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Empires : Dawn of the Modern World (PC CD)

by Activision
Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
 Ages 12 and Over
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • 1,000 of the most significant years in history: rule from 950 AD to 1950 AD
  • Historically based civilisations: command one of several distinctive nations
  • Historically accurate units and abilities - battle on land, at sea, and in air
  • Single or multiplayer game mode - lead troops to battle in story-based campaigns
  • Spectacular graphics: cutting edge 3D graphics and a zooming camera
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00009WBGM
  • Release Date: 24 Oct 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,662 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Empires: Dawn of the Modern World is a real-time strategy title where players control unique civilisations across a timeline that spans from the Middle Ages to the modern era encompassing some of the most popular periods in the history of the world, from AD 950 to AD 1950, including the Middle Ages, the Gunpowder Age, the Imperial Age, WWI and WWII.

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.


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4.3 out of 5 stars
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Centuries of Fun! 6 Feb 2004
By Grant Ramsay VINE VOICE
Being a huge fan of this type of RTS game, I picked this looking forward to something new and challenging - I was not disappointed! True, this game is less intuitive at first than others of the Genre, but once you pick it up, the interface is easy to use - though it took me a few attempts to work out how to properly control the Air units in the later 'ages' of the game. Graphically it is quite stunning - you can change from an overhead view to zooming right down into the thick of the action and watch swords clash, or bombers devastate your enemies. The landscape and buildings are beautifully rendered too. The sheer number of unit types, with each civilisation having numerous special units, each of which can be upgraded, leaves plenty of work and management to do - I like the fact that when you research an upgrade it is not automatically applied to every unit, but you must select one unit type to upgrade, and once this type has been upgraded it can no longer be improved - this leads to a more strategic play.
There are the usual selection of 'learn me' campaigns, starting with Richard the Lionheart, and ending in Patton in WWII - they do a good job of introducing the game, controls and general feel.
The computer AI can be very challenging, even on the lowest levels - I would hate to see how long I could last on the hardest difficulty level! You can also play 2 types of game - one 'Action' based which gives you fewer resources but faster unit deployment and speed with less costs to advance through the Ages, and one 'Empire Builder' that is more geared to the long-term build up of forces, technology and real-estate. With this, all play styles will find themselves catered for.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute masterpiece! 16 Oct 2003
Fans of the Microsoft Age of Empires series will love this game. It is far more extensive than the Microsoft Age of games, and just as enjoyable. I have playes a demo of this game, and the graphics are simply stunning. Moreover, the gameplay is excellent too. Each civilisation has their own unique strengths and weaknesses, providing a depth to the game that is simply unmatched so far. This game is quite challenging as well - the AI of your opponents can be set at 4 different levels, and even at the easiest level, your opponents have you with your back to the wall early on. It's not like the Age of games where you can establish your defences pretty easily and survive early attacks without much difficulty. In this game, it's out and out war from the beginning, and you really need to think about how to survive early on in the game, or you could be weakened to a point where you find it hard to recover. I own Age of Empires 1, Age of Empires 2 plus the Conquerors Expansion, Age of Mythology, Star Wars Galactic Battlegrounds and the Clone Campaigns expansion, and I am telling you that if you enjoy strategy games of the kind mentioned above, then do not hesitate to buy this game. It is worth the money from what I have experienced.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Age of Kings, only better. 10 Nov 2003
Starting out in the last age of Age of Kings, with trebuchets and longbowmen, Empires: DMW moves on all the way until WW2. Unlike the sprawling, perhaps overly complicated, Empire Earth, which SSSi also made, Empires: DMW is a much tighter product. It has a some fantastically varied civilizations, with plenty of unique units and technologies, along with an idea borrowed from Age of Mythology, but far better implemented: special projects. These are like the God powers in AoM, but you can research several per civilization, and cast them on your units to devastating effect. The single player is challenging, but the game really excels in multiplayer, so you are guaranteed masses of replayability. The graphics are also excellent, and as good as you will get in any RTS on the shop shelves.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three words - Buy this game!! 29 Oct 2003
Being a massive fan of the original Empire Earth and of other RTS games such as Rise of Nations I had high hopes for this sequel. I am pleased to say they were exceeded!! This game is absolutely spot on. I bought it on release day and it has not left my cd-rom drive since. I have, in fact, already lost a whole weekend and several evenings of my life to this game and it just keeps on getting better. The diversity of the civilisations means that you constantly have to learn and evolve in how you play the game in order to get the most from the civ you are playing. They all have fairly distinct strengths and weaknesses which affect how you have to play the game to succeed. The graphics and sound are excellent and the fact you can zoom right in and now rotate your view as well is fantastic, particularly during a big fight!! I could go on raving about this game for ages, but I'd rather just go and play it some more. Seriously, buy this - you won't regret it!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bestreview, ONE OF THE BEST GAMES!! 4 Feb 2005
By WTSRS
Empires is not only grapically tremendous it is also battle excellent in many ways. You go from the the medieval age in to world war II. There is quite a bit of blood!!! people who say the game is "plain boring" are just total whinps and puffs. Ok the graphics are similar to empire earth but the battles are different though thats one of the keys. You can get units in the game like with the americans which is one of the countries you can be you can drop nukes on your enemies and crush then which, is so GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have no bad points about the game whatsoever. BUY THIS GAME NOW. YOU WON'T REGRET EVER DON'T BUY CRAP GAMES. MUST GET!!!!!!!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Worked as expected
installed fine, always took a couple goes even back when i had it brand new, game plays smooth, obviously it wasnt designed for windows 7 , even runs in 1460p or so... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Bleau Simmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasic war Game I Played
This game is fantastic one best and one my favourite war games I played it long time ago and so wanting to get this game again. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2012 by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Empires - Dawn of the Modern World for pc
Brilliant game! I completed all three campaigns. I loved the cheat codes that came with the game. You have a choice between different ages: medieval, gun powder, imperial, world... Read more
Published on 26 Sep 2011 by fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet
Empires, Dawn of the Modern World is the best empires (age of empires) game yet. brilliant graphics and Campaigns make this game very, very good.
Published on 23 Mar 2008 by S. Woolven
4.0 out of 5 stars Great but gets shot after two hours
This game is very good but after you've been playing it for a while, it starts playing up. It goes all slow and weird. I like it though. It is a good game especially random map. Read more
Published on 14 April 2007 by Darkmaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Empires of the Awesome
I bought this game because I was bored with my others.It didn't take that long to install so I got on it quickly. Read more
Published on 6 May 2006 by P. A. B. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Game
Spanning 400 years "Dawn of the Modern World" is a superb game from the Medieval Ages to WWII. Play as the Dominant Powers in the Ages with their own special millitary and... Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2004 by James
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't agree
Everybody seems to be raving about Empires. I'm not. I was a huge fan of Empire Earth, which this game seems to be replacing. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2004 by Aj Viljoen
1.0 out of 5 stars Empires: Yawn of the Modern World
Given the number of excellent real time strategy games that are now available Empires: Dawn of the Modern World is far from excellent. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing game
I was looking for a strategy game and was thinking about Medieval:Total War and looked it up on activisions website as there were no pics on amazon(tut tut)and went through to its... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2003
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