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.
Total ChoreROCKLOBSTA | Aug. 23, 2014 | See all ROCKLOBSTA's reviews »
Note: I will not refer to the misleading E3 Pre-Alpha demo because that was just a Pre-Alpha - Even if we expect CA to deliver something better than what is shown on a Pre-Alpha.
Rome II was a total disappointment. From when I first installed it I had experienced issues, at one point the game would not work which would mean I had to verify the integrity of the game cache. I remember the dread of the tutorial levels where the enemy would randomly walk away endlessly from my horribly overpowered Hastatii and Triarii before finally dying. If only I could speed this process up, but the problem was that the fast forward function was not working at all.
The UI was unintuitive and annoying to use. Building stuff became tedious and it felt like I was playing a touchscreen version of a game. In order to get helpful information about a unit, I have to hover my mouse over the unit card for a while and sometimes I am prompted to open a website because screw people without properly functioning internet connections. Rome (despite being the title and "starter" faction) is hard to play, sometimes maddeningly so. You are literally surrounded by enemies and your townsfolk are never happy; it's like my cities are inhabited by teenagers. So this already confuses the uninitiated and "new" who might want to play this Total War title before the others who are now unwilling to try the others.
The game performs poorly, optimization is all over the place. You can run this game on ultra and it will run smoothly, but put it on medium with the overpriced Blood and Gore pack on and the FPS will drop like Skrillex's bass. Performance varies heavily between different GPUs so this doesn't help the consumer choose the right GPU to play this game with.
However, the map design is really well done and I must admit that the ability to wait a few days for the weather to improve is nice, even though it is eventually redundant because you always end up with "Dry" climate because that doesn't work against you or the enemy. The opening cinematic is also decently animated but doesn't have the same feel as Napoleon or Empire's openings.
Play Shogun II, Empire, Rome I or Medieval II instead and ignore this game's existence like the real fans had to before they got punished even further by Creative Assembly's nonsensical bombardment of stupid DLC like Blood and Gore and the ability to have pirates in the game, both of those are free or already in the game.
2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back.seacarrot | Aug. 23, 2014 | See all seacarrot's reviews »
Obvious comparison is with the beloved Rome Total War, of which this is a upgrade in all the essentials, graphically a leap and on par with Shogun 2, UI is clean and usable, day one bugs and glitches aside. It does however take a slightly different direction in gameplay, no longer a choice between 3 of the Roman families, its already a unified Rome. Lacking complexity in family and the Senate, it leads to a rather dry campaign experience. Coupled with lazy AI and some downright bizarre battle behavior, it leaves a bittersweet/what could have been taste in the mouth. Worth the go for a fan of the series to make your own judgement, but for a first timer to the series I'd recommend Shogun 2 instead.
Good and the badJoe39 | July 30, 2014 | See all Joe39's reviews »
Lets be honest - i enjoy playing this game, i have enjoyed all of the Total War series - However there are many things that Rome 2 brings that both improve gameplay and still plague it.
Number 1 "BAD" - Unit Collision, I am sick of this cluster♥♥♥♥ situation since empire total war where units on the battle field cant ♥♥♥♥ing hack at each other one on another, this is a TOTAL WAR GAME - Not a ♥♥♥♥ing dance fest.
Number 2 - "GOOD" - After 10 patches they finally may have fixed the dumb A.I - Perhaps the water supply in CA's department in this has finally been filtered, i can finally play Rome 2 "in rome" without the men getting caught on their ladders and going around in circles.
In short, if you delayed playing this game until now then i would buy it if it was on special, plus the MOD's for this game aren't too bad, just don't buy the DLC unless your ready for a whoring feast of same ♥♥♥♥, different outfit.
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.