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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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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
44 of 52 people (85%) 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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28 of 30 people (93%) 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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21 of 22 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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7 of 8 people (88%) 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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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
It's kinda like Age of Empires + Civilization. Fun.
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8 of 12 people (67%) 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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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
2,464.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
Lots of nations,lots of units,lots of buildings = great diversity.Pretty cool campaign and fun multiplayer.It was the RTS of my childhood.
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3 of 3 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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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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
29.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Better than the original.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Your arrogant nation must be crushed before it is too late!
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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
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
If you like Civilization 5 or those types of games, you'll love this! Civ 5 is my most played game on steam, and I think this game is better. Without expansion packs Civ 5 begins to feel repetitive and simple and even easy. This game is incredible! It makes strategy work! It's not turn based, and it's much more satisfying when you win. Also, a lot of it is real time so you don't spend a lot of the game on pause (although you can) but you feel much more involved in your cities.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
For some reason, I feel as if I urge to play this game a lot more than I think I should!
P.S. Don't let the Mongols get Nuclear Weapons!
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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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