After hearing so many good things about it, and after being pressured by friends to play it online, I finally grabbed a copy of "Rise of Nations" for PC, and I must say, it is the bomb. It is in the style of "Age of Empires," and spans from the Stone Age to the Information Age (8 Ages in all), with all the features that made that game popular, but it adds so many new things to gameplay. First off, there's national boundaries. These are expanded by your cities and forts, and the radius can be increased with certain upgrades. What pupose does this serve? Well, you can only build inside your boundaries and, after a quick upgrade, enemy units take damage in your territory unless they bring supply wagons. There's also "rare resources," things like sulpher, rubber, spices, and titanium that add to your resource income, as well as provide a few bonues (papyrus decreases the cost of scientific research, for example). Also, since the game spans more ages, new resources have been added. Namely, there's knowledge (which is generated at univerities) and oil (drilled, as one would expect). Another thing that's been added is full out naval combat, including submarines and aircraft carriers, and air combat, with everything from biplanes to stealth craft. There's even V2's, cruise missiles, and ICBMs (and yes, they're nuclear). The only thing that fell a little short on me was the lack of depth in the single player. You get a Risk style map and have to take over the world, with every territory take being resolved by a 15-120 minute RTS level. I guess my point is...get this game. In fact, get 2. I hear there's an expansion that adds America as one of the new playable nations. It's quite a cool game that I would recommend to anyone...except liberals...!@$# commies.