Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends (Windows)

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Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends maintains the hallmarks of the first RTS in the franchise (attrition, non-depletable resources, national borders) while improving on gameplay mechanics such as city building and large scale battles. In addition to these improvements Big Huge Games introduced several new features including dominances, neutral units, and capturable resources.

The sequel differs from its predecessor in that it takes place in a steampunk universe spanning autumn-dotted hills in the lands of the Vinci to blinding sandstorms in the burning deserts of the magical Alin. At the furthest reaches of the continent, hidden in the deepest jungles, lie the stone stepped pyramids of the brutal religious zealots known as the Cuotl. Through the Conquer the World (CTW) campaign players strategically guide a tightly knit group of heroes across the continent pursing monsters, love interests, power, and vengeance.

Rise of Legends also sports a Quick Battle (QB) component so players can jump right in to the action by selecting a map and one of the three unique races. The player’s final test of skill is to go head to head on Gamespy or LAN to explore the radically different strategies of the slow but god-like Cuotl, the fast but glass-like Alin, or the innovative but even-keel Vinci.

The campaign includes 52 scenarios with 15 heroes, while the Quick Battle and Multiplayer components include 42 maps for players to fight on.


Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends Windows Giacomo and Carlini riding behind their front-line at the onset of the Vernazza expedition.
Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends Windows Death from sky
Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends Windows Massacre
Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends Windows The Main Menu

Alternate Titles

  • "王國的興起:傳說再現" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "国家的崛起:崛起传奇" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "RON2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "ROL" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Pretty fabulous and very challenging and tough AI Hollyoake Addams (33) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Is it a game, or a painting canvas? KaiserChicken (12) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameZone May 15, 2006 9.1 out of 10 91
ActionTrip May 16, 2006 89 out of 100 89
GameStar (Germany) Jun, 2006 89 out of 100 89
Gamigo Jun 03, 2006 8.9 out of 10 89
Jeuxvideo.com May 30, 2006 17 out of 20 85
Video Game Generation Mar 24, 2007 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Powerplay May 31, 2006 84 out of 100 84
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) May 17, 2006 73 out of 100 73
Gamezine Jul 01, 2006 13 out of 20 65
Video Game Talk Sep 19, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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1001 Video Games

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2007 - #9 Game of the Year
  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – Special Achievement in Art Direction (PC)

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Dustin Darcy (114) added Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends (Windows) on Jun 11, 2006