Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots - Reception


Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 87% (based on 29 reviews)
Metacritic 88% (based on 26 reviews)
Review scores
Publication Score
1UP.com A-
Game Informer 9.0/10
8.5/10 (second opinion)
GameSpot 9.0/10
GameSpy 4.5/5
IGN 8.9/10
IGN: Best Expansion Pack of 2004

As of 2008, Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots has received a compilation score of 88% on both Game Rankings and Metacritic. In its review, IGN claimed that Thrones and Patriots is "a great game gets better," in reference to its predecessor Rise of Nations. 1UP.com stated that the game is what expansion packs should try to mimic. Game Informer declared that Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots is "one of the essential pieces of any strategy gamer’s collection." GameSpot commented that the game is a terrific experience and it not only provides exceptional content, but that it also improves an already good game.

In the expansion pack, many insignificant changes were introduced to complement the existing game structure, rather than radically alter it, and critics considered the continuing of the original game format to be good. GameSpy claimed that, even with all of Thrones and Patriots' additions, the framework of the game still feels excellent. However, IGN declared that the developers only added many features into the game "in the hopes that it would seem coherent," rather than actually giving the game a "central theme."

Both IGN and GameSpot claimed the game's government mechanics were similar to those of the game series Civilization. However, GameSpy stated the game's artificial intelligence for "managing the individual movements of units and citizens... strategically brain dead." Their review explained that the wide range of upgrades, units, and technology research in different buildings requires micromanagement and the use of hotkeys, especially during online play. The review stated that the game had biased gameplay times in single-player with different nations, such as Lakota having very limited use, and Americans having a massive amount of playtime.

GameSpot stated that the multiplayer functionality of Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots had some lag, even when on a local network. 1UP.com reported problems with stability of the games, with crashes on both the single and multiplayer modes of the games.

In awarding Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots "Best Expansion Pack" of 2004, IGN acclaimed the additions of more playable nations and new government mechanics that Rise of Nations didn't have, and new "Conquer the World" campaigns.

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