This game is exactly how I remembered it! Perfect! I loved this game years ago and I still love it now. This game is the perfect older strategy game that blends combat and resource gathering without too much micromanagement. Simply put, You are not building 1000 farms and moving citizens around while you are in combat. The AI is still fairly strong. With lots of options, this game offers a lot of choices and interesting mechanics.
Go from early ages to the near future and explore different types of combat options. From tanks to cavalry, you will experience dramatically different types of combat during each stage of the match. You can play early age only matches and enjoy some medieval combat or go go to the modern ages warring with nuclear arms. Protecting your cities will help, but wonders are your key buildings and keeping them standing will get you advance fighters much faster. Imagine how tense it can be when you are researching Nuclear Shield hoping that no one is going to nuke your wonders as a parting gift.
With tons of modes, a very unique and great campaign, great game play, and a decent soundtrack, this game is definitely worth the purchase.
This game is so much fun. Rise of Nations has nice HD, rarely ever crashes, runs smoothly and all around impresses me. Online is even much better than I expected. The lobby is especially helpful when looking for a game. My one and only gripe with the HD reboot stems with the online however. The problem is that no one is playing this game online. I occasionally see a game going but I can never get into a match or stay in one without half the players dropping at start. If you are thinking about getting this game for solo or local game play, you should. It has so much to offer. You will enjoy every second of it. But if you are expecting great online strategy battles,you might want to look elsewhere. As much as I hope that the online portion of this game will pick up, I don't see it happening anytime soon. Until this game gets more players, I am sticking to solo and local area net.