A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Violence & Scariness
It's a war game, so expect violence and blood -- but most of the action is seen from a top-down bird's-eye view.
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It's an online game, so other players may use profanity while chatting.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a war game, so violence and gore aren't out of context, but the sci-fi theme -- strange lands, creatures, and vehicles -- helps to water down the graphic scenery. While most of the time players control units on the battlefield from a top-down view, making fighting look almost cartoon-like, be aware that you can zoom in to get a closer and more graphic look at the action. The cut scene sequences are also graphic.
Is It Any Good?
em>Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends proves to be a gratifying real-time strategy title that fuses military micromanagement with fantastic science fiction. The story, told mainly from cut scene sequences, is over the top -- in both its premise and its dialogue -- but nicely sets up the rivalries between the races. If the lengthy story-based mode isn't for you, Rise of Legends also offers a Quick Battle option so you can jump right into the action by selecting a race and map. You can play a quick game in only 20 minutes, which is hard to do with deep strategy games.
You can also log online from within the game's built-in multiplayer lobby to find other players, or choose to host a game. A free editor is included so you can build and share custom-made worlds. You can try before you buy by downloading a free 724-megabyte demo of the game at RiseofLegends.com.
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