Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War
Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War is
probably the most unique and entertaining real-time strategy game since
its concept in the early days with Red Alert and Warcraft. The developers
of Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War, Stainless Steel Studios have really
rewritten the genre in what promises gamers one of the most thrilling and
realistic strategy games of the year which takes the gamer to antiquity with four
powerful nations that include Rome, Egypt, Persia and Greece.
New Hero Mode
Engage in awe-inspiring feats of heroism
by joining troops during epic fights in third-person perspective,
and personally turn the tide of battle!
Control one of eight unique Heroes
including Julius Caesar, Germanicus Caesar, Cleopatra, Ramses the
Great, Nebuchadnezzar, Sargon, Achilles and Alexander the Great,
each with their own unique abilities and weapons.
Choose from four of the ancient world's
mightiest empires: Greece, Persia, Egypt or Rome.
Units and Weapons
Enlist more than 80 unique units,
including footmen, archers, cavalry, siege units and massive
Use realistically-scaled siege towers,
ladders, and battering rams to annihilate city defenses and clear
the way for ground forces.
Rule the seas and secure victory! Fight for control of the seas by
boarding and ramming enemy naval vessels using massive,
Outfit warships with infantry, archers, ballistae, or catapults,
depending on your own strategic objectives
Recruit craftsman, scientists, artisans, and advisors who will help
enhance civilizations both militarily and economically.
Capture new territories and establish outposts to increase your
recruiting ability and train new formations of soldiers rapidly.
Up to 8 players will battle it out
across numerous multiplayer game types and maps, waging all-out war
on the seas, in the cities and down on the ground in Hero Mode.
In its basic concept, Rise & Fall:
Civilizations at War (Rise & Fall) is similar to the current
strategy games on the market such as Empire Earth II or Age of Mythology
that not only caters for the megalomaniac in all of us but also the
strategist that has the player controlling one of these powerful and
vast empires in an attempt to not only control their lands but also
conquer their neighbors.
As with all good real-time strategy games,
Rise & Fall transforms the gamer into the role of an all-mighty
overseer that has them using all their skills in order to build a better
empire by collecting the basics such as gold and wood in order to build
their forces and solidify their presence within the region.
The first step of mastering Rise & Fall
is to master the micro-economy of the title by using your plebians to
collect valuable timbre and precious gold. This currency is then used to
create a vast range of units and buildings in order to strengthen your
empire. With that said, territory is another resource that must be
mastered in Rise & Fall because not only will this increase your
main resources but it also leads you to victory. Another advantage of
increasing your personal territories is that it also increases your
troops but bare in mind, the larger your territory is, the more
management and defense is also at stake.
Rise & Fall also features hero units that although not only inspires your
troops and people to work for your "better" cause but ironically
the gamer to actually fight with their troops in a third-person view.
An interesting feature that I'm sure will give a unique spin on the
Not only do your heroes feature powerful and devastating attacks
but they can also be used to sabotage your opponents strongholds by using their
talents to sneak your way through enemy ranks and cities.
Your heroes include historical greats that
include Julius Caesar, Germanicus Caesar, Cleopatra, Ramses the Great
and even Alexander the Great who each have their own unique abilities
and weapons that truly makes this title one heck of a game.
successfully completing goals in the game, your heroes will also be
awarded so-called "experience points" that allow the hero to unlock
different weapons and upgrades in order to better their civilization.
must admit that heroes are an extremely important character in the game
because in the right circumstances, these heroes can turn the tide of
war by unleashing their devastating attacks on the enemy which not only
cuts through their ranks but also provides your own troops with a road
Heroes also dictate the advisors the player
has access to and as heroes become more and more powerful, so will the
advisors that not only assist their own civilization but also the
technologies that your culture has access to. Although it should also be
noted that advisors may not always give the best advance which I have
learned through my follies, heeding one of my advisors advice to rush into a
battle that was unfortunately lost.
One of the most
impressive features of Rise & Fall is the naval combat aspect
of the game that
unlike traditional real-time strategy games which have ships pitted
against other ships, your crew now plays a vital role in how the battles
For instance, your soldiers can now grapple enemy vessels in
order to board their crafts while your archers rain deadly fire upon
their heathen carcasses. Even the small things have been successfully implemented
into this title such as the beat of the war drums that are used to
assist your units in successfully ramming other ships which are
sometimes missed in many games of such high caliber.
The battles of Rise &
Fall although it will take some novice gamers a little getting use
to, the more professional gamer will have no problems in mastering the
control system of this title. Highlighting units (either single or
multiple) allows the player to control their directions but
interestingly enough, you can also combine different squads in order to
challenge your enemies.
The number of different
units that are available to player are insane and include your traditional troops
such as cavalry, archers and swordsmen, you also have access to other
units such as elephants and equipment such as war boats.
Graphically, Rise &
Fall is a visual masterpiece on the PC (provided you have the
recommended setup) features a 3D environment that actually immerses the
player into these ancient civilizations. Stainless Steel Studios have
created just about every aspect of these ancient cultures and when you
see ancient Egypt or Greece, you actually get the feeling that this is
what it might have looked those many millennium ago.
Apart from amazing
background environments, the game also contains some realistic
characters that all move with a human-like grace which all have their
own unique characteristics. Match that with some realistic texture
detail, especially for the heroes in the game and you easily have one of
the best looking real-time strategy titles to date. The small touches to
detail such as the individual blades of grass of the moving of the trees
is a nice progression of how the graphics have improved since the
beginning of real-time strategy games on the computer.
It should also be noted
that Rise & Fall contains some realistic special effects from
explosions, shadows, lighting and realistic cloud effects that all go
hand-in-hand with the gameplay. Trees, wildlife and civilians are also
those small touches that really make you appreciate the game.
In conclusion, Stainless Steel Studios with
the assistance of Midway have released what is destined to be the game
of 2006 with its new take on real-time strategies that now immerses the
gamer into the worlds of ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece and Persia. With
first class graphics, enriching, exciting and addictive gameplay and the
sounds of these ancient battles, Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War
comes highly recommended and if there is only one strategy game you buy
each year, then this title is it!
Processor: Intel P4, 1.5ghz or AMD
Athlon XP 1500 processor or greater
RAM: 512mb RAM.
Video Card: 64MB VRAM minimum. Directx 9.0b compatible, including
the following: ATI 8500, All-In-Wonder 8500, 9000, 9200, 9500, 9600,
9700, 9800, X300, X600, X800. NVidia Quadro, Quadro 2, Quadro 4 series,
GeForce 3, 3Ti, GeForce 4, 4Ti, Geforce FX 5200, 5600, 5700, 5800, 5900,
5950, 6600, 6800.
Sound: DirectX 9.0c compliant sound card.
CD/DVD: 4x speed.
OS: Windows 2000/XP