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Release Date: Jun 12, 2014

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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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
92.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Played it when I was 13 and ♥♥♥♥ing loved it.
played it again when I was 21 and ♥♥♥♥ing loved it.

One of those very rare 10/10 RTS games,
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
54.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
A timeless masterpiece for people who love to bully others.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
48.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
>Playing massive 8 player cluster♥♥♥♥ in teams of 2
>Getting ♥♥♥♥ed from 2 sides by 2 enemy teams
>Barely holding on and taking small amounts of ground here and there
>Nuclear launch detected
>Capital is nuked economy ♥♥♥♥ed
>Decide ♥♥♥♥ this ♥♥♥♥ and return fire with my own nukes
>20 nukes later the world ends an the hour has been for nothing noone is the winner
No better exploration of the nature of mutually assured destruction will ever exist.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
59.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
47.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Awesome game. A must-play for RTS fans. Age of Empires style
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
78.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Back in the mid-late 1990s and the dawn of the 2000s, the RTS genre was living in it's glory days. Command and Conquer series, Age of Empires, Total Annihilation, Warcraft, if you look up any list of the best games of the past decades, there's a pretty good chance you'll find several RTS games occupying high spots on said lists.

Rise of Nations came out almost 13 years ago and I believe it was a brilliant final page on the now defamed RTS genre. Personally there's been a steady decline on real-time strategy games with the rise of the FPS and the overall microevolution gaming has been through. That's not to say that there are no great RTS games today; quite the contrary but the golden age is well behind us. Rise of Nations is quite probably one of the last great additions during that time period and that's why it is one of my favourite games ever made.

I'll even dare say it is much better than Age of Empires 2, since it is in fact by the same studio and it features a lot of improvements on an otherwise outstanding game.

So the game is played like this:
  • Pick a nation
  • Gather resources
  • Advance through the next age
  • Watch your opponents fall behind
  • Sent your tanks to fight the enemy's pikemen
  • Spam voiced taunts

Jokes aside, the game really shines through by properly forcing the player to manage their resources and their new technologies properly. You choose where to build, how to build, what to build and battle against opponents who each have their own unique style. The beauty of the game is the variety of ways which you can play and what sorts of strategies and doctrines you can use in order to secure victory.

Each of the 18 nations to choose have unique advantages and drawbacks; some nations have specialized units during a specific age which can sort of dictate your aggressiveness or even create mind games with the enemy. The game will punish poorly managed resources and poorly managed armies. This is one of these game where you build a bunch of units, click on the enemy base and you win. Like Age of Empires, certain units will counter others and thus this will create the need for good army cohesion and management. The game features more than 100 different units each one with their unique stats and produced at different structures.

Now I'm not saying that being bad at micromanagement should deter you from getting this game. If anything that would be an incentive to practice since there's very little unit micro that can be done but lots of resource management, city building, technologies researched, upgrades for the army and lots more.
The extended edition features better textures, better multiplayer and cloud saves and both single and multiplayer experiences are really entertaining.

You can play several of the different scenarios in the World Domination campaign which also has a few different and unique mechanics integrated in the World Map which cannot be found on the multiplayer aspect like getting cards to reinforce your troops or hamper the enemy.

The several degrees of freedom of gameplay in Rise of Nations, by creating vast and uniquely different armies, an excellent balance between resource and army management and a really nice soundtrack, all contribute into making Rise of Nations a classic that has withstood the passage of time and naturally of the best RTS titles ever made and certainly worthy of your collection.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
It's a very fun game if you enjoy RTS. I prefer ones like this where the setting is realistic. In my opinion many of the earlier stages of civilization are pointless, but I guess that's why there's different settings and strategies. I prefer to rush to the final stage and crush the enemy with a huge army. One of the frustrating things about the game is that the battles take forever. I started a skirmish against the computer on easy mode and it took about 8 hours to finish the match. One of the frustrating things is the difficulty in holding and advancing your front line when attacking an enemy, especially when crossing a body of water onto their territory. I found the best strategy for me, after obtaining a very high amount of resources and maxing out all research, was to conquer a new area then immediately build an airfield and spam Choppers.. they are great because unlike other aircraft they always hover in the sky and don't seem to count towards your population. You can amass huge numbers of choppers and use them to protect your newly conquered area from attack. I will also then make a Factory for artillery and a barracks at my FOB.. these three things combined are usually enough to push the front line forward and the infantry units are required to conquer territory. All in all, it's a very fun and challenging game, but the curve of challenge is a bit whack because there's a point where it just gets repetittive and it can take a frustratingly huge amount of time to accomplish anything.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Have played this game for years and love it just as much today as I did then. Simple controls makes it easy to understand and it's great watching the world you create develop over time. Love this, would always recommend.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
194.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Strive for excellence and success will follow. That is what the team at Big Huge showed us with this beautifully crafted and balanced work of art. This game is loved by noobs and worshiped by pros. Also has a massive range of gameplay settings to customise giving endless game types. One of the best games that will ever be made. I think Steam deserve a great thank you as well for giving what many of us old time RON players really needed after Microsoft abandoned us.

So all in all,
RON is 10/10 hands down
Thanks Steam
Screw you Microsoft for shutting the matchmaker service in the first place!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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15.8 hrs
Posted: October 25
I loved it as a kid and i love it now.
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4.8 hrs
Posted: October 25
Rise of Nations is RTS Civilization.

While playing Civ 6 this weekend it occurred to me that much of what I like in that game is also in Rise of Nations: Spatial limitations for what you can build in a city, creating cities with specialty districts, research that’s tied to what you build and do in the game, trade caravans that build roads, choosing government style to influence strategic play, and the constant struggle for territory and trade goods.

If you like turned-based strategy games like the Civilization series, then you should give Rise of Nations a try.
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17.3 hrs
Posted: October 23
I used to play the living hell out of this game on my old PC but ever since it died I haven't been able to because I am using a mac, is there anyway to play this on a mac?
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41.5 hrs
Posted: October 21
This is one of the most elegant Civilization style games I've ever played, hands down. It's exceptionally well-balanced, and the difficulty levels truly reflect how difficult it is going to be (ie: hard is pretty hard, even for a veteran player). The game avoids a lot of the "micro-management" aspects that these games tend to turn into, particularly as you get into the late game. There are nice ways to automate many tasks, such as turning on automatic troop production at a building, telling troops at a certain building to move to a certain place when ready, telling bombers or bombardment units to focus on a spot, and good controls for selecting a specified regiment or army with a single click.

Everything from game speed to AI is just very well tuned. There is a wide assortment of different nations, which all have unique bonuses and a healthy number of conquer the world maps and scenario maps to play. This gives the game a huge amount of replay value, so I guess the developer Big Huge Games is an appropriate name.

I can't recommend this game enough if you enjoy the real-time strategy genre.
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114.3 hrs
Posted: October 20
doesn't even start up anymore. so useless
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28.2 hrs
Posted: October 18
I've purchased this game three times now and Steam's rendition has not disappointed. If you loved the original RoN then prepare to fall in love again with RoNEE. Many of the negative reviews center around bugs and crashes. This has not been my experience. The game is working just fine on my 7 year old PC running Vista-64 bit and I'm happy to be wasting away the hours playing this classic RTS game.
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43.9 hrs
Posted: October 16
Classic for the fans of Age of Empires II, but takes things a few steps further with territory borders and ages that span into modern warfare.
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