NFG Summary:Empires: Dawn of the Modern World offers a captivating experience for strategy game enthusiasts, with its expansive selection of historically accurate civilizations and the opportunity to shape global dominance. The game’s emphasis on each civilization’s distinct attributes adds depth to the gameplay, requiring players to adapt and overcome challenges as they lead their nation to victory across different eras and conflicts.

Categories: Real-Time, Strategy
Meta Score: 81
Store: Empires: Dawn of the Modern World (Price: Is Free)
User Score: 83.0
Platform: PC
Publisher Names: Activision
Support Language: English
Publish Date: 2003-10-21


PC Requirements:


  • Supported OS: Windows 2000/XP
  • Processor: Pentium III 600 MHz or Athlon 600 MHz processor or higher
  • RAM: 128 MB of RAM (256 MB of RAM for 3+ player multiplayer mode)
  • Video Card: 3D hardware accelerator card required – 100% DirectX 9.0b-compatible 32 MB video card and drivers*
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 9.0b-compatible 16-bit sound card and drivers
  • DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0b (included)
  • Hard Drive Space: 900 MB of uncompressed hard disk space (plus 200 MB for Windows swap file)
  • Peripherals Supported: 100% Windows 2000/XP-compatible mouse, keyboard and drivers
  • Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported: Internet play requires 56.6 Kbps (or faster) modem and drivers, LAN play requires network interface card and drivers
  • *Supported Chipsets for Windows 2000/XP: All ATI Radeon Chipsets, Matrox Parhelia, Matrox Millenium G400/450/500, All nVidia GeForce Chipsets, SIS Xabre 400, nVidia TNT2 Ultra. NOTE: Some 3D accelerator cards with the chipsets listed here may not be compatible with the 3D acceleration features utilized by Empires: Dawn of the Modern World. Please refer to your hardware manufacturer for 100% DirectX 9.0b-compatibility. This product does not support windows 95 or NT.


    From renowned game designer Rick Goodman and respected game developer Stainless Steel Studios comes a detailed RTS that lets you completely command unique, historically accurate civilizations?from China to Germany and the United States. From the Middle Ages to World War II, lead your nation to dominate the globe. Each civilization’s strengths and weaknesses affect the gameplay experience. Your ability to adapt to these differences is only one of the challenges you will face as a world leader. [Activision]

    Positive Comment(s)

    The team really outdid themselves in differentiating the different societies. This was done while still keeping a delicate balance. No one “civ” has the advantage.96Game Chronicles
    This focused approach allows the game to present more of a story-driven environment that is effectively dramatic in its mostly factual portrayal of historical events.89GameZone
    I simply can’t think of an RTS this good that lets you get this close to your units. When dropped down the ground, the camera reveals lots of fantastic detail on each of the units.88IGN
    A great Real Time Strategy from the company behind “Empire Earth,” this game will keep you coming back for more.85PC Gameworld
    The basic gameplay is rock-solid, and fans of multiplayer RTS games will get far more than their money’s worth out of it.85GameSpy
    An undeniable solid gaming experience that should be in the library of hardcore strategy fans. Any failings are mostly made up for in Empire’s shear depth.85Armchair Empire
    As a refinement of the “Age of Empires” legacy, Empires offers enough that’s new to even appeal to those who aren’t card-carrying RTS fans.85GameSpot
    Multiplayer is an incredibly diverse experience, and offers something quite different from the big boys. [Dec 2003, p.182]83Game Informer
    The three storylines, united by the common theme of treachery, are wonderfully scripted, making Empires a vast improvement over its predecessor.82Game Over Online
    A solid game with some good personality built into it compared to Stainless Steel’s first offering, “Empire Earth.”80Worth Playing

    Negative Comment(s)

    An improvement over Empire Earth, with newer graphics, more settings, options, and the original EE editor. Some serious work went into this game, just not enough polish overall.75Gamer’s Hell
    It doesn’t do much to further the genre.60Gamer’s Pulse
    This lack of variety in empires also leads to limited possibilities for opposing forces in your random games, to say the least. You’ll spend a lot of time facing the Koreans.55Gamezilla!

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