Rise and Fall: Civilizations at War A 2006 Midway action RTS game, allowing players to take control of hero characters in first & third person perspectives to get in the action on the fly in between issuing orders to play through four campaigns; Persia, Greece, Egypt, and Rome. I played it back when it released, and have not been able to revisit it, but I remember it fondly if for nothing else then because of that neat little mechanic blowing my mind at the time. It's a weird game with a weird story behind it as well, as 2 years after release the US Air Force sponsored a free-to-play with ads version. I believe you'll have your work cut out for you on this one, as it is largely a forgotten title and when I looked for it to explore myself the results were largely disappointing. TLDR; it is Age of Empires but you can take control of generals and kick the shit out of foot soldiers. Best of luck, cheers!