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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: 19 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  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 29, 2019
    80
    What Imperator: Rome does, it does impeccably well. Like Paradox games have been doing for years now, it will devour hours and whole days of your life, and you will give them willingly. But you will have to work for it, learn it like a foreign language. But it is worth it, and the more time you put into learning it, the more you will come to appreciate it. Even Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  5. Apr 25, 2019
    78
    Everything seems rock solid, but those who had hoped for a new impetus will be disappointed. Veterans will find their way around quickly, but newcomers will continue to struggle because many rules are under-stated.
  6. May 24, 2019
    70
    There’s great potential in Imperator, but the game is hamstrung by a lack of content, historical inaccuracies and surprisingly tame peace mechanics.
  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 An outdated, lacking or outright broken UI hampers the experience dramatically, despite a beautifully gorgeous new campaign map and an awesome and innovative new trade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: 9 out of 51
  2. Negative: 34 out of 51
  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 26, 2019
    9
    I think the game isn't as bad as many people say. It isn't always accurate, it is made very easy and so on. And to be honest: Even on hardestI think the game isn't as bad as many people say. It isn't always accurate, it is made very easy and so on. And to be honest: Even on hardest difficulty it's way too easy. But I enjoy playing it, so a 9/10 is my rating. Expand
  3. May 18, 2019
    6
    UI looks great but works like crap and most of this game crashes are because of this crapy UI

    PS: What is wrong with Para(DLC)box that they
    UI looks great but works like crap and most of this game crashes are because of this crapy UI

    PS: What is wrong with Para(DLC)box that they banned everybody on steam forums who dare to say anything negative about this poor game. When did communism censorship moved in Sweden !?
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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 14, 2019
    0
    I've played more than 140 hours as Rome, but this game is not readied yet, as most of Paradox's product used to be.

    Pops are just annoying
    I've played more than 140 hours as Rome, but this game is not readied yet, as most of Paradox's product used to be.

    Pops are just annoying system, and they didn't learn from their failure at Stellaris. You need mana to managing pops, but in the end, Rome and Latium will have more than 1000 pops, and you need to manage or control them one by one. It's just a nonsense.

    AI's are cheating. On what earth a nation cedes their land to their Revolts when the nation attacked by others? If you open another war to the revolts? Then the revolts exchange their land with its enemy, so that you cannot simply occupy lands at once.

    If you are expecting Europa Universalis 4 or Crusader Kings 2, remember that it took more than few years and DLCs with 300+ USD.
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