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  • Summary: "Alea Jacta Est" takes you from the first titanic clashes in the 1st century BC to the chaos following the assassination of Commodus in 193 AD in the first PC game to focus on the Roman Civil Wars. Five scenarios will challenge even the most ambitious and savvy desktop commander.
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  1. Nov 6, 2012
    80
    If you like, or have played, a game like this in the past, you'll love AJE. If you haven't, just prepare yourself for a lot of study.
  2. Oct 25, 2012
    80
    Alea Jacta Est is by far and wide the most complex and historically minded Roman strategy game, or indeed strategy game in general. It's tough to get into, and not in the least bit welcoming to players unfamiliar with AGEOD's titles. With a lot of investment, it becomes a compelling experience that will devour your time.
  3. Oct 11, 2012
    75
    Those who still crave for more of the same gameplay from AGEod, will enjoy this interactive panorama of the Roman Empire.
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  1. Oct 28, 2013
    10
    As an old war gamer I am really enjoying playing this game. The strategic thinking required to defeat the able AI keeps me engaged for hours of fun. AGEOD's attention to authentic detail from the unit names, to the portraits, to the beautiful map creates a truly immersive experience. One of the key features I love in AGEOD's games are the detailed leader attributes. Use your leaders for the right missions with the right troops and your chances of success increase. The level of research that goes into the authentic recreation of the characters and the armies of the times is inspiring. The addition to AGEOD's games of the decision cards with their historical flavor and strategic depth really turn this game into more than just a war game. There are enough scenarios to make for many replays and the developers have already released some intriguing DLCs such as the Spartacus revolt and the Parthian Wars with more in the pipeline. To sum up: one of the best war games around from one of the few classy computer game makers left. Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2012
    9
    Alea Jackta Est (The Die is Cast) is the best Roman PC game by far. Rome:Total War is kid's stuff by comparison. It's a very deep and rich strategy experience, up there with the greats like the Civilization series. The game as it exists now consists of six scenarios (including one DLC) covering Roman wars from Marius vs. Sulla (87BC) to the rise of Septimius Severus (193 AD). Yes, unlike the vast majority of Roman games that have come before, this one is historically accurate. Players typically take the part of a Roman Imperator or one of Rome's enemies and fight it out on a beautifully rendered map of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Also, leaders like Caesar and Pompey are represented by very appealing 'bust' paintings on the units. Graphically maybe the game is not Skyrim, but as turn-based strategy games go it's better than most. Turns are monthly, and unlike Rome: Total War where the units move soooooo slow on the strategic map, the units in AJE have realistic movement rates. Most formations under your command will be able to move quite far each turn, making AJE very fast-paced for a turn-based game. There is a lot for the player to do on any given turn; issue orders to your legions, raise money, do infrastructure upgrades, engage in politics, recruit new troops, crucify rebellious slaves ;o). All this will at first seem daunting to new players, but tool tips abound and all the information you need is no more than one mouse click away. One of my favorite things about the game is that unlike the single game sandbox environments of the Total War series or Civilization, you are presented with a series of campaigns that span the rich and deep history of the Roman Empire. I've played three of the scenarios thus far and they've all been very different, each with their unique force/faction mixes and rule changes to reflect the conditions prevailing at the time. Also, AEGOD plans to release more DLC's of campaigns covering the latter days of the empire; an historical era which has been largely ignored in gaming in favor of the Caesar/Triumvirate First Century BC period (though of course AJE covers that period as well). On the down side, AJE is not the most noob friendly game I've ever seen, even for people who are not strangers to strategy games. The short tutorial teaches you movement and combat, but little else. Having said that, I strongly recommend purchasing the inexpensive Spartacus DLC, as the relatively small size and scope of that scenario is perfect for learning the game. Further, there is a message log generated each turn of military and political events, and in large scenarios it will generate a lot of activity. The down side to this is that it's possible to miss an important event amidst all the trivia, though the inclusion of message filters in the game ameliorates this somewhat. In any event these issues are relatively minor. I equate AJE with the Civilization series because both games are very deep, rich, and educational. AJE is like a history book that talks back to you. One of the subtler messages I'm kenning from the game is that Rome fell largely because of the never-ending series of succession/civil wars that sapped the strength of the empire. Anyway, if you are a Roman fan and would like something a bit more cerebral and realistic than Rome: Total War, Alea Jackta Est is for you. With six current campaigns and more promised by AGEOD, the game is likely to be on your hard drive for a very long time. Favorite gaming moments thus far: 1) I played cat and mouse with Spartacus for a while, and eventually cornered him in Napoli. After several close call breakout attempts, I overwhelmed the famous gladiator and took him prisoner. 2) Doing a blitzkrieg on King Mithridates with Sulla's crack legions. :o) Expand
  3. Apr 15, 2013
    0
    Again? We've seen this played out already in Rise of Prussia and Revolution Under Siege, bringing this buggy engine to the ancients is a disgrace to Roman tradition. If you like playing and AI that cheats to win and in unrealistic engagements, then this game is for you. I wish I had saved my money for the upcoming Rome 2 Total War rather than spend it on this simplistic and overly-generic game about Rome. The UI needs an overhaul as well, not to mention documentation on this game is lacking and the publisher refuses to support it any longer. Expand

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