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  • Summary: Rise of Prussia is the latest release from AGEOD, and is a follow-up to their successful historical strategy games Birth of America, American Civil War, Napoleon's Campaigns, and Wars in America. Rise of Prussia covers the European campaigns of the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). [Paradox Interactive] Expand
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. It's by far their most accessible game yet. [June 2010, p.89]
  2. Prussian virtues like discipline and order aren’t much fun and turn-based battles like in Rise of Prussia aren’t much fun either. If you are very interested in the Seven Year war, then go for it, otherwise take a look at Napolean: Total War instead.
  3. Rise of Prussia is a solid but unspectacular slice of neoclassical strategy gaming that is worth a look if you are a die-hard fan of AGEOD's previous efforts, or if you're a strategy buff looking for a new challenge. And possibly if you have an obsession for white wigs.
  4. So the games tend toward stalemate. Action-packed stalemate, certainly, but that action grows tiresome as the armies take and retake the same contested territories over dozens and dozens of turns. Rise of Prussia becomes a game about attrition and endurance, on the part of the player as much as his troops.
  5. Other grand strategy games like Napoleon: Total War or even Empire: Total War do what Rise of Prussia does, but better, so it makes you wonder why this game sticks to antiquated gameplay features and complex micromanagement that just isn't very much.
  6. Seven Year’s war simulation may be a good idea but it certainly has to be created differently than the way Excel charts are. Reading Wikipedia is more fun than playing this game. [Issue#191]
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  1. Aug 30, 2011
    The learning curve can be a bit daunting, so maybe it wasn't casual enough for the reviewers. A very solid and deep turn based strategy game that takes place during the 7 years war.

    cmon reviewers, suggesting Empire total war over this? suggesting Empire Total War for any reason at all, really?!? E:TW has been a broken piece of **** since it was launched and will never be officially fixed by CA.
    LOL, just... lol.
  2. Sep 18, 2011
    "Napoleon: Total War or even Empire: Total War do what Rise of Prussia does, but better..."

    How a reviewer with even the slightest clue about
    strategy games could make this comparison is beyond all reason and common sense. The only vague similarity between (at least with) Empire Total War and Rise of Prussia is the period setting. Now, I enjoy the Total War games just like the next guy, so please don't consider me prejudice.

    Rise of Prussia is not difficult to grasp...unless that is you expect triangle, square, circle and "x" to have it all covered. There are three tutorials which took me about fifteen minutes to run through and by then I had enough of an idea to know how to play the game. It couldn't be easier.

    Here is a game which, unlike Empire Total War, doesn't attempt to do and be everything. Players are only concerned with manoeuvring troops, building forts if you see fit, constructing supply depots as march further into the fog of war and fighting the enemy. That's it. This really isn't the grognard-only, inaccessible game the critic's opposite have unfairly made it out to be.

    Empire (if the online multiplayer is anything to go by) is about custom battles with half a stack of artillery and getting pissed at your opponent for ignoring the house rules. Rise of Prussia is about moving the pieces into place and beating an AI enemy, which is smart enough to brush aside the Xbox kids who ruin Total War multiplayer for the rest of us.

    This is strategy where strategy is actually required to win. Total War (as much fun as they are) is a "strategy" game where no strategy is required, just a few elite units...and if that somehow fails, reloading those handy automatically saved games.