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Very Positive (201 reviews) - 92% of the 201 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (3,034 reviews) - 91% of the 3,034 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 12, 2014

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Buy Microsoft RTS Collection: Age of Empires/Age of Mythology/Rise of Nations

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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

    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8.1+
    • Processor: 1.6
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 10+ Capable GPU
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible Sound Card
    • Additional Notes: GPU at least (Integrated HD 3000, 8600GT, etc)
    • OS: Windows 7, 8.1+
    • Processor: 2.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 11+
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: GeForce 9800GTX, Radeon 4850+
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Very Positive (201 reviews)
Very Positive (3,034 reviews)
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( 79.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Very nice soundtracks, gameplay etc.Best RTS i ever played.10/10
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( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Have you ever played Civ, and loved it, but wished that it wasn't turn based? Well, here you go! Similar progression through the different ages, diplomatic options, World Wonders to construct, trade, a whole bunch of different ways to win... Don't let my "Time Played" fool you; I've owned this game on disc since it first released over 10 years ago, but just picked it up during the summer sale this year on Steam. It's still one of my favorite RTS games to date, and definitely worth picking up if you're a fan of the genre.

Plus, it has a workshop!
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( 21.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Product received for free
Get ready for anal ♥♥♥♥
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Dai Tou Zai
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
its good
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( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Great game for those who like old fashioned RTS
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( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
One of the best RTS games available on Steam. Handles gameplay in a very unique and enjoyable way, compared to other games of similar styles. Many game features and minimal issues on newer hardware.
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( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
One of the best strategy games in history, unique one.
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( 16.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 19
Seeing how the Extended Edition did little to fix any bugs in the game or minor things like removing the limits on how many units are in a control group I really can't recommend it.
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( 27.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
An all-time classic. As fun and challenging today as it was in 2003. Especially enjoyable to play cooperatively with your mates.

RON has strategic and economic depth not found in other strategy games. The higher difficulties are truly challenging. This game is brutal but it is also a lot of fun.
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( 39.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
I have played this game for years probably 8 or 10 years and hundreds of hours, it has never gotten old. Best rts of its kind
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65 of 70 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Game has one of my favorite late game features: The Armageddon Clock. Nukes are slow to build and expensive, but can be utterly devastating. The problem is each Nuke fired reduces The Armageddon Clock by one. If the clock reaches zero everyone loses, as the world is destroyed in a nuclear firestorm and a thousand year nuclear winter.

The clock ticks ever down, and people quickly become scared to fire their nukes, lest a "defeated" player fires all their nukes and dooms everyone. A stalemate emerges.

The game then becomes centered around the late game techs Missile Shield & World Government.

Missile Shield stops people firing missiles into your territory, and each time it's researched instead of ticking down the Armageddon Clock ticks up, offering a brief chance at peace. The Missile Shield only stops people attacking you with Nukes though. Someone can still fire nukes defensibly if you try and attack into their land, or they can nuke their own land with a dozen missiles to trigger Armageddon.

Cities when attacked normally take a few minutes to be annexed by the invader. World Government makes the countdown timer instant, and also means you instantly conquer any nation if you can take their capital. The Armageddon Clock might be low, but if you can make a surprise attack on your opponents capital and take it fast enough, they won't have the chance to fire them.

However the most important thing is. When you play a massive free for all game always play with open diplomacy. Because at the end, there is a chance that the Armageddon Clock will lead to such a stalemate of MAD, the only solution is for everyone to ally up and have peace.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
If you ever thought that Age of Empires had so little things to do and CiV was just to slow, this is the game for you.

Really fast management of troops and resouces. Great game overall
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
I only ever watched this game from afar when it first hit the scene all that time ago, so I had a fresh perspective coming at it here and now.

I have played Age of Empires II/III a lot, and Civilisation V, which has led me to the opinion that Rise of Nations sits somewhere inbetween, which is an interesting mix. It's Civ V but real-time, and Age of Empires but with more micro-management, wider breadth and slower pace.

If you enjoy either of those games, you'll likely enjoy this one.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Age of Empires bigger brother, same awesome addictive gameplay with better graphics and animations over AOE.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
49.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
This game is probably one of my personal favourite RTS games. It brilliantly captures the reality of how we progressed through the bare start to a state where a nuke could spark the end of the world

They are great, especially back when RoN was first released. I can't help but admire it as being a good looking classic

It is made user friendly, but not too much. It has upgrades which cost resources; which need to created but at a certain commerce. There's a sense of maintaining every bit from Military to Villagers; It's a true strategy as to how you will maintain all in a great fashion

Sounds great, not too realistic; great for its time

Its great, user friendly; You're only enemy is Ping is you live in NZ etc.

I used to play the original and this does the job even better. This is a must for AoE fans and classic RTS fans. I may get into several matches; but if I get into one I'll stay in it as long as I can

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This isn't going to be a very thorough review but I'd like to give my opinion on this game. I bought a ton of RTS games during the Summer Sale and RIse of Nations has got to be one of my favorites. It's fun and not too overwhelming. The tutorials give a good overlook of how to play the game and even made me feel multiplayer ready. Of course, I was destroyed online but still enjoyed the experience. There's a lot of similarity to games like Civ here as well due to progression starting from early in time to the modern day. Despite covering such a hefty amount of history, a full match won't take you 12+ hours like a standard game of Civ but it's not as fast as SC2 and it's latest expansion LoTV. The tempo feels just right. Not too fast. Not too slow.

Only downside for me is that I don't know anyone into RTS styled games. If anyones interested in playing send me a friend request!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Loved this game since it came out. Endless hours can be spent building cities, running a nation, and fighting rivals. Amazing game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
Bought it purely for nostalgia, played it because it was fun. 10/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
You liked AoE2, Empire Earth and CIV? Well, I have very good news for you!

To be honest I never heard much about 'Rise of Nations' - but when I saw it on discount I had no doubt that this will be my next real-time strategy game! It looks like a mix of 'Age of Empires', 'Empire Earth' and 'CiV'! Although it has more depth than 'Age of Empires', looks better than 'Empire Earth' and is real-time strategy instead of round-based like 'CiV'.
You are able to play with 18 nations, while each has special abilites, build 14 world wonders, which give your nations advantages and create dozens of different maps with a huge variety of game modes!

reasons you should buy this game:
++ one of the best RTS!
+ different ages of time (industrial, classic etc.)
+ much more complex than AoE!
+ fast managment of troops and cities required
+ (possible) strong enemies and allies!
+ good multiplayer (ranked possible)
+ steam workshop (-> unlimited population limit)
+ nice szenarios and campaigns
+ huge variety of everything!
+ polyphonic soundtrack
+ acceptable and updated graphic

this could've been better:
+/- city concept can(!) be annoying
- forgot to upgrade my infantry
- bit more military units would be have been nice
- time-consuming achievements
- nukes op man

I recommend buying this amazing game for everybody who liked similar RTS-games like 'Age of Empires', 'Age of Mythology' or 'Empire Earth' but also for strategy lovers! Especially in a sale their shouldn't be any doubt :)
'Rise of Nations' I give you 8,5/10 nukes ♥
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
......DING DONG!

ME:"Why don't I have enough resources!"


(INCOMING NUKE) (King Alibaba is Invading your capital)

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