Feel like conquering today?

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Well that's exactly what Midway lets you do in their latest RTS, Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War.  The cool aspect of this RTS is that it's hero based--I know we've seen this before, but since when have you been able to play as Julius Caesar himself?  I'm sure the Civilization fans will love this one.
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive   
entertainment industry publisher and developer, today announced that Rise & Fall: Civilizations
at War™,      the innovative, hero–driven real–time strategy (RTS) game that
allows gamers to control history's      greatest generals, has shipped to stores nationwide,
and is available for play on personal computers.
In Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War, players can choose from four of the ancient world's
mightiest   empires – Persia, Greece, Egypt or Rome – and then engage in awe-inspiring
feats of heroism by   joining troops during climactic battles, using an action/adventure-style
third-person perspective to personally   impact the outcome as Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great,
Cleopatra or other heroic and historic leaders.
"Rise & Fall is a graphically–stunning and easily–accessible game, offering
something   for strategy gamers of all levels," said Steve Allison, chief marketing officer,
Midway. "Rise &   Fall's single–player campaigns and various multi–player
modes feature a number of new   innovations in addition to traditional RTS gameplay, including
intuitive yet highly–detailed naval battles and,   of course, Hero Command."
      Media Accolades     
"Perhaps the most eye–grabbing feature of this game, however, is the Hero Mode, where
you go from      the typical top–down tactical view to controlling a single unit, in either
over–the–shoulder      third person or directly through their eyes." –
IGN.com, 3/1/2006
"Swinging a sword on the front line brought a whole new visceral satisfaction to the RTS
game."      – 1up.com, 5/1/2006
"Rise & Fall's traditional real–time strategy and the fast–paced hero mode
is an      interesting mix of gameplay."  GameSpot.com, 4/17/2006
Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War is the first real–time strategy game to place players
directly      in the heart of combat as a heroic general fighting side–by–side with
their troops. Players can      completely command one of the four mightiest empires of the ancient
world as in a traditional RTS, but can also      use Rise & Fall's innovative Hero Command
to enter the battlefield as one of history's eight greatest heroes:      Julius Caesar,
Germanicus Caesar, Cleopatra, Ramses the Great, Sargon, Nebuchadnezzar, Achilles and Alexander the
Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War offers an unprecedented level of detail for naval combat,
which plays a      large and vital role. Players will fight for control of the seas by boarding and
ramming enemy naval vessels using      massive, accurately–scaled biremes and triremes.
Infantry, archers, ballistae, or catapults can all be      placed on ships.
Rise & Fall also features numerous multiplayer game types for up to eight players, including a
    team–based mode where one player manages resources while the other unleashes the full
power of Hero mode      against the enemy team.
For more information on Rise & Fall: Civilizations at War, please visit      www.riseandfallgame
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