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Dominate 6,000 years of history from the Ancient Age to the Information Age. Which forces will you deploy to lead your nation to global prominence? Trade, espionage, diplomacy…war? Whichever path you choose, you’ll experience the pulse pounding thrill and speed of real-time gaming
Cross-genre gameplay:

Combining the speed of real-time gaming with the epic scope of turn-based strategy games, Rise of Nations: Gold Edition allows players to have a fast and fun experience with the option to complete a game in less than an hour. The game’s epic scope moves through eight historical epochs, tying together the mysteries of ancient philosophy and the wonders of the world.
Lead one of 24 highly diverse nations:

With the Gold Edition, players can lead one of 24 nations – in the single player campaigns or on a multiplayer battlefield. Each nation has its own distinctive national powers and special units.
Command over 240 different units:

Players can lead their armies to fight on land, sea or in the air with everything from slingers, musketeers, tanks, massive Persian War elephants, aircraft carriers and nuclear missiles.

System Requirements: Macintosh Computer running Mac OS X v10.2.8 or higher, 600 MHz or faster processor, 256 MB RAM (512 recommended for online play), 32 MB video card, Monitor with support for 1024x768 or higher resolution, CD-ROM drive, 1 GB free hard drive space, 56k modem or broadband connection required for online play.

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combined with the epic scope and depth of turn-based strategy games – brought together for the first time ever in Rise of Nations.

Rise of Nations is a new historical real time strategy game from Big Huge Games’ Brian Reynolds, designer of game classics such as Civilization 2 and Alpha Centauri.
Multiple ways to achieve victory:

Players succeed through nonmilitary and quasi-military strategies including espionage, political maneuvering, technology races and population growth. Players can also choose to win through military action.
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Engage in 5 single player campaigns and over 130 scenarios:

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 battles in over 130 scenarios. Campaigns include Alexander the Great, Napoleon, the New World, Cold War and the ultimate challenge: the Entire World.
Streamlined multiplayer:

Challenge up to eight players on the Internet or via local area network, including in-game matchmaking.
In-depth game experience:

Gamers will be able to create a truly strategic game experience by using national borders, flank attacks, spies and generals. In addition, 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.