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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November 20

Black Sea Colonies DLC and 12th FreeLC out today!

Hi all,

Today’s the day we release the Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack DLC (plus FreeLC faction!).

By way of celebration we’ve released a new trailer for your enjoyment:

http://youtu.be/5l7_fSfn9QE

We mentioned FreeLC - your game will be updated via Steam today with the 12th entry in our list of free content releases - the new, playable faction of Massilia. A wealthy trading-state of Greek colonists situated on the north-western coast of the Mediterranean, Massilia has come to embrace Gaulish culture, military units and battle tactics.

Also available for purchase from today, the Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack brings three further factions to ROME II’s Grand Campaign, custom battles and multiplayer. Cimmeria, Colchis and Pergamom all claim Greek heritage, but their settlement away from their homelands has wrought subtle changes to their cultures. Each faction enjoys unique traits, strengths and hybrid unit Rosters that reflect their culturally diverse civic and military aspects.

Additionally, the latest patch will drop at the same time, consisting of further balancing changes to unit strengths based on community feedback.
http://wiki.totalwar.com/w/Total_War_ROME_II:_Patch_16

We announced the pack on our Twitch channel last week – be sure to be following along to that to catch more exclusives in future: twitch.tv/totalwarofficial

Have fun!

Craig

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November 13

Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack Announced!

If you were just watching our live stream over on the Official Total War Twitch channel, you’d have seen some exclusive info. We’ve revealed more new free content and the Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack for Total War: ROME II.

You’ll find your game updated via Steam on 20th November with the latest in a long line of free content releases - the new, playable faction of Massilia. A wealthy trading-state of Greek colonists situated on the north-western coast of the Mediterranean, Massilia has come to embrace Gaulish culture, military units and battle tactics.

Also available for purchase from 20th November, the Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack brings three further factions to ROME II’s Grand Campaign, custom battles and multiplayer. Cimmeria, Colchis and Pergamom all claim Greek heritage, but their settlement away from their homelands has wrought subtle changes to their cultures. Each faction enjoys unique traits, strengths and hybrid unit Rosters that reflect their culturally diverse civic and military aspects.

To make sure you’re in the loop on any future live announcements, follow us on Twitch at twitch.tv/totalwarofficial

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The Halloween Update for Total War: ROME II is now live!



The latest free update for ROME II adds the festival of Lemuria to the game and a new seasonal challenge, Nightmare Mode!

Lemuria was an ancient feast during which restless spirits were exorcised from the home with the alternate offering of beans and then clashing of cooking pots. Perhaps an early Roman version of Trick or Treat?

Nightmare Mode can be toggled on from the game options menu, causing your troops to suffer horrifying visions in battle. Harpies descend from the skies as a terrifying atmosphere envelopes your forces. Assailed by such apparitions it is no surprise that your soldiers will find the enemy extremely frightening!

Any generals skilled enough to complete a Campaign battle in Nightmare Mode will earn a new Steam achievement and the adoration of their peers. May the gods help you if you try to complete a whole campaign…

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

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
Helpful customer reviews
154 of 165 people (93%) found this review helpful
267.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
I am not a big gamer. I'm old. Over 50. When I purchased a new computer recently, wanting to take it for a spin, I asked my son what to do and he told me about Steam. As an ancient history buff (I'm also a writer and have written a novel about the ancient Spartans), I did searches on Greece and Rome and eventurally found Rome 2.

I read all the negative reviews about the launch. Things haven't changed much in the gaming industry. Companies have always rushed their product to market. I imagine after spending years developing a game they end up deep in the hole and pressured by corporations like Sega to push it out - no matter how many problems exist. That's been going on for years. The wise thing to do is to wait. You know there is going to be a patch. Why not let someone else trip over all the bugs? From what I gather, a lot of gamers just can't wait today.

Anyway, I love Rome 2. When I read about the Emperor's Edition having worked out most of the problems, I dove in. It's been a delight. What a great game. It's more addicting that crack. Being able to play so many different factions gives it limitless re-playability. Thus far I've played as the Romans, Spartans, Athenians and Epirus, and have had a blast with each. There is a huge amount of strategy and tactics available on both the campaign map and the battle maps. Placing your armies at choke points in the mountains or at river crossings... putting them in ambush mode... slaughtering 2x or 3x your number of units without getting your hands dirty... it's all so gratifying.

One of the things I've noticed is that I usually end up winning by gaining a technological edge over the computer AI factions. If I can survive the early stages of play, eventually I'll start kicking out armies composed of better units than my opponents. When the autoresolve gives me results I don't like, saying I'm going to lose, or take unexceptable losses, it's fun to take control of your army and lead them on to victory when the oddsmakers are betting against you. Of course, often times you're leading superior units against hordes of untrained spearmen or levies, but occasionally the computer gives you a run for your money and there's nothing like destroyng your opponents Praetorian guard or Oathsworn unit that fights to last man.

Big kudos to the modding community. After playing vanilla R2, I found the Workshop and have been in pure amazement at the products the community has added to the game. The 4x moves per year mod, agent color coding, the new unit mods, and many others deserve effusive praise. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning every time I look in the Workshop, wondering what new toy I'll find under the tree today.

The Bad. I have none. Okay, okay, there are some, but I'm like a newlywed on his honeymoon right now. I don't care if she leaves her panties on the bathroom floor or that the 4x calendar year mod makes agents overpowered. For right now, I'm enjoying the game far too much to complain about a thing.
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81 of 114 people (71%) found this review helpful
895.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Even though several communities hate on this game, I have almost 1,000 hours on it and the modding community for this game is just another jewel. Great game with variated campaigns, strongly recommended
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240 of 381 people (63%) found this review helpful
51.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Rome wasn't patched in a day.
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44 of 65 people (68%) found this review helpful
160.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Really enjoy Rome 2 especially with the latest Emperor Edition update which has added some needed changes to the game.
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23 of 33 people (70%) found this review helpful
331.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
This game was literally the worst when they first released it, but after several patches i got better and better and when they released the Emperor edition it became my favourite game. So i recommend this game if you like strategy, but i don't think its worth 54.99€.
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43 of 74 people (58%) found this review helpful
396.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
epic game it was bad when released and pre order was f****d up but in the end this is an amazingly well done game 10/10
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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
665.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Thrilling real time battles and stunning graphics make the ancient world come alive. The game has come a long way since it's disasterous release and I can say as of right now that the game is in a very good playable state. As I stated in the opening sentance, real time battles make the game and it really seems like the Creative Assembly put much effort into the games visuals and sound effects. The sound of sword and shield clashes and the gristly death animations really make you feel like your right in the middle of an ancient battle. On the campaign map, not only will you be moving armies and fleets but you also have various agents to help you further your ambitions and hinder your enemies. Your spies will gather intellagence about your enemies and can seriously hinder an enemy army via different options at your disposal, Diplomats bolster your income in regions that they are deployed in, and champions can help speed up the experience gain of your troops. I have put over 600 hours and counting into this game and see no end to quitting and with its vast amount of content that will be a long while.
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17 of 27 people (63%) found this review helpful
166.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
Where to start with Rome 2..? Well, it looks nice I guess, but promised way too much. If you're coming to this from Rome: Total War then you'll notice a lot that is different and not so much in a good way. The game is literally still riddled with game breaking bugs 1 year from release, even after hefty patching that seems to have just covered up an otherwise sinking boat. AI that doesn't know how to siege your settlements, the game engine itself struggling to cope with 2 full armies on the field at once resulting in a perfect FPS on your part but the units in-game moving in a stuttering motion being just one bug that's been there from release and has yet to be fixed, The huge battles take such a toll on your system even though on paper your machine should be able to smash this game, leaving you feeling bitter for the price you've had to pay for a series that keeps letting it's fans down but lying to them to get their money again.
There are a few interesting features like on the campaign map how you have to deal with dilemma's in your empire, I like that, makes you feel like your involved with you populace on a personal level. There is a large unit variety which is nice but after a certain point, if you're not playing as Rome, your empires tech just stops which has also been a problem in previous Total War titles, for example. Rome has a meagre power in your game but they can still happen upon the tech for their heavily armoured and well trained legions yet if you're playing as another faction then a few upgrades later is all you're going to get.
There is too much that is wrong with this game and I've found that contradicting something the Creative Assembly has said gets you insta-hate from their fanboys which is a constant on the forums or blocked entirely from saying anything constructive about the game at all. With a mix of bad customer service, bare-faced lying to their customers and combined with a broken game, this Total War game isn't worth your attention unless it's on sale for a very low price.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
735.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
It had a really crummy release, but I'd have to say that it's pretty good now. The campaigns can be of a real challenge at times. I especially love the free Imperator Augustus campaign that came with the emperor edition. To play Rome vs. Rome is awsome.
There are quite a few lingering issues with this game such as many missing features, bad seige AI, and cut-content DLC. So if you really want this game, get it while it's on sale; otherwise only buy it if you feel you can't live without it.
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20 of 35 people (57%) found this review helpful
1,040.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
What a Brilliant Game. This is now my Favourite Game not only in the Total War series, but of all my many games.
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
693.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
I't started out bad, really bad. The game was half made. But that made a great opportunity for modders to make great mods and play around. And now the game is fixed and it's magical. Never been so happy for a total war game before and now im on 684 hours of gameplay :/ I cry when I see how much time I've wasted on a single game but I have enjoyed every second of it. I'd reccomend a good computer for the game.

Sincerly a satisfied Total War fan.
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21 of 38 people (55%) found this review helpful
97.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
Taking away single unit movements on the campain map takes away alot of the fun from previous games.
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
602.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Never before have a played a game that so thoroughly quenches my thirst to conquer the known word. Vanilla Rome 2 is very fun, building your empire from shortly after Alexander's death as whatever ancient civilization you choose. I like the Seubi and Egypt and man do i love killing Gauls. Not to mention creative eassemblies ability to match history spot on, except for a few minor tweaks which are necessary to the game. It is true when this game came out it was painful, but now it is as glorious as real RTSes can be. Lastly i would reccomend the Radious mods that add units, Vanilla is fun but i very much enjoy the vareity his mods add.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
113.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
This game is a great guide on how to ruin a great franchise. Managing resources and provinces is slap in the face of Medieval, Empire and Shogun and both battle and campaign AI is a big joke.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
32.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
This is a game in which the maintenance of a country is compelling and somewhat complex at times, but combat seems really lacking in control. Most of the times it's just me throwing units at other units and waiting with hope. Unlike Empires, the other total war game I have a lot of experience with, it seems like this game intends to encourage avoiding combat by any means other then auto-calculation.
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
416.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I recomend this game to everyone i still love to play it after hundreds of hours of gameplay, dont let the nay sayer's tell you its not a great game. Sure it has its flaws, like any game, but its positives overweigh the negatives by tenfold. If you are on the verge of buying this game, take the plunge.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
478.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
wtf.
why is CA doing a halloween special, when this buggy mess still is not resolved?
i'm still (this first occurred after almost half a year of smooth running until there was a 'patch' which changed everything for me) experiencing very frustrating crashes mid-battle - have extensively researched online but there seems to exist no viable solution to my particular problem ...
i've been playing (and very much enjoying) tw games since the first shogun and i must really say that i'm quite disappointed of the recent development of the franchise. my foremost complaint here is that TOTAL modifications like metw (which i have enjoyed immensely and probably spent many more hours on than me2 proper) seem to no longer be posible.
also, the policy of making lots and lots of factions and minor scenarios 'paid content' does annoy me no end.
this is definitely my last buy of any ca game, i guess. what a pity!
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73 of 142 people (51%) found this review helpful
26.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
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.
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24 of 46 people (52%) found this review helpful
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
" How far will you go for DLCs ? "
DLCs Total War
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Fantastic, loved it
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