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  • Summary: Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion commences just after the last Emperor of a unified Rome has died. His successors in Rome and Constantinople are now uneasy allies and rivals for power. The ‘barbarians' are massing along the borders, and in some cases are living inside what used to be Roman territory. Two hundred years have now passed since the main campaign in Rome: Total War. Players can now control vast armies and over 100 new units as they battle across an updated European map that now reflects the historical changes since Rome: Total War. Tear Rome apart by leading hordes of barbarians or stand and defend the Empire as a leader of one of the two former Romes, the Western and Eastern Empires. [Sega] Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Despite the short list of new features, Barbarian Invasion complements Rome: Total War perfectly. [Nov 2005]
  2. If you loved Total War get ready for another rendezvous.
  3. I am really looking forward to seeing what the developers of this game have to offer in their next game.
  4. For those of us who crave battles with thousands of bloodthirsty warriors on each side, the Total War series is still your best bet for total carnage.
  5. As magnificent an example of the add-on pack as Rome is, it doesn't redefine the game completely in order to make it an absolute essential buy for anyone who was interested in the mother-game. It's an imaginative more-of-the-same, but still – at its core – a more of the same.
  6. 80
    Barbarian Invasion isn't a must-have, but it definitely doesn't disappoint. It may not reinvent the original game, but it's certainly worth picking up for any Rome: Total War fan looking for some satisfying new challenges.
  7. A poor expansion, with not much in the way of expanding on the previous. In fact it's possibly made the game a damn sight less playable, although hopefully my love for Total War will return with time.

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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
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  1. Jan 1, 2014
    Equally exciting and challenging as the original Rome Total War, Barbarian Invasion brings you to another stage of history: the downfall of the great Roman Empire, which is, to me, as interesting as the rise of Rome portrayed in the Vanilla. Still the same world and map you'll be fighting in, but there are totally new factions that never appeared in Rome: Total War, and along with them, of course, are new threats. Really tough, and also extremely breathtaking. Expand
  2. Apr 25, 2013
    A very nice addition to Rome. New factions are pretty well balanced and enjoyable to play (especially East Rome and some barbarian factions, like Francs), new units are interesting and some minor gameplay elements were improved (for example mercenaries finally being more expensive than regular troops).

    The most disappointing thing probably are barbarian hordes themselves, which are pretty weak and suffers from poor A.I., but at the same time make barbarian factions ridiculously hard to eliminate often they just relocate after you massacre then for fourth fifth time, spawning new armies every time they loose their last city. Other then that it's very enjoyable experience, especially if you enjoy the setting and really look forward to rebuilding the power of Roman Empire, or being the one to it deal the final blow.
  3. Sep 3, 2012
    It's okay, but when you take an enemies final city and utterly destroy all of their population, they will still spawn a massive roaming army that can easily take just about any city. It makes destroying civilizations much more difficult and ruins the gameplay. Expand
  4. Aug 1, 2012
    I was rather disappointed with this expansion. Provinces have been redrawn so that they are now much bigger, but still only have one main city each--which means that the action is far more spaced out than before, and hence less exciting. I tried playing through the campaign but after a couple hours found that most of my neighbors were too powerful or far away to fight, and the barbarian hordes which give the game its name were mindlessly wandering far to the north. Given some of the changes (such as national religions), this could have been a good expansion, but its let down by the lousy AI and lack of action. Expand

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