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Topic Subject: Rise of Legends & similar fantasy rts games
posted 01-19-12 03:44 AM EDT (US)   
I realize this forum is not as active as it used to be, but in the chance anyone is looking for any games related to the themes in Rise of Legends or other different and unique fantasy rts/rpg/mixed-style games that were similarly under-promoted or less known, then I came up with a short list for you:

[This message has been edited by alincarpetman (edited 04-16-2012 @ 03:26 AM).]

posted 04-16-12 02:52 AM EDT (US)     1 / 2  
Trying to make thread active.

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posted 04-16-12 03:26 AM EDT (US)     2 / 2  
First there are the other great websites for similar rts games here on Heavengames to check out of course.

Within the Big Huge Games history there is:
Rise of Nations (2003)
Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots expansion (2004)
Rise of Legends (2006)
Rise of Legends expansion (2007?/cancelled)
Catan (2007)
Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties expansion (2007)
Rise of Nations 2 (2009?/cancelled)
Crucible: Forge of the Emperor aka Ascendant (2009?/cancelled)
God: The Game (2009?/cancelled)
Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning (2012)
Kingdoms of Amalur: The Reckoning 2 sequel (?/cancelled)
Copernicus (?/cancelled)
DomiNations (2015)

The Rise of Legends expansion, Rise of Nations 2, God: The Game, and Crucible: Forge of the Emperor aka Ascendant were all cancelled but some of the team and work from Ascendant transformed into the rpg Kingdoms of Amalur released in 2012, with a mmo Copernicus in uncertain status. You can check out Ascendant concept art and screenshots here, 4 videos on youtube and 5 longer videos on dailymotion. Some of the locations were influenced by Rise of Legends, so perhaps a little bit of Rise of Legends was carried through Ascendant to Amalur?

If you're looking for any fantasy rts games most similar to Rise of Legends, it seems Total Annihilation: Kingdoms and ParaWorld are the two that are most similar. Below is a list of more similar games that have a steampunk, arabian nights and ancient astronauts/mesoamericans theme like Rise of Legends does:

Steampunk theme
- Total Annihilation: Kingdoms (1999) contains some steampunk as well as arabian nights and other fantasy themes in all of its factions. The Iron Plague expansion (2000) adds the Creon nation which has steampunk styled units.
- The Northmen and Seas nations in Paraworld (2006).
- Heroes of Annihilated Empires (2006) also contains some steampunk land and air units.
- There is the game demo Steamcraft (2008) which you can view on youtube here and you can play by downloading Xna and downloading the Steamcraft demo.
- Iron Grip: Marauders (2011) is a turn based strategy game that has a steampunk theme.
- Divinity: Dragon Commander (2013) is a fantasy rts game that has a steampunk theme.
- Airship Downs (?) is a steampunk city builder game in progress.
- Clockwork Empires (?) is a steampunk city building game in progress.
- A list of various media with a steampunk theme is here on Wikipedia and Tv Tropes.

1001 Arabian Nights theme
- Total Annihilation: Kingdoms (1999) contains some arabian nights and other fantasy themes in all of its factions.
- Persian Wars (2002) has an arabian nights setting.
- The game Heroes of Might and Magic V (2006) has an arabian nights theme also.
- A list of various media with an Arabian Nights theme is here on Wikipedia and Tv Tropes.

Ancient Astronauts/Ancient Mesoamericans theme
- I couldn't find any particular fantasy and sci-fi games, just the historical Theocracy (2000).
- A list of various media with an ancient astronaut theme is here on Wikipedia and Tv Tropes.

There have been various creative, imaginative, less popular and forgotten rts and city building games over the years. Here is an incomplete list of various fantasy and scifi rts and city builder games:

Fantasy and Sci-fi Real Time Strategy games

General Fantasy
Warcraft 2: Tides of Darkness (1995)
War Wind (1996)
War Wind 2 (1997)
Myth: The Fallen Lords (1997)
Seven Kingdoms (1997)
Netstorm: Islands At War (1997)
Dungeon Keeper (1997)
Populous 3: The Beginning (1998)
Myth II: Soulblighter (1998)
Rage of Mages (1998)
Seven Kingdoms 2: The Fryhtan Wars (1999)
Total Annihilation: Kingdoms (1999)
Dungeon Keeper 2 (1999)
Tzar: The Burden of the Crown (2000)
Warlords Battlecry (2000)
Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim (2000)
Kohan: Ahriman's Gift (2001)
Kohan: Immortal Sovereigns (2001)
Kingdom Under Fire (2001)
Hundred Swords (2001)
Myth III: The Wolf Age (2001)
Primitive Wars: Jurassic War 2 (2001)
Battle Realms (2001)
Warlords Battlecry 2 (2002)
Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos (2002)
Age of Mythology (2002)
Persian Wars (2002)
Black Moon Chronicles (2002)
Savage: The Battle for Newerth (2003)
Lords of EverQuest (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: War of the Ring (2003)
Armies of Exigo (2004)
I of the Dragon (2004)
Kohan II: Kings of War (2004)
Warlords Battlecry 3 (2004)
SpellForce (2004)
Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth (2004)
Glest (2004)
Rising Kingdoms (2005)
Dungeons & Dragons: Dragonshard (2005)
Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes (2005)
Warhammer: Mark of Chaos (2006)
Rise of Legends (2006)
ParaWorld (2006)
SpellForce 2 (2006)
Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth 2 (2006)
Heroes of Annihilated Empires (2006)
Fantasy Wars (2007)
Seven Kingdoms 3: Conquest (2008)
Savage 2: A Tortured Soul (2008)
Steamcraft (demo, 2008)
Majesty 2 (2009)
Mushroom Wars (2009)
BattleForge (2009)
MegaGlest (2010)
Under Siege (2011)
From Dust (2011)
Dawn of Fantasy: Kingdom Wars (2011)
Game of Thrones: Genesis (2011)
Frozen Hearth (2012)
SpellForce 2: Faith In Destiny (2012)
Citadels (2013)
Godus (2013)
Divinity: Dragon Commander (2013)
Idol Hands (2015)
Kingdom Under Fire 2 (2016)
We Are the Dwarves (2016)
Savage: Resurrection (2016)
Mushroom Wars 2 (2016)
SpellForce 3 (2017)
Northgard (2017)
Siegecraft Commander (2017)
Battle Realms 2 (?)
Heartlands (?)
Lithic (?)
Stheron (?)
Driftland: The Magic Revival (?)
Oberon's Court (?)

General Sci-fi
Command & Conquer (1995)
Z (1996)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert (1996)
Enemy Nations (1996)
7th Legion (1997)
Dark Reign (1997)
Dark Colony (1997)
Extreme Tactics (1997)
The L.E.D. Wars (1997)
Dune 2000 (1998)
Battlezone (1998)
WarBreeds (1998)
Urban Assault (1998)
Dominion: Storm Over Gift 3 (1998)
Earth 2140 (1997)
StarCraft (1998)
Jeff Wayne's The War of the Worlds (1998)
LEGO Rock Raiders (1999)
Warzone 2100 (1999)
Machines (1999)
Star Trek: Starfleet Command (1999)
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (1999)
Dark Reign 2 (2000)
Star Wars: Force Commander (2000)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (2000)
Mayday: Conflict Earth (2000)
Metal Fatigue (2000)
Submarine Titans (2000)
Star Trek: Starfleet Command 2 - Empires at War (2000)
Battlezone 2: Combat Commander (2000)
Star Trek: New Worlds (2000)
Giants: Citizen Kabuto (2000)
Mission: Humanity (2000)
Earth 2150 (2000)
Emperor: Battle for Dune (2001)
Outlive (2001)
Hostile Waters: Antaeus Rising (2001)
Star Wars: Galactic Battlegrounds (2001)
Z: Steel Soldiers (2001)
Star Trek: Starfleet Command 3 (2002)
UFO: Aftermath (2003)
Micro Commandos (2003)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (2004)
Perimeter (2004)
Arena Wars (2004)
Dune 2: The Golden Path (2005)
UFO: Aftershock (2005)
Darwinia (2005)
Earth 2160 (2005)
Dark Oberon (2006)
Star Wars: Empire at War (2006)
UFO: Afterlight (2007)
Arena Wars Reloaded (2007)
Machines at War (2007)
SunAge (2007)
Command & Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (2007)
Universe At War: Earth Assault (2007)
Empire Earth 3 (2007)
Maelstrom (2007)
Supreme Commander (2007)
Perimeter 2: New Earth (2008)
Multiwinia: Survival of the Flattest (2008)
Project Aftermath (2008)
Harvest (2008)
WorldShift (2008)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (2008)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 2 (2009)
Globulation 2 (2009)
Stalin Vs Martians (2009)
Halo Wars (2009)
StarCraft 2 (2010)
Supreme Commander 2 (2010)
Zero-K (2010)
Land Air Sea Warfare (2010)
Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight (2010)
Elements of War (2011)
Achron (2011)
Tryst (2012)
Carrier Command: Gaea Mission (2012)
StarVoid (2012)
Planetary Annhilation (2013)
Meridian: New World (2014)
World Zombination (2014)
The Hive (2014)
Evolution RTS (2014)
Machines at War 3 (2014)
Grey Goo (2015)
Mechs & Mercs: Black Talons (2015)
Etherium (2015)
Satellite Reign (2015)
Universum (2015)
Servo (2015)
Freaking Meatbags (2015)
Nightside (2015)
Warshift (2015)
Offworld Trading Company (2015)
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak (2016)
Battlefleet Gothic: Armada (2016)
Ashes of the Singularity (2016)
Meridian: Squad 22 (2016)
DropZone (2016)
8-Bit Armies (2016)
Boid (2016)
Reconquest (2016)
Halo Wars 2 (2017)
Riot (2017)
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War 3 (2017)
Abatron (2017)
Landfall (2017)
Halo Wars: Definitive Edition (2017)
Halo Wars 2 (2017)
Subsiege (2017)
Supernova (?)
Blackspace (?)
Stratus: Battle For the Sky (?)
Oddworld: The Hand of Odd (?)
Iron Harvest (?)
Project Phoenix (?)
Wildfire Worlds (?)
Win That War! (?)

Outer Space and 4x Sci-fi
List @ Mobygames
List @ Wikipedia
List @ Space Sector
List @ RTSC

Post-Apocalyptic Sci-fi
Rising Lands (1997)
Krush, Kill 'n' Destroy (1997)
Krush, Kill 'n' Destroy Xtreme (1997)
Krush, Kill 'n' Destroy 2: Krossfire (1998)
Trash (2005)
Apox (2011)

Biological Sci-fi
SimAnt (1991)
Empire of the Ants (2001)
Impossible Creatures (2002)
Spore (2008)
Cure (2016)
Empires of the Undergrowth (?)

Open Source/Remakes
Stratagus (1998, Open Source RTS Game Engine)
Glest Advanced Engine (2004, Open Source RTS Game Engine)
Spring (2005, Open Source RTS Game Engine)
Unity (2005, Game Engine)
Pyrogenesis (?, Open Source RTS Game Engine)
OpenRTS (?, Open Source RTS Game Engine)

Warzone 2100 (2004, remake of Warzone 2100 (1999))
Knights and Merchants Remake (2009, remake of Knight and Merchants (1998))
OpenRA (2010, remake of C&C (1995), Red Alert (1996), Tiberian Sun (1999) and Dune 2000 (1998))
The Zod Engine (2011, remake of Z (1996))
OpenAge (2013, remake of Age of Empires 2 (1999))
Stratus: Battle For the Sky (?, remake of Netstorm: Islands At War (1997))

Historical War
Age of Empires
0 AD
Three Kingdoms: Fate of the Dragon
Celtic Kings: Rage of War
Imperivm: Great Battles of Rome
The Punic Wars
The Golden Horde
Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War
Ancient Wars: Sparta
No Man's Land
Against Rome
Great War Nations: The Spartans
Age of Alexander
Great Invasions
Age of Empires II: Age of Kings
Stronghold 2
Stronghold 3
Stronghold Legends
Stronghold Crusader
Stronghold Crusader 2
Knights and Merchants: The Shattered Kingdom
Portugal 1111
Empires: Dawn of the Modern World
Highland Warriors
Crusader Kings
Two Thrones
Wars and Warriors: Joan of Arc
Knights of Honor
Castle Strike
Cossacks 2
Cossacks 3
Feudal Wars
Age of Empires II: Age of Kings
Age of Empires III
American Conquest
Empires: Dawn of the Modern World
No Man's Land
Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun
Sudden Strike
Empires: Dawn of the Modern World
Company of Heroes
Company of Heroes 2
Theatre of War
Axis & Allies
Codename Panzers
Codename Panzers: Cold War
Command and Conquer Generals
Real War
Act of War
Conflict Zone
Supreme Ruler 2010
Supreme Ruler 2020
World in Conflict
Bos Wars
Left Behind
Confrontation: Peace Enforcement
Oil Rush
Naval War: Arctic Circle
Malvinas 2032
Tom Clancy's EndWar
Original War
Joint Task Force
Elements of War
Act of Aggression
Rise of Nations
Empire Earth
Empire Earth II
Empires Apart
Syrian Warfare
Avalon Lords: Dawn Rises
World War 3: Black Gold
Armor Clash

Emergency Services
Emergency 1: Fighters for Life (1998)
Emergency Rescue: Firefighters (2000)
Emergency 2: The Ultimate Fight for Life (2002)
Emergency Fire Response(2003)
Firefighter Command: Raging Inferno (2004)
Emergency 3: Mission Life (2005)
Wildfire (2005)
Fire Department: Episode 3 (2006)
Emergency 4: Global Fighters for Life (aka 911 First Responders) (2006)
Emergency 2012: The Quest for Peace (2010)
Rescue: Everyday Heroes (2013)
Emergency 5 (2014)
Rescue: Everyday Heroes 2 (2015)
Emergency 6: 2016 (2015)
Emergency 7: 2017 (2016)
EmergeNYC (2016)

Fantasy and Sci-fi City Building games

Beasts and Bumpkins (1997)
Cultures (2000)
Black and White (2001)
The Settlers IV (2001)
Northland (2002)
Cultures 2: The Gates of Asgard (2002)
8th Wonder of the World (2003)
Black and White 2 (2005)
Dwarf Fortress (2006)
Hinterland (2008)
The Settlers VII: Paths To A Kingdom (2010)
Folk Tale (2013)
Timber and Stone (2013)
Stonehearth (2013)
Lethis: Path To Progress (2015)
Valhalla Hills (2015)

Utopia: The Creation of a Nation (1991)
Outpost (1994)
Outpost 2 (1997)
Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (1999)
Alien Nations (2000)
The Nations (2001)
Startopia (2001)
Space Colony (2003)
Space Colony HD (2010)
Anno 2070 (2011)
Maia (2013)
Spacebase DF9 (2014)
PeriAreion (2015)
Unclaimed World (2015)
Anno 2205 (2015)
Factorio (2016)
EndCiv (2016)

Cancelled Fantasy and Sci-fi Rts/Cb Games
Alien Intelligence (1997, cancelled)
Battle For Atlantis (2008, cancelled)
Command & Conquer Generals 2 (2013, cancelled)
DUNE Generations (2002, cancelled)
Dungeon Duel (2002, cancelled)
Good & Evil (2000, cancelled)
Guardians of Atlas (2016, cancelled)
Hard Vacuum (1994, cancelled)
Human Resources (2015, cancelled)
Kings and Castles (2011, cancelled)
Mission to Nexus Prime (1997, cancelled)
Nooks and Crannies (?, cancelled)
Star Trek: Borg Assimilator (2001, cancelled)
Star Wars: Outpost (?, cancelled)
Wildman (2015, cancelled)
X-Com Genesis (1997, cancelled)

If you're interested in searching for more past and current games of any sort, the Mobygames database or any other video game database is a good place to search. There are also similar databases for game mods and indie games. Other interesting sites such as Real Time Strategic Carnage and Rts Guru are made by and for rts game fans.
Find more cancelled rts games at Unseen 64.

Related thread lists
These game lists have been cross posted on related gaming forums:
A list of ancient city builder games here, here, here
A list of modern city builder and global civilization builder games here
A list of fantasy and sci-fi rts and city builder games here, here, here

[This message has been edited by alincarpetman (edited 04-30-2017 @ 03:24 AM).]

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