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  • Summary: Rome: Total War is the next generation in epic strategy gaming from the critically acclaimed and award winning Total War brand. The aim of the game is to conquer, rule and manipulate the Roman Empire with the ultimate goal of being declared as the "Imperator" of Rome. Set in a time when theRome: Total War is the next generation in epic strategy gaming from the critically acclaimed and award winning Total War brand. The aim of the game is to conquer, rule and manipulate the Roman Empire with the ultimate goal of being declared as the "Imperator" of Rome. Set in a time when the mighty Roman Empire emerged to conquer the known world against powerful enemies; when gladiators fought to a bloody death in the Coliseum; when Spartacus defied the might of the empire; when Hannibal led his invincible army and his war elephants across the Alps to strike fear into the very heart of Rome itself; and when Julius Caesar finally smashed the Barbarian Gauls. This was a time of brutal confrontation between civilisation and barbarism, and of civil war as the ancient world's only superpower turned on itself. A completely new Total War engine uses innovative technology and groundbreaking design to bring the world of ancient Rome to life to deliver the biggest and most cinematic battles ever seen in a videogame. So the battles in Rome: Total War maintain the epic scale that fans of Total War are used to, but now use high-detailed 3D polygonal troops and allows huge cities to be displayed on the battlefields. The result is truly spectacular. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 58 out of 58
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  1. A sumptuously detailed and totally engrossing RTS title that can even hook those who normally aren't fans of RTS titles.
  2. Without a doubt one of the best strategy games I’ve played. Activision has successfully combined full RTS and turn based genres in one game while maintaining the balance between them, putting any serious strategy fan to the test.
  3. It's huge, thrilling, epic stuff. Give yourself unto Caesar. [PC Gamer UK]
  4. A constantly impressive element is the rousing speech your general hollers before a battle.
  5. games(TM)
    90
    The tactical battles are better than ever thanks to an improved engine and significantly smarter enemy AI. You can now take up to 400 units into battle, leading to some impressive large-scale scraps.
  6. In any real-time strategy game you'll fight desperate battles against hopeless odds, but here, thanks to the strategy side, you know the precise cost of loss will be. It's a magical, beautiful synergy and there's nothing quite like it in the entire gaming lexicon.
  7. Game Informer
    78
    As it stands, Rome: Total War is merely a good empire simulation with a minor real-time strategy diversion built in. [Nov 2004, p.165]

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 209
  1. Aug 13, 2014
    10
    A masterpiece. One of the greatest strategy games every created. The soundtrack? Spectacular. Graphics? Still detailed and awe inspiring toA masterpiece. One of the greatest strategy games every created. The soundtrack? Spectacular. Graphics? Still detailed and awe inspiring to this day. Gameplay? Nearly flawless. The replay-ability in this game will guarantee that you are occupied for many hours fighting battles and expanding your empire. This game got everything right, as it's one of the best in the entire Total War series (with maybe the exception of Shogun 2. That game was incredible). Please do yourself a favor, pick this game up and give it a try. You will not regret it. Expand
  2. PatrickT
    Oct 29, 2009
    10
    One of the greatest Strategy games of all time
  3. May 19, 2021
    10
    By far the best game in the series, arguably the best strategy game of all time. It perfects the feeling of emptiness as you exterminate cityBy far the best game in the series, arguably the best strategy game of all time. It perfects the feeling of emptiness as you exterminate city after city, and has the true sense of conquest a game since then hasn't perfected. With the hard edges on the map, you know you've reached the limits of Hellenic knowledge. It has an imbalance, sure, but that's what gives it charm. Seeing the Brutii dominate the east, Julii take the northwest Expand
  4. ThomasA.
    Mar 27, 2005
    10
    Rome total war is without a doubt the best PC game ever released. It has completely revived my faith in the PC genere. The graphics are top Rome total war is without a doubt the best PC game ever released. It has completely revived my faith in the PC genere. The graphics are top of the range with only Half life two to compare to it, but the real brilliance of this game is the Campaign map where the player is in complete control with no fixed objective and totaly immersed in uncountable options on how to run his Empire. Apart from this the realism is unbelieveable. Battles are fought in unique maps all over Europe reflecting the terrain in the Map overview. If you have a good PC there is no reason why not to get this game. Expand
  5. Oct 26, 2013
    10
    The best strategy game ever made; ingenious in every way. This game is streets ahead of it's sequel nearly a decade later. If you want a goodThe best strategy game ever made; ingenious in every way. This game is streets ahead of it's sequel nearly a decade later. If you want a good Rome-themed strategy; reinstall this or buy for a pittance as it's one of the most in-depth and engrossing titles produced in any genre. Expand
  6. Jul 21, 2020
    9
    There's something stranegly satisfying about watching dumbass enemies rushing into a phalanx and instantly dying.
  7. Feb 9, 2013
    0
    Bad, bad, bad. The AI is absolutely atrocious. Every fraction has the same basic units with only a few unique ones. A lot of bugs too. UnitsBad, bad, bad. The AI is absolutely atrocious. Every fraction has the same basic units with only a few unique ones. A lot of bugs too. Units refuse to use siege towers and get stuck at the bottom. Multiplayer is full of corner camping idiots. Graphics and animations were for the time awful. There is zero atmosphere. The first Medieval: Total War is way better, and it was released in 2002! Expand

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