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Rome: Total War - Gold Edition II

Released on 01 January 2009

Rating: 12+ (PEGI)

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Rome - Total War:
Storm Clouds gather over Europe, Asia and North Africa as mighty armies march forward in Rome: Total War. Command the greatest forces of the ancient world, including Roman Legions, Carthage and Gaul; lay to civilisations using powerful war engines; and decimate your enemies using special units like ferocious war dogs, armoured elephants or Scythed chariots. In Rome: Total War, the most epic, cinematic real-time 3D battles ever seen in a game come to life with awe-inspiring graphics. Vast armies are led by brilliant generals such as Hannibal, leader of the Carthaginians and Julius Caesar, Rome's greatest general and leader. The mightiest armies and the most brilliant commanders of ancient times clash in an epic war game only Rome: Total War can create.

Rome - Total War: Alexander An all new campaign map extends the Rome: Total War experience further Eastward than ever before, taking you into Macedonia and the Persian Empire. A host of new content includes four new factions and 60 all new units such as Alexander's Phalangists. Six new historical battles offer you the chance to experience Alexander's key clashes and a redesigned campaign game forces you to press ever onward or risk failing to match Alexander's ferocious pace of conquest. For the committed Rome: Total War fan, Alexander sets further challenges and a new gameplay experience that adds to the legendary reputation of the Rome: Total War series.
  • Easily manage vast cities and gigantic battles with the aid of advisors, auto managing tools and pick-up-and-play controls.
  • Forge an empire on the revolutionary 3D campaign map with an intuitive display of your cities and armies.
  • Command unique units, from Carthaginian elephants and Scythed war chariots to Roma war Dogs, using intuitive controls.
  • Experience battles as never before with 3 new factions including Alexanders Macedonians, the Persians of King Darius and the mighty Indians.
  • Expand your Empire with a campaign map which stretches further East than ever before.
  • Command 60 new units including Alexander's phalangists, hypaspists and the companion cavalry, all fully playable in custom and multiplayer battles

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 Alexander or the Barbarians?

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The Total War ancient world franchise, better known as 'Rome: Total War', consists of three instalments: the initial 'Rome: Total War' and its two expansion packs. Having reviewed all three of them singularly, I am now writing yet another review to help customers choose between the two Gold Editions - with the first one comprising 'Rome: Total War', and its first expansion pack 'Barbarian Invasion', and the second (and object of this scrutiny) consisting of 'Rome. Total War' and its chapter entirely centred on Alexander the Great.

Keeping in mind that both Gold Editions have the original 'Rome: Total War' in common, choosing either one of them may depend primarily on the historical period of preference ( in my case, I would have to recommend 'Barbarian Invasion'); however, in terms of game play and strategy, picking the second combination out might be a sound idea for many reasons.

Although it revolves around the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, the Barbarian Invasion expansion offers pretty much the same options as the main game in terms of game play and strategy. Just to cite the preeminent ones, the map is the same as the one in 'Rome: Total War', and the factions, although entirely different, are structured in much the same way. In terms of campaign, in both 'Rome: Total War' and 'Barbarian Invasion', you will have to conquer and hold a given number of regions in order to meet the victory conditions. Both military units and building units in the two games follow identical criteria, and diplomacy also plays a decisive role in both of them. On the other hand, in the Alexander expansion, the presence of a brand-new map that stretches eastwards all the way to India - abandoning therefore the typical territories of Roman and Celtic Europe to embrace the sweltering regions of Middle East - gives the expansion pack that flair of originality that makes it leap out in terms of the opportunity to control new regions and hire different mercenary units, widening the scope of the game significantly. With the game set on the eve of the Persian war, you will lead the encroaching Macedonian army into Persian territory, having also the chance to consolidate Alexander's grandeur by subjugating nearby barbarian factions. Despite controlling Alexander's faction only, the game still stands out from its previous companions under two standpoints. First, being solely limited to Alexander's military campaign and his victory over the Persian empire, there is no such thing as diplomacy, which would surely make no sense whatsoever in terms of the game's philosophy. Second, there are no difficulty levels on Alexander, but the game is quite challenging, for you will not only have to meet the typical victory requirements, but you will also need to complete the game within Alexander's life span, having as a result a chance to test your strategic ability to organise and optimise the game resources.

In conclusion, my advice to all customers - as well as fellow history buffs- is to get each of the three games of the series anyway, for each is a gem that truly presents a chance to interact with the most significant periods of the ancient world. Having clarified this one point, my only complaint about both Gold Edition packages is the marketing decision of combining the two expansion packs with the main game only instead of providing an ultimate edition with both expansions in one disc. Notwithstanding such inexplicable marketing strategy, however, I will give this edition 5 stars, for it deserves each of them, and even more.

 Great

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this is quite possibly the greatest PC if not greatest game full stop ever made!
ive completed it numerous times and still come back for more, since each time you play something different happens!
it may not be as accessible as the Age of Empires series but stick with it and you will be rewarded!!!!!

 Still one of the best

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Rome Total War Gold Edition for the mere price of £9.99 deserves a place at the side of every gamers PC. Arguably better even then its sequel Medieval 2 Total War, this game has ancient battle strategies and melee down to a tee.

It was the revolutionary next step from the Shogun style engine, however obvious similarities between the engines are evident. With similar effecient, easy to use controls and a near perfect interface and the graphics to match, this edition of RTW should not be overlooked.

If your into strategy games then this is the game for you, it can be used for a mess around creating your own battles and scenarios as you schoose, or for the more serious players it can be taken online and skills can be tested against other players. So as I have explained it matches many interests and people can make what they want of it.

The online capabilities are another strong point, being able to play with up to 8 players with thousands of troops clashing at any one time. This game is becoming dated, but it still does not cease to amaze me. If you have never played this game before and you want a new game to try, you will not be let down.

This game is so good that I have failed to find any valid criticism, and that, my friends, is unlike me.

This is a must buy, and I rarely ever say that, possibly the best game I have played to date.

 I saw, I bought, I conquered

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This is by far one of my favourite games on the PC. It provides a stunning mix of action and strategy that is second to none. Thinking about who you want to fight next is not merely enough.

There is fun in every aspect of this game from developing and running settlements to light skirmishes of raiders to full blown battles for new lands.

This is a turn based strategy that is easy to pick up, hard to master and impossible to put down.

Fully recommended.

 this is well wow

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this is one of the best games i have ever played and im not even that keen on stratagy games the i think thay couled have put a bit more in the expantion but for £9.99 it is defonotly worth it

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Rating12+ (PEGI)
Minimum RequirementsMicrosoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
Pentium III 1.0GHz (1000MHz) or Athlon 1.0GHz (1000MHz) processor or higher
256MB RAM
DVD-ROM drive and latest drivers
2.9GB of uncompressed free hard disk space (plus 500MB for Windows swap file)
100% DirectX 9.0c-compatible 16-bit sound card and latest drivers
100% Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP-compatible mouse, keyboard and latest drivers
DirectX 9.0c (included)
1024x768 Monitor Resolution
3D hardware Accelerator Card Required - 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 64MB Hardware Accelerated video card and the latest drivers*.
Important Note: *Some 3D accelerator cards with the chipsets listed here may not be compatible with the 3D acceleration features utilised by Rome: Total War. Please refer to your hardware manufacturer for 100% DirectX 9.0c compatibility.
Multiplayer Requirements:
Internet (TCP/IP) and LAN (TCP/IP) play supported.
Internet play requires broadband connection and latest drivers.
LAN play requires network interface card and latest drivers
ATI® Radeon 8500 / 9000 / 9500 / 9600 / 9700 / 9800 and all Nvidia GeForce 3 and higher