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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 Simple units
Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends Windows Fallen  jaguar...

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Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends Windows A giant spider guards a timonium rich mine in the center of the Pillars of the Desert.
Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends Windows The Main Menu

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Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends Screenshot Weekly Screenshot VIII, 2005-07-25
Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends Wallpaper
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Alternate Titles

  • "王國的興起:傳說再現" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "国家的崛起:崛起传奇" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "RON2" -- Common abbreviation
  • "ROL" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Pretty fabulous and very challenging and tough AI Hollyoake Addams (36) 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

Game Informer Magazine Jul, 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
VGPub 2006 9.4 out of 10 94
Yahoo! Games May 09, 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamers' Temple, The 2006 90 out of 100 90
Gamigo Jun 03, 2006 8.9 out of 10 89
Game Chronicles Jun 25, 2006 8.6 out of 10 86
NZGamer Jun 16, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Games (Germany) May 29, 2006 85 out of 100 85 (UK) Jun 14, 2006 8 out of 10 80
GotNext Jul 13, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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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 (117) added Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends (Windows) on Jun 11, 2006