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User reviews: Very Positive (1,816 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 12, 2014

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"It has a Cold War campaign even though nothing happened during the Cold War. 10/10 historical accuracy."

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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
34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
Realised I was losing. Nuked the world into armageddon rendering everyone a loser.

10/10 Would lose again
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 27
+ Border lines help to navigate differing territories, plan new settlements with a more informed approach, and investigate spheres of control; the restrictive aspect of this feature also serves to deter early rush tactics and general griefing
+ Zoom feature helps to navigate terrain and keep track of movement over large swathes of territory
+ The diplomacy options play out as more than a gimmicky feature, and are both simple on paper and functional in practice
+ Time restrictions during campaigns add to the challenge in a way that is rewarding if successful
+ Have seen some before and after stills, it's clear that the visuals and textures are noticeably improved; this should further appeal to veterans of the franchise
+ The re-release now supports Twitch integration; I don't use the feature myself, but this is still a significant boon for the streaming community
+ Features a satisfying variety of playable cultures, each with their own defining traits
+ The trategic overview map is a nice feature, and consists of a simple, turn-based Risk-style map; some notable features include: bonus cards you can apply, resource bonuses, diplomacy, and varying types of battles that hinge on several factors
+ Impressive array of options and game-modes available for multiplayer, many of them quite novel for an RTS game (although they're not quite as alien for other strategy sub-genres)
+ Attrition and supply features are a nice addition, and do well to keep one prepared and on their toes during offensive engagements
+ Excellent sense of balance in all aspects
+ Special units are presented well in the game and don't feel overpowered or cheap in their use

- The overworld strategy part of the game feels a bit watered down compared to other staples of the genre; it isn't necessarily bad, but it's also clear that this feature was never meant to be the bread-and-butter of the franchise
- The AI feels a bit underwhelming, and I had expected more of an improvement for the re-release

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2014
I played this game when I was very young, so I undoubtly am biased to the game due to nostalgia. The gameplay itself is still very challenging and complex, especially managing the resources and multi-tasking armies, like most other RTS games.

Rise of Nations won many awards and presents execellent gameplay strategy and tactics due to it's realistic resource/market system. There's not many things that bring me more satisfaction than managing to get my resources going really well, and building up huge armies to invade enemy lands. The game itself is very complex, and with higher difficulties vsing the computer, it becomes very hard to win. The online in this game isn't very great, so I'd suggest playing 2v2 with bots when playing this game. Although you might think you'd feel like a loner, you definetely won't when you're managing an entire country, negotiating with your ally and crushing the enemies.

The five main campaigns in this game is also superb. You could play as Napoleon, conquering europe by playing very fun and interesting scenarios, such as when you gain a few armies to invade a whole heavily guarded Egypt (10/10 historical). The graphics aren't that bad either, considering that I'm very picky on graphics. There are over 40~ countries to play as in Rise of Nations, each of them with their own set of unique powers and units.

Overall, this game still remains a great RTS, with challenging and rewarding gameplay. There's no better feeling than managing to take over two countries via a huge campaign of sieging while the AI on your team does nothing but take the brunt of the enemy's force.

8.7/10
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 20
A fun and challenging RTS with a very good price while on sale. It offers challenging play, gameplay that differs from other RTS, loads of civs to play, nukes, and amazing soundtrack (seriousky, I would buy this game just for the music, it's that good), multiplayer, streaming for all you streamers, a wide tech tree, a 'risk-like' world domination mode, campaigns, quick and useful tutorials, a huge amount of game setting customization, wonders, huge battles and many, many more features. Also it comes in a huge bundle pack so you can get other great games like AOE2 and AOE3 with it!

BOTTOM LINE:
Buy it f you enjoyed other RTS games like AOE2, preferably when on sale (because who doesn't like a great game for 5 bucks), get your friends to buy and nuke them to awesome music
9/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
This will forever be one of my favorite RTS games of all time. I've played Age of Empires, Starcraft, and Warcraft III, but out of those, this game is still better in my opinion. There are so many ways to set yourself up, and so much micro-managing to constantly keep you focusing on your resources while also controlling your expansive army.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
54.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Awesome game. I still have my CD, but I bought this edition too. Was definitely worth it (though I did buy it on sale), and is good fun with friends! :D Interesting to see what Thrones & Patriots added to the game (I only had the original RoN disc). Can't stop playing through the campaigns!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2,504.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 14, 2014
Awesome game :)
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Rise of nations it is a rts game that has the "go through the ages" in a somewhat civ style of technology increase.

The main difference is that rise of nations can be finished in a session of play where civ is years of save files wallowing in neglect on my desktop unless it's the matches with me and Kirvan which somehow lead to who can mass the biggest ****ing armada the world has ever seen.

For anyone that enjoys civ but wishes their group could finish a game, I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
45.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
Build your nation to the most powerful in the world then get nuked back to the stone age's
10/10 would get nuked again.
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
It's like a Caius Julius Caesar that decides to nuke everything.



11/10 will nuke again till the Armageddon.



on a more serious note: this is the Best RTS ever. Do you like Risk, History, the Golden age of RTS games?
This is your game.
Since 2003, it's Always a pleasure to discover that Aztecs used to make alliances with Egiptians.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
This game is older and does not have very good graphics. However, for old times sake or playing with friends LAN causally its still fun. Still if your computer does not have awsome specs like mine I would recommend it. If good graphics is important to you I would avoid this game unless it goes on sale for a dollar.
Still theres nothing wrong with it it is just old so I would recommend it if its on sale.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2014
Definently one of the best strategy games I have ever played. A wonderful mix of building your own civilization and army that makes it stand out over the competition.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 8
I got nuked by Korea.

9/4 Would play again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
A friend wanted me to get this game during the Christmas sale so we could play. I bought it and we did a 2v2 match, despite me being new to the game, he ended up destorying my German empire and brought a new order to the game.
Our second match we were on a team, I was Dutch this time. I advanced farther than anyone and got to the information age before he even got to the gunpowder age. He was under attack. The dutch made 20 nukes and ended the world. GG

Third match, we were both controlling the Indians. I massed produced everything and we came more advanced than our oppenent. The indians made nukes. We ended the world.


What I really want to say about this game is that it's extremely fun, but you can also make peaceloving countries and nations make nukes. You can also make extinct nations have nukes. Nukes are the best.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Build 2nd town 5 minutes in Bot already has vast empire with a 100 man army and 2 wonders and has half the map already, then takes over your whole empire in 2 minutes. (Cry then restart) 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
Great to have this game on steam.
I have not encountered any bugs on this steam version.
Graphics looks more smooth now, It's easy to join friends through the lobbies.
Not regrettable if you loved the old game, and wanna play it with friends on Steam or foes.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
RTS/strategy hybrid unlike any other - the mix of real-time troop mangement and Civilization-style city-based expansion will leave you wanting more.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
When I was younger I knew a kid that would come to my house only to play this for hours. He wouldn't even talk to me he would just play this game for hours on end. That kid was a jerk. But can you blame him? That's how good this game is.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
246.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
This game has destroyed my life. Ever since I started playing this game 6 years ago I have become a hermit and don't dare trekk outside. During these past 6 years, I lost my job, lost my girlfriend, got my car repoed, couldn't pay my apartment lease, got evicted, and became homeless, all because of this game. I continued to play on my laptop in internet cafes' because I am addicted like heroin. Now that I have newly discovered this version of the game, it is likley that I will continue to become an unproductived member in society.
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