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." - ThunderboltGames.com
"The combination of subject matter, game mechanics, and outstanding visuals add up to one of the best experiences you'll have on the PC." - IGN.com
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.
Excellent gameplay never gets oldbungrudi | Dec. 8, 2013 | See all bungrudi's reviews »
Bought this as part of TW Grand Master Collection.
Graphic is of course outdated; some people say 'a bit', but I'd say 'a lot'. However, the gameplay and vision of the game is long lasting, by a much more scale than any other part of the game that depends on technology. I was planning to just 'peek' the game as it has glorious reviews allover the internet, that I thought it would give me some context of overall TW gameplay and mechanics and a bit history of the series. The next thing I know, I'm garrisoning 3 cities at once and chasing warbands of Gauls; throne of Rome is at sight and 'peek'ing has scaled into fullscale gaming experience.
So this will act as warning to those who seek to 'peek'. There will be no peeking, as you will be hypnotized to fully immersed into the game. Especially so if you're a fan of history and watched Rome TV series.
Not without cons though; the biggest for me is that the AI could have been better. I'm not going to comment on gameplay and mechanics as you can found tons of them on the net and I don't feel like reinventing the wheel.
The beginning of Total War!Bytrine | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all Bytrine's reviews »
Rome: Total War is a bit dated, has poor graphics, and weird mechanics, but this doesn't cover Rome: Total War's awesomeness and enjoyment. This title is apparent to how awesome Total War is and really proves how the series has come so far. You get to choose between three roman families to conquer with, each having their pros and cons, but thats just the start! There is a Senate, a council that you can either have like you, or hate you, all based on the way you want to conquer and expand. The game is very broad ranging from construction types, populace's happiness, enemies, money, expansion... it has everything. However, it does have it's poor AI, bugs, glitches, and annoying voice actors. If you enjoy strategy games where you control EVERYTHING, play this. You will enjoy it.
First Step to Total Warxiluxpain | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all xiluxpain's reviews »
While new players may jump right into the newer titles of the Total War series, as a veteran, I would recommend Rome: Total War to any new player. It is cost efficient, runs on very minimal computer specifications, and as expansive, if not more, than the newer games.
This particular game is able to fully embrace the individual factions and their preferred units and tactics. Whether it's the defensive phalanx formation of the Greeks or the Carthage's destructive elephant units, you will be put to the test devising strategies to overcome each foe.
Rather than be as isolated as the later titles, Rome brings you to a time where you start off as one of the three major powers. As a major power, you bide your time, growing slowly, all while humoring the senate and their random requests. This system is very similar to that of the Medieval II system with the Papacy, only far more rewarding. Rome: Total War is able to offer more versatility in game-play than that of its successors.
As a new player to the strategic series, you may wonder whether or not their least costly "Rome: Total War" is worth it. It 100% is.
Rome offers the versatility of starting with 3 allies as a Roman faction. For a challenge, select a later unlocked faction. It also allows you to trade over certain items or retinues. It becomes amusing at one point when you can trade your annoying mother-in-law or drunk uncle to another general. This important aspect is removed in Medieval II and onward. Using this little trick, you can have an almost maxed out general at all times.
Rome is, without doubt, the first step for all players to the Total War series.
A must have ClassicPrecisionUnknow | Nov. 19, 2013 | See all PrecisionUnknow's reviews »
Even with all the new total war games showing up and even with its aging decades old graphics. Rome Total War is a jewel. Unlike modern games which are typically buggy, and simplistic. Rome does the opposite, while obviously due to its age that it is not buggy, but still the game offers much of what is no longer apparent in later games, and to me was interesting. I can only think of two at the moment, but were very critical to the game that made it fun. First is allowing a computer player to play for one of your armies (if more than one is sent to the battle). With it, you could decide the actions of the computer, for examples: be aggressive, defensive.
Then the second was the reinforcement prediction. Basically what I would call it is the game would roll a random chance at some times if your army will be able to make it or not.
Finally, before Empire total war, technology would naturally progress with the timeline. To me this made it more challenging, allowing for natural progression, rather than quick tech. jumps. Rome total war plays uniquely and is a must have game for all those strategy gamers and is a good introduction to the total war series as a whole as general gameplay.
Never gets oldcup99 | Nov. 14, 2013 | See all cup99's reviews »
Even with the newest version out (Rome II: Total War) this game is still fun. Its a bit different and runs much more smoothly on lower end computers as well. Other than the same model used for every person in that squad, it is a great game that includes action, economy, choices, and a commanding skill. There is a wide variety of teams to choose from ( No repeated units on different teams like Shogun 2) each with different units, economy, and ways to fight. This game i recommend to people who do not enjoy strategy games ( Like i did) as well as people that do like them. This is a great well rounded game.