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  • Summary: From the lead designer of Age of EmpiresĀ® comes Empire EarthTM a real-time strategy game that lets you control the destiny of a fledgling civilization through 500,000 years of human history. Choose any point in time and establish a civilization to transcend the ages and dominate the earth. [Sierra]
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 94
    What impresses us the most is the sheer size of it -- each epoch feels fleshed out and playable, and every era has its own nuances, so it's almost like getting 14 games in one.
  2. What makes this such a compelling feature is that you actually have different sets of units, heroes and buildings for each of the epochs, translating into over 200 different combat units, structures and era-appropriate historical heroes to command your armies. To say that Empire Earth has a lot to offer is an understatement.
  3. An enjoyable RTS game in the Age of Empire mold that will last even the most experienced of gamers quite some time with the various gameplay and map-making options available within it.
  4. This is not a game for those new to strategy games - the challenge and complexity make Empire Earth too much to digest for these players and it may easily prove to be frustrating to them.
  5. Computer Gaming World
    80
    Empire Earth’s kitchen sink design is too massive (if at time unwieldy) to be darkened by the shadow cast by a dozen games. [Feb 2002, p.94]
  6. 80
    Good sandbox mode and multiplayer.
  7. 60
    Playing Empire Earth is akin to attending a banquet with courses of food... that keep coming long after you've pushed back from the table and undone your belt.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. May 19, 2011
    10
    I grew up with RTS games such as this as well as Age of Empires II. Empire Earth and Age of Empires have their similarites, but I believe theyI grew up with RTS games such as this as well as Age of Empires II. Empire Earth and Age of Empires have their similarites, but I believe they are quite different games. The campaigns of Empire Earth are historically accurate and a bunch of fun to play. Skirmish mode is great too. If you enjoy slower paced RTS games than Empire Earth is a game that is certainly worth buying, if not, then try Age of Empires. Either way this is up there on the best RTS games ever list. Expand
  2. EEhead
    Jul 31, 2004
    10
    Excellent. Best RTS Game of all time.
  3. May 16, 2013
    10
    It is my opinion that this game was the apex of the RTS genre. Even amazing games like Supreme Commander fail to match up to the brilliance ofIt is my opinion that this game was the apex of the RTS genre. Even amazing games like Supreme Commander fail to match up to the brilliance of Empire Earth. Empire Earth features in depth gameplay, stunning visuals, and an inspiring soundtrack. The pinnacle of the game is it's map and scenario editor. Expand
  4. [Anonymous]
    May 22, 2002
    9
    Empire Earth (EE) is a very impressive game--the downloadable demo reveals just the tip of the iceberg. EE is similar to Age of Empires in Empire Earth (EE) is a very impressive game--the downloadable demo reveals just the tip of the iceberg. EE is similar to Age of Empires in terms of basic gameplay but to say that "this game is so much more" would be an understatement. Everything is modeled in 3D which enables air combat (from old biplanes to attack helicopters to nano-age fighter-bombers). Clever features include snipers being invisible from a distance (except for a brief gunflash & smoke when they shoot) and partisans walking through normally inaccessible forests. Epochs like the stone age, and nano age are so dramatically different that they could have been entirely different games. Watching nanobots battle with lasers looks more like a Star Wars game than Age of Empires. I really like the fact that it includes the game save & autosave features. Also, the autosave default interval of 10 minutes can be changed. However, I didn't rate this game a perfect 10 primarily because it should've included more built-in victory types (like "Regicide" in Age of Empires II). This game is very highly recommended if you like real-time strategy games. I also own & enjoy Age of Empires II: Conquerors so I'm very surprised AOE2 rated higher than Empire Earth here. Expand
  5. Jul 29, 2013
    9
    A good game. Actually, it's just like Age of Empires, but with a much much bigger tech tree, multiple tech epochs and 3D graphics. It's allA good game. Actually, it's just like Age of Empires, but with a much much bigger tech tree, multiple tech epochs and 3D graphics. It's all classics of the RTS genre Expand
  6. Jul 22, 2012
    8
    This game is not Age of Empires. At all. Other than the fact that they are both RTS. So everyone stop suggesting that.

    Otherwise, this game
    This game is not Age of Empires. At all. Other than the fact that they are both RTS. So everyone stop suggesting that.

    Otherwise, this game came out in 2001 and when it did it was great for its time and it still has replay value. One of my favorite RTS and games of all time, even though I gave it an 8, it is a fair score based on some small problems in the game.
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  7. Sep 6, 2010
    4
    Painful and slow gameplay make it incomprehensible that this game actually came after Age of Empires I. To me it feels like a primitivePainful and slow gameplay make it incomprehensible that this game actually came after Age of Empires I. To me it feels like a primitive predecessor of that classic game in every way. Expand

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