Praetorians is set amidst the political machinations of an emerging Roman Empire. You will be transported back to the dusty battlefields of Egypt, the combat theaters of Gaul and finally to the heart of the Empire itself, Italy in the crusade to become Emperor.
User reviews: Mixed (185 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 10, 2003
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“Praetorians is an excellent choice for real-time strategy fans looking for a stiff and satisfying challenge.”
8.4 – GameSpot

“If Caesar hadn't gone and gotten stabbed by his friends, I'm sure he would have liked this as much as I do.”
8.9 – IGN

“Praetorians certainly does set itself apart from the competition”
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About This Game

Praetorians is set amidst the political machinations of an emerging Roman Empire. You will be transported back to the dusty battlefields of Egypt, the combat theaters of Gaul and finally to the heart of the Empire itself, Italy in the crusade to become Emperor. Your quest will not be easy, as the Empire is heavily defended by thousands of different troop types and war machines, all with special skills and individual strengths. The road to becoming Emperor depends on strategy! You must learn to combine your units and exploit the weakness of the enemy, but as you get closer to the Emperor things become even more difficult as you must face his personal guard, the most powerful and deadly fighting force in the Empire - The Praetorian Guard!

Key Features

  • Three different armies: Gauls, Egyptians and the Roman Legions
  • Unique sets of abilities and formations for different unit types and characters
  • Fast-paced action were things can easily go from hectic to wrong

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Hard Drive: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible sound
Helpful customer reviews
17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Great game, works good on windows 8 here.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
For the people having the problem every PC gamer will have atleast once in there lifetime.
You dont need to download that file from that guy who says you need to go and download the game all over again or something like that. All that is needed to do is simply change the compaditability mode to either one of the XP Service packages and the game will run smooth and fine.

Either way, ive barely played the game but i can tell it will be fun. So just do what I said above and youl be fine. if not, then you will need to download that file, sorry to say but I just thought instead of downloading whatever that guy said to download, why not just put it in Xp service 3 package and it works. No need to tweak anything else.

Have fun with your memories :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Good game ... I played it when i still in Elementary School>.....<
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
I loved this game, but it did have some bugs and it was really hard for me to pick up on at first. The one thing I wish they could change would so that when I tried to access the steam chat while in game it would actually pull it up. Another thing is that they should've made put in the game is that certain sides would automatically be teamed with one another, making large scale battles possible. But overall this was an amazing game, it put my mind to work and got me thinking like a strategist back in roman times. I highly reccomend this game.
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161 of 183 people (88%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 11, 2014
Great game but has some modern issues. You will likely need to run this game in compatibility mode for XP and the resoltuon maxes out at 1084x798 although if you go to MyDocuments/Praetorians and open the user config and change Game Res 2 to Game Res 3 you can run it in 1280x720p. Game still holds up, super fun and brings back the nostalgia.
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125 of 143 people (87%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 11, 2014
EDIT: Some compatibility issues, that are seemingly easy to fix;

-Find 'Praetorians.exe' in the steam folder (Program Files, Steam, Steamapps, common, Praetorians)
-Right click on it and select properties
-Go to the 'Compatibility' tab
-Select Run this program in compatibility mode, and select your operating system from the menu

I'm running Windows 7, and this seems to have fixed the crashing problems when trying to start a game. Thanks to 'The Amazing SparKo' for his advice!


A great game from years gone by, however this version is not working. The game will crash when I try to start any mission.

Will update if the issue is fixed.
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 10, 2014
This game was the best game of my childhood.
It's just amazing, i would highly recommend this to anyone!

A few minor compatibility issues with playing Praetorians, heres how to fix it;
-Find 'Praetorians' in the steam folder. (Program Files, Steam, Steamapps, common, Praetorians)
-Right click on 'Praetorians.exe' or the 'Praetorians' Application and select properties. (Not the Icon)
-Go to the 'Compatibility' tab in properties.
-Select run this program in compatibility mode, and select your operating system from the drop down menu.

9/10 due to compatibility issues.
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52 of 65 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2014
I don't write reviews, as a general rule, but for this I make an exception for a few simple reasons, firstly because this is not so much a review as... well, no, it is a review. Sort of. But that is besides the point, this is just reminiscing about why it is/was/always will be so good and mostly clearing up some issues that other people have been raising, but enough of the review of the review or the introduction to the introduction, here is the introduction.

This game was probably one of the best games of my childhood and is now on Steam. Bring on the nostalgia. The game is as excellent as it always was but being an oldie it may have some compatibility issues with modern operating systems, as are the subject of every single negative review here. My advice to the people writing those reviews, before you go ranting and raving about how terrible and broken it is try and fix the problem first and then give the people some advice other than simply "give up".
There is an easy solution to those complaints that works for me and a lot of other people have put foward slightly more complicated ones if this one doesn't work-
STEP ONE (of one): simply disable the in-game steam interface on Praetorians by right clicking on it in your library, going to Properties, and unchecking the "Enable in-game Steam overlay" box, it won't be hard to find. This will mean that you will be unable to open Steam using shift-tab while in game but the game will run perfectly. If you find the in-game Steam interface so useful on other games that you do not want to disable it then bear in mind that this is an old game and your computer will be able to tab up and down in a second without any setbacks, so you can just pause the game and flit down to your actual Steam window instead without any trouble.

Also, bare in mind that when it lables the release date as "11th April 2014" it means that that is when it was released on Steam, not when it was actually released for the first time. If you are after a game with modern standard graphics (y'know, when people have faces and whatnot) then don't hold your breath. But, depite the lack of overly extensive dtail on the units the scenery is alright, it doesn't look like the view from out of your window but it is good enough, exceptionally so for its era. The reason you play this game is not because of the immense graphics that require more processing power than the Matrix to run. You play it because it is immersive, fun and features some very good strategic elements, which I did just add a list of to the review but I got carried away and it was way too long, so I'll jut stick by saying that there are lots of them and I'll let you figure them out for yourselves or let other people tell you in other, better and more thorough reviews.
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40 of 48 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 16, 2014
The game is perfect! Some users are facing some crashes, but a final solution is already available on this guide:
No other RTS game can provide the emotion that Praetorians provides. When playing this game online in a room with 8 players, for example, a 4v4 clan game battle with voice communication, you cannot even blink, such is the emotion and attention required. This is really a great game! One of the best!

The best part of the game: it is not enough to know what to do and how to do, you need to have a good control of the game and keep your emotions firm, so that you can move your troops correctly and kill the enemy properly! Also, sometimes you have no more than few miliseconds to take an important decision that may lead you to the glory or to the destruction!

Many people are playing this game only versus CPU. However, when you start to play Praetorians online in multiplayer mode, the game seems to be a totally new game! The way of playing, the way of thinking, even the way of moving your troops, everything is totally different! You cannot lose one single movement, you cannot miss what your enemies are thinking and planning, otherwise you may be caught in a trap and all your armies are going to be destroyed.

For those who has not experienced yet the emotion of playing Praetorians online in Multiplayer mode, I invite you to read this guide and join the multiplayer Praetorians community in Game Ranger, allthe best players are there! This guide:
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2014
I played this game growing up as a boy who loved to emerse myself in the idea of Romans, mainly due to the two nostalgic titles of The settlers IV and Rome total war. So when my Dad brought this game home I found it hard not to fall in love as the game portrays what Romans are remembered for in many little and major aspects of the game.

This game will seem overwelming at first and the fact that it is old and pretty harsh graphics to look at won't help, especially if your new to the RTS genre. The personel management of troops is the main feature of this game as well as supplying new troops from villages that have either a barbarian or eastern theme. This works well but could be seriously expanded on. For example the only way to select troops is a drag box method. This is also fine but gets annoying when troops move indepedantly due to any stimuli. For example the troops will move out the way for a catapult and when I return to them they are somewhere else and have alerted the enemy. So some polish and rethink of coding and game aspects is needed.

This being said once you understand the game it can be very engaging and it is hard to press save because you want to finish your mission from the senate.
The cutsenes every 3-4 episodes are really cool and help you understand what is going on in your story (what little there is of it).
You can also play as the barbarians or egyptians/easternerns which is fun and different but all 3 factions have the same basic unit structure. Auxilary/light infanty who can build things, Archers , heavy infanty, spearmen, cavarly both ranged and none.
This being sai abilities of units do vary across the factions which makes the game slighlty more tasteful.

Would i recomend this game?
Only if you enjoy or are familiar with both Romans and the entire theme of Rome, and RTS games - kinda obvious

Kind regards to all who read this through.
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Great classic, playing it again after so many years :D Worth every cent ! Old school strategy at its best. Amazing soundtrack.
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36 of 54 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
My first PC game! Still love it <3
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 22, 2014
Ah Praetorians, the game i spent hundreds of hours on back in my childhood. I remember waking up on a saturday morning, and running to my very old PC, and booting this game up. It was amazing when i played it, it was so addictive, challenging and overall fun. I only picked this up in the sale because it was very cheap, and i'm glad i did because it brought back so many good memory's.
You can play as Barbarians, Romans and Egyptians
Each of them have there own types of units, Egyptians for example have slaves, while barbarians have Infantry.
If you have Windows 8 or 8.1 you may have a compatibilty issue, but that can easily be fixed. Thanks for reading
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
This was one of my favorite childhood games and I've been trying to find a copy of this game for years because I lost the disc, so when I found it I immediatly bought it. The compatability issue can be easily fixed as mentioned in other reviews. It was defenitly worth it!
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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
26.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
Best classic game ever :D
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 12, 2014
Praetorians is a really amazing RTS game.
In inchoate RTS game, most of them is playing like starcraft II, the mean idea is how to get better control to every unit
However, Praetorians choose another way to define how RTS game really mean, is hot to get better general situation view and how to really use it in actual combat.
Roman, Barbarian and Egyptian, three different factions are very balanceable. Roman have best discipline and defense but they need more time to train; Barbarian have the most strong body, it's means that they have the best single pawn ombat capability but they have the lowest number of warriors; Egyptian have the largest number of army, but they are weaker than other two factions.
It's the best RTS I have ever played, it's gave a new rule of RTS.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 11, 2014
This game, is balls. In a good way.

I had this game since it came out, about 2003 or 2004, and if it wasn't because the CD ended up useless after using it too much, I would probably still play the original version, and have not bought this one. But dude, at THIS price, how to say "no"? Less than 1€ for this? But you probably don't know crap about it, do you? I won't judge for that, actually!

Praetorians is an Spanish strategy game, from the old, old times. Because it was made ONLY in Spanish, the English version was kind of rushed, that being one of the biggest problems of the game: Holy ♥♥♥♥, the English voices suck so hard, I rather call GG and ragequit from life. If you're Spanish, you can just install a patch to put the good Spanish voices, but if you're not...Learn Spanish, or get ear-♥♥♥♥♥, I guess. The other main issue with this game, is the fact that was build to work on Windows XP, back when it was mainstream. That means you will have some problems, unless you check in the game files, and set the .exe file of the game to run as it was on Windows XP. Not a big deal, but unless you do it, your game will look corrupted as ♥♥♥♥, with black textures, and stuff like that. The last bad thing about this game, is that the original servers are loooooooong gone. Fear not, though. Lan still works just fine, and there are ways to play online, one of them, and probably the best one, being GameRanger...Or whatever that thing is called, haven't tested it yet, but I will (if I find anything wrong with it, I will edit this part of the Review). Now that the bad stuff of the game, I can just go along and tell you about the rest.

But hey, is the actual game any good? Holy ♥♥♥♥, it is. Have you played other strategy games? Warcraft III? Age of Empires? Starcraft? In most strategy games, you spend an awful lot of time getting resources: Wood, gold, food, all kinds of stuff, right? WELL F#CK THAT, WE ARE GOING REALISTIC HERE. Praetorians was one of those games that decided to f#ck da police, and do something diferent, and on this case, it works quite well!

There's only two resources here: First, people. How do you get people? Capture a town. You DON'T build the towns, they already exist out there. Find one, force them to work with you by building some pointless-looking tower, and send your Captain on it. If the town has, for example, 300 recluits, you will be able to build 300 soldiers. Most troops go in sets of 12, 16 or 30, though. And what's the other resource? Honor. You get honor by killing enemy units, doesn't matter if they're scouts, simple soldiers, or their captains. With honor, you can build stronger units, like cavalry.

There are 3 races: Romans (Hey cousin, let's go bolling!), Barbarians, and Egypcians. It's not too much, I know, but just like the 4 races of Warcraft 3, they all feel different: Romans mainly use their formations, and rely on the player to think before doing anything stupid, using the terrain to it's favor. Barbarians have less troops, but can work together, setting up powerful traps (for example, their main warriors can immobilize an enemy troop long enough for you to aim your siege units, and annihilate them), and the Egypcians...Well, they're not used much, mainly because their troops are weaker, but faster to build. It turns into a Zerg-rush quite quick. That doesn't mean they're not good to play as, just not as fun. Their Special units (remember, you build them with honor) are quite powerful, though.

When it comes to how to navigate the map, and how gameplay works into it, it feels like Warcraft III, but more tactical:

Troops that are not spear-mans and cavalry can go into forests. Inside them, they're invisible for the enemies outside.

The tall-grass works in a similar way, but spear-mans are allowed to go in. The bad part of it, is that archers can set the tall-grass on fire, making it hard to go across, and pretty much instantly killing any soldiers hidden on it.

Only your main soldiers (like the Roman legionnaires), and I think Siege units as well, won't be able to cross rivers.

Troops that are in high-grounds will get vision of anything bellow, and will get extra-range of they're ranged units. Units bellow won't see from where the attacks are comming, and won't see the enemies as well.

You get the idea. It doesn't matter that you build yourself a huge army with 500 soldiers, you go in without exploring first, and you're probably getting your ♥♥♥ whopped. Because that's another thing, exploration units! There are two, ground and sky exploration:

With the ground scout, you can check forests and tall-grass. And incase you think the enemy might be near, you can send your wolf instead. Don't worry, the wolf won't get killed, but they can chase it and find the scout!

The sky scout works like the ground one while you don't use his companion, an eagle. You can send it to any nearby places, and see from the sky what's up there. It scouts way quicker than the ground one, but won't get any vision on woods, and any enemy range unit will scare it off with an attack.

You get the main idea, this game is Warcraft III, set in the Ancient Rome, and serious as hell. If you're a filthy casual, you can indeed have fun with the single player and the bots, though. The story mode is actually quite long, with like 30 or more chapters, all of them with voices and it's own story, all of it, based on real battles. The bots play well, and come in 3 different settings of difficulty, and the maps are quite good as well. And incase you get bored of the game, or want more stuff, there's one mod called "Imperial Mod 5.0", or something like that, that adds a bunch more races, a ♥♥♥♥-load of maps, more music, and better textures. Of course, the game looks dated at these times...But I don't mind, it was pretty before, and it's kind of pretty today, still.

If you love real-time strategy games, and don't like to set up bases to farm like a prick for half the match, you should look into this game. Specially with the price drops. Right now, as I write this, it's at less than 1€, and I can tell you, for that price YOU SHOULD TOTALLY BUY IT. At full price it's something like 4-5€, and even though it's still a good price, you might want to wait for a better deal. Just let yourself go, and enjoy old games that where actually good, without ripping off all your money.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
Ahh brings back so many childhood memories... although the crashing bug is a pain to fix it is worth the nostalgic feeling I get, with this game revolving around proper military strategy and wit compared to resource micromanagement and tech research in most RTS games today
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20 of 37 people (54%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
Good old strategy game... :)

I have a Win7 64 bit and the game works on it.
(So if you have problems with it, then that is your fault, not the game's)

I can recommend it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 19, 2014
Growing up with this game, and playing it the most and extremely enjoying it, this is my favorite RTS of all time, and up there in my favorite games. It's pure fun. Now it's on Steam.

It's a little hard to get it going and working on Steam but just check out the Community Guides and install the Mod Complex. It isn't very hard once you pay attention to the directions and the games works perfectly plus some extras from mods of this game from the past. The only thing I couldn't get working was the in-game Steam overlay but I won't miss it that much.

The game doesn't require resources to collect or anything, just population and a troop max, which adds to the strategy because you have to predict what the enemy will show up with and use the troop max wisely to match their units and beat them. From my long, long, long experience with this game it relies on a big battle between two factions, and whoever comes out the winner with what troops they picked and how they used them, pretty much is able at that point to defeat that player... putting them in deep trouble. However, when you play with multiple CPUs, the AI will be smart enough to try and finish your army off if you lose too many troops and then you'll be the one in big trouble.

That's why I love this game: it's timing, your decisions, and pure military that control the battles.

The maps are pretty great. A lot of them are set up in linear terrain settings... which sounds awful, but Pyro designed these maps so well so that it isn't so straight foward. There's always another way to go, a different way to fight in *most* maps.

Graphics? This game is from 2003... you get what you expect. However, I say you get a bit more. Some people will probably disagree with me, but the game looks fantastic still! I think that this game has aged extremely well. Obviously textures have aged, but graphically, the heart of how this game looks and not the technical stuff, it's well crafted and meant to last.

Not many people play multiplayer any more, and even the Steam release hasn't breathed that much light into it. Through the game you can only use LAN/IP connections, but most people use GameRanger anyways. Not quite as active as say Rome: Total War, but there are some people.

There are a few decent mods for this game too, the best of which are included in the aforementioned Mod Complex.

The soundtrack is pretty fantastic and I wish the composer Mateo Pascual did more soundtracks. He's worked with Pyro Studios a few times, and done a few other things too, but this is certainly his pinacle. Seriously, I like this soundtrack so much I put it on my phone's music app (Google Play whatever you don't care haha). If you're looking for epic but intricate and catchy classical music with drums and symphonies, this is the bee's knee's.

This game isn't perfect though. Sometimes it's a bit reliant on "more men + better units = winner" type of strategy. It does take some time to figure out, but once you realize that this isn't how the game works, and you realize that nearly every time you fight someone you can beat them without following this strategy (or letting it happen to you), then this problem disappears. A lot of people feel that the troop max is annoying, but I feel that without it being at the limit it is, this game wouldn't be very difficult. Sure, I've said the AI is pretty good, and there are three different difficulties with a mostly decent difficulty curve, but the limit is surely essential, I feel. Gameplay wise, the vanilla game doesn't have an incredible amount to offer, but it's also $5 and like I said, it's very easy to install Mod Complex to get more gameplay-adding mods. The game can't nearly go to 1920x1080 resolution and has a lot more technical limitations than any modern game, but remember it's from 2003. Overall, once you get working, it's awesome. Buy it.

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