25 Games Like Rise of Nations

Games Like Rise of Nations
Our collection of RTS games like Rise of Nations features plenty of free and online strategy options for fans of the genre.

Rise of Nations is one of the classic and highly successful games in the real time strategy genre with a 2003 release and an expansion pack (Thrones and Patriots) released a year later. It’s popularity in the gaming community also led to a spin-off game that shifted the game into a Fantasy setting in 2006.

Unlike other real time strategy games, Rise of Nations used a territorial approach to gameplay with players restricted to building and creating within their area of influence (or that of their allies). The game also used a few other game systems to separate it from the standard RTS experience of the day including a resource system with six different resources, infinite resource fields and responsive AI workers that won’t sit idle if you forget to assign them work.

Gameplay depth in Rise of Nations was particularly impressive with important emphasis placed on balancing ones economy and military assets. Many more modern real time strategy games are still yet to reach the refined and unique gameplay experience that Rise of Nations offered.

The games like Rise of Nations below are some of the best that the real time strategy (RTS) genre has produced and includes some free and online options.

Games Like Rise of Nations

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DomiNations

DomiNations combines traditional real time strategy games such as Age of Empires and Rise of Nations with the more modern mobile genre that is dominated by the likes of Clash of Clans. This unique and fun adventure is available on both iOS and Android. Your overarching objective in DomiNations ... Read More »

User Score
7.7
(45 votes)
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Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance

Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance is a stand alone expansion to the original Supreme Commander title, this standalone approach was used in order to alter gameplay features, add additional units and improve performance over the original release. Set in the same futuristic setting where humans h... Read More »

User Score
7.4
(8 votes)
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Age of Empires 3

Age of Empires (AoE) 3 falls under the real time strategy genre and was developed by Ensemble Studios for a 2005 release (2006 release on Mac). The game has two expansion packs available (The Warchiefs and The Asian Dynasties) that unlock additional campaign content and introduce 6 additional c... Read More »

User Score
9.4
(31 votes)
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Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends

Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends is an RTS game published by Microsoft that is a spin-off of the original and highly popular Rise of Nations game. Unlike the original the game is set in a fantasy world that blends magic and technology together. Despite the change in setting the game still plays... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(28 votes)
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Supreme Commander

Supreme Commander is a real time strategy title that was been born out of the success of Total Annihilation, an exceedingly popular 1997 strategy game. Centred around mechanical units known as Armoured Command Units (ACU) it’s a futuristic war like adventure. In this future setting humani... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(5 votes)
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Age of Mythology

Age of Mythology (or AoM) is a real time strategy game based on the Age of Empires series (it is in fact a spin-off of the series). Age of Mythology was developed by Ensemble Studios and was released back in 2002, the game is highly rated by fans and critics making it one of the top rated real ... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(55 votes)
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Total War: Shogun 2

Total War: Shogun 2 is a strategy game in the Total War series, it was developed by The Creative Assembly and released in March of 2011. Shogun 2 is one of the highest rated games of the series and takes place in a 16th century Japanese setting.  This feudal Japan setting is set after the Onin ... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(17 votes)
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Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 continues the extremely popular real time strategy series with a 2008 game available on all major platforms. In a similar fashion to the previous Red Alert games you’ll get to experience an alternative reality with a different spin on World War II. Fans of pre... Read More »

User Score
8.9
(8 votes)
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Medieval II: Total War

Medieval II: Total War is the second game in the Total War series to take place in a Medieval setting and is the fourth game in series. Just like the previous instalments in the series the game combines turn based and real time elements. Fans of the original Medieval: Total War will enjoy the f... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(14 votes)
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Empire Earth II

Empire Earth II builds on the popular original and delivers a strong real time strategy experience with plenty of new additions. Development was handled by Mad Doc Software who created the expansion pack for the original Empire Earth game. In Empire Earth II players can complete one of three av... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(16 votes)
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Age of Empires II

Age of Empires II belongs to the hugely success AoE series of real time strategy games. Launching back in 1999 the game saw a HD release in 2013 with a few minor changes to gameplay, most notably an increased population cap (200 to 500). The game explores the Middle Ages with over a dozen playa... Read More »

User Score
9.1
(14 votes)
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Sins of a Solar Empire

Sins of a Solar Empire is a sci-fi strategy game with 4X elements that will have you conquering a large universe with military force, economic power or diplomatic negotiations. As the game mostly involves real time strategy it presents an interesting mix between RTS and 4X gameplay. The game is... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(14 votes)
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Empire Earth

Empire Earth (EE) offers a great RTS experience and is the first game in the franchise. The game was developed by Stainless Steel Studios for a late 2011 release with an expansion pack (Art of Conquest) released in 2002 (purchase the Empire Earth Gold Edition to get the original and the expansi... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(22 votes)
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Act of War: Direct Action

Act of War: Direct Action is a RTS that definitely pulls some inspiration from the likes of Command & Conquer with a modern day warfare setting that mixes in some futuristic elements. It’s got some unique mechanics that raise it above other options in the genre and make it an overall intere... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(14 votes)
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Napoleon: Total War

If you’ve ever wanted to step into the shoes of the great Napoleon then you’ll love the experience waiting in Napoleon: Total War. Just like the other games in the Total War series it blends turn based gameplay with real time tactics. In the game you’ll get the follow some of Napoleon’s great b... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(11 votes)
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Rome: Total War

Rome: Total War (RTW) is a strategy game that blends turn based strategy with real time elements. It is part of the highly popular and successful Total War series and is available for PC and Mac. The game is the third game in the series and also one of the highest rated among fans and critics. ... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(15 votes)
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Supreme Commander 2

Supreme Commander 2 is the second game in the Supreme Commander series of real time strategy games. The game takes place in a futuristic setting and is available on Windows, Mac and Xbox 360. The game takes you through three different campaigns as you command the United Earth Federation, the Il... Read More »

User Score
7.4
(19 votes)
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Cossacks: European Wars

Cossacks: European Wars is an RTS game developed for Windows and released in 2001. The game is very similar to Age of Empires and is well known for its large number of units which are available. The game also has a number of expansions available which are available in one collection, the Cossac... Read More »

User Score
8.9
(17 votes)
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Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars

Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars is a science fiction real time strategy game released in 2007 by Electronic Arts. The game is set in 2047 and continues the story of the Global Defence Initiative, Brotherhood of Nod and the new alien faction of Scrin. If you’ve played a Command & Conq... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(6 votes)
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Shogun: Total War

Shogun: Total War is the very first in the long series of games in the Total War series. The game is set in Japan and blends turn based gameplay with real time battles. The game incorporates many realistic historical elements into its gameplay. This includes references to the popular war book, ... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(13 votes)
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Empire: Total War

The fifth game in the Total War series takes you to the 18th century and even includes a special United States campaign which will have you participating in some of the most well-known and historical battles in American history. Empire: Total War is similar to all the other games in the series ... Read More »

User Score
7.9
(12 votes)
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Medieval: Total War

Medieval: Total War is the first game in the Total War series to feature a medieval setting and is the second game to be released in the franchise. The game has plenty of improvements over the very first Total War game and offers the same blend of turn based and tactical combat that the series ... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(13 votes)
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Total War: Rome II

Total War: Rome II continues the strategy based Total War series and takes you back to Rome once again with a large number of improvements. The game was released for Windows in late 2013 and takes the Total War series up to 8 games. Total War: Rome II is set during 272 BC with the main campaign... Read More »

User Score
7.0
(37 votes)
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Anno Online

Anno Online belongs to the Anno series of video games. Unlike previous additions in the franchise though the game is free to play and is a browser based experience. The English version of the game went into a closed beta in April of 2013 with open beta starting just under a month later. Fans of... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(103 votes)
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The Settlers Online

The Settlers Online is a free browser based strategy game with gameplay that falls somewhere between Age of Empires and the online strategy genre. The game manages to somehow stay true to the roots of other Settlers games while moving into a freemium browser game which is definitely no easy tas... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(88 votes)