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  • Summary: Rise of Nations is back! Play the updated classic with full Steamworks integration and enhanced features, including Twitch.tv streaming.
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  1. Nov 23, 2014
    9
    Considering how rare the game on disk is means that this is a gem. This version and the original are both awesome games (might be nostalgia),Considering how rare the game on disk is means that this is a gem. This version and the original are both awesome games (might be nostalgia), with fun, action filled and yet surprisingly balanced, each nation has unique traits and units which the player (or computer) can yield to conquer the world. Combat in this game is great, there several types of units which can all counter a different type of unit, so keeping a well balanced army is key to success, but what can sometimes tip the balance of a fight is a general who can order me to entrench ambush, force march to make a speedy attack then retreat or create a diversion, so using they well is key to success. Economy is well balanced and its practically impossible to get a monopoly early to mid-game; the player can gather a certain amount of a resource a minute until they reach a commerce limit which makes any attempts to gather more of a resource useless, to increase the commerce limit you have to research commercial technologies by spending money and research points (gained in a university), this system stops computers from becoming too powerful by taking advantage of being able to command every unit on the field at the same time. Whilst the combat and the commercial parts of the game may not be realistic, they are extremely well balanced almost too balanced.
    My only criticism is against the steam workshop, it seems having a mod makes the building textures disappear (this can be fixed with multiple reloads) , and it seems that non-steam mods don't have support. But as these are mod related they do little to lower the score. Overall 9/10!!!
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  2. Jun 15, 2014
    9
    Very fun game. Games can last up to hours but it starts to get a bit stale near the end. The different classes and upgrade system is wellVery fun game. Games can last up to hours but it starts to get a bit stale near the end. The different classes and upgrade system is well implemented and the different Nations with all their own unique traits is a clever addition too. Expand
  3. Feb 18, 2015
    9
    This game is a little dated, but it still has solid mechanics. I played the standard PC version for several years before finally moving overThis game is a little dated, but it still has solid mechanics. I played the standard PC version for several years before finally moving over to the Extended Edition. This is one of the last really good RTS games in awhile - but that's assuming you like traditional RTS games with base building and resource management. There are really only 3 resources at the start, but as you progress through ages and discover more things it opens more resources.

    If you haven't played this, you can start in any age (traditionally an early age) and progress through the ages and into the modern-space age. The aim is to win but whichever victory conditions you set. If you'd like a peaceful techrace with no fighting, you can do it. If you'd like the economic win, you can do that. If you go the military route - the AI can be treacherous (predictably so I'm afraid). You can play various campaigns from US-USSR and Alexander the Great, or you can skirmish solo, or go online for multiplayer.

    The X-Ed version has the Thrones & Patriots x-pac, which adds governments and other additions. As mentioned in other reviews, this 'can' be a long game. But it doesn't have to be - you can control every aspect of game conditions. You can make the map small, the players few, or you can play up to 7 other players on the biggest map there is - the Big Huge map. All in all, I love this game, even to this day.
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  4. Jun 23, 2014
    9
    One of the best strategy games ever. Graphics look great in 1920x1080. Hard to believe this game is over 10 years old. A bargain at 20One of the best strategy games ever. Graphics look great in 1920x1080. Hard to believe this game is over 10 years old. A bargain at 20 bucks. If you like RTS strategies, you will like this game. Expand
  5. Jul 23, 2014
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This a great update of RON....Graphics have been improved very much compared to the classic old version of the game! It was a really good idea to bring this game updated on steam! Expand
  6. Jun 16, 2014
    8
    This is one of my all time favourite RTS games. It is a fun game to play. The game is intuitive and fluid with a good UI. There is alot toThis is one of my all time favourite RTS games. It is a fun game to play. The game is intuitive and fluid with a good UI. There is alot to learn and master as with any good strategy game. Highly recommended. Expand
  7. Aug 28, 2014
    2
    The original Rise of Nations is an amazing game. The "extended edition" is just a money grab. Save yourself the money and avoid thisThe original Rise of Nations is an amazing game. The "extended edition" is just a money grab. Save yourself the money and avoid this re-release. This was just Microsoft wanting to get some extra money from its older games, rather than actually spending the development dollars on a sequel. Expand