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Very Positive (85 reviews) - 88% of the 85 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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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Emir Omar
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
GG i love this nuckler bomb D:
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( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I absolutely love this game though I wonder why Rise of Legends isn't on the Steam Store... I really like that one too.
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( 41.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
My favorite RTS. A great game, especially with friends.
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( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
It's a good game, a mix of Age of Empires and Civilization where you gather resources, increase tech and create a military for victory - and do all these in real time.

I am not a gamer who looks at the graphics or the effects, but this one is really outdated for today. It feels like you are watching one of these movie classics from 1950s in 2016. Since you have already seen better and newer of this movie so many times, it's hard to enjoy and appreciate it. Only for the classic lovers and the nostalghia.
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( 47.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
My American Sniper shot Aristotle in the head, 10/10 would kill philosophy again!
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( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
real-time-style Civilization game
far better version of Empire Earth
although graphic is a little bit ugly, but gameplay is very nice

old but classic
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( 77.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This game is an amaizing piece of art work. My dad first bought this game back in 03 for me, I'm now 25 and I still play it, hed to buy it again through steam. I have never played and enjoyed another game like this before. I wish another one came out. Highly recommend this game!!!!!
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( 92.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
All i will say, is that if you like strategy games, then you will love the sh*t out of this game!!! :) ..but if you wont, then you have to be retardoo!
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( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
(Please disregard hours. This is a secondary account.)

Rise of Nations is the best real-time strategy game I have ever played. Even though it was made over 10 years ago, it's a game that has held up extremely well, thanks to it's good programming and gameplay.

The game will run fine for you, on any refresh rate, resolution, and pretty much hardware as well. Everything scales perfectly well, and the single thing that breaks on high resolutions is the map edges, which turn black. That's it, though. This is probably the oldest game which scales the best - even better than some games made these days.

The gameplay is great as well. The game is full of content and progression. You'll get a lot of playtime out of it, especially considering the bots are smart and challenging on higher settings. It handles everything very uniquely and differently from other RTS games.

Some examples: Single military units appear in groups of 3, whereas artillery and horses/tanks appear as 1. There are caps to buildings in specific cities, meaning you have to expand. Cities never 'die' (unless you choose to raze them), they can get reduced and captured by any enemy in the game. Resources never run out, instead, there's a radius around the gathering building, meaning you have to choose wisely where you place it.

Completely balanced as well. A bunch of different nations with bonuses that actually impact gameplay, but aren't unbalanced against others. All of the evolution throughout history is done with knowledge, a resource that is much harder to obtain than others, which provides a cap and imporant decision making later on. (For example, nuclear weapons and later research cost knowledge, meaning you should choose between those and getting more technically advanced.)

The amount of content and settings in such an old game is really something to see. Every single age (which there are eight of) changes how things look and work. There's many different textures and objects for specific nations, just to add to the visual feel of the game. All the hotkeys you'd want are available, as well as advanced settings. There's even automated recorded games to playback later.

It's a great game, Rise of Nations. I have nothing but positive things to say about it. I haven't encountered any issues with it in all my years of playing.

The extended edition, however, is clearly of lower quality. There's been issues like 20FPS caps, multiplayer not working, the game launching incorrectly, the game hanging on "validating workshop files" indefinitely, and the music system being broken. None of these were in the original versions released.

All of those have been fixed.. except the music system. And there's been no further updates to this version for a long time now. So, it seems it was made for a quick rushed cash grab, before leaving it alone later on. It's a real shame too; the soundtrack is fantastic, but you won't want it on because of this issue. It sets the volume to the maximum on song change, and half the time songs don't even play.

Guess it just shows the development process now, versus back then. Quite surprising there's no microtransactions in the game now just to add to that. Either way, it's still well worth the money, and still a great game overall.

Edit: Seems like today, this game is no longer working properly. It's crashing for many people on launch, myself included. Keeping the recommendation "Yes" for Rise of Nations (as the original isn't on Steam), however I'm not recommending this version at the moment. Luckily, I have the disc copy that still works fine :)
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( 33.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Game has one of my favorite late game features: The Armageddon Clock. Nukes are slow to build and expensive, but can be utterly devastating. The problem is each Nuke fired reduces The Armageddon Clock by one. If the clock reaches zero everyone loses, as the world is destroyed in a nuclear firestorm and a thousand year nuclear winter.

The clock ticks ever down, and people quickly become scared to fire their nukes, lest a "defeated" player fires all their nukes and dooms everyone. A stalemate emerges.

The game then becomes centered around the late game techs Missile Shield & World Government.

Missile Shield stops people firing missiles into your territory, and each time it's researched instead of ticking down the Armageddon Clock ticks up, offering a brief chance at peace. The Missile Shield only stops people attacking you with Nukes though. Someone can still fire nukes defensibly if you try and attack into their land, or they can nuke their own land with a dozen missiles to trigger Armageddon.

Cities when attacked normally take a few minutes to be annexed by the invader. World Government makes the countdown timer instant, and also means you instantly conquer any nation if you can take their capital. The Armageddon Clock might be low, but if you can make a surprise attack on your opponents capital and take it fast enough, they won't have the chance to fire them.

However the most important thing is. When you play a massive free for all game always play with open diplomacy. Because at the end, there is a chance that the Armageddon Clock will lead to such a stalemate of MAD, the only solution is for everyone to ally up and have peace.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
121 of 145 people (83%) found this review helpful
135 people found this review funny
46.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
Cons: If the scout dies their dog dies too

Pros: Everything else

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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
It was a classic and masterpiece RTS in my eye when I was 15. Now I am 29 and I am still finding it a classic and masterpiece RTS which is what AOEIII should had been in my less than humble opinion.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
been playing this since i was 6. I remember when we hooked up the landline cables so i could play with people across the house. then it went from that to ip servers and playing with friends across the country. And, of course, steam popped up and i can play with anyone and everyone. 10 years later its just as gold.

only the committed will get that.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Best RTS game ever made! Still don't understand why most people insist on playing Aoe while they have Rise of Nations. Considering the Ron offers better unit control even with full population, doesn't restrict players with medieval age and allows you to make more strategic moves both in economy and military; i have difficulties finding a reasonable explanation for not to choose Ron in this and almost every other RTS comparison. Only con of this game is the lack of players in online otherwise it is highly recommended to everyone who loves playing strategy games!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
332.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Rise of Nations is one of the best RTS games of all times and can be recommended.
There are no new good RTS games similar to Rise of Nations, that are known to me, since a long time.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
An old classic but still awesome
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
This is one of my favorite childhood game I like to play since I was 8. I'm glad the renovated version is now on steam. Also some reviewers are pretty autistic and needs to get the lip smashed with a hot steaming flag metallic ruler.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
162.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Im playing this game for a long while and I Think this game is Best strategy game ever. Everbody should try and play it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Great game! Only thing i would wish for is a bit more depth in the militarie part, but apart from that its an amazing rts!
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