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  • Summary: Dominate 6,000 years of history from the Ancient Age to the Information Age. Which forces will you deploy to lead your nation to global prominence? Trade, espionage, diplomacy?war? Whichever path you choose, you?ll experience the pulse pounding thrill and speed of real-time gaming combinedDominate 6,000 years of history from the Ancient Age to the Information Age. Which forces will you deploy to lead your nation to global prominence? Trade, espionage, diplomacy?war? Whichever path you choose, you?ll experience the pulse pounding thrill and speed of real-time gaming combined with the epic scope and depth of turn-based strategy games ? brought together for the first time ever in Rise of Nations. Rise of Nations is a new historical real time strategy game from Big Huge Games' Brian Reynolds, designer of PC game classics such as "Civilization 2" and "Alpha Centauri." In Rise of Nations, you'll create new cities, improve city infrastructures and expand national borders. Conquer foes through military might using everything from sling-shots to cannons to stealth bombers to nuclear weapons; corner the market on key commodities and consolidate power under your rule; wheel and deal across time with history's eminent cultures. [Microsoft] Expand
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  1. 100
    The maturation of a genre. More "Civilization" in scope, feel, and satisfaction than even the popular "Age of Empires" series, Rise of Nations is the world's first 4X RTS.
  2. A well-designed, well-executed paragon of strategy gaming, although mouse-click maniacs may be disappointed that the game requires more thought than the typical RTS.
  3. In many ways, Rise of Nations is better than the strategy games that have come before it. It's smarter. It's more challenging. It gives you more to do.
  4. 90
    An enormous game... Classic real-time gaming simply doesn't get much better than this.
  5. Merging the best of the historical strategies of Civilization and Empire Earth with the dynamics and appeal of the Age of Empires and C&C, giving this RTS the level of detail reserved for turn-based strategies and simulations. And the best thing is - this really works!
  6. There is a lot to be said for the city-centric game design, the intricate unit balancing, the smart AI, and the catchy, quickie action, although there isn’t anything here to make the jaded sit up and shout.
  7. 80
    Rise of Nations’ biggest weakness—lack of variety—becomes obvious. Every nation is the same, except for some bonus modifiers; there really aren’t that many units; and in the end, you wind up wielding them as a jumbled horde.

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  1. Positive: 44 out of 50
  2. Negative: 3 out of 50
  1. Jun 15, 2011
    10
    for being 2003, this game is stunning. The graphics are great for it's time period. The levels are so fun, and challenging. You can pick sofor being 2003, this game is stunning. The graphics are great for it's time period. The levels are so fun, and challenging. You can pick so many different time periods to start and end with, and playing online especially is the funnest of all. To play against your friends. It's 2011, and i still play this game to this day. There's no bugs, no flaws, nothing. The AI is smart especially for it's day in age. The game is fantastic. 10 from me. Expand
  2. Nov 8, 2019
    10
    The best in strategic games, and i love it so much, I recommended for all of you.
  3. Aug 4, 2011
    10
    This is a very good strategy game. Many ages, nations and functions like control 1 team as 2 players and so on. The only strategy game I hadThis is a very good strategy game. Many ages, nations and functions like control 1 team as 2 players and so on. The only strategy game I had more fun is Warcraft 3 but mainly because of the story and world. Expand
  4. Feb 11, 2019
    9
    Not only an excellent singleplayer game but also well worth it in coop multiplayer. Great fun!
  5. GeorgeD.
    Feb 11, 2007
    9
    Awesome game, but the one problem with it and many other strategy games is that the water battles or ships are "smooth". There are always Awesome game, but the one problem with it and many other strategy games is that the water battles or ships are "smooth". There are always little awkward and stick out the water a lil but if you ain't too serious about it I think the game is awesome. How it lets you build massive armies cause one unit makes three men. Plus many other unbelievable reasons, in my opinion the 40 bucks I used on this was money well spent. Expand
  6. Aug 21, 2011
    8
    Definitely enjoyed playing this game a lot. The ability to choose your time period was rather exciting, and being able to follow a groups'Definitely enjoyed playing this game a lot. The ability to choose your time period was rather exciting, and being able to follow a groups' entire history was surely a great idea. Graphics are rather good, for back in 2003. Now, a bit outdated, but still entertaining. Expand
  7. Dec 7, 2020
    0
    Possibly the best RTS ever made.

    Reaction from Microsoft for a sequel: Crickets

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