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Praetorians (Windows)

78
MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

Advertising Blurbs

Atari Australia Press Quotes - Windows:
    "The visual style is quite evocative…" "Praetorians is just as balanced a strategy game as the like of Warcraft and Command & Conquer…" "...will appeal to serious strategy enthusiasts." "Modelled down to the man, yet easily controllable." "...there are many satisfying details." "...a fully featured game of strategy and tactics." - Icon Magazine, Sydney Morning Herald

    " A very unique and fun approach to strategy gaming. Deep and intelligent strategy combat. Missions are excellently designed. Excellent music and sound effects. 80%" -Actiontrip.com

    " Awesome Real Time Strategy set in the ancient Mediteranean world" - PC Powerplay

    " With solid single and multi-play elements, and the heritage of Commandos behind the creators, you can forgive us for being excited about Praetorians. In many ways, Praetorians is based far more in reality than most other genre offerings" - PC Games Addict Magazine

    "Praetorians looks to be a very promising title with excellent sound and visuals, as well as unique gameplay elements" " Awesome graphics" - PC Powerplay

    " Excellent AI, well-balanced units, Great single-player missions, nice emphasis on tactics and strategy. 79%" - Gamespy

    " Praetorians is a breath of fresh air in PC real time strategy. Stepping away from the tedium of resource management, with a focus on combat will be a draw for many. The sheer focus on tactics and all of the available options within this makes this an extremely challenging game, but persevering and learning these intricacies will reveal a true gem. 8.7/10" - Armchairempire.com

    "This game is perfect for the dedicated RTS fan, as it can take away a good chunk of your life. You must control your units flawlessly and be familiar with all of their strengths and weaknesses, or else they will be demolished before you can blink. 8.7/10" - Worthplaying.com

    " Praetorians is a solid RTS with deep, engaging gameplay that offers a unique experience. The exclusion of resource management coupled with troop variations and formations, and terrain advantages reinstill the strategy in RTS. Fans of the genre seeking a pure strategic experience will enjoy Praetorians' emphasis on battle. With outstanding visuals and audio to showcase its gameplay, Praetorians is a must-have for genre fans and a great introduction for newcomers to PC gaming. 45/50" - Gamerspulse.com

    Contributed by Xoleras (66269) on May 21, 2004.

Atari Australia website - Windows:
    DESCRIPTION:
    Praetorians is an epic 3D strategy game set at the time of Julius Caesar's campaigns to expand the frontier's of the Roman Empire. Taking on the role of a Roman General you are transported back to the deserts of Egypt, the frozen lands of the Gauls and to the heart of the Empire itself, Italy.

    The lands you seek to conquer will be heavily defended by thousands of troops, all with special skills and individual strengths. Fortresses and war machines will stand in your path as you lead your army in a quest for the glory of Rome.

    You will command the forces not only of Rome, but also of the ferocious Gaulish tribes and the religiously fanatical Egyptians. The path to victory depends on the strategies you choose, the tactics and troop formations you decide upon, and whether you learn to combine your forces and exploit your enemy's weaknesses.

    Played out in jaw dropping 3D visuals, from the immense scale of the Pyramids right down to the individual centurion, Praetorians is stunning in its detail, scale and beauty. The game is also incredibly intuitive allowing skilled strategy gamers and beginners alike to fully immerse themselves in the game with absolute ease.

    GAME FEATURES:
  • Control three different civilisations each featuring a unique set of troops and tactics.
  • The disciplined Romans will utilise organisation and flexible formations as a means of overthrowing the enemy.
  • Gauls have the power of raw strength and greater flexibility of movement on different terrains as they employ guerrilla warfare tactics.
  • The Egyptian priests use a combination of religious fanaticism and advanced science to complement their range of military units.
  • Over 20 varied campaign missions.
  • Employ the powerful war machines of the Roman army and make the best use of them to protect possessions or to destroy enemy defences and lay siege to their fortresses.
  • Different terrain and landscapes play a major part in battle. The AI will understand terrain and its defensive and offensive possibilities and it will also affect unit visibility.
  • Up to 8 players can do battle over LAN or Internet.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66269) on May 21, 2004.

Inside Flaps:
    MASSIVE FORTRESS SIEGES
    Conquer your foes in colossal fortress sieges involving hundreds of units. Will you attack using siege weapons, or deploy an all-out ladder assault?

    TACTICAL FORMATIONS
    Employ a variety of unit formations including the nearby impenertrable "turtle" formation.

    PURE STRATEGIC COMBAT
    Minimal base building and resource management means you can focus entirely on battlefield maneuvers.

    ANIMAL RECONNAISSANCE
    Dispatch your hawk or wolf scout to detect potential targets and threats.

    STRATEGIC TERRAIN
    From high elevations supplying range and vision advantages, to dense forests providing cover for ambushes, understanding the terrain's strategic value is key for victory.

    DEVASTATING WAR MACHINES
    Command your light infantry to construct catapults, ballistas, assault towers and more to destroy enemy defenses.

    The Praetorians, the elite bodyguards of the Roman emperors, are just one of the many units you can command. Each civilization has 13 different units ranging from pikemen, centurions, and cavalry to specialized units such as the Roman gladiators, Barbarian hunters, and Nubian archers.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69521) on Jun 15, 2003.

Back of Box:

    DEATH OR GLORY!



    FROM THE CREATORS OF COMMANDOS

    Your destiny awaits on the battlefield. As a Roman General on a crusade to forge an empire, you will be transported back to the dusty battlegrounds of Egypt, the frozen lands of the Gauls, and finally to the heart of the Empire itself, Italy. You must employ cunning military operations as the lands you seek to conquer are heavily defended by thousands of powerful troops.

  • Feed your insatiable hunger to rule the empire with this combat-heavy epic adventure

  • Command the forces of 3 civilizations - the disciplined Romans, the ferocious Gauls, and the religiously fanatical Egyptians

  • Ambush your enemy using a variety of units, massive fortress sieges, devastating war machines and more

  • Battle for supermacy online in ruthless 8-player matches

  • Master the art of war in 24 single-player missions

    "experience the joy of controlling massive, sprawling, bloody Roman-era battles"
    - PC Gamer

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69521) on Jun 15, 2003.