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Empire Earth (Windows)

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Description

Age of Empires is set in the past, Command & Conquer explores the future, but up to now there was no real-time strategy game that covered the whole breadth of human history. Empire Earth fills this gap and lets you wage war with everything from prehistoric stone thrower up to futuristic battle-mechs.

Empire Earth’s mastermind Rick Goodman was lead designer of the original Age of Empires. Similarities are thus hardly surprising; in fact, his new game can be considered a 3D version of its predecessor. Despite the graphical leap, the game’s look and feel are very familiar - AoE fans will feel perfectly at home. The perspective is fixed in an isometric view, camera management is not required. In your quest to crush the opposition, you build settlements, collect five resource types, recruit troops (land, sea, air) and, well, fight battles. Unit improvements are no longer researched in buildings, but can be bought at once for each unit type. For example, you can increase your tanks’ hit points, attack value, armor, speed and range separately -- for a price. It's your choice whether to spend your income on a huge army, or on an advanced one. Throughout the campaign, you also earn civilization point for heroic deeds; you can spend these on general unit improvements, e.g. reducing your archers building time by 30%, or making your citizens 20% faster.

The game’s four campaigns span the entire history of warfare: conquer the Mediterranean as the Greeks, lead the English from the middle ages to the battle at Waterloo, change history by making the Germans victors of the First and Second World War, and finally create a Russian empire in 2025. The campaign missions are heavily scripted and contain quite a few adventure elements; for example, you must lead William Duke of Normandy safely through enemy ambushes. As the scenarios focus on a set time frame, you don’t advance through the 14 epochs (from the Prehistoric Era to the Nano Age). In skirmish mode and in multiplayer battles, however, you may lead your people from caves into skyscrapers.

Screenshots

Empire Earth Windows ...and hover helicopters attack a nano age settlement.
Empire Earth Windows ...tanks and bombers in the 20th century...
Empire Earth Windows Nice pre-battle panorama.
Empire Earth Windows ...to modern times...

Alternate Titles

  • "地球帝国" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Diqiu Diguo" -- Chinese title

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User Reviews

Good idea, not perfect. Dr. Elementary (271) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
An A+ for effort in graphics Xiao 91 (4) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
I have a lot of bad things to say about this "Age of Empire" rebellion game... Indra was here (19215) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars
The creators of AOE really messed up.... James Kirk (159) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
Well, it certainly *tried* to be as good as Age of Empires... ShadowShrike (311) 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars
A really good idea, good effort, but just short of the finish line. Thiago Oliveira (90) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
Age of Empires III. About as good as it predecessors. Rick Jones (108) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars

The Press Says

GamingExcellence Nov 26, 2001 9.4 out of 10 94
4Players.de Nov 30, 2001 89 out of 100 89
ActionTrip Nov 16, 2001 85 out of 100 85
GameSurge Jan, 2002 81 out of 100 81
GameZone Nov 29, 2001 8 out of 10 80
PC Zone Nov 22, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Game Chronicles Nov 26, 2002 8 out of 10 80
Super Play Dec, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Gameplanet Dec 21, 2001 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Epochs

The 14 Empire Earth epochs are:

  • Prehistoric Era (500,000 BC)
  • Stone Age (10,000 BC)
  • Copper Age (5000 BC)
  • Bronze Age (2000 BC)
  • Dark Ages (0 AD)
  • Middle Ages (900 AD)
  • Renaissance (1300 AD)
  • Imperial Age (1500 AD)
  • Industrialization (1700 AD)
  • World War I (1900 AD)
  • World War II (1930 AD)
  • Modern Era (1950 AD)
  • Digital Era (2000 AD)
  • Nano Age (2100 AD)

Server shutdown

The official Sierra game servers were shut down on 1st November 2008.

Awards

  • GameSpy
    • 2001 – PC Game of the Year
Information also contributed by Sciere

Related Web Sites

  • EmpireEarth.cc (Part of the MFO network, with news and, of course, great forums.)
-Chris (7365) added Empire Earth (Windows) on Nov 17, 2001