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Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom (Windows)

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3.9
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Overall MobyScore (18 votes) 3.9


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93
GameZone
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom, a PC release from Sierra and Impressions Games, is a game that delves far into the past of China. With gorgeous graphics, compelling game play and challenging city management, this is a game that is a pleasure to play. You will get lost in the past; revel in the glory of cities constructed according to the concepts of Feng Shui, and delight in meeting quotas from the emperors of the nation.
88
IGN
I'm one of those people that don't mind seeing similar things a whole lot and even playing similar things a bit. Look at my RTS addiction. When it comes down to it, WarCraft III isn't that much different than any other RTS out there (except in quality control anyway), but I still enjoy playing it as much as Starcraft, Age of Empires, Red Alert 2, or any of the other good base building real-time strategy games. So when I played Pharaoh, I wasn't bothered that it was a lot like Caesar III, cause it was really good, it improved some things, and I love Egyptian history. Then Zeus came along. This time, they added more personal interaction with the gods and improved some more gameplay mechanics and was a terrific game, but it was generally still the same game as the first two.
85
JeuxVideoPC.com
Imaginez une touche d’Age of Empire, mêlée à une gestion de ville non loin de Sim City, tout cela conçu par les créateurs de Pharaon, et mis en scène… dans la Chine médiévaile. Vous tenez entre vos mains Empereur : l’empire du milieu. Un audacieux mélange, quelque peu complexe, qui s’inspire des grands titres du genre en espérant en tirer le meilleur. Un jeu riche et réussi où vous retrouverez à la fois des missions, un mode de jeu libre, et un multijoueurs en réseau ou online.
85
GameSpy
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom is not an innovative game. It's not all that new and not all that different from the other games in Sierra's classic "City Building" franchise -- but it's loads of fun all the same. Taking the reins from Impressions, core developer Breakaway Games doesn't miss a beat in keeping the game fresh despite the fact that it plays practically the same as Caesar, Pharaoh, and Zeus.
83
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Niet de meest vernieuwende game in het genre maar heerlijk verslavend. Zeer veel waar voor je geld.
81
4Players.de
Natürlich halten sich die Neuerungen in Grenzen und sind wie der Multiplayer-Modus übers Internet teils nicht zu gebrauchen. Aufgrund seiner hohen Komplexität wendet sich das Echtzeit-Strategiespiel hauptsächlich an die Veteranen der Reihe, die schon einen Vorgänger gespielt haben und wie ich immer noch größten Spaß am Aufbau einer quirligen Metropole finden. Trotz des einstellbaren Schwierigkeitsgrades ist das Spiel daher nichts für Einsteiger. Wer aber kritisiert, dass er seine Arbeiter nicht einzeln, sondern nur indirekt dirigieren könne, dem sei gesagt, dass das seit jeher so ist bei Sierras Caesar-Reihe. Das altbewährte Gameplay überzeugt aber auch dieses Mal dank perfekter Einbettung in das völlig neue China-Szenario, dessen Änderungen eben nicht nur oberflächlicher Natur bleiben. Wer in ein fremdes Land oder eine ferne Epoche abtauchen möchte, dem ist Der erste Kaiser wärmstens zu empfehlen.
80
PCActu
Les amateurs du genre auront de quoi faire avec Empereur : L'Empire du Milieu ! Entre un mode Campagne très long et des parties personnalisées qui peuvent s'étendre à l'infini, ils n'en finiront pas d'étudier le feng shui de leur cité pour que celle-ci devienne la New York de l'Antiquité. Entre des contrôles épurés et de jolis décors, la complexité des relations entre les différents paramètres séduise les joueurs les plus exigeants. Au final, Sierra propose ici une expérience permettant de plonger au cœur de la Chine des dynasties, contribuer à l'évolution d'une nation, mais attention: c'est le peuple qui décide, vous, vous suivez ! Si cette logique vous convient, ce soft réussira à vous charmer de part son contexte historique, dynamique et relativement complet.
80
Joystick (French)
Emperor n'a pas inventé la poudre noire. N'empêche, en regroupant toutes les améliorations apportées à la longue série des Caesar, et en proposant pour la première fois un mode de jeu multijoueur, il nous embarque gentiment et en groupe à la découverte de la Chine ancienne. Pour tous ceux qui aiment aussi les jeux de gestion.
80
PC Zone
With seven historical campaigns containing almost 50 missions, Emperor boasts more longevity than the Great Wall itself. And that's not mentioning the skirmish mode and the all-new multiplayer mode allowing up to eight players to attempt to out-build each other. So if you're a builder, not a fighter, and you've got a spare couple of weeks, then this is one of the best God games we've seen in a long while.
80
Strategy Informer
If you are an old fan of the citybuilding games, you would probably know the very basics. So why would you need to get it? First of all the multiplayer aspect. Being a hard core, “non-multiplayer in citybuilding games” person myself I was happily surprised with this aspect of the game and have spent a great deal of good time playing on line. Second, the game has become much more innovative than it’s predecessors. Better management, new monument types, improved AI behavior, better management of system resources. The graphics are also much better, and bigger, and generally you will have as much fun with this game as you already had with all the previous citybuilding games you have played put together, and even more.
79
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Emperor is een leuk en onderhoudend spel, maar het is niet veel beter dan de voorgangers in de reeks. Zeus was dan eigenlijk nog de meest originele van de serie, want Emperor laat spijtig genoeg een aantal van Zeus' spitsvondigheden vallen. Toch heeft Emperor iets nieuws, laat zijn dat het de sfeer van het vroegere China is, wat je moeilijk los laat.
79
PC Games (Germany)
Wenn Impressions erst einmal Blut geleckt hat, hält die so schnell nix mehr auf. An der Caesar-Thematik fanden die Strategie-Profis so viel Gefallen, dass sie gleich drei Teile entwickelten, Pharao und Zeus bekamen immerhin umfangreiche Erweiterungen spendiert. Das grundlegende Spielprinzip ändert sich dabei nie: Sie bauen eine Stadt auf, erfüllen die anspruchsvollen Bedürfnisse Ihrer Einwohner und setzen sich mit aufdringlichen Nachbarn auseinander.
78
GameStar (Germany)
Feng Shui, Tierkreiskalender, Taoismus: In den ersten Spielstunden verstand ich nur Chinesisch! Impressions täuscht geschickt darüber hinweg, dass die Änderungen gegenüber Zeus bequem auf ein Reiskorn passen. Etwas mehr Fortschritt hätte ich schon erwartet – zum Beispiel spannend erzählte historische Kampagnen anstatt der lieblos aneinander geklatschten Missionen. Sei’s drum: Die bewährt komplexe Mischung aus Aufbau- und Wirtschaftsspiel macht auch in der chinesischen Antike viel Spaß. Fernost-Fans dürfen getrost losbasteln, alle anderen warten lieber aufs innovativere Anno 1503.
78
Game.EXE
Исторически недостоверный градостроительный симулятор Китай-города. Может служить наглядным примером того, как маленькая немытая деревушка за 3000 лет своего существования вырастет в многомиллионную Поднебесную империю.
77
GameSpot
This sameness describes the city-building series in general. Emperor is a fun and satisfying management game, but it is primarily the same fun and satisfying management game as those that have preceded it. If Zeus was two steps forward for the series, Emperor is its one step back. Fans of previous installments will like it if they haven't had their fill of the formula, while newcomers will be able to see why the formula works so well. But hopefully, future games in the series will continue to improve on the blueprint, instead of just following it to the letter.
76
PC Gamer UK
It may have multi-player, but this is surely the last time they can get away with this formula.
75
Jeuxvideo.com
Empereur : l'Empire du Milieu est la preuve que la série des jeux de construction de cités développés par Impressions Games n'a rien perdu de sa superbe. Le jeu est cette fois dédié à la culture antique de la Chine, et le gameplay se révèle toujours aussi fascinant et prenant. Le type de jeu qui passionnera même les joueurs occasionnels.
75
Armchair Empire, The
First there was Caesar, then Pharaoh, then Zeus, and now Emperor. One has to wonder how many twists on the same basic game design can be made before fans of the genre grow tired of the same thing with different graphics. However, it must be said, that Impressions did a good job of refining the gameplay with this installment.
73
PC Zone Benelux
De graphics zijn nog steeds 2D en het geluid is sober, maar volstaat. Echt spectaculair is het allemaal niet en dat is juist het bizarre van sim-games en ook van Emperor. Als het je eenmaal bij je nekvel heeft dan kun je er toch weken, zo niet maanden, mee vooruit.
73
GameCola.net
Overall, Emperor is a quality game, and follows the established formula very carefully. I would have liked to have seen some more adventurous changes, but the game is still a lot of fun and very addictive. Hopefully next time the designers will try some new things, just to mix it up a bit.
72
PC Gamer
For anyone who’s played Zeus, Pharaoh, or other city-building simulations from Impressions and Sierra, Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom will feel as comfortable as a new pair of shoes. Well-traveled veterans of the genre can delve immediately into yet another ancient culture, with only an occasional need to glance at the manual; the downside of this familiarity is that several questionable aspects of the series’ general design remain problems.
70
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Underneath this veneer, the core of the game is as satisfying as it ever was. You can choose from among several campaigns that take you through relatively short and focused scenarios as well as epic multi-hour sessions, all driven by specific goals. There are also open-ended games, a random map generator, and new multiplayer support. But no matter how you play them, Impressions’ city-building games are like houses of cards. When they work. you get a grand, delicate, elaborate structure. When they collapse, it’s a spectacular failure. Along the way, you’re treated to the aesthetic appeal of seeing the city you designed swarm with activity. Emperor offers up the delight of RollerCoaster Tycoon with a historical bent and a sharp, colorful Asian edge.
70
Gamesmania
Es gibt viele Kritikpunkte am jüngsten Werk von Impressions Games. Und trotzdem: Der erste Kaiser macht kurzzeitig wieder süchtig, das mittlerweile mehr als abgedroschene Spielprinzip noch immer Spaß. Dafür sorgt vor allem die schöne Atmosphäre, die durch asiatische Bauten, landesspezifische Berufe und Helden sowie die vier Religionen entsteht. Eine Reise ins Reich der Mitte lohnt sich aber nur für Hardcore-Fans, mehr Innovationen und Spannung erwartet euch in Anno 1503. Die bessere Technik übrigens auch. Der erste Kaiser spielt eben nur in der zweiten Bundesliga.
68
ActionTrip
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom is a déjà vu, a multiple one. Those of you who spent months playing Caesar III or Zeus can give this game a miss, as it won't bring them anything new at all. The rest might find Emperor a very interesting game, provided they have sufficient time to play it, and the will to disregard a couple of minor flaws in this game.
68
Game Chronicles
Today, let’s order Chinese take-out. The entrée? Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom. Brought to life by Sierra Entertainment and Impressions Games, Emperor is a real-time simulation game that places you as the lord of a city near the Yangze River; in what is now middle China. It is a city builder, much like Sim City, or Tropico. You have to manage a strict infrastructure, from unemployment to safety and hygiene. There is an almost endless array of variables that determine whether or not your city will rise to greatness, or crumble into ruins.
61
Netjak
Remember the good old days, when game companies used to release totally different games instead of just rehashing an old idea they had and then putting new graphics into the same engine and releasing it as a new game?