Conclusion: When you take into account the versatility, longevity and downright playability of this game, you can easily see that this is going to be THE RTS game of the year and will be the game that sets the new benchmark for all others to follow.
Excerpt: Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots is the expansion pack to the historical real-time strategy game Rise of Nations ( review ) from Big Huge Games. Thrones and Patriots doesn't differ much from its parent in terms of gameplay, with Big Huge Games using the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" theory for expansion packs. They just threw a whole bunch of new goodies into the game, including new civilizations, new campaigns, and some new gameplay mechanics.
Excerpt: Rise of Nations is a historical real-time strategy game which combines the strategic and in-depth features found in turn-based strategy games with the speed of real-time strategy games. The game was developed by Big Huge Games, the team behind Civilization 2 and Alpha Centauri, famous turn-based strategy games. However, the team has decided to move away from the turn-based genre for Rise of Nations. I bet most gamers will appreciate it.
Excerpt: Rise of Nations (RoN) is a real-time strategy game in the mold of the Age of Empires games. Rather than focusing on one particular era of history though, RoN lets you lead your civilization from the dawn of its history through the modern era. Such a broad scope has been attempted before in the game Empire Earth, but RoN has actually found a way to pull it off and the result is a great real-time strategy game that should not be missed by anyone with an interest in the...
Excerpt: Many strategy game buffs consider last year's Rise of Nations to be the best RTS title seen in years. It deftly combines age-spanning gameplay along with elements of Civilization (and even a bit of the classic board game Risk) together, and then tops it off with a ton of options and excellent graphics.