What is there to be said about Rome: Total War that hasn't already been said a thousand times before? Although not the first game in the world-famous Total War series, Rome is probably the most well-known - and for good reason! Whereas Shogun: Total War was the first real-time strategy (RTS) game to offer the epic scale of having thousands of 2D pixellated soldiers on screen at once, and the follow-up Medieval: Total War offered more of the same but in a Middle Ages setting, Rome was the series' first foray into full-fledged 3D.
For the first time we, the gamer, were able to experience the intense experience of commanding huge 3D armies in fully-rendered environments, with an easy-to-use control system that doesn't make newcomers to the RTS genre feel alienated or in the lurch. With graphics that are still viable seven years on, Rome offers a visual feast for anyone lucky enough to play it. Not only is the AI suitable for providing a decent challenge, the game's emphasis on tactical cunning forces the player to make the leap from armchair gamer to general in the field, utilising the best of their abilities to outwit their opponent.
Although offering a 'quick battle' option for those only interested in leaping straight into the combat aspect of the game, Rome's campaign mode also offers an addictive turn-based element in the vein of the Civilisation series. It is in this mode that the city-building and political-socio aspects of the game, made famous by its predecessors, come to the fore, letting the player operate as a true head of state and not just a field commander. It's all good conquering Gaul, but how will you hold the eastern borders against the German barbarians whilst being simultaneously invaded from the Carthagians to the South? The campaign will test you with such strategical scenarios and more.
The only downside to the game is that, in terms of features (particularly in the campaign mode), it has been overshadowed somewhat by its successors. For example, sequels like Empire: and Napoleon: Total War have introduced new elements like naval battles into the series, but Rome remains packed with enough enjoyable gameplay to please even the most demanding of modern gamers.
I got this game in a pack of 3 with the other Total Wars. This one is one of the best. This was the first one then other Rome Total wars came out. The originality of the game stands out and the amount of fun you can have is great. This game is a strategy game where you can either customize your own battles, like choose troops, maps etc...You can play a quick battle, the computer randomizes it for you which is good if your in the mood for anything. Historical battles are all battles that really happened and you can play them. The campaign is where you can attack countries, invade ally cities and make peace with neutral factions.
Campaign is more for people who like politics, commanding whole armies and like to have lot's of power though everyone should try campaign as it is one of the biggest features of the game. There is also multiplayer online where you can play people around the world, commanding 1 faction each.
The graphics are great and when you zoom up close to the action, they are actually fighting unlike a lot of games where the soldiers just drop randomly. Zooming in out, moving around the map with your camera is easy and quick. The soldier detail and map detail is excellent. You get a variety of maps and soldiers ranging from elephants to wolves and peasants. The maps vary from cold mountains to hot deserts.
It's easy to command your units and units have different abilities like the "tortoise". Other units have formations where they bundle together then break when the enemy is a certain distance away from them. You can make them walk and run and stay in defensive mode. This makes the game realistic and you have a lot of control over your units. There are keyboard shortcuts for all the unit commands.
Some battles feature thousands of soldiers and cavalry raiding castles and more. Catapults are also used as well as other sieging equipment. The game stays interesting and with custom battle you can have loads of fun putting peasants against elephants. All units have advantages and disadvantages and getting to know your units make the game easier for you to play. With dozens of factions, it will be hard to memorize but it will help. The game is all about tactics and ambushing/flanking enemy groups. You could distract a group of Gauls for example, then lead them into the woods where archers would be waiting to ambush them. You can pull off some amazing tactics in this game. Some units fear other units and some factions don't cope as well on some maps. Getting to understand the factions will lead you to victory in this amazing game.