“ Manufacturer: Microsoft / Genre: Strategy / ESRB Rating: T - (Teen) / ESRB Descriptor: Violence / ESRB Descriptor: Blood and Gore / Platform: Windows / Online: Online Gaming Support / Online: LAN Gaming Support / Control Elements: Mouse / Control Elements: Keyboard / Distribution Media: CD-ROM „
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Rise of Legends takes place in a world that can be best described by the factions in it, There is the Vinci who resemble early 19th century heroes mixed whit steampunk technology. The Alin: masters of magic who use many magic creatures made of glass or fire to fight besides their human warriors, and the Cuotl, an Aztec like group of people whit many creatures made from alien devices which crashed in their jungle long ago and of which some are worshipped as gods.
In the Campaign you must help a young vinci noble to crush an enemy responsible for the death of your brother, this campaign will take you across the lands of all factions and shows a lot of the world of rise of legends, this provides you whit a lot of inspiration.
The Game play is a lot like the previous Rise of Nations but the fantasy environment makes for some pretty interesting maps as giant walls of jagged glass and huge canyons were a little out of place in rise of nations.
There is an automatic updating system which fails to function in roughly half the cases making multi player impossible, Microsoft has failed to fix this and are unable to make a download able patch to fix it.
While the game play and campaign are pleasant the updater bug and The consequent impossibility of multi player makes this game a gamble to buy
Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends is a real time strategy game, it is basically a squeal to Rise of Nations although this game is set in a fantasy world rather than historically and was released in 2006.
The game play is very similar to Rise of Nations, you have to build your armies, borders and conquer the world.
The main difference is that with it being set in a fantasy world rather than the real world, they have reduced the amount of nations to choose from to only 3 and the amount of resources you need to collect to 2 so giving less choice to begin with but they have added far more units for you to play with so it makes it up there, instead a few different units for each side they all have unique units whilst similar have their own advantages.
The three races to choose from are the Vinci, the Alin, and the Cuotl each needing there own different strategy style and different types of game play also throughout the game neutral sides pop up occasionally which you can either try to recruit to join your army or just destroy as you wish.
You can also have hero units with helpful powers and master units which adds to the game play and allows you build strategy's around these unit although they are expensive to build.
The single player of the game is based on a campaign, one for each side so three different campaigns and you have to complete different sceneries to complete the game there is multiple choices of missions to accept you do not have to do them all to complete the game.
The cut scenes and the narrative is good and makes the game run smoothly from level to level so you can keep up with the plot and what is going on easily
The graphics are pretty good a lot better than the previous game and the detail is good, and the game play is smooth. The controls are pretty similar to the first game and are easy to use and learn with the view given easy to use and allows free movement around the map quickly.
With you having three sides needing different game play styles the game is quite hard at parts and needs a bit of practice to master.
Value for Money
Plenty of game play with three campaigns giving plenty of single player game and the game is quite hard to complete and takes a long time to complete all the missions.