Reviews for Rise of Nations: Extended Edition
Brings back good memoriesdarkyhbk | June 19, 2014 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »
Rise of Nations was one of my favourite games as a kid, and I still regard it as one of the best RTS games to have graced the scene. Gameplaywise, it's a mix between Age of Empires and Empire Earth, getting the best out of the two. The resource micromanagement is simple, but basis to a complex system of buildings, upgrades and research options. Each nation, and there are a lot of them, has its own specific units and bonuses, and it's a joy to experiment with each and every one of them. The game stretches from Antiquity all the way to the modern age, enabling an astonishing variety of units and tactics. In this repack you get both the original Conquer the World campaign, and the Thrones and Patriots scenarios, including an Alexander the Great campaign and a Cold War espionage series of missions on the tactical map. There's been some graphic improvement, the most notable being the adapted resolution, but not much more is so apparent. This re-release could have improved and added some additional stuff, and it's a pity it didn't do it. Of course, keeping everything classy, 11 years after the original's release is a plus, and everybody who didn't get a chance to enjoy this masterpiece should definitely do it !
Everything is Better With Nostalgia Goggles.wolfister1590 | June 16, 2014 | See all wolfister1590's reviews »
(Just going to get this out of the way first, this is not a bad game) When Rise of Nations released back in 2003 I remember saving up my money and getting it, because it looked so amazing. I have very fond memories of playing the game, building up huge forces, seeing the buildings change through the ages, and just being incredibly fun. Yet now playing it again after a decade, and being older I have found that this game had some serious problems with it.
I had forgotten about that bloody timer. Yes this is a little gem that I guess I had blocked out of my memories of playing RoN, since it just provided nothing but extreme frustration. I guess when the devs put it in it was a way to try to keep the player from being able to build huge booming cities that could churn out resources and units faster than the AI. I am not sure what the devs were thinking but this is an old issue that I wanted to touch on.
It really is the same exact game just slightly unscaled in resolution. This is good and bad at the same time. It keeps the things you loved about old RTS games like base building, unit production, building defenses, and overwhelming with superior force. It also keeps the not so great aspects such as the not very bright AI, the difficulty that does not ramp up well (from easy to moderate it is like jumping from a pillow fight with a bunch of kittens, to a 9ft tall wall of a person with a club slowly smashing you into paste).
Look the bottom line is that if you enjoyed this game back in the day and continued to play it for enough years that you can remember all the problems as well as the good things, then yes buy this it is a great way to play a pretty damn good game on a modern PC. If you have not played this game in a decade and only remember the fun I might say to just leave it that way. let those memories stay as rose colored as possible. Also if you are new to RTS and want to experience an absolutely amazing old school RTS then maybe pick up Empire Earth 2.
Amazing game!drafek | June 16, 2014 | See all drafek's reviews »
I've had this game for ages, but now it's on steam, and I can tell you pick it up right now! The graphics are amazing but that's not the most important thing, the gameplay. The gameplay in rise of nations is amazing, no gameplay will be the same. There are alot of maps to play on. The music in this game is great, it fits the game really well. The textures have been upgraded iin the extended edition which is a great feature. The multiplayer battles are really cool, but if you forget just 1 thing there's a big chance you'll get conquered. Overall this game is worth every penny!