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  • Summary: In CivCity: Rome, gamers will recreate the glory of Rome by building a small settlement into a mighty imperial city. Featuring hundreds of buildings including gladiatorial schools, amphitheatres, the circus maximus, legionnaire forts, weapons workshops and much more, CivCity: Rome offers the most detailed look at Roman life ever depicted on a computer screen. [2K Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 46
  2. Negative: 2 out of 46
  1. 82
    The interaction between the buildings could definitely be a little more complicated but the challenges of fitting everything together is more than sufficient to keep you coming back for more.
  2. 80
    Civ City: Rome doesn’t do much to meaningfully innovate, but it does successfully take the more important design elements of past games and incorporates them into a challenging, great looking, and great playing package.
  3. It’s not too far into the micromanagement side of city construction to make it too difficult to get into and play the game and difficult enough to make the game last.
  4. Overall CivCity feels unbalanced and rather short for a game of this genre.
  5. Sadly, its similarity to earlier titles and it's somewhat mechanical game play, this one gets a Fans Only for fans of city sims and fans of all things ancient or ancient Roman.
  6. While it's not nearly as deep as you'd expect for a game with the Firaxis seal of approval on it in terms of features or gameplay, CivCity Rome manages to provide a significant level of entertainment, despite its obvious and glaring faults.
  7. What is surprising is the lack of creativity, integrity, or even quality regarding practically every aspect of the game. The only saving grace is the authenticity of Rome.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. JoseC.
    Aug 26, 2006
    8
    good game, recreate the glory of rome in first person.
  2. CalvinM.
    May 6, 2007
    8
    I love the idea of being able to build Rome.Graphics are great but could use some improvement even on the ulra setting.game is kinda limited, it neeeds an expansion already for more maps and campains. Expand
  3. JayP.
    Oct 27, 2007
    7
    Nice game , lots of stuff to research and build , interesting game play for managing your city , some flaws , troops legions dont square off right , and hard to control battles , some city planning problems as well , like moving homes , and the storage depo's dont have enough control to them , need more setup with them ( they are one of the most important structures , along with grainary ) , also tree's get in the way of build , you can build a huge temple , but cant cut down a tree to place it there , lol .. All and all good time waster , lol ,one more thing map dont zoom enough out , even in unlock mode for camera ....so 7 rating. Expand
  4. DevinFore
    Jun 1, 2008
    6
    Its a good game, but the people are a little small and i find myself straining my eyes even in full zoom to get a clear picture of just one of the people. Its fun for the first hour or 2 but then it just gets boring. the only fun part is when the enemys come to ur city Expand
  5. KalmanK.
    Sep 26, 2007
    4
    I am truly sorry for this game. I loved Firefly's Stronghold, but lately, they have no luck with 3d engines. This game is plain ugly, so if you are looking for a citybuilder with an atmosphere, look someplace else. Also, the game was prone to totally freeze up, forcing me to push the reset button (I dont know the last time when a game did this to my machine but it was loooong ago) And the 3-4 min loading time BEFORE the main menu? It is a joke right? For the economy sim part, I cant say good or bad neither. Simply could not play long enough to appriceate it. After the fifth city (and third freeze) I uninstalled the game. A very bad place to put 40 bucks, all I say. Expand
  6. Dec 27, 2010
    2
    This game reminds me of Caesar III but with slightly better graphics, that do not make up for the lack of game-play. Let me say that Caesar III was more fun for game-play. This game was worth the 99cents i paid and I am glad i did not pay anymore. Expand