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macHOME (Mar, 2005)
Play as one of 24 nations (each with skill sets and special units), on 17 maps (like Australian Outback) using nine game modes (Survival of the Fittest, Diplomacy, etc.). The computer’s impressive AI made a sufficiently challenging opponent, while the game’s graphics were simply drop-dead gorgeous and marvelously detailed (seeing whales swimming beneath your ships at sea—very satisfying). The Gold Edition includes the original Rise of Nations, plus the Thrones & Patriots expansion.
The majority of games simply aren't this good. It stands aside from the crowd and you'd be crazy to miss it.
Inside Mac Games (IMG) (Dec 24, 2004)
I love knights and catapults, but I also love machine guns and tactical nuclear strikes. I enjoy the gamut of historical warfare. Nothing is as thrilling as leading a vast army into a frenzied battle and there are a multitude of Mac games to help me do so… sort of. There are games with knights on horse and archers who rain feathered death upon their foes. There are games with tanks and F-16 fighter jets. Yet, until recently, we had no games that offered RTS enthusiasts the best of both worlds. Thanks to the folks at MacSoft and Westlake Interactive things have changed. That’s right, Rise of Nations: Gold Edition (RoN) has hit Mac OS X.
Macworld (Apr 15, 2005)
Combining some of the best things about real-time and turn-based strategy games, Rise of Nations will please gamers of both stripes.