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.
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Release Date: Sep 2, 2013

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September 16

Total War: ROME II Emperor Edition out now!

Hello all,

The Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition is upon us. The definitive version of ROME II is now available for PC and Mac via SteamPlay at your trusted retailer. If you’re an existing owner of ROME II and have automatic updates enabled, Steam will update the game to the Emperor Edition for free.

Alongside all previously released updates and free content it comes with significant improvements to the politics system and civil war mechanic, an overhaul of the building chains, extensive rebalancing of the campaign as well as land and naval battles, an improved UI, tweaked and improved graphics and more. Full patch notes can be found on the wiki:
http://wiki.totalwar.com

Finally the Emperor Edition includes Armenia as a new playable faction in the Grand Campaign as well as in the Imperator August campaign, our largest campaign pack for ROME II to date, which throws you in the chaos of the Roman Civil War that saw the Roman Republic fall and the Roman Empire rise, with Augustus as its sole leader. Which side will you take?
You can find more information about the Campaign on the official Total War Wiki.

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August 29

Total War: ROME II Emperor Edition announced

We’ve announced the definitive version of ROME II – the Total War: ROME II Emperor Edition.

Emperor Edition collects together all free content to date, which includes wide-ranging revisions, additions to game features and adds a brand new Campaign Pack expansion, ‘Imperator Augustus’.

Most importantly, existing ROME II players will receive all of the above content via automatic update on the day of launch, upgrading them to Emperor Edition at no cost.

We go into a lot of detail about what’s included in this month’s episode of Rally Point, so join Craig and Matty in this episode to find out more.

http://youtu.be/aukvxuZ1VcM

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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
Lepidus
Octavian
Pompey
Iceni
Marcomanni
Dacia
Egypt
Parthia
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

PC
Mac
    Minimum
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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
28 of 36 people (78%) found this review helpful
237.3 hrs on record
I would say that this is like getting a Vietnamese tranny and a female hockey player to tie you up, put a plastic bag over your head and punch your balls until you come. Some people enjoy it, some people don't.

I know I do.
Posted: October 16
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
865.6 hrs on record
My life has disappeared
Posted: October 8
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
389.7 hrs on record
Product: TotalWar:Rome II

Rating: 10/10

Recommended amount to pay: Without all the DLC I think this game should be worth about $49.99 to $59.99

Personal thoughts of game:
Pro-Very impressive all round and very enjoyable for historical lovers, also big improvements from earlier titles
Con-Requires a very nice processor for best graphical display and also DLC mabie alittle to expensive

Why I recommend this: This game is enormously entertaining to fans of historical strategy games like myself. The Battles
inparticular look incredible compared to pretty much all competitors, and online play can be very epic and fun. There is quite a large variety of different ways to approach the many different styles of battle. I personally love the Total War series and own just about all of its titles and I would say this is their best title yet.
Posted: October 12
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31 of 51 people (61%) found this review helpful
49.2 hrs on record
I've been giving this game a chance every month or 2, just tell myself to try the game and see if they fixed it. I am a Total War fan all the way back to the original Shogun. I knew it was going to be hard for CA to live up to the brilliance of Rome Total War. A year after release I am still dissapointed and sad of what they managed to launch as a finished and polished product. Instead what we got was a béta at best, for full price.

My last try came with the Emperor Edition free DLC which CA claimed would fix all the problems, as if they never said that before. Nevertheless I tried it and found myself dissapointed again. so I started looking if I had the DLC and went to the store page and this I should not have done! I was horrified by the amount of DLC already available. Howcome, a game that has so many problems manages to launch so many DLC, even worse, the combined cost of the DLC is € 60,42, whereas the basegame is 'only' € 54,99. It is simply outragious they prefer to unlock-new-factions-DLC which customers have to pay for then to sort their game out. This might just have been my last try of the game and I am not sure if I want to support CA any longer, but today they have definately lost my position of an absolute fan of the company!
Posted: September 25
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
584.4 hrs on record
I have loved all Total war games, i have played these games since they first came out, and still play to this day, i never miss a release, yes this review is very long overdue... but these games are just amazing, alot of people hate rome 2, but i think it's amazing, my onpinion is, MUST BUY.
Posted: September 28
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
241.2 hrs on record
This game is has a lot going for it, beautiful graphics, interesting and dynamic historical era to use, having army/legion traditions and getting to name them, a well laid out globalal map, lots of factions and sub factions, limiting of special agents, the focus of trying to make battles not always be sieges, including amphibious assaults and navel battles.

However, for everything this game gets right, it truly fails at its core game play. I will briefly bring up the following flaws: game feels void of any meaning customization, many bonuses are so arbitrarily useless its unclear as to why they are included, diplomacy is basically a throw gold at it till they like you, political systems is bare bones and uninteresting, user interface in battle does not feel refined or aesthetically pleasing, many AI tactics are utterly similar or make a larger battle line if they can and march forward, unsatisfying campaign ending, unrealistic end game goals, tech takes too long is fairly linear and uninspired and also gives a lot of things that feel like they should be standard.

Lastly, that was all based on the merit of the game by itself. Now does this game live up to any predecessor game of the Total War series that I've played? No. Not even close.
Posted: September 29
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
This game sadly is so far removed from the rest of the Total War games that we have come to love. played 20 turns and during that small span of time I realized armies were next to useless when constantly assaulted with spies. The spies are completely overpowered and the AI uses them every single turn against you. Apparently what I have taken away from this is that wars were won by spies and armies never meant ♥♥♥♥ back in the roman times... This is honestly the worst title I have ever played.
Posted: September 27
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
138.5 hrs on record
Total war: ROME II has been vastly improved from last years catastrophic release. This is the game that should have been released originally. It's not perfect but it's now a solid fun TW Rome experience, which I can finally comfortably recommend.
Posted: October 19
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
I only played this game during the free weekend. I have been playing the Total War series since Rome 1. Every iteration of the Total War has added new things, and sometimes removed others. I have known about the negative attitude towards Rome 2 for some time, but I decided to try this game with an open mind.

The first thing I noticed was the fact the the graphics were very buggy. Bear in mind that this game has been out for over a year as I write this. I have an Intel i7-4770K processor and an Nvidia 660 OC at 2GB, and the framerate was mostly smooth. However, there were tons of glitchy pop-ins out in the distance. Sometimes, the soldiers would glitch, causing the skin to be removed from their faces revealing their teeth and eyes. The game was otherwise quite smooth and the load times for the game were better than Shogun 2 (well, for me they were).

The next problem is all of the little things that were removed from the game. There are many things, so I will only list the one that kills the game for me: No captains. In Rome 2, it is impossible to remove smaller units from a general's army and have them operate on their own. You cannot leave any behind to protect your settlement as you advance. In order to improve your defenses, you have two options. You can either upgrade your settlement, which improves your basic garrison soldiers. Or you can create a new army, new general and all, and have them camp there forever. It gets better, though, as you can only recruit generals from your capital (at least in the singleplayer campaign). If your front line is far away, you will have to wait until the army is completely built before you can send it there, which takes several turns.

The no captains decision was clearly made to address player complaints in multiplayer. It is so obvious that this game was made to be played in multiplayer. On the Steam community forums, you can find people complaining about people abusing small armies. Thats like complaining about the "noob tube" in the COD series. Removing something just to gave unskilled players an advantage is terrible, and I'm glad I didn't pay for it. You can't even send cavalry to scout.

I can't give this game a score because I feel that I didn't play it enough, but thats only because I found the lack of captains to be completely game breaking.
Posted: September 27
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
The game is decent, but in no way worth of 55€.
The game has improved qutie much since release, but there are still many problems with it, the greatest of which are the horrible and often even confusing UIs and most factions, and even some of the most interesting factions, like Galatians, Armenians and Greeks, being DLC. If those factions and their unique units were available in the base game, I would be ready to purchase the game for maybe 20€.
50+ € is just way too much for such a lackluster.
Posted: September 28
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
This pertains only to the new Mac version:
Recently ROME II snuck its way onto the Mac, and this time it seems Creative Assembly ported the game themselves as opposed to allowing Feral Interactive do it. Strange, given that Feral has ported all the previous games and did a spectacular job.

Written part below.
http://youtu.be/jOkGdeSb4iE

ROME II is simply not worth buying for Mac. The port is bad, and that's being very generous. It acts, and plays like WINE wrapped game, with horribly long loading times, and even worse graphical issues.
Many users including myself are also having the game miss detect graphics memory. Usually only having 1/3 or 1/4 of actual VRAM usable. As such people with 4GB cards like the GTX 780m, or desktop GTX 780s only reporting 521MB or usable VRAM.
As such they're unable to play on anything but low graphical settings.

The game also suffers from severe graphical glitching, texture popping, and is barely playable at High settings.
Selecting anything above High, not only crashes the game, but has caused my system to hard reboot itself 3 times so far.

Due to the bad graphical issues, ranged unit's firing arcs are not visible.

The game is playable on hamstrung settings, but even then is a far cry from other Total War games. The AI is very dumb, often simply standing there as they're bing charged at, and units refuse to carry out orders.

I'm very disappointed in the game, and simply can't recommend it to anyone on a Mac.

I can't help but feel that if Feral Interactive had done the game, it would be in a far better position than it is right now.
It's simply broken, and not worth the current price what so ever.

Posted: September 29
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
101.8 hrs on record
Pretty good game.You need a good computer to run it though and the DLC is kinda sad
Posted: October 18
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Veni, Vidi, Vici.
Posted: September 28
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
As Total War games go, I feel fairly justified in referring to this one as the worst so far. Probably the most disappointing aspect is that it fails to live up to its older brother, the original Rome: Total War since the Creative Assembly decided to take the original Rome game, improve the graphics and then make it worse in every other possible way. That cool feature allowing you to see a city on the battle map outside of combat? Gone. Family trees? Gone.

About the only decent thing added is naval combat and the ability to perform amphibious landings, but the glitches therein where the AI are concerned do tarnish that somewhat (the AI likes to land troops on the beach and then just leave them standing there).

Even the helpful information pieces on each unit and building to tell you what each of them do and to provide historical context has been moved to an online service, so if you don't have an internet connection you have no idea what anything does until you can build it. Honestly, what was wrong with just having that as part of the game?

Then there's the fact that the game has glaring mechanical issues too - perhaps most pronounced in the closed system of the Britannic tribes, where often times if you start as the Iceni you can find yourself in a ridiculous stalemate where everyone has a 20 stack of identical units and can't take anybody else's city because of the garrisons and can't build more/better units due to a lack of cash. The root cause of this ofc is the fact that even across cultures all the units are fundamentally the same - they're all either swordsmen, spearmen, cavalry or missile units, and since all the units are equally terrible it comes down to a simple matter of whoever has the most men wins - which may be fairly accurate historically but it doesn't make for an enjoyable experience in-game, particularly since you can't have any more than 20 units per army.

The blandness of the uni choices is further compounded by the fact that a lot of the abilities and formations don't do what they're supposed to; the testudo is underpowered if not totally useless and when last I checked the shield wall had literally no effect whatsoever.

I'd recommend the original Rome: Total War game over this (or any other Total War game really if you're not set on the time period) any day of the week.
Posted: September 27
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
Following a plethora of patches (and an outcry from the established community), this game has finally become what it should have been from day 1. As a fan of the franchise (and turn based strategy games for that matter), you owe it to yourself to play it. Good luck imperator!
Posted: October 14
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
208.0 hrs on record
♥♥♥♥ at launch, but now it's pretty good. It's still the worst game in the franchise, but worst doesn't mean bad. The worst AC game is AC3, and I still found that game enjoyable, which must tell you something.
Posted: September 24
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
157.5 hrs on record
Although it had a very buggy start the game turned out to be very good once those were fixed.

The campaigns tell you a little bit of history, but gives you a spin on how it will end. So don't tell your history class that the Pontus took over england and italy because you did so in Rome Total War : Rome. I love the strategy involved in economics, armies and especially diplomacy. All factions have opinions about other factions so they will dislike you if you decide to ally them. This can sometimes trigger unwanted conflicts because that little faction you just attacked is beloved by a huge faction which will easily crush you. Adding more to the game. Also great is the array of factions you can choose and how different they play and fight.

Modding brings a whole lot of new gameplay; You can unlock new factions, have new units and much more.

Great game and I totally recommend buying this!
Posted: October 15
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
57.3 hrs on record
I am a true Total War fan. Got every game till now so I had to buy Rome 2 as well.
After playing a few hours, its safe to say that I like it. Im really glad that they didnt make the game all too demanding, so I can still play with medium settings on my old PC. The campaign, well what can I say, its just really good. Only thing I miss are the soundtracks of the earlier version of Rome TW. But that aside, the campaign is pretty good, with good control over your faction. The AI is smart as well, so the game is challenging, even on normal difficulty.
Now about the multiplayer. I think its really a fail. The menu when choosing a faction is really messy and you cant see everything on one screen. I wish they'd made it more like NTW. Also, till now, I couldnt find a single multiplayer game witch actually worked, and didnt crash all the time.

Another thing I dont really like is that they made it really commercial. You have to pay for all the historical missions, apart from one. There are a lot of DLCs, for witch you have to pay for as well.

Overall, its 7/10 for me.
Reccomended if you are a true TW fan.
Posted: October 16
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
I have always loved Total War games.
And the roman time period has always sparked intrest in me.
Yet this game is not to diffrent from other total war games,yes it has new unit's and good voice acting.
And the displays look better.
Yet they made some changes to city managing that i do not like,they tried to make it more userfriendly.
Yet for veteran total war players it will take some time to get used to.
Posted: September 27
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
469.8 hrs on record
Rome II. was a shameful display on launch, but since then 15 patches have passed. Rome wasn't patched in a day. But now its standing in its full glory, bugs have been fixed, complains dealt with. AI is smarter, optimization better. Siege battles are fixed, I dare to say best in the series now. The province system is great, makes managing cities less work and adds a lot on atmosphere. Buildings are fun to build, you have to find a balance between making your citizens happy and achieving your goal be it money or barracks that produce the best legions to ever walk the earth. It will get as far as making provinces for specific productions food, metal, warhorses and so on. You have to manage your influence else civil war will occur to keep the challenge even in later stages of the game where you built a huge empire. Beyond standard campaign there is now free "Augusts campaign" which takes place after death of Caesar, Rome being split between Lepidus, Mark Anthony, Octavian and Pompey applying great pressure on the player as civil war will happen any moment between these superpowers. The DLCs Hannibal at the gates and Caesar In Gaul are probably the best DLC I have seen and are more then worth it. The workshop and other mod sources are filled with great mods that change pretty much anything you could complain about, and with mods like Divide et Impera or Radious the game easily became one of my favorites.
Posted: October 1
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