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Release Date: Jun 12, 2014

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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
979 of 1,063 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
225.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
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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210 of 290 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
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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64 of 71 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
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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37 of 43 people (86%) found this review helpful
50.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
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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55 of 73 people (75%) found this review helpful
39.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
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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35 of 42 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
65.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20, 2014
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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46 of 65 people (71%) found this review helpful
20.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
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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18 of 19 people (95%) 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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83 of 133 people (62%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Bought the game five times. 11/10.
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30 of 42 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
20.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Old but gold. One of my favorite strategy games of all times.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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16 of 18 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
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!
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
90.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19, 2014
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 27 people (74%) found this review helpful
33.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15, 2014
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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67 of 113 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
france killed me with a nuke 10/10
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20 of 29 people (69%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
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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54 of 93 people (58%) found this review helpful
49.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I first played this game after buying it off a bargain PC game rack. I loved it.
But I lost the code to reinstall it, and I thought I'd never play it again. Until Steam released it.

This game is a great, old-fashioned RTS. It's pretty basic, and most wars are won by overwhelming the enemy with hundreds of infantrymen and nukes. But it's a hell of a lot of fun. Its even got multiplayer, a "conquer-the-world" campaign, and even a map editor, in which you can draw maps, terrain, and cities.

This is a great deal on sale. Let me me repeat that; ON SALE. I love this game, but I'd never pay $15 bucks for a game from 2002. But again, I love this game. For 2002, it's fantastic.

VERDICT: 7/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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23 of 38 people (61%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
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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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
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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