A good game but is it great? Well I am a bit confused there
2. Story - The story goes by that an Alien Vessel had crashed onto a World. Technology from the vessels funneled through the ages creating three nations - The Vinci, the Alin and the Cuotl. Some say technology, some say magic and some say God - but they all agreed that these technology changed the shape of their world. The campaign starts off with an evil Vinci ruler named the Doge capturing an alien artifact that has given him immense power. The primary protagonist Giacomo is the Inventor of a Vinci city state named Miana. He and his brother were travelling very close to the territory of the Doge, when he attacked. Giacomo's brother was killed there and he vowed to kill the Doge. But soon he came to realize that the original owners of the artifact have come back to claim this world as their prize.
3. Graphics - The graphics haven't much improved from Rise of Nations. On the contrary I feel that the graphics of the original Rise of Nations was far better.
4. Sound and Music - Nothing great to mention here.
A good game no doubt. But the quirky units and races. The weird and fantastic plots and places, they beg me to ask - Is the game great? If you ask me I think the game mechanics are a tad too complicated to be called great.