About Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition: Emperor Edition is the definitive edition of ROME II, featuring an improved politics system, overhauled building chains, rebalanced battles and improved visuals in both campaign and battle.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (25,107 reviews) - 76% of the 25,107 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 2, 2013

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"Fight past the niggles and you'll find a truly epic grand strategy game with a tremendous sense of spectacle. Go, see, conquer."
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Coming to SteamOS/Linux

Total War™: ROME II will be available on SteamOS and Linux in 2015.

About This Game

About Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition:

Emperor Edition is the definitive edition of ROME II, featuring an improved politics system, overhauled building chains, rebalanced battles and improved visuals in both campaign and battle.

In addition, Emperor Edition includes all content and feature updates made available for ROME II since its launch in September 2013. These include Twitch.TV integration, touchscreen controls, new playable factions and units, and Mac compatibility.
The Imperator Augustus Campaign Pack and all Emperor Edition content and features are free, via automatic update, to all existing ROME II owners.

About the Imperator Augustus Campaign Pack

The Imperator Augustus Campaign Pack is a new playable campaign for ROME II, which rivals the original ROME II Grand Campaign in both scope and scale. This campaign comes as part of Total War™: ROME II – Emperor Edition and is available as a free, automatic update to existing owners of Total War™: ROME II.
The Imperator Augustus Campaign Pack is set in 42 BC during the chaotic aftermath of Caesar’s grisly murder. The republic remains whole, but its soul is divided as three great men, the members of the Second Triumvirate, hold the future of Rome in the palms of their hands.

Octavian, Caesar’s adoptive son and the heir to his legacy.

Marc Antony, Caesar’s loyal friend and most trusted lieutenant.

Lepidus, Pontifex Maximus of Rome and the man who secured Caesar’s dictatorship.

With the territories of The Republic divided between them and the military might of Rome at their beck-and-call, the members of The Second Triumvirate are each in a position to make a bid for leadership, and rule Rome as its first – and only – emperor.

However, external forces are on the move, looking to exploit the instability of Rome and expand their own territories. Will you fight as a defender of Rome and defeat the other members of the Triumvirate? Or lead another faction on a campaign of conquest and expansion, and take advantage of the chaos as the Roman civil war rages?

Playable Factions

Players may embark on a new Campaign as one of the following playable factions:
Marc Antony
Armenia (also now playable in the ROME II Grand Campaign).

How far will you go for Rome?

The award-winning Total War series returns to Rome, setting a brand new quality benchmark for Strategy gaming. Become the world’s first superpower and command the Ancient world’s most incredible war machine. Dominate your enemies by military, economic and political means. Your ascension will bring both admiration and jealousy, even from your closest allies.

Will you suffer betrayal or will you be the first to turn on old friends? Will you fight to save the Republic, or plot to rule alone as Emperor?

✢ Plan your conquest of the known world in a massive sandbox turn-based campaign mode (supporting additional 2-player cooperative & competitive modes). Conspiracies, politics, intrigue, revolts, loyalty, honour, ambition, betrayal. Your decisions will write your own story.

✢ Build vast armies and take to the battlefield in real-time combat mode. Put your tactical skills to the test as you directly control tens of thousands of men clashing in epic land and sea battles.

✢ Play for the glory of Rome as one of three families or take command of a huge variety of rival civilisations – each offers a notably different form of gameplay experience with hundreds of unique units from siege engines and heavy cavalry to steel-plated legionaries and barbarian berserkers.

✢ See exotic ancient cities and colossal armies rendered in incredible detail, as jaw-dropping battles unfold. Detailed camera perspectives allow you to see your men shout in victory or scream in pain on the frontline, while a new tactical cam allows a god’s eye view of the carnage to better inform your strategic decisions.

✢ Extremely scalable experience, with gameplay and graphics performance optimised to match low and high-end hardware alike.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: XP/ Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor:2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor / 2.6 GHz Intel Single Core processor
    • Memory:2GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible card (shader model 3, vertex texture fetch support).
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:35 GB HD space
    • Additional:Screen Resolution - 1024x768
    • OS:Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor:2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor (or greater)
    • Memory:4GB RAM
    • Graphics:1024 MB DirectX 11 compatible graphics card.
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:35 GB HD space
    • Additional:Screen Resolution - 1920x1080
    • Operating System: OS X 10.7.5
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    • RAM: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 25 GB
    • Video Card: 512 MB AMD Radeon HD 4850, NVidia GeForce 640 or Intel HD 4000
    • Screen Resolution: 1024x768.

    Unsupported graphics chipsets for Mac: NVidia GeForce 9 series, GeForce 300 series, GeForce Quadro series, AMD Radeon HD 4000 series, Radeon HD 2000 series
    • Operating System: OS X 10.7.5 (or later)
    • Processor: 2nd Generation
    Intel Core i5 (or greater)
    • RAM: 8 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 25 GB
    • Video Card: 1 GB NVidia 750 (or better)
    • Screen Resolution: 1920x1080.

    Unsupported graphics chipsets for Mac: NVidia GeForce 9 series, GeForce 300 series, GeForce Quadro series, AMD Radeon HD 4000 series, Radeon HD 2000 series
Helpful customer reviews
244 of 331 people (74%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
676.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
I've been playing Total War games for over 10 years now. Newer releases are getting more and more sloppy in contrast to the work being done on graphics. Extremely dissapointed with this game series and I will not be purchasing any more Total War games.

I bought this game on a black friday sale for 15 bucks; I would have kicked myself if I'd spent 50 bucks on it. For 15 bucks it is totally worth it. That being said...


-Great graphics
+colors are not so vivid, giving a realistic appearance

-Battle cries are emtional and excellently done
+although random soldiers' mutters are repetitive, they are usually context-relevant and humanize the soldiers
+Roman Auxilary Cavalry voice is AWESOME

-Naval and land battle combination is cool, especially in siege battles

-Can command 40 units at a time

-Armies' unit cards are sorted intelligently (although this could be done manually in RTW 1)

-Grouping settlements into provinces allows for more fluid management, especially once you've expanded to an empire

-SPQR replaced by optional missions delineates gameplay allowing for a more sandbox campaign

-Imperium levels and corruption, although extremely annoying, reflect the instability and brutality of the politics of ancient societies (and modern, for that matter)

-Agents' passive actions (oxymoron?), such as Military Administration, Military Training, Spy Networks, etc., are cool.


-Cannot play as Sparta without DLC (who pays 50 bucks and doesn't want to play as Sparta?)

-Most historic battles are DLC

-Units glitch on walls
+many times when you tell them to move left, they first move right, vice versa
+in a Rome city defense battle I commanded, units on walls wouldn't obey commands or act at all

-Naval battles are bugged
+ships sometimes will get locked into moving the direction they are facing; never stopping until they slide into a corner of the map
+naval artillery/missiles will lock onto a land target's last location within their firing range, continuing to fire after they've left that spot until you command the ship to turn around or move out of range (commanding the unit to stop does not stop their firing orders)

-Cinematic kill sequences disrupt the combat simulation
+Soldiers attempting to pull back from combat will stop and turn around to engage in a fight sequence instead of simply being chopped from behind
+There are no backstap kill sequences
+cavalry kill rate while chasing routing troops is frustratingly slow since cavalry MUST kill with cinematic kill sequence when not charging
+one sequence, in particular, may involve a soldier striking over and over again for more than 15 seconds, digging him deep behind enemy lines without being stopped by surrounding enemy soldiers

-AI has not been improved since I last played Rome: Total War Barbarian Invasion v 1.6

-Blood and Gore pack acted as an "on" switch for delimbing of soldiers; no new fight sequences were added.

-General's/agent's abilities do not reflect their actions
+you may now craft an agent to accomplish any sort of task; regardless of what actual experience they have
+generals essentially cannot remain idle without developing negative traits, unless they have already aquired their maximum of three traits

-Agents are not as specialized and can be more powerful than armies
+it's easy enough to develop a powerful agent; powerful agents can cripple armies into not being able to move for countless turns.
+all agents can perform all tasks with some differences in outcome (reminiscent of Dragon Age 2 and Diablo 3's overbalancing of classes, removing stark contrasts in capabilities)

-Extremely limited diversity of buildings in settlements
+settlements, even capitals, are not unique from each other; essentially only a few dozen mix/match possibilities with hum-drum differences
+no point in preserving old buildings from another faction since they get in the way of your 3-5 building slot limit
+cities' appearance in battle mode do not reflect your personal development of that city

-Encyclopedia is poorly organized and disruptive of the game
+Previous titles simply required a right-click to open a single unit/building information card
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157 of 219 people (72%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
142.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 17
Get Shogun 2 or wait for sale. Do not buy it at full price.
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150 of 215 people (70%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
83.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
Still very buggy even after a long time after release,most DLC's should have already been a part of the base game and some are completely pointless.
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184 of 282 people (65%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
331.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
While Rome 2's now imfamous launch was attrocious, in its current state, the game is one of the best of the Total War series, and a shining example of a RTS.

1. Campaign: As always, Rome 2's campaign is a mix of turn based strategical management on the campaign map, and real time battles. For the most part, the AI does a good job managing their cities and armies. They don't make foolish mistakes, they defend their cities, and they attack any vulnerabilities left by the player. The UI is fine, but the lack of branching skill trees for generals can be annoying. The removal of family trees is another annoyance as you feel no attachment to your faction's characters. One place where Rome 2 shines, however, is its variety. There are dozens of faction to chose from, exact numbers based on DLC, all of which have interesting units, traits, and challenge levels.

2. Battles: Once again, we see the return of CA's battle AI. While it is not totally imcopetent, it consistently makes moronic mistakes. It will engage your pikemen head on, charge cavalry into the front of heavy infantry, and often attack with no real tact. However, the battles are still fun. Troops are easy to control and the battle UI is slick and customizable. Sure, when a cav unit inexplicably gets stuck on one lonely spearman it can ♥♥♥♥ you the hell off, but it never detracts from the overall expirience.

3. Multiplayer: Due to the variety of factions, Rome 2's multiplayer shines. Each faction is fun to play as and offers different stregnths and weaknesses. The added bonus of phasing out the battle AI is just the icing on the cake. However, technical issues still at times hinder the multiplayer, as you will often expirience severe lag and will occasionally be dropped from the game.

4. Graphics: As one of the best optimized PC games out there in its current state, Rome 2 has no issue delivering both stellar graphics (in-battles and on the campaign map) and smooth framerates.

5. DLC offerings: While the 'Wrath of Sparta' DLC fell short, and I still have yet to see the point of 'Blood and Gore,' Rome 2 still has some fine offerings for DLC. Some packs will add fun new factions, and others will offer new, full legnth historical camapign scenarios to be played out on customized maps. Without a doubt, 'Hannibal at the Gates' and Caesar in Gaul' stand out from the pack as superd additions to the game and engrosing windows into some of the most fascinating wars in antique history.

Without a doubt, Rome 2 stands out as one of the most extensive and deep offerings in the RTS genre. It is a stellar game and in its current condition, and it is the best Total War game to date.
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43 of 54 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
171.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
So many other total war fans have left (negative) passionate reviews detailing what is wrong with this game. Like them I wanted to like it. Rome 1 remains my most played game of all time and enthralled me for almost 18 months straight. To say that I was excited for Rome 2 is an understatement. My dissapointment is great but ultimately my review comes down to this:

It's boring and lifeless and that's the worst thing I could possibly say about any game. The 100+ hours I put in were in an effort to find the fun. I didn't succeed, but it did lead me to re-buy Medieval II and pick up Shogun II for $8 during a sale. I know I'll find the fun by rolling back the clock.

Avoid this game if you're a total war fan. If not, meh, maybe take a chance if you find it for a fiver, but the older games are better.
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