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Rome: Total War

Released on 01 October 2004

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Rome: Total War is the multi award winning, massively anticipated, next generation of the Total War series which is set to redefine the real time strategy (RTS) genre in 2004. Four years in the making, Rome: Total War features revolutionary technology that brings epic, cinematic battles to the PC with graphics and gameplay beyond anything which has ever been seen. Players will be carried into the midst of ancient history's most intense conflicts as they lead mighty armies of more than 5,000 fully 3D, motion captured warriors on stunning 3D battlefields stretching to the horizon. They can play as legendary generals including Julius Caesar and Hannibal, or they can pit their wits against them as they use the art of Total War to conquer their enemies.
  • Epic Cinematic Battles - Revolutionary new technology allows for battles between colossal armies of over 10,000 superbly detailed warriors in one battle, all in 3D.
  • Command Massive Armies - A dozen playable nations each with unique units including Roman Legions, Greek phalanxes, Barbarian hordes, Egyptian Chariots and Carthaginian War Elephants.
  • Build an Empire - Construct vast cities, train mighty armies, outwit your enemies with diplomacy and subterfuge and plan your conquests on the all-new 3d campaign map. Then when armies clash zoom down to the action of the real time battles. Smart advisors and one click automanagement lets every gamer play how they want, from controlling every detail to pure battle action.
  • Storm the Walls - Assault huge cities and monumental fortresses with devastating war machines. Walls collapse and men scatter under fire from catapults, battering rams and war elephants smash gates and siege towers and ladders take the fight to the battlements while the defenders rain down death from above with arrows from the walls, towers and boiling oil above the gates.
  • Multi-Player - Take the war online against gamers across the world with eight player LAN and internet support, including new playable historical battles.

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 Average rating (25 reviews)

 A gem for gamers and history buffs!

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When back in 2004 Activision announced the release of the first Classical Age follow-up to the Total War series, I hastened to get my own copy of the game, being passionate about Roman history and having at last found a video-game that was entirely centred on such historical period. I eagerly paid the game full price and I have devotedly been playing it to this very day, regardless of later releases, such as 'Medieval II: Total War' and the most recent 'Empire: Total War', which I have enormously enjoyed playing but which have never stopped me from playing 'Rome: Total War'.

Virtually the link between classical history and real time strategy video gaming, 'Rome: Total War' offers the chance to relive and, to a certain extent, rewrite the history of the Roman empire, either by subjugating its foes scattered throughout the then known world or by turning against the Senate and the people of Rome from the very beginning of the game, thus shaping a personal vision of what the Western Roman Empire may have been.
In 'Rome Total: War', gamers can control one of the three foremost Roman families in their quest to establish the "Romanitas" ( a Latin term which denotes the Roman culture) upon the rest of the known world. Whether playing as the senate-championed Julii dynasty or moving your troops from the sweltering regions of Southern Italy, home to the Brutii, or even preparing your invasion on the Italic peninsula from the scorching deserts of North Africa, where the headquarters of the Scipii are, you will first have to annihilate every enemy of the Empire, which range from the Gauls of Central Europe and the Carthaginians of North Africa to the Thracians of Anatolia and the Celts of Northern Europe, relying on the support of the other two factions, and then, once the entire world has been united under the watchful eye of the Roman eagle, you will want to clash with the other two rivals to prove that your dynasty is the only one that deserves to hold the reins of Empire.

In terms of game play, the developing team truly warrants kudos for having created such an outstanding product that stretches far beyond the concept of video gaming. After choosing the faction of preference, gamers will be aided by an all-embracing tutorial system that will provide them with comprehensive tips on pretty much each aspect of the game. On the battlefield, it is possible to devise strategies that will allow players to triumph against their foe, even when the odds are staked high against them. In the management of captured provinces, the tutorial system will provide useful tips on how to run a city effectively, suggesting which buildings should be constructed in order to keep the city working at full efficiency and prevent its inhabitants from revolting. In addition to that, the game boasts an exhaustive and historically correct explanation for each unit, whether it is a building or a military unit, which will surely appeal to fellow history devotees, but will also win over gamers who wish to learn more about this period of time. Then again, who said that history cannot be fun?

My recommendation to fellow gamers and history buffs is to purchase this game as soon as possible. After all, how often can one find a gem priced at just a little more than a fiver?

 Cheap and very addictive game!!

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I bought this game a month ago( waiting for imperia:total war), and as expected, this game was brilliant!! Started with the house of Julii, and had a lot of fun making my conquests. Even tough I didnt made the primary gold( rule Rome) cause I have no idea how to.
Total War has the best strategy games out there.

 Real strategy and depth combined in an awesome game

| | See all hominid's reviews (1)

Warning - this game can steal your life.

The depth of the game lets you play as a large range of nations with their own types of units, strengths and weaknesses, as well as different strategic situations to overcome. Then you add how you develop your economy and forces. Then you add how you pick your enemies and fight your wars. You finish this all off with the tactical battlefield game where you take command of individual units.

 O.K. but not much to do

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It was good to start of with, but after a while the campains got boring. In the costom battles there is alot to choose from and there a alot of historical battles but I alwas lose them

 not my cup of tea

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I know everyone else has put a good review and 5 stars but im a big fan of strategy games (both rts and tunr-based strategy) but i found this game rather average. im not saying its a bad game, the graphics are pretty decent, but i do believe there are better games out there such as dawn of war.

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Minimum RequirementsPentium III 1Ghz or Athlon 1Ghz processor or higher
Microsoft Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
256MB Ram
100% DirectX 9.0b Compatible 64MB Hardware Accelerated video card