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Rise of Nations: Throne and Patriots Expansion Pack (PC)
- Expansion pack to the Rise of Nations real-time strategy game
- Combines traditional turn-based strategy with fast-paced action
- 4 new non-linear, single-player campaigns based on historical epochs
- Over 130 new scenarios, 6 new nations, 20+ original units
- Achieve greatness by constructing 3 new wonders of the world
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- Platform: Windows 2000 / NT / 98 / Me / XP
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
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ise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots, the expansion pack to the critically acclaimed, best-selling real-time strategy (RTS) game Rise of Nations, adds a barrage of new features to the original game. Combining the epic scope of traditional turn-based strategy games with the fast-paced action of RTS games, Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots enables players to explore 6,000 years of history as they amass powerful armies, build prosperous economies and perform acts of diplomacy. Rise of Nations: Thrones and...
Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots, the expansion pack to the critically acclaimed, best-selling, real-time strategy game Rise of Nations, adds a barrage of new features to the original game. Combining the epic scope of traditional turn-based strategy games with the fast-paced action of RTS games, Thrones and Patriots enables players to explore 6,000 years of history as they amass powerful armies, build prosperous economies, and perform acts of diplomacy.
Thrones and Patriots introduces six new nations, four unique single-player campaigns, more than 20 original units, new wonders, and new government types. Unlike other historical RTS games, the Rise of Nations franchise allows gamers to quickly play through eight historical epochs of time from the Ancient Age to the Information Age.
- Highly diverse new nations: Players can lead one of six new nations--Iroquois, Lakota, American, Dutch, Persian, and Indian--in the single-player campaigns or on a multiplayer battlefield. Each nation has its own distinctive national powers and special units, such as the Lakota who have no national boundaries, or the Americans whose marines can hide anywhere without the need of a General nearby.
- Rich new campaigns and scenarios: Four new non-linear, single-player campaigns based on historical epochs will keep players busy as they plan their moves on the strategic outer map and play out the battles in over 130 new scenarios. The new campaigns include Alexander the Great, Napoleon, the New World, and the Cold War.
- Choose a government type: As a nation advances through the ages, players can decide between six different government types. From socialism to capitalism, despotism to republic, each government type has a different power that allows players to customize their nations and open up new tactics and strategic possibilities. A unique Patriot unit is available with each government type, bringing a variety of powers to the battlefield.
- New units: More than 20 new units, which are graphically unique to each new nation, are available for players to command including the massive Persian War Elephants, armed Dutch merchants, unique ships, and supply wagons.
- Achieve greatness by constructing three new wonders of the world:
- Forbidden City: Walled city built in 1407 within Beijing for the Imperial Court of the Chinese emperor. Entry was forbidden to ordinary citizens until 1912.
- Red Fort: Massive fortification built of red sandstone in 1618, it served as the palace of India's Mughal Emperors. The outer defense wall was 1.5 miles long and 110 feet tall.
- Hanging Gardens: One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, these gardens were built by Nebuchadnezzar II for his queen in ancient Babylon, circa 600 BC.
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After playing RoN online for some time, I realised there was a bigger community of online players with Thrones & Patriots so I made up my mind to purchase the expansion pack. If you're looking to play online via the multiplayer mode, I highly recommend going with this one.
It turns out that this pack does more than just add some new nations though: there are other features.
Senates and governments. This is a new type of building which lets you choose a style of government. This sounded a bit daunting to me, and I was worried that it would change the gameplay I enjoed so much, but it turns out to be a change for the better. At several points in history you can choose between two styles of government (eg despotism v. republic, monarchy v. democracy, socialism v. capitalism) Each style gives different benefits. Some are general and others apply to troops within the vicinity of the 'patriot'. The patriot is a unit created by the senate when you choose a style of government.
New nations. The new nations are Americans, Dutch, Indians, Iroquois, Lakota and Persians. These have some interesting characteristics and fill in most of the gaps in the original set of nations (but still no Portugal or Belgium who both had large colonial interests, and only Bantu to represent most of Africa)
New Wonders. There are three new wonders to build. The Hanging Gardens is similar to existing wonders and increases knowledge production, but the other two new wonders are a bit different. The Forbidden City and Red Fort do not have to be built within the boundaries of an existing city but can be built anywhere. One acts like an extra city and the other acts like a 'super fort' and both are invisible to the enemy while being built - there is no indication that you are building it at all.
New campaigns. The whole world campaign is still there, and works the same way (like a game of risk with each move being decided by a Rise of Nations battle), but there are now historical campaigns based on Alexandra the Great, Napoleon, the New World and the Cold War. The New World campaign can be played from the perspective of any of the American nations or the colonial nations active in the americas, and each has slightly different objectives. The Cold War can be played as either Russia or America and has the extra elements of nuclear weapons on the main map and the ability to carry out espionage missions to get extra bonus cards.
Minor changes. There are a few tweaks to the existing game to make the play more balanced. These are fairly minor changes to the unique advantages some nations have, and benefits of some of the wonders are changed.
Overall this has been well worth the money for me. The new campaigns alone have generated many hours of enjoyment. Even playing on the 'easy' setting a complete Conquer The World takes at least ten hours or gameplay. Even without playing online games, there are many dozens of hours worth of action. The expansion pack has improved and expanded the game without changing what was good about the original.
Your army, airforce, navy military can be built up to giant proportions, you have the option of building as many war factories as you want once you progress into the modern era you get more advanced weaponry in your arsenal. be sure to invest into technology or be left behind and annihilated by the enemy.
I have always been a fan of Real Time Strategy Games from the first ever games that made the genre! I own all Command and Conquer games.
The only disappointment is not with the game at all, I've thoroughly enjoyed playing the RoN and Throne and Patriots expansion pack since it was released and can honestly say that buying it is well worth it for all the extras. (read other reviews to find a complete list) my only problem is that I now use Windows Vista and really it was meant to be geared up for gaming more - I paid for it and do not have it and to top it off some of my favourite games are not compatible, when I tested pre-release and beta versions of Vista the game was compatible and an update was sent from Microsoft to make the game compatible but in the final Vista release licence you own you will NOT get this support. I can only blame Microsoft for this and to think they actually marketed the game. Yes it is an old game - and one very popular fun based strategic game I enjoyed many, many hours of game play both online and offline for years upon years and I still want to play the game. So much but Microsoft won't release the update patch for Vista OS to make it compatible when they have one.
If you have Windows XP OS buy RoN and Thrones and Patriots expansion back, I promise that if you love RTS games and empire building you will love this game for years to come! I still do and I bought it when it was released.
The only thing I wish for is a new game like it - but I doubt it can be bettered or improved other than larger maps for higher end new PC's on Vista and more weapons, etc. In the game you can add your own map styles and generate the terrain to your liking and situate your town, cities or nomad where you like ready for empire building. This is great for online gaming against your friends, then you can team up with them in alliance and nuke your enemies that would have otherwised nuked the hell out of you. You can build missile defence system then you are immune to such attacks and do not need to nuke anyone! This is however part of the games government, tech race as your empire and civilisation advanced through he ages. It is like no other RTS game and it infuses the addition of empire building not just warfare building, I wish it had slightly more empire building as well as and the option of wars, etc, of course it would be more realistic and possibly less fun then, I rate this 5 star for fun and gameplay. You won't find any other game like it anywhere or any time soon! I tried and failed!