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User reviews: Very Positive (1,237 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 12, 2014

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October 3

Rise of Nations: Official Livestream

IAMPREZSteve & HelenAngel are back for the official Rise of Nations livestream! Join in the fun & multiplayer goodness at http://twitch.tv/riseofnations

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September 12

Twitch Stream 9/12

Come play Rise of Nations: Extended Edition multiplayer live with the community team from now until 12 PM Pacific/GMT-7! Join in at www.twitch.tv/riseofnations

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About This Game

Rise of Nations


Rise of Nations is a real-time strategy game that spans all history.
Start with a single city in the Ancient Age; gather resources; build an infrastructure; research technologies; construct Wonders of the World such as the Pyramids and the Eiffel Tower; and expand your military might across the world, conquering hostile nations with bombers, battleships, and tanks—all over your lunch hour!

In Rise of Nations there are:
  • 18 Nations—each with special abilities and unique military units.
  • Over a hundred military units operating on the ground, sea, and air— from Hoplites to Frigates to Helicopters.
  • Over two dozen buildings with upgrades and technologies that will take your nation from a small City to an Information Age society.
  • 14 Wonders of the World—the Terra Cotta Army, the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower. Each gives your nation special bonuses.
  • More than a dozen map types, ranging from the Amazon Rainforest to the Himalayas to the Nile Delta.
  • Conquer the World campaign—a linked series of dozens of scenarios.

The Extended Edition includes:

  • Rise of Nations
  • Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots

New in the Extended Edition:

  • Improved Visuals
    • Improved water
    • Improved textures
    • Full-screen anti-aliasing
  • Full Steamworks Integration
    • Multiplayer with ranked matches (ELO)
    • Achievements
    • Trading Cards
    • Cloud saves
  • Extended Features
    • Twitch Integration

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8.1+
    • Processor: 1.6
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 10+ Capable GPU
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: GPU at least (Integrated HD 3000, 8600GT, etc)
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1+
    • Processor: 2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 11+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Hard Drive: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: GeForce 9800GTX, Radeon 4850+
Helpful customer reviews
531 of 584 people (91%) found this review helpful
137.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
I've been playing Rise of Nations for about ten years, since I was little. Probably the best RTS I've ever played.

General:
> Citrus repairs nuclear-powered aircraft carriers.
> Titanium intensifies the Russian Winter.
> Sheep make your civilization smarter.
> War Elephants instantly transform into tanks.
> Horses make tanks cheaper.
> Papyrus makes it cheaper to invent electricity.
> Rafts with bonfires instantly transform into nuclear attack submarines.
> Bears make it cheaper and easier to create the Department of Homeland Security and institute the draft.
> The Aztecs can field tank divisions.
> The Mongols support their horse archers with fighter jets.
> American Hoplites and Cataphracts.
> You can bribe trebuchets to transform into howitzers.

Conquer the World Campaigns:
> Play as Alexander the Great; beat up Indians and steal their elephants.
> Play as an European or Native American power; beat up Carribbean islanders and steal their rum.
> Play as Napoleon and stop Lewis & Clark's nefarious expedition.
> Play as Mikhail Gorbachev, eliminate Jimmy Carter's NATO and steal Ronald Reagan's nukes.
> Help the Americans and Chinese fight the Mongols and Ottomans in World War I for control of Mongol-held SIberia.

11/10
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114 of 162 people (70%) found this review helpful
28.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Me and my mate thought it would be smart to build our docks around the back of our islnds, because the AI, like the Age of Empires II AI, wouldn't be smart enough to look back there.

They were swftly demolished.

10/10
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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
39.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Sadly i never played this when it was first released but has become easily one of the best RTS i've ever played. The campaign is brilliant (love conquering the world :D )
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52 of 78 people (67%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
A pretty full old RTS. Kinda basic, but the scenario editor (where you can build maps) and custom games, along with quick matches, conquer the world campaigns, and online multiplay, makes this a good game BUT ONLY ON SALE.
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32 of 45 people (71%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
One of the best RTS games out there, still one of my go to games. Definate buy. This game ages well, its surprising this was made 11 years ago
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Rise of Nations: Extended Edition is a real-time strategy game from SkyBox Labs and previously Big Huge Games , published by no other than Microsoft Studios. It's a perfected version of Rise of Nations and Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots, all with new Steam features like achievements, cloud saving and more.

Like many Microsoft games remake, Rise of Nations: Extended Edition retain exactly the very same gameplay and features from the previous 2 games, everything combined into a single game. If only like Age of Empires 2: HD Edition, the population limit is increased, this game might worth more. At least we get to see the old Conquer the World campaign along with the Thrones and Patriots new campaign such as the Cold War. For you who haven't play Rise of Nations before, the gameplay of this game is very good, start with a single city, build a library, college, market and expand your city, then build more cities and expand your empire into a great nation. Victory can be achieved through conquest, science or in this game called tech race, building wonders and there are more win condition for custom play.

Rise of Nations: Extended Edition graphics are, well, it's said that the water and textures has been improved, and there is a new anti-aliasing effect, but me personally didn't see that great differences from the previous Rise of Nations, or maybe it's just been far too long. The graphics are classic, but good, very good, I'm not saying it's bad, it's just kinda still old. The performances are good, no lags or any kind of problems.

Rise of Nations: Extended Edition however, have many room for improvements, if Microsoft really care. Maybe a DLC? Bad idea for most but at least there is an addition, maybe new unique units, new unique unit models for each nation (seriously, Russian launching F-18 Hornet from their carrier?), new campaign maybe the Roman campaign or something, even maybe new nation? Expansion Packs?

Like many other too, Rise of Nations: Extended Edition has the Steam workshop support for community made custom content like maps, scenarios, even mods.

But overall, Rise of Nations: Extended Edition is a great game, very fun and with the new Steam features, even better. I recommend this.

Rating 9/10
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33 of 50 people (66%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Bought the game five times. 11/10.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Old but gold. One of my favorite strategy games of all times.
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42 of 69 people (61%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
france killed me with a nuke 10/10
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
10/10 - Best $5 Spent In My Life this game is taking over my life, help me

This game was worth every. single. penny. I debated on if I should get it or not for a while, I watched some gameplay and talked to some people that owned the game since I've never actually played any RTS games. (well one, Nemesis of the Roman Empire, but that was way back then)

I've played Civilization V and probably some other Civilization when I was younger but I forgot which one it was. :P Anyways, this game is almost PERFECT for me. Almost because they could add some small features here and there, but it's not a big deal. The only bad thing that has yet to happen was my laptop shutting down mid-game, but I think it over heated haha.

What is this game like? If RIsk and Civilization were to become RTS games and have a potato, this would be that potato. If Windows 95 became a RTS I would eat that potato. Potatos are good for your health. Thank you based potato. Great game don't see why you shouldn't buy it. Multiplayer has ranked matches, even a lobby chat on the game browser. It's pretty active if you're a multiplayer type of person.

Thank you based Microsoft.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
From lots of experience on gold edition, this game is amazing. If you enjoy strategy games, this is one to get!
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Gotta say this game brings back memories....I wish they would do an actual new gen remake add more features expand the gameplay and more..:)
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23 of 36 people (64%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
It's a great game, a classic. Works fine, game play is still there, no bug when i played on released. Well worth the nostalgic of when RTS was a big genre for the PC market.

But if you noticed I only played 3.5 hours, because I always found this game really repetitive and boring after mutliple games, i can't really play for more than one game at a time. I feel the same way in games like Civilization. I'm more of a three or more faction kinda of guy for RTS, three or more very different factions.

The game is a bit pricey for its age. You're pretty much paying for the online and thats it. I'm really sick of developer re-releasing these old games as HD or Extended editions. They're sugar coating this game for it's fans really, game looks the same it did when i got the game years ago. OMG TRADING CARDS!

Instead they should actually add stuff to the game or release a new version entirely. Like i didn't buy AOE2 when they HD it, i bought the forgotten expansion and it was bundled. If they do something similar with RON i think it'll be well worth any asking price.

Also they need to re-release ROL on steam, that game was a master piece.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
An amazing game, they don't make 'em like this anymore. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

It's 75% off! Buy It!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Well then, figured "hey lets try it out!" well. . . bit more than 3 hours later I wake up out of my trance to find that it's 2am and my homework isn't done. I highly recommend NOT to get this game if you don't like being distracted from everything around you for hours at a time. YOU WILL NOT SIMPLY PLAY FOR A FEW MINUTES!!! Great game for strategy lovers!

I actually first played the game about 6 years ago but haven't had the game in a long time so this was awesome to find it again! Gotta get it quick while it's still on sale guys!
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This Game is Back More than ever with Steamworkshop support and Give the Devs a little bit more time and patches to call this a Good Remake
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
The childhood memories are real.
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Great game. Love playing it with my friends.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Missile Alarm Simulator 2003.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
A classic game with a bit of an update. I would have bought the original on Steam had it been avalible, but the added graphics and Steam Workshop make this game even more enjoyable than the original. I would highly recomend this to anyone who wants a piece of classic RTS.
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