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- Choose one of 18 major civilizations from the Aztecs to the Nubians -- you will be their guide through 6,000 years of history
- Play on a realistic map of the world and expand your nation by conquering one at a time, in exciting wartime strategy action
- Research over 50 different technologies and show off the superiority of your civilization, as you build Wonders Of The World
- Use a combination of military strength, technological development, diplomacy, trade and espionage to create a world empire
- Stunning animation and effects as you experience 220 different unit types, and weapon effects from slingshots to nuclear detonations
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Rise Of Nations combines the thrills and speed of real-time strategy with the in-depth management of turn-based gaming for an all new experience! Streamlined multiplayer action for up to 8 players on a LAN or an Internet connection!
Rise of Nations is a historical real time strategy game from Big Huge Games Brian Reynolds, designer of PC game classics such as Civilization 2 and Alpha Centauri.
Dominate 6,000 years of history from the Ancient Age to the Information Age. Which forces will you deploy to lead your nation to global prominence? Trade, espionage, diplomacy war? Whichever path you choose, youll experience the pulse pounding thrill and speed of real-time gaming combined with the epic scope and depth of turn-based strategy games brought together for the first time ever in Rise of Nations.
In Rise of Nations, you'll create new cities, improve city infrastructures and expand national borders. Conquer foes through military might using everything from sling-shots to cannons to stealth bombers to nuclear weapons; corner the market on key commodities and consolidate power under your rule; wheel and deal across time with history's eminent cultures.
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This game is super-cali-fragilistic-expee-alidoscious - to use an archaic term. Simply the best, cream of the crop, strategy game I've played to this very day. I have an extensive library of sims and strategy games (10 years worth) and I will be putting many of them on eBay very soon, thanks to this game...
Rise of Nations (RON) combines the best of turn-based strategy and real-time tactics into a delightable package. There are a few quirks in gameplay that any experienced gamer will notice - but EVERY game has some quirks: games are made by people who all have quirks, don't forget. These quirks are easily forgotten by the mesmerizing gameplay and frenzied battles that ensue as you seek to dominate civilization. I highly recommend getting the expansion pack with the original game - it's well worth the package price here on Amazon.
As for hardware: make sure you've got a solid, well-oiled PC. Update all of your drivers, OS, and related software (directx, etc) before running this game. A good AGP video card is almost required for playing out more extensive battles and expansive empires; and decent sound is a nice treat but not necessary. 512mb of memory is, in my opinion, required to run this game properly. I can't stand stuttering or hesitation in real-time battles so it may just be me - but be prepared. Your computer should comfortably exceed the requirements listed on the box...
If you've enjoyed turn-based games (various world war games, Age of Wonders, Disciples, etc...) and also love real-time games (Age of Empires series) then this game scores a blistering bullseye on your meter: you won't be able to comprehend how much gameplay is contained in this title until you fire it up yourself... I don't think I have enough years left to my life to finish all of it... maybe...
The value in this game is in its depth. If you just are throwing armys at each other then much of the game is wasted. There are a numbver of things like flanking with calvery and invisible units via generals that really get things going. Modern warefare needs to be experinced as it is very well done and the intensity gets high. I highly recommend this game. BTW, I can win 60% of the time on medium, people who are having issues winning on easie levels need to read about strategies or get the guide. Once you start flanking with horses the games get much easier.
Bryan Reynolds has the Sid Meier pedigree stemming from his involvement in Civilization II and Alpha Centauri. He understands the simple rule of computer gaming: its a game, not a history lesson! He set a new height for RTS, far surpassing the phenomenal Age of.. series and completely crushing Empire Earth at its own game.
Despite 18 nations being included, there is room for more (where's America?) as well as some minor refinement in game play (more options for soldiers like guard and stand ground; better targetting by your own troops). The AI is the best I've played (I'm getting beat at moderate difficulty). Buy it, and prepare to lose alot of sleep because of it!