Total War: Rome II
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￼￼How far will you go for Rome?
The award-winning Total War series returns to Rome, setting a brand new quality benchmark for Strategy gaming. Become the world’s first superpower and command the Ancient world’s most incredible war machine. Dominate your enemies by military, economic and political means. Your ascension will bring both admiration and jealousy, even from your closet allies.
Will you suffer betrayal or will you be the first to turn on old friends? Will you fight to save the Republic, or plot to rule alone as Emperor?
Plan your conquest of the known world in a massive sandbox turn-based campaign mode (supporting additional 2-player cooperative & competitive modes). Conspiracies, politics, intrigue, revolts, loyalty, honour, ambition, betrayal. Your decisions will write your own story.
Build vast armies and take to the battlefield in real-time combat mode. Put your tactical skills to the test as you directly control tens of thousands of men clashing in epic land and sea battles.
Play for the glory of Rome as one of three families or take command of a huge variety of rival civilisations – each offers a notably different form of gameplay experience with hundreds of unique units from siege engines and heavy cavalry to steel-plated legionaries and barbarian berserkers.
See exotic ancient cities and colossal armies rendered in incredible detail, as jaw-dropping battles unfold. Detailed camera perspectives allow you to see your men shout in victory or scream in pain on the frontline, while a new tactical cam allows a god’seye view of the carnage to better inform your strategic decisions.
Extremely scalable experience, with gameplay and graphics performance optimised to match low and high-end hardware alike.
Dull and LifelessMikester7 | July 17, 2014 | See all Mikester7's reviews »
Aside from faction, unit and map diversity and size, Rome II fails to come close to the previous titles in enjoyment, even after 10 months of updates. The game is quite playable now but is still buggier than Shogun II and most of the features are just dull in comparison. The barbarians seem underrepresented, AI is painfully stupid, especially in the campaign map, unmemorable music (interestingly the first TW title to not have the original composer snore), research is HORRIBLE compared to Shogun II, zero charm, building is quite poor and some of the small meta changes I don't really enjoy.
Not to mention, the amount of DLC in terms of price is already higher than Shogun II, which for a flawed game, is pretty hilarious. I realise that topping the behemoth that is Shogun II is probably impossible, but Rome II isn't even in the same ballpark.
The game is painfully average in enjoyment for a video game and is pretty terrible for a Total war title. I haven't tried mods, but I'll give them a go first before giving up.
Rome II is simply by far the poorest Total War game to date and is simply dull and lifeless.
Nope. Just nopeMixxer5 | Feb. 14, 2014 | See all Mixxer5's reviews »
It's hard to put in words what I feel playing R2. I've been waiting for this game long time, hoping to bring civilization to Europe... Again. What could've gone wrong? Rome 1 was perfect (at least at its release)- it needed polishing, new graphic, bigger armies, better diplomacy and politics. It'd be ultimate strategy game. Instead developers removed everything that added depth to previous games (or rather- pre Empire ones): family tree, interesting trait system, huge pool of units and buildings to choose from and fairly advanced system of dependencies among cities. Instead they added bugs, politic system that doesn't make sense (as it can have only one solution- and always bad one), lack of optimization and above all- completely broken AI acting even worse than it did in previous games...
Above may not sound too bad. After all removed pieces didn't look very important in R1, bugs can be ironed out, game can be optimized, politics removed, AI fixed... But that's not true. It's impossible to overlook all these things, because Rome 2 consists almost only of battles. City expanding is dumbed down to ridiculous point (biggest cities can have 8 buildings), generals die so fast that it's not worth to even care about their progress and unit rooster looks empty. there might be plenty of units available, but they're mostly not worth recruiting (while AI recruits only cheapest units- just to fill it's armies). In R1 unit diversity was key to victory, here it's just obstacle between player and battle. But battles aren't worth playing too... Because all the time same armies fight against same armies, commanded by same player (what a surprise) and AI unable to properly react to situation on battlefield.
All in all- it's worth to buy it once it's really, really cheap- if only to see how bad this game is.
Total Review: Rome II ------> Buy It or Not?koticpaxx | Feb. 8, 2014 | See all koticpaxx's reviews »
Long story short, get this game if you're a fan of the TW series. Get it if you don't mind bugginess (is that a word?). HOWEVER, get it when it's on sale!
Long story long, TW:R2 was an overall fun experience. The prologue was alright, just standard TW stuff here. The Campaign mode is meh, and the fact that Athens and Sparta are DLC content really pisses me off. The Multiplayer is fun, especially when you have multiple factions fighting. The addition of the army expansion in the Custom Battles allows you to create battles on epic proportions, assuming your computer can handle it. OH, and make sure your computer can handle. Large armies can make your FPS drop down to hell and make sure you never see them again. The graphics on low makes it on par with Empire: Total War on high settings (shout out to Empire: Total War!). Though it may say the minimum system requirements, trust me, get it when you have a better computer. Why? Because one of the main attractions to the game itself is it's stunning graphics. And trust me, you're gonna wanna see it in all of it's 1080p glory. The addition of "Cinematic Mode" make my creative bits all tingly with satisfaction, which I say is one of the better things about it.
All in all, as I stated above, get it when its on sale (please listen/read me on this one) because that is when you'll get your full money's worth (and then some). I don't mean to bash on it, but as previous reviews have said before, it did not live up to the hype. However, it is still an awesome game and bravo to Creative Assembly for making such a beautiful looking game. If only they can make the DLC for the other factions cheaper, I would gladly raise your score, and if you fix more of the bugs and glitches then that'd be great.
Pretty damn good.Iversman | Feb. 2, 2014 | See all Iversman's reviews »
Putting it simply, if you're a total war fan then get this game. If you're not a total war fan/new to the series, again... Buy it! :).
It did have some performance issues, but it was still playable! A patch arrived and the performance was better.
Overall, I love the game; the combat is brilliant, and the political system is brilliant. The trade system is awesome as well.
They have really made a lot of effort for this game and it has paid off! I love this game (first Total War game) and it has made me go and purchase more Total War games! :D.
Due to the performance issues at the start, but taking the good into consideration, I'm giving this game a 95/100! Once the performance is sorted, I personally would give this 100/100.
Didn't live up to the hypeSganotak | Jan. 16, 2014 | See all Sganotak's reviews »
People were expecting a lot from this game since according to Creative Assembly, it was their most ambitious project yet. Also bearing in mind that the first Rome was the best Total War game ever, the hype was unrealistic for this game.
Rome II is a great strategy game but not a good Total War game... They removed a lot of fan favorite features like the Family Tree, seasons on the campaign map etc and replaced them with some extremely streamlined new features like an almost useless and broken political system.
I have mixed feelings about the AI. In some occasions it can give you a really hard time (like open field battles or siege defenses) but it can also be really incompetent (abandoning siege equipment in a middle of a siege and instead ordering all it's unit to torch your gate)
The graphics were upgraded significantly from Shogun 2, but the game still hasn't introduced a proper antialising model. Also there are some new screen filters during battles (like rain drops when it's raining, blurriness when you fight in the desert ) that you may find annoying.
The sound design is pretty damn good, the OST is epic and they hired some famous actors like Mark Strong to provide voiceovers for the game. However, they removed the pre-battle speeches which is a major letdown for me
What I really like is the unit variety and cultural diversity in the game. Unlike Shogun's almost identical clans, every faction in Rome II offers a lot of unique units and completely different gameplay and strategy than the other ones. The Campaign Map is also huge and gorgeous to look at. I also liked the new Diplomacy system since it introduces a lot of new options like non-aggression pacts defensive alliances etc. and client states/vassals really matter this time. There is now an army and fleet limit which grows as you conquer more provinces. This may sound like a bad thing but it's actually a cool new addition since you will be fighting a lot less unnecessary battles and will need to manage your armies better. General traits and retinues make a return, but there's also a new army tradition system which let's you level up your army as you like, you can also change names of armies and units!!!
The game was almost unplayable at launch, but since then Creative Assembly released several patches to fix it as much as they can. However no matter how many patches they release, the game remains flawed at it's core and it will still be an inferior game to previous Total War entries.
I'd advice everyone to wait on this one. CA will eventually release a Gold Edition which will include all the DLC, so if you're in no rush to play this, better wait.