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This edition of Rome Total War includes the Alexander add on, where players can play as the famous Macedonian general and follow his attempt to break the Persian Empire and spread Hellenism throughout the world.
The Rome edition of the Total War franchise is one of the best so far, building on preceding editions with new and diverse units such as war dogs and elephants. The world map is now 3D and looks very impressive, and individual managements of cities can be more detailed than before if you choose it to be. Despite a wide range of units and civilisations, the game is admirably well balanced and pleasingly realistic and immersive.
A couple of downsides; compared to later games, siege warfare seems rather basic, and the AI can at times be rather easy to work round. The Alexander add-on is quite a small edition compared to Barbarian invasion, as, true to real life, you need to match Alexander's achievements in only 100 turns, which rather limits the main campaign, and the new units don't add much.
This game has everything for the strategy fan: you can manage armies and settlements on the world scale, sending reinforcements from one city to another, besieging enemy settlements, constructing temporary defensive forts; as well, the player can take control of the individual battles which you can use to increase your territory or defend it from the attacks of enemies.
What is interesting with this game is that it is not just about the fighting: you can bribe enemy armies, send diplomats to threaten, placate or plead with your foes, damage enemy buildings or take the life of high-ranking enemies with your assassins, or send in your spies to garner information and open the gates ready for your attack.
In the world of the battle, however, is where this game really gets amazing. The attention to detail is stunning. However, as some other reviews have mentioned, it can be a little repetitive, and the gamer can end up using the same tactics repeatedly.
The total war series is legendary for the epic scope of the battles and the fine tactical management that is required to succeed. Rome does not let the player down in this respect, being a fantastic setting for an installation of the series. Essentially an evolution of previous total war games, it is a battle simulator with an optional campaign element. This edition features better graphics than those past but the gameplay remains essentially unchanged.
The main problem with total war is just a result of its strengths. Such an epic game makes large demands on time as the best results often take micromanagement of each battle. Sometimes this gets too much, and the response can often be a one-size-fits all tactic of massing all your cavalry on the flank and hitting the enemy in the sides. The game can then get somewhat repetitive, but it is the decision of the user.
Rome Total War Gold Edition contains the original Rome Total War as well as the second expansion pack called Alexander.This bundle is a great offering if you have not played both games as you get these two games at a really good price.As you may know Rome Total War contains a combination of turn based strategy and 3D battle screens.You actually command your army on a huge battle map.I was really impressed by the discipline of the Roman legions and also by the sound of their marching and warcries.The various units available have been designed perfectly and very minute details are shown.Also there are Generals available to command your army.The Generals have specific traits about them which I found very interesting to read.There is a Roman Senate where you can get elected to a post such as the Consul,Censor,Praetor etc.Many factions are found in this game like the Britons,the Germanic tribes,the Carthaginians,the Greeks etc.You have to conquer them all!!
In RTW:Alexander you play the role of the legendary Alexander.You have to conquer the mighty kingdom of Persia and go as far as the Indus river in North India.There is also a time limit of 100 turns in this game which I did not like.You have to complete the campaign objectives within these turns or you lose the campaign.So your strategy will require good thinking.Also diplomats are not available in this game so its total war!!I hope you enjoy the game a lot.You will if you are a strategy fan.