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*My* RoN review

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Toysrme

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I'm going to take some flak, but I've swapped my opinion 180 from what it was when I got the game a week or so ago. It was good, but simply got old. Like Tom's and Gamespy think. RTS of the Year. Well I surely hope not! (I'd rather the War3 expansion get it. Frozen throne is very fun! Besides... Blizzard actually updates their games until they're right...

I should add that RoN is "crashy" on my win98 box, and a friends XP box I built him. The window98 crashing was supposidly "fixed". I still crash post-patch. I will say that BHG is trying to "add" things they feel missing in the game.(duh, someone cut stuff out from their release date!<grin>) That's commendable. They just need to do some "fixing" like so many games need. (This is exreamly annoying in campian mode)

In the beginning everyone said, aw it's just an EE clone. (That still is hilarious, as every game is a clone of something :mad: )
Well I'm hear to tell you, it's more of an EE spin-off, instead of knock-off.

It wasn't like EE... The first few days, I'm sick of the game now though LoL! It's like a bad combination of Risk/Risk II for SNES/Sega G, only that it's not very fun and Empire Earth just not quite the scale, and the battle dynamics I feel are not on par with EE. It's not just a "cousin" like AOE/EE gameplay(battles) would be. This is more like big brother and 'lil sis. Anyone trying to be honest can pick it out plains as day too.

Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to it's hype IMHO. The campaign part really is nothing more than a cheap, smaller version of Risk, while the play dynamics are not as good as Empire Earth. It's also not of *quite* the same scale as EE.

Keep in mind this is a *very* economic dependant game. For battles of any magnitude you will need no less than five expansions, bare minimum. I don't feel comfortable until 6. That's normally what it takes to feed resources. (In turbo rescource mode, it takes 5)

AFA the battles. It's not bad at all, and I enjoyed 1 infantry created shows up as 3 soldiers. Rather neat and gives the game a larger scale. Having ground units turn directly into peusedo WWII landing craft is also a neat touch.

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Back to reality, I quit playing EE when the original Warcraft III alpha came out last Christmas. I've since dusted it off to play a game with better army dynamics.

To me EE is a better balance. It requires expansion, but not in the same drastic way as RoN dose. Also it's fighting is better with many more options overall.
RoN is not a cheap knock off of EE, that should not be said. It dose shoot for the scale and wonderful battle dynamics, and to me, misses the mark. Not by a great deal, but enough so that when I want to play a large scale RTS, I'd choose EE almost any day :\

Don't forget that the campaign really is a cheap knock off of the worst Risk genre clones :'( (can you tell I was really disappointed in it?)

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This isn't an I love EE post, I've tried to be honest, and fair by calling it like I feel. It also isn't to say that EE dose NOT have it's own problems... Multiplayer connection was supposedly "fixed" Well really it only got 50% better, and they way it's laid out... I would rather it just be the old way with more information >:\

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If you had EE and didn't like how it played, you still have a shot of loving this game. There are fewer options than EE. In fact, this is who I think the target audiance is.

The person that couldn't get use to the sheer massive scale of EE, but wants more than a 4 tier AOE offers. (I leave out War3; they reblance it just often enough to keep everyone on their toes)

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Oh I will say attacking new territories in campain mode is really really fun! Till you get sick of it! ;)

That's my entire deal with the game. Everything in it I like, other games simply do it better.

I did forget to mention that it's a pretty game.

-Toysrme
 

illwillchill

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Nice review except what does RoN mean, Rise of Nations? Its ok to use acronyms but at first you should identify what each acronym is, then you can start using the acronyms afterwards.

example: Rise of Nations (RoN) Age Of Empires (AOE) and so on.
 

new_novice

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illwillchill said:
what does RoN mean, Rise of Nations? Its ok to use acronyms but at first you should identify what each acronym is, then you can start using the acronyms afterwards.

example: Rise of Nations (RoN) Age Of Empires (AOE) and so on.


agree, have no idea what EE means
 

nut581

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i do agree with the saying "the game is crashy" .. I keep getting back to desktop during gameplay with a message "gathering exception data" after about 30 mins of gameplay in campaign mode on windows XP .. i give up .. back to playing halo on my xbox .. :D .. will refund the game tomorrow .. urgh .. wish I waited for reviews before pre-ordering the game ..
 
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Toysrme

Toysrme

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Yeah, Empire Earth. This aint a bash, but shouldn't being on a large game review forum constitue that you know at least most of the acronims for popular games???
 

illwillchill

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I did play the demo, the graphics were nothing fricken amazing, looked like Age of Empires 2 (AOE). The gameplay is very odd. You progress through ages like the previous AOE's. This game should of been called Age of Empires 3. A game starts out slow with you in the usual stone age with nothing to do but gather food and wood, then start researching, as you progress though the ages, your technology improves. I just usually wind up just pushing forward and rushing to reach the modern and intellectual age instead of even bothering with the other ages (medevil etc.) Kind of funny seeing guys with m-16's fight against guys with crossbows :D, the game is fun but i can't see myself going out to buy it.
 
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Toysrme

Toysrme

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illwillchill said:
I did play the demo, the graphics were nothing fricken amazing, looked like Age of Empires 2 (AOE). The gameplay is very odd. You progress through ages like the previous AOE's. This game should of been called Age of Empires 3. A game starts out slow with you in the usual stone age with nothing to do but gather food and wood, then start researching, as you progress though the ages, your technology improves.

When it comes to a comment like this, you might as well blast it for being a Dune II clone... The first PC RTS.

If you had an eye for real 3D graphics, you'd notice that they are in real 3D... Not sprites running around everywhere LoL!

The progressment through the ages is only like a tiered game in spirit. (warcraft, aoe, blah blah blah) The truth is that it's different enough to require much more planning on what you tech to move up as you don't have to tech all 4 lines at once...
 
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ToledoSteel

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I think its a pretty decent game. I don't think it compares to AOE or AOE2 when they came out. I wish there was the ability to increase your population over 200 and disabling that Armagedon clock would be a nice touch. But seriously how often does a "perfect" game come along. This wasn't it, but I do think it was better than EE, it could take forever to destroy an enemy in that game, the rebuild rate for the computer was ridiculous.