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
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
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92 of 126 people (73%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
55.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
The game is fine, but i miss the days when i could buy a complete game, ♥♥♥♥ DLCs
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
41.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
So to start off I love the total wars. I have played them a long time now and will most likely keep playing them but I came about a few very annoying problems that are killing the game for me. First the AI is literally stupid and will sometimes just sit there at the front of your walls just looking at you(A lot of the time actually). They will also camp out and have a cook out at the bottom of the ladders while fire arrows kill them from the defence towers. Trying to put your troops on walls or even off of them is impossible so dont bother. Even sometime on the field they dont listen to you they just sit there. I find a lot of the problems happen in city battles but sometimes it can happen in land battles to. I think these are problems that the game has had since the start and dont know if they will ever fix them. I think if your gonna have a game like this you need to make sure your troops actually do something other than glitch out and do nothing.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
275.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Here's why 99% of negative reviews are invalid:

Check the date the review was posted. It was likely posted when the game was still going through patching hell. I've heard that the game use to be broken, that the patches ruined more than they helped, that the campaign diplomacy was broken, that the campaign itself was broken, etc.

Did CA rush the game? Probably. But this isn't about how angry we are, this is about the game itself. And the game is amazing. No game I've ever played has come close to this. The mix of turn based strategy and real time battles is so entertaining.

I'd even say it's better than Shogun 2 Total War which is the highest rated total war game. The only downside of rome 2 is that there is a steep learning curve. They didn't do a great job of organizing all of the information and making it all intuitive to learn. The campaign is closer to being shotgunned in the face with 500 stats and facts from all of your provinces, politics, armies, and more. BUT once you learn how to play the game is so deep and incredible. And if your pc can run it; watching battles close up is like watching a movie. The seiges are beautiful with the full sized walls, seige equipment, destructible barricades, gore (if you buy the $2 DLC), and massive hordes of armies.

And the mods..... omg the mods. They can make the AI easy or hard (or ridiculous). They unlock every faction in the game minus the DLC ones. Which means you get about 50 free factions to play. There are unit packs with entirely new units, stats, and even overhauls for the campaign and battles. There are even mods that shuffle the map around so that Rome can start where egypt is, or sparta where the barbarians are. There are mods that change how the morale system works, how fast the battles come to a close, and what types of flanking/strategy are the most effective.

I literally have to force myself to stop playing sometimes. This is one of those games where you could be playing for an hour only to realize it's actually been 5.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1,860.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
never had any issues with this game. I am still enjoying this game alot!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
152.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
A mess at lunch, but you can thank the publisher for that. CA "re-released" the game and it's a wonderful product.

My biggest gripe is the province system, I don't like this change. Also the portraits are muddy, even on my powerful PC. But this is a wonderful time period and training Caesar's legions to conquer the world is great fun.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
975.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
With mod, Rome II is great.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Great game! captures the story of the conquest of the land, and not only! In the game you can develop the economy of cities and conquered lands. The level of development of armies on a level not many branches of course, but considering how old the game is, then everything is more than perfect! Battles, run in the form of units, generally lead a real battle, in the open countryside and the siege of cities, and protection!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
199.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
Mod it up, get the original Rome Total War Music, all is well.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Is Rome II good? Yes, the land battles are fun, there is immense variety when it comes to factions, with diversity in units, the Grand Campaign is highly addictive, and replayability potential is massive, as each culture is different. The graphics are very good for a 2013 game, especially of this scale, and we can have massive battles with hundreds of soldiers on each side. But it has a number of serious flaws that need to be addressed. Firstly, the performance. While the game is stable and runs decently, it does experience framerate drops during the turns of the other factions, and while zooming in to ground view during battles. Those drops are not horrendous, but my PC is a good one, and this game is old. I have a 960, and it is to be expected that a 2013 game would perform well on this hardware, which it does, but there are a few times when it should do much better. Secondly, the naval battles are just boring. Uninteresting units(merely the army units on a ship), uninteresting ships, and every faction has virtually the same ships. Thirdly, diplomatic featuress are a bit lacking. No trading of provinces, your client states dont feel like client states but just ordinary allies. They are too independent. Logically, they should behave like puppet states but they dont. We should be able to push them around, intimidate them, as after all, they are our client states, and insubordination would not be tolerated by a faction that is so powerful. Lastly, SEGA's dlc practices. Nations like Athens, Sparta are not playable in the base game's Grand Campaign. Not even a single Iberian faction is playable in the base game. These factions cannot be unlocked, they need to be bought via dlcs. An entire culture, the Iberians, are not playable in the base game. At least Macedon, Seluccid etc are there as playable Hellenistic factions, but there should have been at least one Iberian faction in the base game.

Overall, I recommend this game, because it is extremely fun. But these flaws are not minor and should not be ignored.
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25 of 45 people (56%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
634.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
if you like games crashing on the first turn with no possible fixes anywhere on the internet. then this is the game for you!
i used to play the ♥♥♥♥ out of this game but an update broke it and it never got fixed.
i'd rather stick my man parts in a hot waffle iron than buy another item from these guys.
good day.
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63.8 hrs
Posted: October 28
Compared to Rome 1 Total War I am very dissappointed with the game. On a fundamental level, the game is too clunky, arcadey and many of the mechanics have been dumbed down or removed.

My most major qualm is with the UI primarily. Rome 1 had a very clean, intuitive and satisfying to use interface, however in Rome 2 this is all reversed. The map is horrible, the menus obtrusive and disorganised, the unit cards ugly - the sleak feel from a game released 10 years earlier is gone.

My next point is fairly neutral. The game seems to have been abstracted further, with regions of three-or-so cities and odd, over-simplified buildings, forcing you to make choices when it is not necessary. This is obviously in the name of balance, making it a more competitive game online, but personally i find this direction a bad choice to make, and i hoped for more historical accuracy than this.

I waited a long time to post this review because I hoped they would made some meaningful changes to the game, however nothing was major enough to convince me to change my review.
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192.0 hrs
Posted: October 28
Best game ever!!!!
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Lars (>'.')>
66.6 hrs
Posted: October 28
The game itself is great. The mod support makes it even greater. For example, the mods make it possible to play in sandbox mode, with unlimited money etc. DLC is optional, it doesn't really add much value to the game. The extra campaigns are refreshing, but not really needed. Overall a good game that can make you waste a lot of time.
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130.8 hrs
Posted: October 28
Still crash on end of turn.
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Simon Lancaster [ANWF]
35.6 hrs
Posted: October 28
I am thoroughly enjoying this game. The Emperor Edition has ironed out most if not all major bugs and the game runs smoothly on my new but fairly low end laptop (new i7 chip 6500U, Nvidia 940MX graphics card, 4 GB dedicated RAM, 8 GB DDR4 RAM). I am mainly playing multiplayer and it is a blast. The classical era has lots of different units like hoplites, phalanx, swordsmen, chariots, elephants, slingers, peltasts and all else.. This makes it fun to play. To be honest, I also have Warhammer Total War and this is much better on multiplayer for me at least.

The multiplayer community is quite large and I never have to wait long for battles. I also notice that most mp battles are stable and there are not so many crashes compared to older Total War games. As this game is a few years old I would urge you to get it and play it while the online community is still thriving. 9/10 from me.
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The Legendary Noob
807.7 hrs
Posted: October 28
I loved Rome Total War back in the day, and was in fact the very first pc game I ever bought, and got me into PC gaming.
Total War Rome II has built on this legacy quite well, and I thoroughly enjoy the game, and have logged many hours into it.

That being said, I have some rather serious gripes about the game, mainly about the DLCs which should have just come with the game. I mean you have to pay to have blood in the game? are you serious? I bought it along with some faction DLCs as well because I had no choice. This is what leads to people just torrenting games, which in turn leads devs to try to money grab even more, which inevitably leads to more torrenting.

Still, I can't say I enjoy a strategy game more than this one, and haven't seen one with more depth or attempts at historical accuracy than this. Just wait till it goes on sale and have at it.
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25.9 hrs
Posted: October 27
Cooperative campaign is a blast. Everything I ever wanted from a coop campaign. Long time total war fan!
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193.2 hrs
Posted: October 27
If you like slaughtering in the name of Rome, then this game is for you.
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112.7 hrs
Posted: October 27
♥♥♥♥ that ♥♥♥♥ is great
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Khal Drogo
51.6 hrs
Posted: October 27
Pre-ordered and we're waiting for a whole year. They failed the expectations and screwed up badly. First few months they were patching all kinds of bugs, second they were adding and removing things.

Pretty much this is like a late submission project for class. You partied all week then on Sunday before due date you remembered you had a project, you quickly put few things together, dropped glue on it, and then presented it to class.

The game right now is abandoned, and no support. Some factions are impossible to play on Most Difficult level. Parthia is one.
The campaign has no comprehensive or logical economic mechanic at all. The battle maps are bigger but doesn't seem they put a lot of work on details, just few user interface.

Although I follow TW series for their epic battle mechanics, I have to say even Civilization is better alternative to Rome 2. I skipped the Attila as well as Warhammer, just waiting to see for something better to come out.

Right now they are going towards Sci-Fi and away from historic roots (Warhammer), or at least for now. I am sure it's fun to play, but I am no fan of paying $60 for something I wouldn't love playing every week.
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