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Yeah, we’re looking a lot at upcoming video games.  As I’m sliding back into the drivers seat here and fending off the rest of my life I’m still clawing away time to write for this blog.  Easing in we’ll call it.

I like to keep my eyes on RTS games only if they are 4x RTS games.   Grand Ages: Rome looks like it may have some potential.  I love Sins of a Solar Empire for instance.  This game is one that I keep coming back to in between checking out the latest and greatest in high-graphics consumption FPS games.

There’s something about the make up of the game, it’s replayability and in general its fun factor.  Its an RTS that doesn’t require rushing and won’t make me break out in a sweat as my mouse arm trembles from the constant back and forth.  I like that.

Grande Ages : Rome (GAR?) will be  available via Steam, which is always nice.

Here’s a preview of the game itself, followed by stats provided by the kind folks at Kalypso Media.

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Raise massive armies and embark on epic campaigns to expand the Empire and take control of the known world! Engage in grand-scale city building and create magnificent cities with creativity and control like never before. Intuitive controls make it easy to launch bone-crushing combat missions and manage every aspect of your thriving civilization.

After decades in exile, your family name has been all but forgotten in Rome.
But the departure of the tyrant Sulla has changed everything, and Rome stands on the brink of a new era. Sides must be chosen as Caesar and Pompey battle for control of the Republic.

The stage is set for you to gain power and influence over one of the greatest civilizations in history.

Build an Empire worth fighting for!

Featuring 4X Real-Time Strategy:

Explore – Journey to ancient Gaul, Britannia, Egypt, and more to colonize barbarians and establish new trade routes.

Expand – Stake your claim throughout the known world in the name of Rome! Help build the empire through military conquest and economic prowess.

Exploit – Natural resources are yours for the taking as you establish farming, mining, and logging operations. Raze barbarian villages for riches, labor, and property.

Exterminate – Destroy all who stand in the way of Rome’s glory! Defend your territories by land and sea to secure peace and prosperity for the empire

Set Your Sights on Domination!

Advanced Battle System
Take command of 18 different military units, including naval command, elephant cavalry, and mercenary forces. Recruit citizens of Rome, draft captured enemy forces, and pay foreign squads for their special skills. Defend and expand the Empire by land and sea with exciting RTS gameplay.

Intense Multiplayer
LAN and online multiplayer functionality with 6 different strategy modes – play competitively or cooperatively. Create buddy lists and challenge your friends to a battle, or use the matching system and take on an unknown foe with the same skill level. Advance your career and increase your rank from praetor to consul and beyond.

Epic Campaigns
Rub shoulders with Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra and more in a non-linear historical campaign featuring over 40 missions. Choose your own fate as you create and destroy alliances with more than 20 different historical figures. Celebrate your victories by erecting legendary monuments such as the Coliseum, Circus Maximus, the Pantheon, and more.

Complex Economy
Flow resources eliminate tedious micromanagement, giving you the freedom to create thriving cities with multileveled economic systems. Information overlays visualize the city economy and satisfaction of the people on every location on the map.

Military Units

Archers
Hastati
Berber Raiders
Gaul Berserkers
Triarii
Equestri
Nubian Warriors
Bow Maidens
Highlanders
Ballista
Praetorian Guard
Secutores
Gladiators
War Elephants
Teutonic Raiders
Catapults

Friends and Foes

Julius Caesar
Emperor Augustus
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Marcus Licinius Crassus
Pompey Magnus
Mark Antony
Cleopatra
Cato the Younger
Marcus Junius Brutus
Spartacus
And more!

Product Features

Advanced Battle System – Detailed RTS combat with 18 military units
Intense Multiplayer – LAN and online multiplayer modes for competitive and cooperative play
Epic Campaigns – Non-linear storyline features over 40 missions
Complex Economy – Use flow resources to create an intricate economic system.

[tags]video, video games, rome[/tags]

About Ben

I'm a geek. A nerd, a dweeb, whatever. Yes I owned garb, yes I still own medieval weaponry. And yeah, I could kick your butt in Mechwarrior the CCG. I love video games, role playing games, tactical board games and all forms of speculative fiction. I will never berate someone for wanting to be a Jedi and take everything Gary Gygax ever wrote as gospel. Well, all of this but that last bit.

  5 Responses to “Grand Ages: Rome – my next Sins?”

  1. Seeing that I enjoyed the previous two Rome sims by the same developers, I can assure them, they’ve already sold at least one copy of this game on Steam. Just over a month to go till it’s released =)

  2. That’s good to hear. Steam is one factor in getting me to purchase something new, but hearing that past products are good from someone who’s played them – that helps too!

  3. In what languages was published this game?

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  5. Dear Ben,

    Rome is the best beautiful city of Italy, I suggest you go to work and sooner or later.

    Regards,
    Olivia

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