In Settlers: Rise of an Empire Gold Edition, the player creates their own empire of bustling cities in a captivating medieval world. However, threats are always looming so you must be prepared to defend your mighty kingdom. Powered by RenderWare, everything is visible, highly detailed, and real.
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Mostly Positive (133 reviews) - 72% of the 133 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 18, 2008

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Includes 2 items: The Settlers®: Heritage of Kings, The Settlers®: Rise Of An Empire Gold Edition

 

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In Settlers: Rise of an Empire Gold Edition, the player creates their own empire of bustling cities in a captivating medieval world. However, threats are always looming so you must be prepared to defend your mighty kingdom.
Powered by RenderWare, everything is visible, highly detailed, and real. Each character has his own life, which can always be observed by the player. The game offers you a deep but always comprehensible economy system with various recourses and goods which are produced and gathered by the different professions. The ultimate goal of the game is to expand your empire to become a legendary King.
Bring out the best in every Settler, build up a prosperous economy, fulfill every need of your citizens, and protect your people from any danger!
Includes the Eastern Realm Expansion pack!
  • Create big, bustling medieval cities: Plot your expansion, manage your resources wisely, and provide for your people. Settlers: Rise of an Empire offers an easy to pick-up gameplay that allows everybody from newbies to strategy experts to enjoy the game.
  • Protect your citizens and your empire: Build up armies, vehicles, and walls to protect your empire. Everything depends on your economy: Is your empire wealthy enough to supply a powerful defense force?
  • Exciting multiplayer experience: Work together with one friend and play against another team: Will your division of labor be efficient enough to beat your opponent?
  • A full living, detailed atmosphere: The RenderWare engine creates an extremely detailed universe with numerous plants, animals and other details which will attract the player.
  • Four climatic zones: The four climatic zones and the four seasons have full impact on recourse management and gameplay.
  • Natural interaction of Settlers: All Settlers have their own daily life and they interact naturally with each other.
  • The Settlers series has already sold over 6 Million units worldwide!

Eastern Realm Expansion Pack Features
  • Exciting new landscapes: New 8 map campaign based on the Indian environment offers a beautiful and detailed world.
  • Enhanced challenges: New “Monsoon Rain” season allows players to test their skill as they survive in harsh weather conditions.
  • Immersive gameplay: Automated monthly transactions and new well system now allow the player to have more control than ever over his empire.
  • New Characters: Geologists assist the player in order to create a thriving empire.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP / Vista (only)
    • Processor: 2 GHz Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP 2000+ (3.0 GHz Pentium 4 or Athlon 64 3400+ recommended)
    • Memory: 512 MB (1 GB required for Vista)
    • Video Card: 128 MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant, Shader 1.3-enabled video card (256 MB recommended) (see supported list*)
    • DirectX Version: DirectX 9 or higher (included)
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB free
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9-compliant sound card
    • Peripherals Supported: Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse
    • Multiplayer: Broadband Internet connection with 128 kbps Kbps upstream or faster.
    *Supported Video Cards:
    NVIDIA GeForce 4Ti / FX / 6 / 7 / 8 families (Geforece 4MX NOT supported)
    ATI Radeon 9500-9800 / X / HD families
    Laptop versions of these cards are not fully supported.
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200 of 242 people (83%) found this review helpful
307 people found this review funny
Recommended
105.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
The bakers are on strike due to a food shortage.

(A really good city building game.)
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101 of 111 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
55.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2015
The game is very good the graphics maybe outdated but
its still fun the only thing this city builder realy misses is houses
I do have to warn you for one thing else if you have windows 8 the game may say youre graphic card is too low but i have found the solution.

1. Go to NVIDIA Control Panel
2. 3D Settings -> Manage 3D Settings
3. Select Program Settings and find Settler 6
4. In the drop-down choose High Performance NVIDIA processor
5. Apply the changes
6. Play the game

Have a great day!
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48 of 57 people (84%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
129.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2013
Great game, lots of maps, freedom to explore/ personalise. I prefer the custom games to the tutorial/ missions. Multiplayer can be a bit choppy. Overall, I would recommend.
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35 of 39 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
The game itself is fantastic, but the Steam version is broken on modern systems.

Buy it on GOG. They include the texture resolution patch with that version!
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32 of 38 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
62.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 5, 2011
I think this is the best Settlers of the series. I have played settlers 7 and am not sure on the changes. This one is just great.

Shame there are no Steam achievements
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
55.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
The Settlers - Rise of an Empire is one of my favorite RTS games and it is a prominent part of the game series.
I am the "builder type", and this game lets me play my style: mine all the resources, upgrade everything, create the biggest army possible and crush the enemy. After the overcomplicated The Settlers - Heritage of Kings this may look too simple, because you only need to care a few basic things to run the economy well. The game also took away the control of the settlers, you only can move your army and your hero. I like the idea to place a building, and the people will do their work automatically. It's logic: if I place a mine, I would create miners anyway. You still can explore the map with the hero of your choice, they both have passive and active capabilities. The game is well balanced, looks beautiful IMO and I also purchased the OST because it is a masterpiece. The multiplayer is completely dead, but it still worth buying because of the campaign, it has a great story. I could play hours on each map and with the Gold Edition you also get the expansion. 10/10 would buy again.
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 26, 2014
I like this game, it lets you build your empire the way you want it to be no fixed postions for buildings the only thing i really hate is the mouse edge scrolling its really bad and pretty much none existant when you get through the campaign abit. the campaign seems to have good missions and they are pretty good and long although im not to sure about the time it takes to do some missions.

So to sum it up this is a good game its just that the camera that is the problem.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
Adore this game except for the thieves. They get caught very easily and the enemy thieves always manage to avoid my guards somehow. On the plus side, I really love building up my little towns to bustling cities and going out to claim land for my kingdom. I don't see the point of the citizens getting married, as it doesn't seem to affect population in any way, but if it keeps them happy, I'm willing to throw a festival every now and then. I think this game has a great blend of strategy and warfare coupled with governing a town. Overall, I really like this game.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 20, 2012
Rise of an Empire is my favorite release from the Settlers series. From the resource gathering to surviving harsh winters to creating armies & conquering territories, this game does it all very well. There is much to do within the game including multiplayer, custom scenarios and a rather intruiging caimpaign. If you are a true City Builder/Strategy fan, I highly recommend this classic.
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Updated: I was able to up the amount on default video memory thru the BIOS to 512MB. This has allowed me to play the game now. If you are a well versed computer user running windows 8 then you should be able to manage this fix. If not i would stear away from this great game until a fix is released to the masses.

20 Dollars down the Drain. I really was looking forward into getting back into this game played it allot back when it came out. Well after installation when I went to run it I was unable to even load into the game. I constantly recieve a memory issue. This was the first and last time i will not check the forums before a purchase of an older title. It looks to be an issue to do with windows 8 and any video card over 2gigs of memory.

If they fix this i look forward to enjoying this game as I did in the past. If not i only hope they will refund those of us whom cannot run this game on a newer system.

They should also put some kind of warning into the description so newer users do not run into this issue.
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GhostPhreak
58.3 hrs
Posted: September 24
Enjoyed it as a kid
Still enjoy it now
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Davidklk
42.4 hrs
Posted: September 8
This game is great fun to play. I'm on my third playthrough of it and the expansion and own it on two distributions.
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Risky Boots
17.8 hrs
Posted: August 30
Well , it's better then the fo4 settlement system :D
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azerisii
79.4 hrs
Posted: August 19
A decent enough game that hasn't aged too badly.

The constant nagging about promotions wears thin by the second level.
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Despo
17.7 hrs
Posted: August 16
thıs game offers basıcally nothıng ıt comes ınterestıng at fırst but then loses all of ıts magıc
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The Dark Soul
11.9 hrs
Posted: July 23
PROS:
Medieval
Great viking singing
Great soundtracks
Great combat
Great questline
Great misc. storylines
Map Editor


CONS:
Terrible voice acting
Requirements are stupid

10/10
"We're running up the battlements. We're burning down the settlements. We're fighting close our enemies. We're knocking down the masonry. Let's struggle, fight, and fray,
To our foes dismay, a bloody-minded day. Our enemies decay. We're smashing our adversaries, We're tearing down all boundaries, We're marching to fatality, we're loathing immortality. Let's struggle, fight, and fray. To our foes dismay, a bloody-minded day. Our enemies decay!"
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Lulu
191.8 hrs
Posted: July 7
I really like this game, I've not been really big on city building games but this one and Caesar 4 have really got me hooked so I've since purchased a few others to keep busy on hot days/nights. So far the only issue that I have with this game is the fact that it doesn't scroll very smoothly but other than that it's a pretty good game and fairly easy once you figure out what works and what doesn't. :) All in all though not bad for the price.
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elk
6.9 hrs
Posted: July 3
Repetitive as ♥♥♥♥.

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Gizzmicbob
6.4 hrs
Posted: June 25
Cool
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SpielDude
42.9 hrs
Posted: May 20
This game can be very addicting! The Art style is a little cartoony but the gameplay is very well done. If you like Age of Empires, then you'll absolutely love this game!
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