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  • Summary: Imperator: Rome is the newest grand strategy title from Paradox Development Studio. Set in the tumultuous centuries from Alexander’s Successor Empires in the East to the foundation of the Roman Empire.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Apr 25, 2019
    95
    A good game with a lot of depth & just what one would expect from Paradox. Play it through once or twice just for fun, then grab one of the strategy guides that will be popping up to more fully appreciate the mechanics.
  2. Apr 25, 2019
    90
    Imperator: Rome feels like it's yet another step in Paradox's attempts to make the perfect grand strategy game. It pulls bits from Paradox's storied past in the genre and adopts it for the ancient era. Because of this, it doesn't feel like past releases where the game does one thing fantastically and falters in the rest of the mechanics but instead refines past mechanics into a marble bust of megalomaniacal fun. Ave Imperator: Rome!
  3. Apr 25, 2019
    90
    Imperator: Rome is one of the best grand strategy games on the market.
  4. Apr 25, 2019
    80
    As Imperator grows in scale from its Clausewitz cousins, so too it grows in depth and ultimately in unwieldiness. But there's a grand strategy with aeons of play in it for you.
  5. May 20, 2019
    75
    Imperator: Rome has some rough edges and it's not quite up to par with the excellent games Paradox usually churns out, but at the same time, it is still a challenging and rewarding experience that's bound to keep you engaged for long stretches.
  6. Apr 29, 2019
    70
    The learning curve is high and the interface a bit confusing, but in the end Imperator: Rome is a good game for all grand strategy fans.
  7. Apr 25, 2019
    50
    Imperator: Rome is a massive game, yet one that falls markedly short in comparison to what we've gotten used to with other Paradox titles like Crusader Kings 2 or Europa Universalis 4. An outdated, lacking or outright broken UI hampers the experience dramatically, despite a beautifully gorgeous new campaign map and an awesome and innovative new trade system. Imperator tries to be a bit of both; a family and state-oriented game, but in its pursuit of this goal, it sadly becomes neither.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 57
  2. Negative: 36 out of 57
  1. Apr 26, 2019
    10
    I think its a nice paradox entry in the antiquity period. People complain that it has not as many features as CK2 and EU4 forgetting thoseI think its a nice paradox entry in the antiquity period. People complain that it has not as many features as CK2 and EU4 forgetting those games had years of updates and more than dozens of expansions. I am really looking forward to seeing how this title will grow as paradox expands it Expand
  2. May 2, 2019
    8
    Summary: Compared to other Paradox Grand Strategy games (CK2, EU4, HOI4) Imperator Rome falls short. It lacks the complexity and depth foundSummary: Compared to other Paradox Grand Strategy games (CK2, EU4, HOI4) Imperator Rome falls short. It lacks the complexity and depth found in these other titles and seems to be an EU4 clone without a lot of the strategic depth. That being said even a weak Paradox entry is still a good (even great) game. There are no other games in the market that provide this kind of experience and when you stack up Imperator Rome against every other strategy title on the market it holds its own. If you want a strategy game set in antiquity this is the best one by a large margin. While it may be lacking some details and features found in other Paradox titles I am glad it is out now- and won't be the next start citizen of M&B 2 where it never actually releases.

    Pros:
    -Battles give you more control
    -Lots of units compared to EU4
    -More war complexity
    -Government system is deep enough
    -Civil wars and other events are fun
    -Certain quality of life tools really make things more enjoyable
    -Captures the feeling of this time period
    -Is historically authentic
    -It's fun to play

    Cons
    -All the nations kinda play the same. Only 3 government types, all the choices are the same, all the units are the same.
    -The MANA thing is bland and boring and takes away depth
    -The trade system is lacking badly. Based more on resources than money- it's really hard to understand
    -The Mercenary system is strange and allows snowballing too easily
    -The interface is terrible
    -SEVERELY lacking diplomatic options.
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  3. Apr 26, 2019
    6
    After playing a total of over 1000 hours of different Paradox games (I know that isn't even that much), but this is the first time I actuallyAfter playing a total of over 1000 hours of different Paradox games (I know that isn't even that much), but this is the first time I actually got disappointed. I didn't even have high expectations for the game, unlike Stellaris (which gets boring fast too).

    The game is simply bland and boring. Every faction is similar in the end, with only small differences that in the long run don't really matter. The UI is terrible in my opinion, the different icons they have for different tabs are made just too complex, instead of something simple like in EU4. The ledger and the music player are missing too, but will most likely be added in a later date.

    I got bored of the game in only 4 hours, tried different countries during that. And as a final try I tried playing as Rome. That playthrough ended after I conquered Etruria, as I got bored. The peacetime gameplay is even more boring compared to EU4 as an example. It's a waiting game.

    The combat is fun, until you start steamrolling everything, which will happen so fast as you don't really have to worry about aggressive expansion or coring in this one. Especially when the AI is broken. I migrated to India as Dania as a joke, I was able to grow in peace for 20 years until they attacked me. But they didn't. They didn't throw a single unit at me, so I was able to win the war without doing anything. Had I waited for more, I probably could have taken land, but I just got hundreds of ducats or whatever the currency is in the game. After that war I ended that playthrough.

    I wouldn't recommend getting the game at this point. The game will get better in a year or two, when it gets free updates and DLCs. I personally don't mind Paradox DLC policy, as long as I get my money's worth of the game, like I've with EU4 and CK2.
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  4. May 2, 2019
    4
    Not ready, feels like the shell of a good game that needs lots more content. Too much RPG type elements and character decisions for my taste.Not ready, feels like the shell of a good game that needs lots more content. Too much RPG type elements and character decisions for my taste. Generic unit types. Has potential. Will be good in time, but not yet. Expand
  5. Apr 27, 2019
    2
    This follows the route of Hearts of Iron 4; taking the fantastic and complex Hearts of Iron 3 and strips everything from it, leaving anThis follows the route of Hearts of Iron 4; taking the fantastic and complex Hearts of Iron 3 and strips everything from it, leaving an incredibly shallow and bland version of Crusader Kings 2 and Europa Universalis 4 with Roman names. Don't even bother trying other nations or cultures, they all play exactly like Rome, with the same units, research options, Government, and gameplay, in and out of combat. Expand
  6. Apr 27, 2019
    1
    the game is snapped, it is unplayable. At any speed you set it goes to slow down. The depth of the game is non-existent, the fighting isthe game is snapped, it is unplayable. At any speed you set it goes to slow down. The depth of the game is non-existent, the fighting is monotonous. There are no traditions, Rome has the same military tradition as Syracuse?! No special unit of course. The trading system is absent. This game is at least 20 steps behind the previous. Expand
  7. May 18, 2019
    0
    Boring game ,on the late stage of game all countries have huge amount of many and manpower.

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