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
Helpful customer reviews
1,013 of 1,386 people (73%) found this review helpful
1,383 people found this review funny
412.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2015
1.Play as the Selucids

2.Make 4 full stack armies

3.Put them on boats

4.Rename the armies "The Refugees"

5.Boat them over to Greece and Italy

6.Begin the takeover of Europe

7.PROFIT????
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361 of 531 people (68%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
385.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2015
While Rome 2's now imfamous launch was attrocious, in its current state, the game is one of the best of the Total War series, and a shining example of a RTS.

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

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

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

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

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

Without a doubt, Rome 2 stands out as one of the most extensive and deep offerings in the RTS genre. It is a stellar game and in its current condition, and it is the best Total War game to date.
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142 of 203 people (70%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
37.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2015
I bought retail version of the game for 20 bucks. I had some good fun with it.
Rome 1 was and still is a masterpiece, but has Rome 2 reached that level of awesomenest?
Nope, but it's still damn fun.

So, why can't I recommend this game to you guys?

PROS:

I'm just 20 hours into the game, and the Grand Camping has been really good so far, custom battles are fun, so are ambushes.
Graphics are good, collision is not the best, but the battles are always great to watch.
(and there is Steam workshop for Rome2 woohoo)

CONS:

It's not worth the money. Retail version for 20 bucks is definitely worth buying, but that's the price in my country (Serbia). Full price of 55 US dollars on Steam would be a fair deal if the game contained all the DLCs.

There are 3 Cultural Pack DLCs which are the stupidest thing ever made. You can't play as Sparta or Athens if you don't spend extra 7 bucks.
Besides that, there are 3 DLC campings. With Emperor edition you do get an extra camping, but if you want to experience all of the DLC campings you need to spend extra 45 dollars.
There are a few unit pack DLCs, and there is Blood and Gore DLC ( that ♥♥♥♥ should be free, shouldn't even be considered as DLC ).

CONCLUSION:

Total War: Rome 2 is one of my favourite games in the series but IT IS NOT WORTH all the money.

If you want to buy this game wait for a sale (-75%) or check ♥♥♥. DLCs are NOT WORTH your money, buy them if you find them cheap (on ♥♥♥ you can find Greek States Culture Pack for 2$).

SEGA really has to change DLC policy. Nobody wants to pay full price for 50% of the game. I just hope they are not going to ♥♥♥♥ up next Total War game like they did Rome 2 and Attila.

EDIT

I understand charging extra money for the campings because they add hours of new content, and if made good, they can be worth getting. But "cultural packs" should be free.
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80 of 123 people (65%) found this review helpful
35 people found this review funny
1,643.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
This game suffered from a terrible launch: It was just not finished. It also suffers from DLC that is essentially expensive garbage. There are so many small design decisions that are simply wrong: Armies that can instant-build transport ships????
That solves the 'problem' of organizing a naval invasion I guess.... Why create such daft solutions to non-existing problems? The great thing about Total War is the quality of the battle engine. But even this is a little deficient. While the battles look and sound better than ever, the infantry run WAY too fast and far and formations degenerate into huge 'ant swarms'. The campaign makes no sense. You will choose one smallish faction in Europe, and whoever you are, the plan is to conquer and own EVERY SINGLE REGION, color the map one color. You can do this without fail at any difficulty level and with a diplomacy system that simply DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE. So all-in-all the game is an overblown convuluted MESS. It is illogical, ahistorical, clumsy, tedious and WIERD. 1,595 hours on record? Yeah, we call that playtesting I guess.
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32 of 43 people (74%) found this review helpful
487.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2015
This will be an honest and fair rant. Please scroll to bottom for the fast review.
***

I'll start this by saying I really like the TW series, I own all TW games and DLCs, plus some CA games that I bought mainly to support the studio. Generally I don't play many other games on Steam.

Rome 2 was the first TW I was hyped for and wanted to get on release. It is just too diverse, too big not to be entertaining.
Seeing the buggy mess it was on release I decided to wait a bit and give CA the chance to fix the game.
Which *spoilers* they never did.

Now, as someone who enjoys playing even the original Shogun I am not one for graphics. I really liked how they went with all games since Empire and ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, Medieval 2 still looks great in field battles. But I couldn't care less about the looks. I fell in love with the game mechanics, they clicked right in place with me and I spent numerous hours trying to get to understand them, both ingame and in real life. That's how you know a great video game - you get to constantly think of it when you are not playing it.

Learning Shogun 2 took me quite some time and I won't win a competition for knowing the game. There are still new things I discover every now and then. They all fall right into spot, close the cycle and it just feels great to come up to the next revelation.

This is, unfortunately, not the case with Rome II.

Rome II introduced some new things which are great. Like the army stances.
So why on Earth does the Fortify stance say "boosts reinforcement range by +50%" and does not do it?
This is the case with so many faction bonuses, personal traits and retainers, skills, etc, that it's mindblowing.

When playing games I like to be on fair terms. Get helthpack -> health goes up. Critical strike on enemy -> 50% more damage. Things like this. Things we're used to take for granted.

Rome II does a really poor job of explaining its mechanics. There are tutorial videos, but they are somehow obsolete as the game received 17 patches, the last one with major core changes. I had to play Attila to understand the whole party politics thing.

Rome II is big and diverse. And this is a curse more than a blessing. There are so many little things missing, not working or just straight-forward overlooked by the developers, that I won't bother listing them all. Just go to the official support forum and check the Single Player Campaign support page.

Fairly said, I think Rome II did not ever make it out of beta.
The reason for this review is that CA stopped supporting the game. A game I paid and bought all dlcs for. A game I really wanted to like. The last patch fixed (arguably) some things, but not merely enough. And that is not even considering all the technical and graphical bugs, which are not a subject of this review. For a moment there I thought they are on the right way, but they just abandoned the game. The game with my favorite time period, that was supposed to revolutionize the TW franchise as the core mechanics weren't changed since Empire. Well, I'm sorry for being mad, but I am. As a user, as a customer. False data, false advertisment and false promises. Thanks CA, I'll gladly pirate your ♥♥♥♥ from now on and not buy a single title. Unless Rome II is fixed that is.

***
PROS:
+ Looks great. Some folks may argue here, but for me the game running on Ultra is gorgeous.
+ One of the biggest maps in TW games. Meaning a lot of factions, traits, bonuses, variety in general.
+ There are some great historical campaigns in addition to the main game that make the title's worth.
+ New mechanics and even controls to make the TW experience more up-to-date.

CONS:
- A bit buggy even after all the patches. Soldier groups will shout different units' lines. No anti-aliasing; water reflection is broken. Some really ugly textures. There's a lot more to that list.
- Unfinished mechanics that clearly can be fun but are not even a factor to work with.
- Some clearly broken gameplay elements. Bonuses not given though they should be. Traits acting on the opposite. Sometimes your generals will get bad (or good) traits with no apparent reason.
- Too much DLCs, some arguably not worth their money.
- Continious lack of support for some of the major elements and problems this game has.
- Looks like some of the best ideas for Rome II didn't make it in the game and we were sold Attila instead. Which is fine, but everyone can see that Rome II needs some Attila in it.

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