Summary: I haven't played all the way through this game yet, however what I have played has been pretty fun. It's a great deal for the cost. Although you can occasionally get it a bit cheaper on STEAM. If you are into this kind of game I'd give it a go.
Summary: Don't mistake this game: it was not designed as a budget game. It is from 2003 and was great for its day... you can really tell when you are playing it. The gameplay is simple but quite fun. I would almost go as far as calling it elegant. The replay value is the main drawback here, as the game does not have as much variety as I would like, but for this price it is still a steal.
Excerpt: After watching the great movie 300, for a short amount of time I set about obsessively purchasing every game / movie to do with ancient civilizations. Sad, yes... but I got some great games that I never would have played otherwise. Praetorians was released something like 5 years ago, and it's a 3D real time strategy game based on the Roman army, that also allows you to play as other ancient civilizations such as Egyptians or good ol' rough and tumble barbarians.
Excerpt: For those of you who have an interest in the ancient world; the first concept for a Praetorian gaurd started with the tent of the commanding general (praetor) of a roman army who selectively picked those of notable value who could best protect him. Over the years this cohort became the cohors praetoria, many great commanders owned one such as Mark Antony, Julius Caesar and the most greatest of all in my opinion... Augustus (Octavian).
Conclusion: Although this game is simple, i think its awesome. The thing that this has over rome total war is that it has camps where you can build soldiers when in the game. i think rome total war can be on a scale to large to control all the troops as you want. in praetorians there are various formations such as turtle. its more suitable for younger players.
Summary: This game has great graphics and good tactical scenarios. I don't know where other reviewers are coming from, but most other RTS games become rather easy even at their hardest level. Games such as Age of Empires and Empire Earth don't put up much of a fight after you've estalished your territory. In contrast, the AI in Praetorians is relentless: they just keep attacking and building defenses. Overall a real fun game with great graphics.
Summary: This game is better than most game magazines make it out to be. It is a very accessible strategy game. Battles are relatively involved, although one could argue that strategic depth is not really this game's strength. But that is probably what makes this game so entertaining and accessible for people who normally do not like stragety games. I like the game's graphics. Not the greatest I've ever seen, but once again, they make the game very accessible.
Summary: I had experience of RTS games (Total Annihilation, Age of Empires and Empire Earth) and after I bought Praetorians and played the first time, I found it very very interesting. It's not the typical RTS game where you have to produce a lot of units and simply attack the enemy (like for example TA kingdoms or others) but you have to think in a strategic way before moving and attacking the enemy.