Rome: Total War
Genre Strategy -> RTS
Today's Rank 0
Date 2004-09-22
Publisher Activision
Date 2005-09-30
Publisher Sega
North America Retail Box ArtUnited Kingdom Retail Box ArtWith the glory days of the real-time strategy game now nothing but a distant memory, Activision’s Total War series has come to totally dominate the strategy market and Rome is such a huge leap above the already impressive Medieval and Shogun titles that the series has almost become a mini-industry in itself. Set, fairly obviously, during the hey day of the first Roman Empire, the game gives you total control over your own faction with the game once again split between a turn-based strategic world map and real-time tactical battles. The former allows you to build and maintain armies and buildings, but also gives increased control over diplomacy and trade--elements that were largely overlooked in previous titles. The real draw of the game though is the tactical battles which are now displayed using some quite staggering 3D graphics that can see up to 10,000 separate warrior in battle at one time. With units ranging from elephants and inflammable pigs to centurions and escaped slaves just watching the battles unfold is as epic as any Hollywood blockbuster. What’s perhaps most impressive about the game is that controlling such huge numbers of soldiers is actually surprisingly easy with a simple point-and-click interface making everything as smooth as possible. Rome: Total War is one of those rare breed of games that is largely impossible to fault. In technical and gameplay terms it gets everything right and unless you have a pathological hatred of strategy games this is easily one of the best PC games ever made. --David Jenkins

- Build your empire across the Roman world through diplomacy and war
- Total War engine creates spectacular, cinematic graphics
- Epic real-time battles with up to 10,000 3D units on screen at once
- Fun for novice or expert gamers, includes tutorial
- Play online with up to 8 friends
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