The addition of numerous scenarios and awesome graphics make this game one of the year's best. I recommend that you purchase this game and get playing online for some of the best multiplayer action to hit the RTS genre in a long time.
The resources might have been ripped off from "Settlers," but they're perfectly balanced and you get a genuine sense of achievement as you build a thriving town from a few sticks and a couple of peasants.
PROS-- Massive maps, up to 8000 units! Awesome skirmish battles, replay ability is great (still playing in 2015), fun single player missions, unit variety and technology upgrades add nice depth.
CONS-- Bugs like troops getting stuck in terrain or going walkabouts, can be frustrating.
Classic RTS, so much fun!
17-18th century warfare, base building, good graphics for it's time, good but hard campaigns, for example the Russian campaign where Russia it let's you play as evolves from a backwater state into an European superpower but I feel the last mission wasn't that good, then again maybe the developers had the multiplayer in mind which does indeed seem to be the case since you have multiplayer only historical missions/battles, which is a shame since I never really got to play and experience them all because of that. Each nation has it's own architecture and unique units, you also have naval warfare, but most of all the game allows you to play it as you want. If you like small scale battles you can play without peace time and try to defeat your enemy fast, but you can also build up thousand of troops, compared to most RTS games where you build squad sized units. A great game for it's time and even years after.