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Release Date: Jun 12, 2014

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December 17

Come play with the community team!

We're streaming live now, December 17th, from 10:30 AM PST (GMT-7) to 12:00 PM PST on www.twitch.tv/microsoftstudios!

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October 3

Rise of Nations: Official Livestream

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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
789 of 866 people (91%) found this review helpful
139.5 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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143 of 162 people (88%) found this review helpful
83.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Rise of Nations has been my "go to" game for many years when I wanted a challenge
without a lot of story line investment. It's great to kill an hour or an afternoon, and has
so much variety that even after years of playing I know I haven't come close to doing
a quarter of the combinations available.
When the Extended Edition came out I was skeptical about spending money on a
game I already had, but it has been well worth the price. The graphics are crisper, there
is more variety in maps and nations, and it is at least as much fun as the original.
So when I don't want the emotional investment of DoA, or the horror of ME3, I just sit
down and crank up my old faithful to see if I can blast the Mongols to ashes with my
nuclear warheads before they develop nuclear missille shields.
Boom.
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54 of 58 people (93%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
When I played RoN for the first time on around 2004/5 I was really impressed with the number of upgrades that this game offered to me. I was doing building of many types of units which have their own abilities and specialties. The number of research that I could do was mind boggling and are very effective while winning a game. This game , to me, redefined the genre RTS. So without any further delay let me review this game quickly....

  • Game Play :
    As anyone can understand the game play is fairly complex due to number of different units , number of different resources and the number of different buildings with different research items. But RTS is all about complexity. You build up your game slowly and nicely (the way you see it fit the objective) and then in a single master stroke your complete your objective(s). Most of the missions are timed which means that you have to achieve victory within a stipulated amount of real time (say 90 minutes). Usually I find this time to be more than enough but at time to time (specially with rising difficulties) you may find it a bit more challenging.

    In SINGLE PLAYER Campaign you can play different scenarios (more in number in extended edition) or you can play the age old classical world domination. MP is also there and somewhat active in nature - but you must play good and I mean REAL GOOD to win MPs. The statistics from the game engine that comes out after the game is pretty impressive, you could even get a stats about your right and left clicks in the entire game as well....

  • Graphics:
    Even if the game is from 2004 the graphics is stunningly detailed. If you zoom a bit you can see - the seas are having waves , the crops in the farms are swinging with the wind current and what not. From RTS perspective the details is very high (some people may not say its good but I actually liked it). The different models have their different behaviors.

    Over all this detailed graphics adds a nice touch to the entire gaming experience.

  • Controls:

    Controls are fairly easy to understand and its better to have the shortcut keys known to yourself - they will help you greatly in the MPs. mouse clicks are pretty consistent but in my slower GPU the scroll rate for the map was a bit jaggy.

    For a comprehensive basic guide I recommend this. .

  • Misc:

    In other features - the game now have integrated Steamplay, Twitch, Steam Achievements and Steam Trading Cards to increase the game experience even more. The Extended Edition also includes the Thrones and Patriots expansion , the HD models.

Overall the game gets a thumbs up from me.

Hope you will enjoy the game as I did.

~ Conqueror of the world ~
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179 of 252 people (71%) 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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112 of 171 people (65%) found this review helpful
63.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
France doesn't surrender.

- 11 / 10 -
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44 of 58 people (76%) 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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28 of 32 people (88%) 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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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
64.4 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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41 of 58 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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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
i just recently got gifted this game, knowing nothing about it i looked at some pics and thought wtf is this. after playing it for 10+hours, i can say that this game is like ♥♥♥♥ing crack, and im a dirty dirty addict.

get it.

NOW!
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44 of 68 people (65%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
Very nice.
If i could choose between playing RoN or eating KFC,
i would choose to play RoN while eating KFC.
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67 of 110 people (61%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
Bought the game five times. 11/10.
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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
A great game. I really enjoy the amout of content you get From the skirmish battles to the campains. Also being able to set what age you start and stop in is quite intresting. my one thing i wish i saw differently is that this game is alot of battle of attrition. but other then that its a amazing game. not to metion its other Rise of Nations game the Rise of legends gives the best explination to a steam punk world that i have ever seen. Again love this game i recommended it anyone who like strategy games.
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54 of 90 people (60%) found this review helpful
39.5 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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.0 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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22 of 32 people (69%) 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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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
63.9 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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20 of 29 people (69%) 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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58 of 100 people (58%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
france killed me with a nuke 10/10
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
5.5 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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