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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: 36 out of 39
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  1. JDaSilva
    Jun 9, 2003
    10
    This game is a masterpiece. Perfectly balanced, epic, exciting, beautiful and the most important: FUN!!! Every RTS, TBS or War gaming lover This game is a masterpiece. Perfectly balanced, epic, exciting, beautiful and the most important: FUN!!! Every RTS, TBS or War gaming lover must own this gem. Big Huge Games: I must say Chapeau! Expand
  2. 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
  3. Jun 7, 2014
    10
    Best RTS game ever made! Thanks Steam for bringing it back! Great variety of nations, game style.. One of my favourite games of all time.Best RTS game ever made! Thanks Steam for bringing it back! Great variety of nations, game style.. One of my favourite games of all time. Multiplayer games are superb! Expand
  4. Jul 26, 2013
    10
    Big Huge Games did a wonderful job on this title. I've played many RTS games, and RON is surely one of my favorites. Do not listen to theBig Huge Games did a wonderful job on this title. I've played many RTS games, and RON is surely one of my favorites. Do not listen to the negativity. As I've stated in many of my reviews, everyone is entitled to their opinion, but this game doesn't deserve low scores. Most of the nations do tend to play the same, however, most nations have unique units which no other nation can have. One example is of course the British Black Watch. How cool is that? The British are surely one of my favorites to play, but the Russians are my 2nd choice, for they get the power of the Motherland which invading armies suffer additional attrition damage. Most armies are dead by the time they can get to your capitol. Awesome.

    Now, some have stated a problem with historical accuracy and some nations having access to gun power units when they didn't in reality. Well, you have to remember, when playing the Conquer the Entire World or New World campaigns, those are not meant to played historically. Those are a "what might have been" where you pick a nation and world dominate. So, if some said nation never had guns in history, but they changed history, then I guess they would end up having guns now wouldn't they? Now, the other campaigns such as Alexander, The Cold War or Napoleon are pretty accurate history wise. I've no complaints here.

    A great game with great graphics, lots of replay value, fun and addictive. 10/10.
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  5. May 24, 2012
    10
    With the most immerse campaign I've ever played (borrowing the concept from Risk), the most diverse nations, and the most diverse units &With the most immerse campaign I've ever played (borrowing the concept from Risk), the most diverse nations, and the most diverse units & buildings, this game is the type of RTS that's deserved to be called one of the most realistic RTS yet. Expand
  6. TonyG.
    Jul 15, 2004
    9
    In my RTS world, all games are simply shadows of Warcraft III. That being said, this is a really good game! It's an intriguing combo of In my RTS world, all games are simply shadows of Warcraft III. That being said, this is a really good game! It's an intriguing combo of Age of Empires and Civilizations. The single player is really enhanced by the "Conquer the World" option, which is a nice RTS version of the classic Risk. I prefer this game over Age of Empires because it is more unique. And anything that AOE does, Warcraft III does better. But Rise of Nations has several unique concepts not present in either game: wonders and its cleverly designed research tree. While wonders were technically present in AoE, in RoN they build much faster and provide in-game benefits. As for the tech-tree, it is a very simple, straightforward progression that isn't present in other RTS games. You choose to advance in one of four categories: military, civic, economic, and science. Another great aspect of RoN is how open-ended your expansion capabilities are. Instead of needing to build near resources, you can build a city anywhere you want. This leads to an interesting concept: how do I shape my expansion towns in my growing empire? Do you locate them all in a line to invade enemy space, or do you build out in a circular, turtle like defensive pattern? Combat is not nearly as smooth in WC3, but that's ok. It's different but still a lot of fun. Instead of insane micromanagement, this game concentrates more on macromanagement. The battles spread out over large areas, and you need to be aware of where you're sending your guys. Outflanking is a valid maneuver here. The pacing of battles is relaxed compared to WC3, but AoE players will find it similar. Overall, this is a very enjoyable game. If you're an RTS nut, try it--you won't be disappointed. Expand
  7. May 16, 2015
    0
    Russian language. Нет поддержки русского языка, а очень много Россиян играют в игру, очень обидно и не удобно из-за этого играть. Если ставитьRussian language. Нет поддержки русского языка, а очень много Россиян играют в игру, очень обидно и не удобно из-за этого играть. Если ставить сторонний русификатор, то проблемы с сетевой игрой, что так же портит наслаждение от игры!!! Expand

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