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AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 4.1
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.5
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.3
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.5
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Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.8
Overall User Score (11 votes) 4.2

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Netjak (May 10, 2004)
Thrones and Patriots manages to double the immense amount of replay in the original Rise of Nations with the addition of six new civilizations and four new campaigns. I think that Thrones and Patriots will keep me occupied for a long, long time. I hate to end this review abruptly, but I’ve been away from the game for too long and I need to get back to helping the Dutch conquer the world.
91 (May 26, 2004)
Now the question: are those 6 new countries, 3 new wonders, 4 new campaigns, addition of political strategies and a couple of other new things enough to fill a full expansion ? I think so although I must admit that on paper it looks rather weak. The new campaigns are by far the best surprises that will keep you clustered to your screen for hours and hours. The whole has become even more than before one hell of a game and a must for every RTS lover! If you find this game somewhere in some gold edition or something, be sure to get it !
GameZone (Apr 27, 2004)
Even after a year I still recommend that you purchase the original game, and really have to stress that if you want to get the full experience that you have to purchase this game, Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots. You will not regret this purchase, because it is one of the best RTS experiences you can find!
Rise of Nations should be one of the essential pieces of any strategy gamer's collection, and T&P is the figurative cherry on top of a flavorful gaming sundae.
GameSpy (May 07, 2004)
Still, those are quibbles put in more for the sake of completeness than anything else. Thrones & Patriots proves once again why Big Huge Games is in the process of building an almost flawless reputation previously held by RTS stalwarts Blizzard and Ensemble. It's an extraordinary addition to an already extraordinary game -- one that fits so seamlessly into the original title that once you've played it's almost impossible to imagine a complete Rise of Nations experience without it.
GameSpot (Apr 27, 2004)
The expansion offers up some tweaks to the user interface and color palette--there are now autumn colors and foliage--but otherwise, it retains the same look and feel of the original game, which has held up well in the intervening months. In the end, Thrones and Patriots is a definite must-have for fans of Rise of Nations; the new nations offer up interesting variety and gameplay styles, while the new campaigns introduce the narrative drive and focus that the original campaign lacked. Thrones and Patriots is a highly enjoyable experience and an excellent expansion to an already outstanding game.
Armchair Empire, The (May 23, 2004)
really enjoyed the first Rise of Nations, and I wasn’t surprised to see it followed up with the requisite expansion pack given its success. Last time around, I conquered the world with the Mongols using no diplomacy. Through pure invasive conquest, I took over the world and it felt damn good. This time around, not much has changed and the minor quibbles I had with the original still remain. However, the inclusion of some great new campaigns, more than make up for those setbacks.
IGN (Apr 27, 2004)
A great game gets better. That's the final verdict here. The new nations fit well with the 18 existing nations in terms of abilities. I know a lot of gamers have been interested in playing as the Americans, so their inclusion here is pretty attractive. Still, as intriguing and unique as they are, it does seem a bit like a "mere" quantitative addition. The new campaigns and the new government system actually change (or at least reorient) the gameplay in some interesting ways, allowing gamers to shift the focus of their society and take on meaningful challenges that offer a stronger sense of direction.
GameStar (Germany) (Jun, 2004)
Endlich! Mit seinem Kampagnenverzicht hat das hochklassige Rise of Nations damals viele Age-of-Empires-Fans abgeschreckt - die können jetzt bedenkenlos zugreifen. Zeit wurde es auch für frische Missionstypen. Besonders gefällt mir der Kalte Krieg mit seinen Spionage-Einsätzen und Diplomatie-Kniffen. Der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist zwar für Einsteiger durch die exzellente KI zu hoch. Doch Fortgeschrittene und Profis greifen zu.
87 (Jun 29, 2004)
Das erste Add-On zu Rise of Nation bietet eigentlich für jeden etwas: Die Veteranen unter den Einzelspielern freuen sich über die neuen Völker, den gehobenen Schwierigkeitsgrad und die Regierungswechsel. Multiplayer-Verrückte bekommen ein ausgefeilteres Balancing zwischen den Völkern präsentiert und Hobby-Generäle können schauen, ob sie es besser als Alexander, Napoleon, George Washington oder die Strategen im Kreml hinbekommen hätten. Das Interface des Kalten Krieges mit den Funktionen und Tipps wirkt allerdings fast ein wenig überfrachtet, lässt sicher aber gerade noch bedienen. Einzig Leute, die Rise of Nations vielleicht zum ersten Mal hören, sollten lieber auf das Grundspiel zurückgreifen, um Frusterlebnisse mit der superaggressiven KI zu vermeiden. Grafisch bietet die schmucklose Erweiterung dieselbe 2D-Darstellung wie das Grundspiel, die inzwischen recht angestaubt wirkt.
Dit expansiepack voor Rise of Nations bidet een aantal goede aanpassingen aan de gebruikersinterface en het kleurenpalet van het game (er zijn nu typische herfstkleuren en -vegetatie aanwezig); voor het overige behoudt het de look-and-feel van het originele game. Het is dan ook een must-have voor de fans; de nieuwe naties bieden leuke en gevarieerde gameplaystijlen, terwijl de nieuwe campagne een beter verhaal bevat dan de originele. Deze Thrones & Patriots zal je dan ook vele uurtjes spelplezier bezorgen en is een uitstekende expansie voor een reeds uitstekend game.
It seems that these days a RTS is harder to get into than a fistfight in a monastery: there are so many uninspired knockoffs, and very few of them end up hold your attention. Last year's Rise of Nations was an exception to that trend, and Thrones & Patriots keeps the tradition alive.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Jul, 2004)
Een klassevolle uitbreiding voor dit prima RTS. Thrones & Patriots zou bij wet verplicht moeten zijn voor bezitter van Rise of Nations!
PC Games (Germany) (Jun, 2004)
Mit epischen Erzählungen wie in Warcraft 3 können diese Feldzüge zwar nicht mithalten, machen Rise of Nations für Solisten jedoch um einiges interessanter. Ein weiteres neues Feature: Sie wählen aus sechs verschiedenen Regierungsformen von Kapitalismus bis Demokratie, die jeweils individuelle Vorteile wie stark vergünstigte Baukosten oder eine ertragreichere Wirtschaft mit sich bringen und vor allem dem Mehrspieler-Modus noch mehr Tiefe verleihen.
PC Zone Benelux (Jul, 2004)
RON en dus ook de add-on Thrones and Patriots is één van die games die het rts-genre op zijn mooist laat zien. Geen bizarre landschappen of vreemde wapens, maar gewoon een standaard rts met al zijn facetten in de puurste vorm. De game werkt met historische feiten gebaseerd op fictie en geeft daarom ook nog een goed geschiedenis- en aardrijkskundelesje weg. Tel daarbij op dat de game nog steeds erg lekker weg speelt. En vooral niet vergeten dat deze add-on een goede extra toevoeging is op de game, met de nieuwe campagnes en volkeren. Met Thrones en Patriots heb je weer een flink aantal uren mooi gameplezier in handen.
Unfortunately, there seem to be some major stability issues with the game. My forays into online sessions met with spotty success, and even the single-player modes had frequent crashes. Still, for anyone who even remotely enjoyed the original, Thrones & Patriots should provide more hours of enjoyment. There’s almost enough gameplay packed in here for a full-fledged sequel, so its definitely worth the price of an expansion pack.
CanardPC (May 26, 2004)
Thrones & Patriots apporte six nouvelles races, une vingtaine d'unités, trois merveilles du monde, quatre nouvelles campagnes solo très bien faites et la possibilité de choisir un mode de gouvernement. C'est beaucoup et cela permet d'oublier qu'il n'introduit aucun changement sur le plan graphique ou technique. Les possesseurs de Rise of Nations ont tout intérêt à se procurer cet excellent add-on, vendu au prix très raisonnable de 30 euros.
75 (May 21, 2004)
Rise of Nations s'offre un bel add-on avec Thrones & Patriots. Le contenu se veut particulièrement soigné et riche, sans pour autant remettre en cause les composantes qui ont fait le succès du jeu original. Avec l'ajout des campagnes d'Alexandre le Grand ou de Napoléon, on voit mal comment les fans de Rise of Nations pourraient résister à cette extension.
Gameplanet (May 29, 2004)
If you're an avid Rise of Nations player then this game is a must-have, and indeed you are wasting time reading this review when you could be killing Americans with Soviet nukes. And even if you are just a casual RoN fan the campaigns make the expansion well worth getting. If you're into the game just for its multi-player aspects then perhaps the price tag is a little steep for six new races and a couple of new buildings, although the gameplay improvements do make for a slightly smoother experience. In short, no matter who you are, Big Huge has justified the expansion, bringing just enough changes to ensure once more several days of chronic sleep deprivation and dire malnutrition.
Joystick (French) (Jun, 2004)
Avec quatre campagnes solo en plus et six nouvelles nations, voilà un p'tit add-on sans prétentions qui donne du blé à moudre et du bois à couper à tous ceux qui ont accroché au jeu original. Rien d'indispensable, certes, mais c'est un bon prétexte pour se replonger dans de vraies grandes batailles d'envergure.
50 (May 20, 2004)
Som ni kanske märkt är de nya kampanjerna det som gör att det här expansionspaketet känns berättigat. Det tillsammans med de övriga nyheterna gör att spelets livslängd och variation ökar, åtminstone för singelspelaren. Internetspelaren finner förutom folkslagen, byggnaderna och de andra ändringarna en aning dyrköpta och borde som sagt ha återfunnits i en patch.