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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: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  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 is one of the best grand strategy games on the market.
  3. Jul 4, 2019
    85
    Imperator: Rome brings together in a single game the best ideas of the two great works of Paradox: Europa Universalis IV and Crusader Kings II.
  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. Apr 25, 2019
    75
    A very Paradox game, in both a good and bad way. It has all the hallmarks of a good game, and I look forward to seeing continued development as time goes by.
  6. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Jun 26, 2019
    67
    I’d like to believe that in time, with a few DLCs, Imperator will become a worthy Antiquity simulator. Still, it’s a worrying sign that a brand new Paradox game has basically no original features at its launch. [Issue#238, p.66]
  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 An outdated, lacking or outright broken UI hampers the experience dramatically, despite a beautifully gorgeous new campaign map and an awesome and innovative new trade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: 21 out of 76
  2. Negative: 40 out of 76
  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 3, 2019
    9
    All the laughably negative reviews are not a review of this game, which is great, but of PDX DLC policies. Keep that in mind if you make theAll the laughably negative reviews are not a review of this game, which is great, but of PDX DLC policies. Keep that in mind if you make the mistake of reading any of the brainless red posts here, or even worse: on Steam. A horde of zombie fanatics is afoot, and it is best to hide in the basement until it passes.
    As for Imperator, it is the best PDX grand strategy game since CKII was released. A particular highlight is the combat, which is super engaging. Of course, you have to actually play the game first, which the Red Tards here have not done, regardless of what they claim. Surprisingly, the AI is borderline great. In my last game I am playing as the Etruscans, which is not easy with Rome to the south. But I caught them bogged down in a war against the Bithynians and invaded three times in 30 years to try and finish them off.
    After the second war I had conquered Latium, and I therefore assumed that the AI Rome was now done. The third attack I decided to do spread out from coast to coast, because how could he have rebuilt anything in just ten years. Obviously my 75 000 hillbillies would sweep aside any resistance! And up he shows with a 45 000 man army, and allied with the Syracusans who brought 35 000. And since I was spread out I got completely massacred. Clawing back to win this war took nearly 40 years of game time, and at the end one of Rome's vassals spent tons of gold on mercs behind me. And then there was a civil war, and before I could end it the Gauls invaded. And now I have a Gaul rebellion brewing, but needed a break.

    Lack of content, my ***! Spoiled, deranged people with lack of brains more like it.
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  3. Feb 21, 2020
    8
    Will be a very good game, for the moment it lacks a lot of things but i had fun in different campaigns. Not as polished as Eu4 and Ck2 butWill be a very good game, for the moment it lacks a lot of things but i had fun in different campaigns. Not as polished as Eu4 and Ck2 but still a very decent one. Expand
  4. Apr 25, 2019
    4
    Game is empty. When I play as Rome (tutorial) almost nothing happens. Sometime few not very interesting events (just agree/not agree).Game is empty. When I play as Rome (tutorial) almost nothing happens. Sometime few not very interesting events (just agree/not agree). Characters have no spirit. World has no life. Ok, I have skipped tutorial and I had started new game. The same, unfortunatelly. Expand
  5. Apr 27, 2019
    3
    Harsh score, because Paradox Interactive is PARADOX INTERACTIVE. They should not release game in this state and call it full version.Harsh score, because Paradox Interactive is PARADOX INTERACTIVE. They should not release game in this state and call it full version.
    Imperator Rome is more like demo version of full game. Its hard to find positives.
    There are few:
    + Ancient Era timeline
    To this time, Ancient Era was present only in various mods, rather as regular part of game (except EU:R)
    + Many and very variable mechanics
    Very wide spectre of mechanics (laws, ideas, religion, economy...)

    Negatives are worse:
    + Shallow
    Game have large variety of mechanics, but most of them are very shallow in present state (maybe in later updates and DLC it will be improved)
    + Waiting game
    If something is really frustrating and bothering, its waiting. Waiting. Waiting. You just sit, watching monitor, dont press any button, do not react on anything except few pop-ups and waiting to collecting finesses, diplomatic or military power etc.

    Summary: Paradox Interactive took numerous mechanics and systems of CK2, EU and Vic, did not improve them, mixed them in to Ancient Timeline and released it as "full" game. Score is very harsh, because Paradox Interactive is not some newcomers and because in various places, price of this game is really overshoot (game is worth about 20-30 euros, not about 30-50 euros). And because I love Ancient Rome, Roman Republic and Roman Empire, it was for me twice dissappointing.
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  6. Apr 28, 2019
    1
    As predicted and posted in the steam forums, (before they started deleting every negative thread)

    The game is a shell, a DLC platform,
    As predicted and posted in the steam forums, (before they started deleting every negative thread)

    The game is a shell, a DLC platform, which is the usual Paradox model used for games like Crusader Kings 2 and others.. Anyone who has CK2 can clearly see that they omitted content by design in order to add content later on with paid DLC's. I would not be surprised if they made at least $300.00 worth of DLCs over the course of the next couple years.

    The gameplay is shallow, empty and not very enjoyable after a few hours in game.

    Perhaps this will one day be a good game, but it will cost you to find out..
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  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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