Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. The best and only simulation about ancient Rome just got even better. A must for any history buff. [Jan 2009]
  2. For an add-on of only 9MB, Vae Victis added many things to a game already complex, with a learning curve that’s quite steep and not accessible to everyone. But those who will discover its secrets will be rewarded with a realistic and historical experience that will keep them glued to the computer for many hours on end.
  3. With a lot of previous mistakes corrected by the mini-expansion, Europa Universalis: Rome got its second wind. Vae Victis is worth a look even for those grand strategy fans who dismissed the original game.
  4. As far as an expansion goes, it has to be said, that this felt a little light weight.
  5. 75
    The addition of a more meaningful political element better helps to recreate the vagaries and intrigues that nations must endure on their long march towards either fame or oblivion.
  6. Interestingly, the senatorial concept has also been expanded to the barbarian tribes and other nations allowing you to more effectively subvert them to your cause. Assuming you're willing to get your hands dirty and do some assassination and smear campaigning, then you can sow seeds of malcontent far better than before.
  7. Not a mandatory purchase for EU Rome fans, but a reasonably priced expansion. [Issue#16, p.64]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jul 28, 2012
    This game makes The EU:Rome slightly better but it's still a joke in comparison to other games by Paradox. I can't say I like it when I play as the Roman Republic: I should be running a family there, trying to climb in the state's society, getting new offices, fighting other clans and trying to improve my standing, pretty much like in CK2. It would be much better than running the whole country with almost no regard for the characters. Full Review »
  2. Nov 24, 2011
    Nice Strategy game! For the greatest humans!
  3. Mar 12, 2011
    Awesome grand strategy game of the ancient Roman era. Vae Victis adds the Senate which makes it very interesting. The Senate will give you missions to complete for added bonuses, similar to Total War: Rome in that regard. It's not an easy game either, you will feel challenged as there are internal issues and conflicts, as well as hordes of enemies abroad. You'll enjoy many hours and sleepless nights with this one. Full Review »