Each nation has its own distinctive gameplay based on its traditional strengths and weaknesses. For example, the English were masters of the sea in the Gunpowder Age, the Germans had the superior armour and infantry of WWII and the Chinese used gunpowder years before the nations of Western Europe. Each civilisation has its own historically based units and abilities. Stainless Steel Studios has included the most interesting units from the past including the plague-ridden cow carcasses flung by the Medieval English and the German V2 Rocket. Gamers lead their nation's economic growth and military campaigns in their effort to dominate the world.
In single-player mode, gamers can play randomly generated map games and do battle against up to seven other AI opponents, or play story-based campaigns based on the powerful military heroes Richard the Lionheart, Admiral Yi or General Patton. In multi-player mode, players can either engage or play alongside up to seven friends online.