Rome: Total War

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"It has so much depth and aptitude that you'll find yourself drawn in for hours, which will quickly turn into days, months and, dare I say, years." -

"The combination of subject matter, game mechanics, and outstanding visuals add up to one of the best experiences you'll have on the PC." -

Once the Roman Empire is under your command, don't lay down your sword just yet - the Barbarians are coming. With two award-winning titles from the esteemed Total War series, you'll have twice as many obstacles and opportunities to control and conquer the greatest empire ever known to man.


Rome: Total War Guide one of three noble Roman families on a century spanning quest to seize control of the Roman Empire.

Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion (official expansion pack to Rome: Total War) Witness the decline of Rome as Barbarian hordes attack, forcing a bitter internal struggle between rival factions.


  • Voted 2004 Best Strategy game by IGN, GameSpy and GameSpot.

  • Fight alongside or against history's greatest leaders such as Julius Caesar, Spartacus, and

  • Hannibal to expand or destroy the Roman Empire.

  • Lay siege against the Romans as Attila the Hun, fearful Saxons, or other savage factions using signature weapons and abilities.

  • Command warrior-tested legions in cinematic epic battles with thousands of soldiers on-screen at once.

  • A century-spanning campaign charges players with strategically managing the economic, civil, religious and military arms of their empire.

Customer reviews


A TOTAL strategy game

Jokin93 | March 30, 2014 | See all Jokin93's reviews »

For those who have never played a Total War game, it has two distinct elements to it, the first is the campaign map, this is an overview map where you build your cities, train units, send diplomats and assassins to your enemies and friends and move your armies around in a turn based grand strategy style and while it has nowhere near the dept of a true grand strategy game it does the job well enough that you forgive it, especially once you start to touch upon the second, and the most important, major aspect of a Total War game, the battles.

The game is pretty, with a good amount of detail considering the scope of the battles, the soundtrack fits almost perfectly with the mood of the game and sounds of battle are utterly satisfying. Even the load screen are great, each one featuring a different quote from a period persona although a lot of mistakes were made by whoever typed in those quotes.

It is not all roses however, Rome has a big problem, one that has been plaguing the Total War series for a while now, and that is the AI. Add to it a few more minor bugs such as the way the campaign map looks and squalor "feature" and it will take some of the fun, but it won't ruin it.

All in all, Rome Total War is a great game, it set the standard for all Total War Games to come and despite a number of annoying bugs and problems it still remains a great game to this day.


Rome: "The" Total War

PrecisionUnknow | Feb. 27, 2014 | See all PrecisionUnknow's reviews »

My first introduction to the total war series was this game, after Medieval: Total War. Rome: Total War is what others have obviously stated, that the graphics are outdated. Though still a fun and good looking game, despite it being ten years old.

Rome: Total War is what I wished Total War: Rome 2 was like. With Rome: Total War's awesome siege battles, intense battles, and challenging AI. While the newer total war games still had tough AI. The AI in Rome Total War and any total war game before the Empire Total War had fearsome AI.

Additionally Rome Total War was more appealing with the individual choice of buildings to build for every city/town you had, and the population. Population was important as this allowed your towns to expand into cities and recruit troops. This is by far the best total war game out there and one of the only few that is enjoying enough to be played in vanilla (without mods).

This is a game made for the strategist, built as a niche strategy game (not sold to the masses or dumb down), and is one that does require a bit of learning. As the game-play mechanics behave far differently than the newer total war games. This is worth it, a game that should be on your "the bucket list of games" or "games to play before the end". In addition the game lacks any bugs, maybe I didn't come across them, but this game is more bug free than any game in what I should say for the past 6 years.

This game does has its faults however. Diplomacy can only be achieved through diplomats. Doesn't matter who they speak with, but the unit needs to be used to start diplomatic actions. At higher difficultly, the AI tend to be overly warmongering where they declare war on you one turn. You then get peace, with them only going back to war the next turn. This typically has happened to me, regardless of my standing. Overall the game is overly enjoyable as I mention before.

Simply this is one of the gems that every strategy gamer should have in their library.


Still A Good Game

saroph | Feb. 6, 2014 | See all saroph's reviews »

I purchased Rome: Total War years ago but never gave it a fair try since I was already too enamored with Medieval II: Total War (the following game in the TW series). I just recently got it again and decided to give it another go, and I'm glad I did.

While without mods it may not be nearly as pretty as later games, it has aged very well in terms of gameplay. It takes some getting used to if you've played the other games in the series first (either older or newer than Rome), but it's well worth the small investment. After starting it up I just couldn't stop until I'd won a campaign, and now I'm tempted to go on to conquer the known world.


A great strategy empire sim

drakso | Jan. 15, 2014 | See all drakso's reviews »

From the total war franchise, this is by far the best example of a well done game. For those that never heard of this game, its a turned based strategy game with real time strategy battles. It is set in the time when the roman empire is at rise. You play as one of the 3 main roman houses that all create the roman empire. ( later in the game you can unlock more factions to play with ) The graphics and the animation quality is okay. The main point in this game is the micro management of your empire. That includes faction ruler, heirs, armies, commanders, cities, diplomacy and much more. There is a lot of detail in the game play and that is what makes it so engaging and awesome. I will recommend this game to anyone that loves strategy games.


Outstanding Strategy Game

Percyro | Jan. 7, 2014 | See all Percyro's reviews »

Rome: Total War is by far my favorite strategy game. It is an old game, so the graphics are definitely not the best, but if that is bothersome there are plenty of mods to fix this. Otherwise it's great. There isn't exactly a story to the game (basically just take over provinces and build the Roman Empire), but that doesn't make it bad. There is a mixture of turn-based game play, which takes place on the map, building cities and training troops, and Real Time Strategy, which takes places when attacking towns. All of it takes planning and strategy. My favorite part is the battles when you have to control troops and out flank the enemy. Besides this is the amazing features of Historical Battles, which are battles that actually happened, and Custom Battles/Quick Battles, which allow to just battle without anything else. Overall this game is amazing and I recommend it to any strategy gamer.