• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Feb 17, 2015
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  • Summary: Set against backdrop of starvation, disease and war, a new power is rising in the East. With a million horsemen supporting him, the ultimate warrior king approaches, and he's got Rome in his sites. Total War: ATTILA thrusts players back to 395 AD world. A time of apocalyptic turmoil at theSet against backdrop of starvation, disease and war, a new power is rising in the East. With a million horsemen supporting him, the ultimate warrior king approaches, and he's got Rome in his sites. Total War: ATTILA thrusts players back to 395 AD world. A time of apocalyptic turmoil at the very dawn of the Dark Ages. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 66
  2. Negative: 0 out of 66
  1. Feb 12, 2015
    93
    Dynamic flames during battles is one of the major improvements of Total War Attila. The negative point is the need for very powerful hardware to enjoy it. The Creative Assembly has created the best strategy game of the year, again.
  2. May 21, 2015
    88
    For the uninitiated, Total War: Attila does a good enough job introducing a very detailed world and mechanics.
  3. Total War: Attila clearly goes beyond the usual add-on, but it hardly can be considered as sequel. Despite the serious work on the bugs and several significant innovations it is almost the same Rome II. This is what Rome II should have been from the very beginning – with hard, dynamic and diverse gameplay which is equally alluring both to green neophytes and hardened professionals. [Issue #195, p.58]
  4. Feb 12, 2015
    80
    By combining an improved UI with deeper strategic gameplay, Total War: Attila increments on Creative Assembly’s formula to deliver a strategy game (almost) worthy of its namesake.
  5. Feb 16, 2015
    80
    Total War: Attila is as painstakingly difficult as it is rewarding.
  6. Feb 16, 2015
    78
    Total War: Attila is a lot like Rome 2, but it adds a few fun new elements like nomadic tribes. The political defense system can be seen as a nice add on as well. Too bad this game makes you wait, a lot.
  7. Feb 16, 2015
    60
    Attila is a small evolution of what we received in Rome 2 - Total War as a whole clearly needs a more distinct changes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 137
  2. Negative: 33 out of 137
  1. Feb 17, 2015
    10
    Attila is awesome. I couldn't stop giggling while I lost my first battle it was amazing fire arrows raining people dieing in the ditches whileAttila is awesome. I couldn't stop giggling while I lost my first battle it was amazing fire arrows raining people dieing in the ditches while Norsemen chopped at each other in a boat battle. The burning buildings in the sight of the setting sun and the general carnage are an amazing up from rome two. Its makes rome look like sims, and the whole coloring is like those visceral nineties medieval movies with spit and blood. Sadly you'll have to wait for the blood dlc because ratings and what not, but it already is brutal. As for the campaign it hasn't been out that long but already I can see a lot of quality changes. neighbours readily do diplomacy with you and attack you in the back and they generally use every option thats aviable to the player.
    Other random points: Boat battles are fun finally really fun. Your troops will fight to the end if they get a moments rest after each time they break thus making the roman chess board formations useful. This is same for your enemies need to finish them utterly or they'll come back suddenly. Towers are strong now. Game is generally harder than rome 2, think shogun 2. Battles do not feel like a chore as I had to use more tactics in just my first few than in half a campaign for rome. also you won't really have time to use battle animations, but I'm sure that some people will come and say how easy it is for them and unlike "random other rts from the rose tinted past". This is not a dlc or expansion this is a standalone TW game that happens to be in Europe. Them battles are the most cinematic I've seen from a TW game yet. Also I dont understand why 39 people (at the moment of writing this pulled the score down when I haven't read a single negative review from those who played it...
    This is my first ever review I felt motivated to write, go figure... :D
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  2. Feb 23, 2015
    10
    Better than most Total War Games that have come before it. They've really improved alot from the issues that plagued Rome II and the newBetter than most Total War Games that have come before it. They've really improved alot from the issues that plagued Rome II and the new family tree system is better than it ever was. They essentially gave people everything they wanted from Rome II. Expand
  3. Feb 17, 2015
    9
    Attila is a great addition to the Total War series. It builds off the basic Rome 2 system and, while throwing out broken features and poorAttila is a great addition to the Total War series. It builds off the basic Rome 2 system and, while throwing out broken features and poor balance, it adds new features the greatly improve the look and feel of the game.

    The battle AI is much improved, with fewer path finding issues and new siege mechanics. Even unwalled settlements are defensible and the AI is effective at both defending and attacking the new maps.

    The campaign map is also significantly improved. All provinces contain 3 regions, making each province a little more balanced, while making the actually building system more of a balancing act between food, squalor, happiness, and religion. It becomes very difficult to keep your settlements in order and continue to progress to the next building tiers, but all this ties in well to the feeling of just trying to survive. When you demolish buildings, it just drops them down one tier at a time, because as the game progresses, you will find that you need to step back and actually decrease the size of some settlements in less fertile areas. During this time period even Rome decreased in size as more people dispersed in order to better survive on what little each acre of land could provide.

    As the game progresses you will not only have to contend with Huns, a force to be reckoned with, particularly after the birth of Attia, but also with global climate change. Driving the food shortages at the time was a state of global cooling. as the snows advance southward, your lands will become increasing less fertile and you will have to fight to survive. You really feel the pressure to advance toward the south and west into more fertile lands, regardless of who may already be there.

    The family tree is back, and also sees significant improvements, being far more engaging and interactive than ever before. pulling from some ideas within the politics systems from Rome 2, CA clearly threw out the old system and kept only the handful of things that really worked. Managing influence and control in order to maintain the appropriate level of power can be very difficult and sometimes trying to juggle it all is daunting. Fortunately things won't slip out of control too quickly as long as you're paying attention to your internal politics. It's definitely worth popping in every turn just to keep on top of things.

    There are several types of factions that can be played. There are the large empires of Western Rome, Eastern Rome, and the Sassanids. The Sassanids are relatively easy faction to play with ample cash, easily manageable squalor, high religious tolerance, and a secure starting position. If you're looking for a good place to get you're feet wet without drowning in all the new mechanics, this is the place. The two Roman Empires, though, are only for the veteran players as they are floundering empires, in a state of decay. Both will lose territory before they can begin to expand again and regain their former glory.

    You may play as several barbarian factions playing through a more typical Total War experience, beginning with one province and expanding outward, often into the more established empires. Each faction has similarities with the other factions, but they each also have their own flavor and will play a little differently. The only factions I lament, are the Celts lack of individuality,feeling more like Romans than Celtic natives. However, hopefully they will fix this in the future with another culture pack.

    You can play as one of the migratory tribes and march across Europe in order to find your new homeland, fleeing the destruction and cold of the north east. They play similarly to the other barbarian factions but start in horde mode. All barbarian factions may enter horde mode when they lose their last settlement, but the migratory tribes start on the run. You'll have to rampage across the Roman Empires, and probably take a nice chunk out of one of them for your new homeland, in order to reach relative safety. However, while on the march, your armies are your cities, and as such, you will periodically have to encamp them in order to build more structures to produce food, wealth, and troops. Eventually you will need to settle as no one wants to run forever...

    ...unless you're the Huns. The Huns are like a migratory tribe that can never settle. You will burn the world, desolating entire swaths of the east, driving into Europe, killing and burning all that dare defy you. The horde mechanic creates a distinctly unique experience even for Total War veterans.

    I gave this game a 9, because while it is not perfect, it is a big step in the right direction, making one of the best Total Wars to date. From it's minute details of allowing you to rename each individual settlement, all the way to the sweeping new mechanic of being able to desolate regions, leaving charred and uninhabited craters where once there had been a thriving city, Attila lets us truly experience the dark ages.
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  4. Mar 8, 2015
    8
    Sega’s Creative Assembly has added another great addition to its Total War strategy game series. Total War: Attila takes you back to the DarkSega’s Creative Assembly has added another great addition to its Total War strategy game series. Total War: Attila takes you back to the Dark ages, way back to 395AD. Total War: Attila is what Rome II should have been, with its dynamic gameplay, this add on is so much more compelling.

    Total War: Attila focuses on the fall of the empire, the player chooses from a selection of tribes, each tribe representing different campaigns, which means each tribe offers their own challenges and advantages for the player. With the chosen tribe,the player must try survive and profit from the collapse of order. Trouble comes in many forms, bad weather, court intrigues, diplomatic crises with others and plagues, all of which makes surviving a struggle. The life like battles are thrilling.

    With this new add on comes some cool new abilities. It’s now possible for horde tribes to survive out on the road without having to have a static base. The life like battles are thrilling, there are quite a few menus and screens, which take a while to get used to. Even though Creative Assembly have worked on their menus to shorten and simplify them, they are still quite complicated and can be frustrating at times.

    There are some technical difficulties and we had trouble getting the game to run smoothly as its such a large game but as soon as we got past this, it was a great, fun game and definitely the addition to this brilliant series that we’ve been waiting for. It can be very difficult and frustrating at times but overall we did enjoy playing Total War: Attila.
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  5. Feb 25, 2015
    8
    If you are buying the game to play the campaign then its a must have. Campaign is amazing. Some may its the same exact game as R2. I would sayIf you are buying the game to play the campaign then its a must have. Campaign is amazing. Some may its the same exact game as R2. I would say its not true, so many new features, slick ui, and a brand new way of playing total wars. You need to survive to win and not conquer the entire world!!
    However, if you are gonna buy it for the online games and quick battles then you are at the wrong game. The battles barely last any time giving u no real tactics to finish off. Quick battles are filled with droppers and wannabees. Every single F***** faction have the same exact unit roster. You would think the huns are good but no they are useless. Known for their cav power you would expect them to have a strong cavalry advantage.
    But no!! Their cav is so bad they cant even compete with other faction's cavs. Yet, their infantry is very powerful. WTF???? Sassanids are also so bad its quite unbelievable considering they were a powerhouse back then. They have ele, which cost 1/4 (!!!!!) of ur army but barely do anything. Tagmeta cav can kill them without losing more than 15 soldiers. WTF???? You can even recruit units that cost less and completely decimate more expensive units of the same kind. And to add to all this pile of ****, every single online game consist of cavalry charge at the beginning, its so f***** repetitive, and battles barely last for more than 5 minutes. How the hell does an entire army route in 5 minutes???
    This doesn't mean u cant have fun at some times, but u would have to know people before to find some fun battles. Im in a clan so I can find them battles but for newbies, I wouldn't recommend joining the mpo scene.
    Basically the mp is so unbalanced, so repetitive, so lackluster, so boring, so stupid that I would never recommend players to buy this game for the multiplayer. Considering the amazing campaign, i see no reason why anyone would play online battles.
    In all, I would give an 80 over 85 for the campaign mode and a 2 out of 10 for the multiplayer side of the game. Adding 5 points for the replayability of the game and the nice historical battles included, that would make a total of 87.
    However since CA f*ckn loves money and have their eyes stuck on gold with their f*kn DLCs, (not even 1 week and we have more faction DLCs?????) i'm taking off 10 points for a GRAND TOTAL of 77.

    p.s. I have always purchased DLC like a dumbass but this is going way too far. At this pace, we are gonna see more than 50 (!!!!) factions in the game. Adding the useless unit packs and the short campaigns, this game will turn out to cost around 200$. 200$????? WTF??? This needs to stop!
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  6. Jun 12, 2015
    5
    I really tried not to buy into the hype of this game but at the last minute I pre-ordered it on steam. Unfortunately I was right to beI really tried not to buy into the hype of this game but at the last minute I pre-ordered it on steam. Unfortunately I was right to be skeptical. I've found rome 1 and every tw game since to be quite enjoy-able. I keep reading reviews saying it is just a rome 2 re-hash but I disagree. This game has serious OP cavalry and pathetic arty units (lack of ammunition and power). The missile units are decent is you can manage to keep them from dying or retreating (like all other units).The infantry units are total push overs for the most part, especially at the beginning of a campaign. That leads me to my next point, your men die waaaaay to fast and route waaaaay too soon, making for really short battles (especially compared to other TW games).Speaking of campaigns, I just can't bring myself to follow through a campaign with Attila, no matter how hard I try, It feels like more of a burden than a pleasure. It's not too hard for my skill level, I just don't have fun with this game. The campaign gameplay and graphics are why I'm giving this game a 5 instead of a 1-3 rating. Expand
  7. May 25, 2020
    0
    This total war is hard to play I have to use cheat mod to turn off bloody balance power and foods I can accept a General 's loyalty and rebelsThis total war is hard to play I have to use cheat mod to turn off bloody balance power and foods I can accept a General 's loyalty and rebels are can be retreat if our armies are large for what? I'm so disappointed in this total war. Expand

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