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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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

Windows
Mac OS X
    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
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Forzup
( 275.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Sucks how all the dlc´s are so pricy but the game in general is for sure worth the money. Have enjoyed many hours crushing my enemies, you will too.
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Mitzulica
( 182.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
Very good. I love it
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Dragonvom
( 31.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
So I remember this game obtaining quite alot of flack when it was first released and I have to say recently it is an incredibly good game and this was the first time they attempted a new formula so i reccomend giving it a try

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Megamind
( 212.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
First of all: I'm kinda a veteran in this game series and the major reason I bought this game was because of this, I was a fan of it. But after playing it a lot I simply cannot recommend it unless you get it for free, then you may kill some hours with it.

First the pluspoints: Ofc the marine battles are kinda the best advantage over the old Rome: Total War (1) and they're fun, though really messy and hardly controllable with like 40 ships (unless you pause the game). The new region boni are nice as well, the interface is good and looks nice. There might be some other good points that I forget to mention but that's jsut because the bad points outweigh everything else so hard. Let's get right into them:

First of all: The AI. Where should I start? It sucks in battle, it sucks on the campaign and sucks overall. It's diplomatic behavior is sometimes just plain stupid and senseless and it will never be able to lead a large scale war. Once you've established yourself as major power, the rest of the game is kinda grinding.
Siege battles which pose the biggest possibility for epic gameplay are - at least as defender (let's be honest: that's nicer) - just totally ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t. There's still a lot of bugs in the AI's behavior with siege ladders (like not using them at all or in a really stupid way) and it's strategy; well, 9/10 games will look like this: The AI will focus all it's power on one side, even when greatly outnumbering you, you use your garrison one 2, 3 keyspots where you kill all, if any up climbing enemies and after you killed them all, the AI will rally it's cavalry for a useless, stupid attack on your gates, just to get killed by towers. I'll leave it and that, even though there's more bad about the AI.

The battles in general: Surely core of the Total War franchise, the battles still have a lot of bugs in this version (and I doubt there will be updates fixing them) which kill all the fun. One of the biggest (and probably easiest to solve) problems is the missing "Hold-Position"-button we know and love from Rome 1. This will lead to your formation breaking when you tell your units to attack and any kind of archers - let's say thay engage Legolas-style fights without his skills.
The archers... Wish that was there only problem. Not only that they always have to set themselves up facing the enemy, possibly moving into the front battle when you want them attacking flanking enemies, they also have MAJOR issues targeting enemies with any kind of obstructions (including walls, buildings, rocks etc.) nearby. "Oh, I'm so gonna lure the enemy to this cliff so my archers will send a hail of arrows down there" - nope, not happening. "I will let the enemies on my walls and then make a shooting range out of them with my archers nearby, muhaha" - ye, try it. Will work in 1 out of 5 attempts, so go ahead.
I don't know how many archer battalions (and also battles) I've lost due to unexpected, senseless behavior of these ranged units. You gotta watch them more than a pyromaniac with gas & lighter.

And now my 3 major issue: Campaign AI and diplomacy. First one advice: Like in previous TW games, allies aren't worth the trouble. Basically, they won't ever rly help you (even though there's a nice lil' "ally target" feature in diplo screen), take away cities that you desperately wanted to conquer yourself (maybe because you just lost them) and they'll only get you into wars that you do not want. You like showing mercy and building up a team of vasalls? Well, ♥♥♥♥ you. They only pretend to be your friends. I do admit that they're less backstabby than in Shogun 2, but that's probably just due to them being too stupid to succeed.
And there's the major problem with the diplomacy: Trading cities isn't possible (and there are no mods to solve it). Not only do I think it's making it less immersive, it also hinders realistic peace negotiations and worst of all, as mentioned above, allies will steal your cities, if you don't plan ahead or if you rely on their help in defense. "Oh, I just recaptured that city that surprise army conquered from you. You want it back? FU ♥♥♥♥♥, it's mine now. Just declare war on my and ruin your rep, I am after all your loyal, helping ally since ages ago."

To sum it up: Don't buy it. Don't. It's maybe fun for a really short time but if you're keen on immersion and have some standards like I do, you probably won't enjoy it for long. I can garantuee you won't fight 10 battles without some really annoying issue that destroys all immersion.
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Lixos
( 26.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Moronic Ai
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Guardsman
( 163.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
"Rome wasn't built in a day" - and apparently neither was an ethical game company. I cannot bring myself to recommend this game simply because of shrewd money-mongering and plain laziness. But let's start off with gameplay.

The combat is anything but tactical for a game that focuses so much on tactics. Depending on your unit selection, you basically have three options: a direct attack, a flank, or both. Meaning you can either send your men into the fray, watching them arduously hack away at their enemies in a jumbled, unorganized mess (unit structure and organized troop movement are what made Rome so superior!) or bait the enemy with a few unfortunate groups and flood your army around the enemy, seeing as when a unit is attacked from behind their combat effectiveness diminishes and their morale dissolves, or a mixture of both. The AI is incredibly stupid and in most cases refuses to advance on your armies even if they seem to have the upper hand.

When it comes to dimplomacy and city management, the game has become far too oversimplified especially compared to the older games. The AI is, again, incredibly stupid, and will spam you with unrealistic requests. If you are wealthy (and clearly extremely powerful) a nation with no wealth and little military power will demand money in exchange for your safety.They also won't be shy about breaking out of character: Rome's AI is extremely submissive and lets pretty much everyone around them bully them to death.

Don't even get me started on the ridiculous number of factions and overhaul it puts on the game when you change turns. It will take thirty seconds for the game to scroll through 50 different faction icons, and that's if you adjusted the settings properly. By default, you'll have to watch every single AI unit movement within your field of view, which can take up to five minutes.

And last, but certainly not least, the scamming and the penny-pinching. SEGA has done a great job at showing us just how willing they are to squeeze every single penny out of our pockets they can using any means necessary. There are over 12 DLCs (count them, 12!) most of which toss in arbitrary doodads that should've been in the game to start with (like gore... I don't want to have to pay to see a little bit of blood. Who cares about the Teen rating? Kiddies shouldn't feel sophisticated enough to play this anyway). What bothers me the most, though, are "culture" and "unit" packs. Again, little tidbits that should've been in the game ANYWAY, like being able to play as the Greeks or beings able to use war dogs like in Rome 1.

Sufficed to say they left out so much content that games before them held just so they could suck as much money out of us as they could. While I can't say I hate this game (in all honesty it's a fantastic game and I think it might be among my top five Total Wars) I simply cannot recommend it for sixty bucks. Thirty dollars? Maybe. Twenty dollars? Absolutely. An extra $86 for content that should've been included with the original $60 price tag? Hell no.

Get your ♥♥♥♥ together, Sega. You're making it even worse with Warhammer.
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jdozer
( 753.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
this game used to work but now it even on a powerful brand new machice and steam and sega were no help as they dont apear to support there products therefore i say dont use steam based games its a waste of your money they dont seem to care once they have your mony
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Ysgramor
( 17.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
IGN: 10/10
my dog: 10/10
me: 10/10
ROME: 10/10
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127 of 140 people (91%) found this review helpful
125 people found this review funny
Recommended
193.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Rome wasn't patched in a day.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
135.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Rome was not patched in a day - Some guy

That's the raw truth, you know. Ever since the huge pile of bullsh bugs and unbalances this game was upon release, things are a lot different now. And for the best.

The full package of Rome II: Emperor Edition includes a Grand Campaign, 4 DLC Campaigns, 9 gameplay packs, 10 million dollars, a prostitu, never mind, I think you get the point. Some of these DLCs are free and others are a bit too pricey for what they offer. My advice? get them during steam sales.

For the sake of briefness, we will mostly stick to the Grand Campaign. You got a map stretching from the Brittanic Isles and Iberia to Northern Africa and Bactria. The faction you choose will be somewhere inside this vast landscape, and your goal is to fulfill certain objectives to beat the game. The map is historically accurate, and please, show some understanding and don't complain about certain "historical cities" missing, if every aspect of history was added in this game, we would have a giant mess to deal with that would be pretty unplayable.

The gameplay is pretty complex. As your faction's leader you got access everywhere: from internal politics between parties and dynasties, to economy, to constructing new buildings, armies, navies, to recruiting agents, to foreign policies and much more. You have so much to do and so many ways to destroy or subjugate your enemies, you will never be bored. Every playthrough is unique and always something new and different happens, requiring your skills to take care of it. Diplomacy, economy, military, they all are the means to an end. And you have to learn how to use them properly.

When is comes to AI things are a bit obvious: it's completely predictable. The AI does this certain loop: build big armies, attack neighbours, refuse 80% of the time to trade, repeat. Seriously, no idea why it's so impossible to trade with other factions in this game. You have to make huge coin offers that will obliterate your coffers and most of the times, it's just not worth it. Particularly, I can't recall Rome as a faction to ever accept my trade offers. What a bunch of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s they are.

As for the battle AI, things are better there. The enemy actually adapts to your tactics, trying to counter your movements and is not afraid to use dirty tactics to finish you off (like using huge amounts of javelins or hit-and-run tactics with cheap units). If you don't know what you are doing or take too long to come up with a proper strategy and battle plan, the AI will proudly march back home with your general's head mounted on a spear. SPOILER ALERT: pikes and horse archers beat anything. Kind of.

Not gonna lie though, the game is BEAUTIFUL. The sounds are top notch, the soldiers are detailed, the animations very cool and there are thousands of soldiers on the battlefield, ready to slaughter each other for your amusement. Combine it with graphics mods and all you have to do is order a roman armor from ebay to complete your immersion. It's simply that good.

Rome II still has several flaws, many of them fixed by Attila. That doesn't mean the game is unplayable, in fact it's extremely enjoyable and has a tremendous amount of replayability. Trying out new factions with different playstyle, take different courses than your last playthrough, epic, massive scale battles and cunning diplomacy combine in an amazing package of fun. And for those that want to take it more competitive, there's also the option to play online.

RATING:

Gameplay:
7.5/10

Presentation:
9.5/10

Story:
9/10

Unique Factor: Replayability:
10/10

OVERALL: 9/10
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
119.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Pay £3 if you want gore
Pay £10 if you want to play as factions already in the game
Pay £10 if you want more units
pay £10 if you want more priates
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34 of 57 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
280.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
A huge step back from its predecessor in almost every way, Rome II is the most disappointing TW game since Empire. With that being said, the modding community is excellent and there are many mods which transform this relatively mediocre game into a masterpiece. But this is not a review for the mods, it's a review for the main game. While many of the problems this game had a launch have been fixed, the core gameplay still has massive problems. If this game looks interesting to you, go purchase the original Total War: Rome. That game is a true masterpiece.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
165.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
-Started as Sparta
-Took over Athens
-Macedon declares war on me
-Eperius sends over thosands of troops at me
-I take Larissa
-Macedon attacks Larissa with a 20 stack
-Eperius lands their army on my shores of Sparta
-Macedon macrhes on Athens
-I lose
-Eperius and Macedon make a Millitary Alliance
-Eperius attacks my capital with the help of Macedon
-I try to run out my genreals unit
-Get him with half health
-Get chased down by Macedon

10/10 Would Get F*cked over again
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22 of 37 people (59%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
180.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Not bad if you're one of the folks who want an arcade style war game. Which I guess is Creative Assembly's new target audience.

On the other hand if you're looking for true strategy with any kind of tactical realism you're better off playing Rome 1 with the Europa Barbarorum mod.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,049.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
1000hrs in this game and I'm still coming back for more every now and then, 10/10 gotta love the TW series.
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
141.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Well well. Here we are. This game is not a masterpiece. But has lots of good parts in it besides being completely different from the older totalwars.

+The new castle/city building
+Army training
+Champions and diplomats ( with awesome system of Cunning/Authority/Zeal which exists for the commanders too)
+Awesome designed Tribes ( do not count the dlc's, it looks like they didn't even try to create new faces neither battle style)
+Rome
+Conquering Rome has an aditinal cutscene <3
+bureaucracy and controling your generals and authorities is more important and dangereous than before
+awesome technology improving ( every nation has it's own style )
+Graphics look shining, espacially from general's view. ( CHAAARGE FORWAAAARD! )
+New army march styles!
+PLAYABLE WITH ONE FRIEND!
+ Diplomacy is way way way way better than the older games


-Civil war is a huge dissapointment ( you can check it out from videos )
-Hoplites
-Some of the dlc tribes are unplayable, you basically cannot win with them ( not having any spear unit and facing macedonians is not the best way to start a campaign )
-Selling culture packs?!
-Hoplites
-Hoplites
-Celts, germans and balcan units have the same face
-Some of the most awesome tribes are not playable
-AI can be completly ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ most of the times. So try to play at higher difficulty, so atleast you can have a bit opponent in front of you.

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
457.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Amazing game! With all the patches (and DLC...), really lives up to the original. Can't recommend enough
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
147.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Pretty good after the patches, but not as good as TW:Rome was when it came out.
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