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8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 112 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 112
  2. Negative: 4 out of 112
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  1. JohhnyR.
    Jul 20, 2006
    6
    not too bad ,but not too good,the original rise of nations was much better if you can compare them at all.
  2. ChuckN.
    Jun 21, 2006
    5
    What can I say? Better graphics than starcraft, but way slower on the gameplay. They basically ripped off ideas from other RTS (protoss = cuotl, terran = vinci, zerg = alin) and put them together into a void, meaningless plot that you cant really get into. Cutscenes have poor animation, and the repetition of godlike enemy - kill godlike enemy - move on to another godlike enemy gets old. What can I say? Better graphics than starcraft, but way slower on the gameplay. They basically ripped off ideas from other RTS (protoss = cuotl, terran = vinci, zerg = alin) and put them together into a void, meaningless plot that you cant really get into. Cutscenes have poor animation, and the repetition of godlike enemy - kill godlike enemy - move on to another godlike enemy gets old. All in all, its like a step sideways for RTS in general. What really pissed me off was the fact that the conquer the world gameplay, which is the reason I bought it, is only available in campaign mode. I really would like to see more RISK/Starcraft integration here, but I guess thats up to LOTR Battle for MIddle Earth 2 and Rome Total War. Expand
  3. KDep
    Aug 21, 2006
    5
    Average game. A lot like the original RON, so the gameplay is solid. It's similar to AoE or Warcraft for those who didn't play the original. However, it can get tedious and boring fast. There is no really good way to get ahead fast, so a lot of time is spent waiting for resources or upgrades. After that, it basically becomes a trench war to see who can pump out the units Average game. A lot like the original RON, so the gameplay is solid. It's similar to AoE or Warcraft for those who didn't play the original. However, it can get tedious and boring fast. There is no really good way to get ahead fast, so a lot of time is spent waiting for resources or upgrades. After that, it basically becomes a trench war to see who can pump out the units fastest. Don't pay $50 for this game, wait for the price to drop to less than $30. Expand
Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 46 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. It doesn't tamper too much with the underlying engine that made the first game so great but adds just enough novelty to justify a second iteration.
  2. PC Format
    90
    Intense strategy monster that almost lives up to its predecessor's legend. [June 2006, p.94]
  3. PC Gamer
    89
    Given Bug Huge Game's big huge ambition level when crafting Rise of Legends, some dents in the genie lamp are to be expected. But they don't come close to spoiling Legend's fabulous magic carpet ride. [July 2006, p.65]