Rise of Nations spans 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, you'll 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.
Cross genre gameplay
Real time strategy games give you the thrill of racing against time; turn-based strategy games give you the depth of centuries of history. Rise of Nations gives you both. The mysteries of ancient philosophy and the Wonders of the world are at your disposal in your campaign to dominate the world.
Track the progress of enormous campaigns or isolated skirmishes; monitor individual camps and workers or survey sprawling territories. You change the view of the game to stay abreast of everything under your command. As your nation grows, national borders stay clearly defined so you can focus on nation building.
Streamlined Fast Paced Multiplayer
Challenge other players on the Internet or over a LAN. Gather up to 8 players per game. In-game matchmaking lets you pick up games online against others waiting for foes.
Research more than 50 different technologies
Accrue Knowledge and gain the advantages of new technologies through 8 defined epochs of history.
Lead one of 18 Historical Nations
Each of the 18 Nations boasts special units unique to them, and each nation benefits from particular attributes that give them distinct advantages in battle or another aspect of the game. Nations include Aztec, Bantu, British, Chinese, Eqyptians, French, German, Greek, Inca, Japanese, Koreans, Maya, Mongols, Nubians, Romans, Russians, Spanish and Turks, and all change distinctively through the passage of time.
Conquer the World Campaign
This unique single player campaign lets you take over the world one territory at a time. Victory in each territory gives you tribute, special resources, or bonus powers to attack a strong enemy.
32 Rare Resources
Gather rare resources to earn extra bonuses. Rare resources include: Salt, Amber, Sulpher, Coal, Whales, Dye, Diamonds, Sugar and Uranium.
Never depleting resources
The basic resources in the game (Food, Timber, Metal and Oil) never deplete once you start to gather them.
No need to micro-manage your citizens. If citizens are idle for a few seconds they will automatically start collecting resources and/or help build buildings. If you like to micro-manage your citizens, simply turn off this option.
Learn to play
6 tutorials for beginning to experienced strategy gamers allow you to learn at whichever speed is most appropriate.
In-depth game features
National Borders, Flank Attacks, Generals, Spies and much more create a truly strategic game experience.
Multiple victory conditions
Brute force can and does bring you total victory, but you can choose how you want to take over the world by setting victory conditions to your liking. Make raw power the only condition for success, or choose another strategy like espionage, diplomacy, technology races, territory expansion, or others. You can also set multiple conditions simultaneously and defeat opponents using strategies completely different from your own.
XP/2000/ME/98 and 128 MB RAM
Processor: 500 MHz
Hard Drive: 800 MB
Video Card: 16 MB 3D card
Other: audio board with speakers and / or headphones
Online/multiplayer requirements: 56.6 kbps or better for internet play