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.
Strategic and Fun to watchDragosLoL | July 16, 2014 | See all DragosLoL's reviews »
I wasn't into the Total War series before until my cousin persuaded me to buy Rome: Total War so we could play together. The game's kind of small compared to today's standards but has some of the best mechanics in a strategy game. It's fun to watch thousands of little men have a all out brawl on a large, vast battlefield. You can have elephants or horses too. Each faction has its own unique military units that you can use to your advantage. Graphically, the game isn't as pretty but not horrible either. Probably the only drawback are the in-game settings. The settings don't give you much variety when it comes to resolution and what you want to see in-game such as markers. The Total War series is definitely addicting and worth a try.
A great battle simulation gameadrianching7 | June 16, 2014 | See all adrianching7's reviews »
In Rome: Total War,you are able to manage your cities like any other "Civilization" based game but the difference with this game is that you are able to actually command your troops during a battle. This game can be very educational because it provides us a certain degree of Roman history and you will also have to deal with internal quarrels within your empire. A fast thinker can excel in this game because there are many different ways the AI will approach you so the quicker you come up with a strategy, the better your chances of winning the battle. This game is perfect for gamers who are quick thinkers so what are you waiting for? BUY THE GAME!
Great introduction to strategy games gengrexarabas02 | April 18, 2014 | See all xarabas02's reviews »
When i got this game during the GMG promo i did not expect much from it, considering i'm not much of a strategy sim player. It was only sheer boredom which convinced me to install it one day and i quickly found myself captivated in interesting gameplay.
Considering its age i must admit that the game still looks pretty good with all options maxed out so it has aged pretty well. It takes some time to get used to all of the gameplay mechanics but it is one of those games which are easy to learn (yet hard to master).
Highly recommended, even if you're not a strategy games fan by default.
A TOTAL strategy gameJokin93 | 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 WarPrecisionUnknow | 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.