5 Rome may have fallen; this game has certainly not!Plato67 | 13/04/2009 | See all Plato67's reviews (45)Top 100 Reviewer Top 100 Games Reviewer Top 100 Books Reviewer Having enormously enjoyed the original instalment, 'Rome: Total war', and being passionate about classical history as well as late Roman history, I felt rather compelled to get this expansion pack when I learnt that Creative Assembly had been planning to release yet another instalment to the series, and this time, a follow-up entirely dedicated to a historical period that had never seen a video game transition before: the fall of the Roman Empire.In terms of history, the game is pretty much accurate both in its depiction of the much speculated historical events that enshroud the collapse of one of the greatest military and political powers the world has ever known and in the information about each new faction and unit.Beginning with the Empire divided into two halves, the Western and the Eastern, with the first on the verge of falling apart both financially and politically and the latter boasting a quite consolidated influence upon its neighbouring states, you will have the chance to rewrite history and make a stand to prevent the Western Roman Empire from meeting its demise; however, owing to the paucity of economical resources and the scarceness of military units, it will be rather complex to achieve this one goal as you will not only have to repel multiple attacks from neighbouring barbarian hordes, a drain in terms of man power as well as finance, but you will also need to muster up your best strategic skills to draw up alliances and keep your blood-thirsty foes away from your territories. On the other hand, playing as one of the several barbarian factions will also be an interesting endeavour. Having the upper hand upon their Roman counterpart in this game, each barbarian faction offers a wide range of new units and features. Some factions, such as the Huns, do not have a starting territory and will enlarge their faction by conquering towns and outposts along their path, thus presenting the player with an innovation in comparison to the previous instalment of the game. Other factions such as the British tribes can easily buy out powerful mercenaries and increase both their cavalry and infantry, yet other factions can originally deploy morale-boosting druids and nearly unbeatable foot soldiers or even set out horse archers and have them form dreadful spinning circles from which they are capable of raining fire arrows upon their enemies.On the whole, this expansion pack is yet another gem that Creative Assembly has kindly presented to us history buffs, for it has provided us with the first video game based on the fall of the Roman Empire as well as a masterpiece in terms of real time strategy, and, at the same time, completed the Roman series with flying colours. However, as one reviewer before me very correctly pointed out, a minor drawback to this game might be the fact that the map is the same as the one in the core game. Provided the location of certain tribes, such as the Hunnish tribes and their westward expansion or the Saxons from Northern Europe, it would have been nice to see more of their original locations and interact with local mercenaries or even expand battles and take them to brand-new locations.As a customer who has been painstakingly playing this game, I will recommend it to all fellow history devotees. However, customers who are yet to buy either one of these games will be better off getting 'Rome: Total War Gold Edition' which comprises both the original game and this expansion at a bargain price.