Here is my experience with this mother*#$%:
I've been addicted to the total war series since I first played Rome 1. I've loved these games unconditionally and went straight to the local games shop to preorder when I heard that there would be a sequal to the legendary rome title.
Firstly, when it was released and I went to collect my pre-order, for some reason 'there were no DLC codes left' for me to collect my additional context (which was the Greek cultures pack). I don't know or care if it is the retailer or the supplier or whoever that buggered that up, what I care about is seeing the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ price on the DLC pack in my library every day even though I went to the effort of pre-ordering and paying the whopper pre-order price. So that was the first little slap in the face.
Anyway, this story gets far worse. I'm from South Africa and the bandwidth ain't so good here. I get like 100 KB/s on average downloading context through steam. You heard me, 100 KILOBYTES. Im sure you know what is coming next. I install the flipping 30gb or whatever onto my computer and fire it up like a giddy child at christmas. Unfortunatelly, it is bug-littered like you can't believe as we all know. Soon enough the gargantuan patch comes out - 5 gigabites or so if I remember. This naturally takes about a week to download, with my laptop on and connected 24 hours a flipping day. Literally, it just sat downloading in my room for around a week, keeping me awake at night and highly frustrated.
EVENTUALLY, the patch downloads. Is the game fixed? NOPE. its hanging and taking forever to change turns and weird patches of black are rendering on the map and AI is stuffed ETC ETC ETC we've heard it before. And my machine is WELL above the reccommended specificantions (not the minimum specifications, the recommended specifications). At the same time, something went wrong with the synching between my steam account and the game, so that my achievements stopped unlocking (something I seem to care about although I can't explain why). I look everywhere online and the only solution seems to be clear out the local content. I KNOW RIGHT, CLEAR THE !*$#*&%! LOCAL CONTENT. DESPERATE to get my monies worth (if you think this game is expensive, try converting $60 into South African Rands!), I eventually decide to clear local content.
After deleting the game, however, another patch was announced, and I simply counld't muster the emotional strength to try and reinstall and download all the s*&$ neccessary to get this game to SIMPLY RUN. It has been sitting on my shelf ever since, a painful reminder of the godawful experience of trying to play the game and the unholy waste of my money that it was. I literally spent about 1/4 of my monthly income on this title. Everyday I get a flare of anger when that f*&*!@# Rome II box blinks in the corner of my eye and I think to myself, *@#! you CA and everyone involved. I don't give a crap if it has been finally updated to a playable level in 'the emperor edition' - it is still about 2 weeks of downloading and a sea of negative feels away from me ever bothering to try this game again.
In total, excluding loading and crash times, I probably squeezed about 10 pitiful hours of painfully buggy and interrupted 'play' out of this disgrace. I don't even know if the game is good, because I never got to really play it, although most people seem to say its crap compared to previous titles anyway.
In conclusion, if you live in a developing country with crap internet, and were as excited to play this game as I was - throw away you commemorative Roman tunic, or better yet, just hang yourself with it.