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
Helpful customer reviews
206 of 272 people (76%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
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.

+ 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.

- 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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116 of 152 people (76%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
254.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
I miss old CA.
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103 of 142 people (73%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
318.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2015
Fun for a while, decent though not a gameplay improvement on the previous titles. Absolutely absurd you have to buy DLC to get the full, recommendable version of the game. Greedy, sloppy mess.
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57 of 74 people (77%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
52.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2015
I am not satisfied with the direction the developer took.

- City building/province management is innovative, but not enjoyable, unnecessarily complicated and unclear due to bad statistics screens. Instead of being able to view the core pieces of information on the campaign map, I have to painstakingly click myself through too many menues to unveal the correct information.
- The Politics system is annoying, boring and therefore dispensable. It has no purpose. It is not connected to other important game mechanics.
- One of the most annoying things are revolts. If you expand too fast, 60% of your battles are fighting revolts of your own citizens, instead of fighting other interesting cultures.
- The armies do not need any supplies other than gold

Altogether I prefer Empire Total War or the old Rome Total War much more than Rome 2. It feels like there were five different departments who had to create one part of the game (i. e. politics, city management, battles) and it got assembled afterwards. The result is a game that does not fit together in its parts. Some game mechanics are unbearingly and overproportionally time consuming compared to their importance as a main fun generator. Some mechanics are not legitimately connected to others, or do not have a connection at all.

1/10 I am done with fighting revolts, Alexandria shall stay Egyptian
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157 of 260 people (60%) found this review helpful
65 people found this review funny
1,664.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
A good game at this point of time.
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