I wanted to see if any other TL'ers have played much Rise of Nations during the last 14 years. I played while growing up, however my brother bought it for me on Steam about a year ago. I used to play a lot of SC1 and SC2 so I decided to try out RoN multiplayer for something different.
It is a fascinating game when I compare it to SC. Scouting, multi tasking, APM and use of hotkeys are very important at maintaining an edge. However the tech tree, rare resources and city/territory mechanics make it a very deep strateegic game to play, where there is an element of "chess" to your decisions. There are constant trade offs you need to make where you need to prioritise army, economy, resources and positioning on the map.
The most popular forms of the game are 1v1 standard (similar to starcraft, default settings with quick aging, high intensity) and 2v2/3v3/4v4 nomad random nations (slower paced but every game is unique and team work is necessary, a lot of fun). The community is still going strong and maximum wait for a quality game is usually 5-10 minutes.
If you are someone like me who wanted to try another RTS, i recommend you log in and give it a go.
If you want to learn more about what the game looks like:
FPVOD of one of the best players:
Typical multiplayer game (4v4 Nomad random nations w/ commentary)
Standard 1v1 w/ commentary
Site which shows current games:
Did anyone here used to play? I encourage anyone who might want some nostalgia or just to play something different to log in and join some Nomad matches. As you can see I am quite passionate about it because it is so much fun for any RTS player.
Please post below if you have any questions