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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Wargriz
( 211.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
For anyone who enjoys turn long term turn based strategy games, this is your game. The game is set during the time of the Roman Empire, and you (if you play as Rome) will take if from a small city state to the rulers of an empire from Britain to Egypt, the straits of Gibraltar, to the steppes. There are also several other factions you can choose such as the Northern Iceni, the masters of the sands (Egypt), Carthage the enemies of Rome, and several other well known and obscure civilizations. I will say these factions are not equal. Rome has potentially the best roster of units, and good bonuses. Other factions might require different playstyles, have a less rounded roster, or just bad starting positions. Sparta for example, have only hoplite units, and no swords. They are also cut off from trade because the only port that connects to their capital happens to belong to their best ally; Athens. Each faction provides its own unique challenges.

Gameplay is split into two sections, the campaign map where you will build up your cities, engage in diplomacy, and move your armies. The second is the real time fighting between two or more armies. These are split into land, naval, and amphibious fights. These are great with large armies, but require you to learn the "rules" to get better. Basically, swords beat spears, spears beat horses/ charges to the front, range wins at range, and it goes on. If you aren't very good at the RTS part you can always auto resolve, but once you get good you might see a battle the AR says you can't win and think "I could do that." It is such a good feeling to decisively win a battle the ai would have lost.

Diplomacy is key to the game. Break promises, attack allies, and suddenly no one wants to make deal with you any more. Your first few games might be disastrous as you learn the ropes, but eventually you will get the hang of it. This game is great, 211 hours and I haven't even played a whole game to completion. The company does do some less desirable things with it's DLC, factions that should have been in the game being sold piecemeal, unit packs that aren't really worth it. This game got me into the Total War series. I have currently played Shogun 2, Empire, and I've watched Let's Plays of Warhammer and Attila.
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Improper Use
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Must be connected to the internet to view ingame encyclopedia.

dont buy this p.o.s.
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gestur
( 121.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
It was a buggy fest for the first few months
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Star
( 152.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
After being hugely dissapointed of the disastrous release (like so many others), this game is now a lot better with Emperor Edition. There are still some things that bugs me though, like AI intelligence being low at times and auto-resolve battles sometimes being out of touch with virtual reality. For example the enemy forces mostly want to brute force themselves through a street filled with tightly packed phalanx units instead of assessing the situation and use other roads to enter the city. I also have had to fight unecessary many battles because auto-resolve choice results in a loss even if I clearly have the upper hand on the battlefield.

Perhaps it was only bad play by me before, but I did not have any problems with my population rebelling because I was facilitating their cities this time. Having enough food also seemed to be easier to handle. This made the experience a lot more enjoyable. I encountered very few bugs, one of them being pretty annoying where some ranged units refused to attack enemies within range when they could fire at will.

Of the more positive things to mention is a mostly cunning enemy on the battlemap, who always tend to stay just out of reach of your troops and generally just likes to annoy you. Special abilities on the battlefield are useful, and I do not think there are too many of them. I liked the interface once I got used to it, as it for example gives you an overview over maps and situations easily. Animations on the battlefield during the clashes can be quite entertaining.

TLDR: A great game for people who are into action-strategy games, but it does not reach the very top shelf.
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Bjerregaard
( 95.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
ROME II is a rough diamond. The game is rather expensive and does not come with the DLC's that should've been included in the Emperor Edition.

Many of the problems encountred during Rome II's initial launch have been adressed.
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HERCULESS535
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
i cant hear sound on this game wtf
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Jesus
( 216.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Really good game to play. I would recommend not to play on Apple platforms as the textures automatically get set on low and for some reason i couldnt chnage it; still a really good game.
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Baron Yemo
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
After playing from ROME 1 to Medieval 2 to Empire to Napoleon to Shogun 2... this is the worst total war I have ever play... its just simply not interesting at all and boring... the family system, its boring... the traits, its nothing special... it's not interesting as the previous total wars... and i dont understand - why all the units from different faction doesn't look much diferent? and the technologies... is damn boring... it shouldn't be that way... is very disappointing and this is the first total war that make me feel bored JUST AFTER 7 HOURS OF GAMEPLAY!!
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NeptuneUK
( 443.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
The best. So much better than the dire state it was released. Total War - perfected.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
110 of 120 people (92%) found this review helpful
111 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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34 of 54 people (63%) 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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 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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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
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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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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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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
151.6 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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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
341.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Geat game. Even better with mods.
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13 of 23 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
56.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Thinking of it? Buy it. Especially when it's on sale.

It's like Shogun 2 but there's a LOT more involved. Bigger map, way more factions, better political mechanics and (personally) a lot more fun.

Haven't experienced much bugs at all, and it feels just as stable as its predecessor now.

If you're looking to buy the DLC as well, I definitely recommend the Blood and Gore DLC.
Everything else is not a necessity. Some DLC give you more to play with, but the base game itself gives you a LOT to work with already. I would recommend you to play the game first and buy the campaign and culture DLC later, especially because the DLC is quite overpriced. I would not recommend buying all the DLC at once.

8/10
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