They are not worth it. Flight Simulator 2004 was made by Microsoft because it had nothing better to do. Rise Of Nations is low-rated, and wasn't fun when I played it. Only one of those that may be worth it is AOM (Age Of Mythology). It is similar to AOE III, and neither is violent. They are RTS games. In AOM you control mythological characters in war. In AOE III you control an empire. There is fighting, but there is no blood/gore. When they die the bodies vanish.
Age of Mythology is the peak of Ensemble Studios RTS design IMO.
Flight Simulator 2004 is the only commercial plane flight sim worth owning since Looking Glass Studios Flight Unlimited.
Rise of Nations is a wonderful mix of standard RTS play with Civilization elements thrown in for good measure. And it most certainly wasn't low rated. It has an average score of 89.3% on Game Rankings.
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And guys don't say a game is 'addicting'. That is a horrible massacre of the English language. The word is 'addictive'. Thank you. :)
I never tried FS 2004 or RON 1.0, but what I did play is Age of Mythology & I love it, it's very similar to Age of Empires' Games but this one involves temples & seeking help from Greek Gods (like Zeus, Athena, Hades and so on) & special units like Minotaurs (the half man half bull) & massive dinosaurs (or was it dragons??), you get the picture....but it's pretty old though.