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.
The one game to rule them allAmulius | Feb. 23, 2015 | See all Amulius's reviews »
Possibly the most beloved in the Total War series, and according to myself also the most fun of them. The engine is of course quite a bit outdated, but the fun is there nonetheless. If you at all feel yourself drawn to strategy games, try this game. I promise you a great experience if you are able to look beyond the graphics.
A wonderfull game with a few weaknesses.Blue22111 | Jan. 12, 2015 | See all Blue22111's reviews »
Rome Total War A great game despite it's age.
Graphics 4 of 10
It's a really old game and the first total war game with 3D units instead of animated 2D sprites so you can't expect much in the way of graphics. and what you expect is what you get.
Learning curve (the lower the number the less learning curve there is) 5 of 10
The tutorials are good and the game is fairly simple to get into. This game has some learning curve for those who have never played any other RTSes but for those who have played other RTSes before they will have no problem getting into this game's controls.
Gameplay (on the battlefield) 7.5 of 10
+Siege battles are very fun and challenging without being too hard. +Land battles are Fun and tactical without being too hard. +The AI is very good for a game of this age and can keep up with human opponents.
-some units are a bit over-powered such as elephants. -some units are completely worthless unless under very specific circumstances such as the incendiary pigs that are only effective against elephants and have a tendency to kill more of your own people then the enemy’s that are killed due to the attack.and they do the same thing that a barrage of fire arrows from your archers could do.
Overall the land battles are very fun to play and are even better if you can find a human opponent to play with (CA recently migrated this game to steam due to the gamespy shutdown.)
Gameplay (Grand campaign) 4.5 of 10
Pros. +can be very fun when everything works well in tandem.
Cons -Very dated -It is nigh imposable to keep your budget in check when at war. -diplomacy is clunky -auto-resolving battles tends to end with your army losing a battle that anyone could win when controlling the units themselves.
Overall the campaign is good at times and really bad at others.
Overall 7 of 10.
Rome Total War is a game of two qualities; on one hand the battles are great and fun to command, on the other side the campaign is clunky, and not all that great at all. The good does outweigh the bad however. I completely recommend this game as custom and historical battles circumvent the horrid campaign and go to what is great about Rome Total War, the combat.
Dated, but grand nonethelessNucularS | Nov. 8, 2014 | See all NucularS's reviews »
Rome: Total War is beginning to show its age, but even 10 years after release it is still one of the best strategy games based in ancient Rome, and is probably the closest you can come to ruling an empire and conquering the known world as a Roman emperor. Large-scale battles, spectacular sieges, trade, diplomacy, assassination - Rome has it all. The greatest, and probably only, weakness is the weak AI, which has trouble applying any tactics other than a head-on assault.
One of the greatestDemilisz | Aug. 19, 2014 | See all Demilisz's reviews »
In it's times Rome looked so great that it's engine was used by one of televiision series to visualise anciet battles. Now it may not look that great, but still is one of the best strategy game of all times. Even without counting the mods like Europa Barbarorum or Roma Surrectum. Rome was the third installemnt of Total War series and first to revolutionizie it - the way player move his armies around on newer titles (like Shogun 2) was first intruduced back then, when Rome: Total War was released. It is a big shame not to play this game even once.
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.