsome locations pull it up over the average RTS, but it’s more Gibbon than Plutarch. If you’re a strat addict with a penchant for heavy armour, or a classical scholar, then you’ll love it. Others might as well wait for "Rome: Total War."
  7. Not nearly as exciting as it sounds. [June 2003, p.70]

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  1. Jan 23, 2014
    10
    Praetorians is definitely, to me, the greatest strategy game of all times, because it's not only the first game I have ever played since i was 10 years old but also stands out in contrast to other mainstream popular strategy games like Age Of Empires thanks to the complete absence of resources ( gold, food, wood,...). My friends say this is a significant drawback, but i personally find it a plus as all you need to do is to concentrate on military tactics: you've got decide which unit to recruit, what village to take, which position to capture - a high hill to build catapults or vast woods to hide your units from enemy scout so that your troops can organize an ambush. There are lots of things to be done should you wish to seize victory, and you don't have abundant time to do that. Pressure that is constantly put on you does a marvelous job because you have to make up your mind very quick without hesitation. Trust me, you'll get to know it when you play it. Expand
  2. AlessandroT.
    Dec 3, 2004
    9
    Very great game. It's one of my favourites. I played through all the campaign and then I enjoyed skirmish matches and also multiplayer. The enemy AI is very intelligent and graphics are very beautiful and a bit naif. It's a gift to Roman History and to De Bello gallico!. Expand
  3. AbelN.
    Jan 17, 2006
    9
    Spectacular! one of the best strategic games I've ever seen.
  4. Jok`RdeMo
    Mar 3, 2003
    8
    This game is really great, at last one game in wich unit formations mean something. Still it is very similar to Age Of "whatever", except as I said- formations. It looks similar to Age Of Mythology but it is more historical. Shortly: must have if U like that kind of games. Expand
  5. MoRISFiSH
    Apr 27, 2003
    8
    This is a very good game. Action and strategy without any gestion phase... Maybe frustrating... But in solo or in Lan/Net it's pretty good.
  6. frank
    Dec 20, 2008
    8
    I loved this game. .. i purchased it new and am still playing it BUT it fails to launch now.. contacted securom "not our problem" contacted support and they walked me thru many tests.. concluded "not our problem" and would warrantee it for 20.00 usd
    DAMN i still want to play this after 3 years now i will have to purchase it again JUST to see if it will play .. and i wont get my money back if it doesn't
    Damn .. that is how much i like this game
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  7. DennisH.
    May 3, 2003
    8
    Tactics and strategy are the parts that really shine in this game! Sneaky really pays off (ambush, etc).