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rome total wardaryll2013 | March 25, 2013 | Review of Rome: Total War Collection
The large Imperial campaign centers on your quest to rule Rome. You begin as one of three factions, the Julii, the Bruti or the Scipii. All three are allied with each other and the non-playable SPQR faction, representing Rome itself. All four groups are initially allied with each other but, as the three playable factions develop, they will eventually come into conflict as they try to take command of Rome itself. Hopefully you'll have built up lots of support in terms of territories and public favor by the time this civil war breaks out.
The large campaign is clearly designed for hardcore fans and, as with the campaign in Medieval: Total War, it can be pretty daunting for more casual gamers. Thankfully, Rome: Total War includes a shorter campaign that you can finish in a day or two. You simply pick any of the game's factions and set out to conquer 15 territories and eliminate two of that faction's historic rivals. The Scipii must eliminate Carthage and Numidia, for instance, whereas the Greeks must take out the Thracians and Macedonians. The Senate will also give Roman factions key missions throughout the game. This is a great way to get a complete, focused experience without having to dive into a massive world-conquering campaign. At the end of the shorter campaign the game allows you the option to keep playing.