Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. There's plenty of strategy and sheer fun to be found in Praetorians. In fact, I am inclined to call this game the most strategy-minded strategy game I've ever played.
  2. The tactical wargame that remains, however, is simplistic and underdeveloped.
  3. The sheer focus on tactics and all of the available options within this makes this an extremely challenging game, but persevering and learning these intricacies will reveal a true gem.
  4. An innovative game that veterans will find to be a refreshing and challenging change of pace. [July 2003, p.82]
  5. Praetorians never really achieves the gigantic scope of a "Total War" game, but it is more easily controlled and offers much more obvious tactical problems. [May 2003, p.95]
  6. The skirmishes usually don’t last very long, making this an excellent game to play for a quick fix.
  7. Offers quite a different approach to any other RTS games we've seen recently, and neatly occupies a middle ground between the incredibly hardcore "Total War" franchise and the more lightweight gameplay of something like "Age of Mythology."
  8. 80
    A little unmanageable when large opposing forces enter toe-to-toe melee combat. The front line becomes a clanging, tangled, dying mass of soldiers, and no player micromanagement is going to save them.
  9. It’s quicker, fiercer, and more exciting, and the military tactics utilized is something that has been missing from RTS games recently.
  10. Cutscenes are decently animated, and the most impressive feature of the game has to be the environments, such as the dense forest and rippling streams that can be disturbed as columns of soldiers move through it. Even the destruction of these environmental features, such as an archer sending a flaming arrow into a stretch of trees, looks nice.
  11. As an historical RTS, Praetorians does an admirable job of integrating its subject matter with solid gameplay, as opposed to simply using the historical period as a backdrop for a slew of war scenarios.
  12. 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.
  13. 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]
  14. 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.
  15. 79
    A lot of fun despite some serious missteps; the bad news is Praetorians falls far short of the greatness that it might have achieved.
  16. The game looks good and plays well, ­ it just doesn’t really offer much that is new or innovative to the genre.
  17. Not nearly as exciting as it sounds. [June 2003, p.70]
  18. 89
    The gameplay and tactical strategy in this title is certainly its strong suit.
  19. 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."
  20. Ultimately, the developer of "Commandos" has created an amalgam of the two styles, the result of which I will dub a stroke of near-brilliance. But not near enough. [May 2003, p.90]
  21. A solid RTS experience that uses the hook of streamlined play without requiring resource management.
  22. Worth a look... [but] we would have liked to have seen Pyro stretch the boundary slightly more and gone for some revolutionary new steps, whilst RTS fanatics will bemoan the relatively limited range of different troops under your control.
  23. Praetorians isn't the deepest RTS going, but for fans of the genre and/or the era, it's a no-nonsense, well-presented package.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 23, 2014
    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 wasPraetorians 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. Full Review »
  2. frank
    Dec 20, 2008
    I loved this game. .. i purchased it new and am still playing it BUT it fails to launch now.. contacted securom "not our problem" contactedI 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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  3. AbelN.
    Jan 17, 2006
    Spectacular! one of the best strategic games I've ever seen.