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User reviews: Very Positive (2,581 reviews) - 91% of the 2,581 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

Includes 7 items: Age of Empires II HD, Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms, Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, Age of Empires® III: Complete Collection, Age of Mythology EX: Tale of the Dragon, Age of Mythology: Extended Edition, Rise of Nations: Extended Edition


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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+
Helpful customer reviews
2,590 of 2,968 people (87%) found this review helpful
244 people found this review funny
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6, 2015
This review is dedicated to my friend Gary who died of cancer.

He introduced me to this game and I have a big soft spot for its simple mechanics. Its easy to pick up and difficult to put down.

This game only came on Steam a year or so ago. We played the retail release. This new version adds Twitch support and is a lot more friendly to modern systems and resolutions. I've not clocked long on it mainly due to the bitter sweet memories. I like the units in this game. My only complaint with this has been that there could have been more nations to choose from. But that is minor. Its right up there with Age of Empires et al.

Goodnight Gary. I'll keep winning for you.
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130 of 142 people (92%) found this review helpful
79 people found this review funny
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
One of best strategy games ever.
+Multiple Nations
+Multiple army (foot, water, air, rockets!)
+Great economic system
+Ages (ancient, medieval, age of gunpowder, industrial (like WW1), modern (WW2), information (Don't worry no cosmonauts or futuristic ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ts just you can research very good things like immediately spawn soldiers and so)
+Extended Edition
It's like Age of Mythology (well at least authors are same) but very different. Here you can be in age of Enlightenment as Japan or Russian or Mongol (it's upt you)

-Can't defeat my brother.
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39 of 42 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
127.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
A solid, enjoyable, and accessible RTS with equal playability for combat and econ/tech.

RON is a multifaceted real-time game with well-implemented resource gathering and tech dimensions, in addition to the industry-standard combat elements. It's customizable enough so that a newcomer or veteran who would rather not worry about tech, econ, or combat can disable those elements in the starting menus.

There are six economic resources in the game (three of which appear after appropriate research). Most combat units, buildings, tech, and upgrades cost one or two types of resources. They also tend to increase in cost the more of the same unit/building you have already built, which encourages players to diversify their buildings and units rather than just rebuild one type over and over.

Combat units usually adhere to a rock/paper/scissors balance mechanic, although at later ages there are a decent range of specialized units that accomplish unique functions in warfare. Controlling a battle group is relatively intuitive - command buttons on the console also show shortcuts for the more-familiar player, and extra modifiers such as facing, General craft powers, and terrain also allow modest benefits for the detail-oriented player.

Each nation has its own special powers, which lead to interesting matchups (although at higher levels of play, certain nation powers mandate a narrower choice of strategy than others).

Those already experienced with RTSes can expect to jump right in and get playing against the AI competitively, and then jump online to test their skills against humans. This game may be a steeper learning curve for newcomers to the RTS genre because of its breadth of econ, tech, and military.

Players who like modding their games will also find this game rewarding and versatile, including the ability to mod entire campaigns and to create new units in the game's .xml files.

An excellent balance of accessibility and complexity. My favorite RTS game.
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36 of 38 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2,079.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2015
One of the better RTS games out there.It comes with tons of nations(each one has some unique national powers and units) and many different gameplay mods so that anyone can enjoy it.
Only thing I dislike about this steam port is that the game was a bit rushed and its multiplayer suffered slightly from a few annoying bugs(most of them were eventually patched out but a few still remained...), rather than these few remaining bugs I fully recommend the game to everyone.
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39 of 44 people (89%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
24.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
Bought the 4 pack for myself and my 3 younger siblings.

//Everyone was excited.
//Realized how absoloutely ridiculous this game was.
//I now know that I can't trust any of my back-stabbing brothers and they all hate me with a passion.
//I killed them all anyways.

No regrets.
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