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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Imperator Vibius Imperiosus
( 100.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
One of the best total war games by far. Graphics are amazing the battles are massive and is very well optomized so it runs very smoothly. With a well polished, immersive campaign and a built in mod manager this is personally my favorite total war game.
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Mjavery9
( 122.8 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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epollohunter
( 426.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
this game is still buggy as ♥♥♥♥♥ 7/21/2016
its fun game if you can look pass all the bug.
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money2140
( 58.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Very addictive game
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ThrustDeer75
( 199.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Nice game, I don't get why people call it bad, singleplayer's good but multiplayer has a flaw with auto-resolve but it's ignorable.
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McSausager
( 43.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Well, after the "Marius Reform"-like patchload and fixes, rome II finally works ...

The grand campaign is fun again, diplomacy is (mostly) quite proper working, the battle AI on the niveau of Attila (Hard or very hard) and everything very well rounded (we got faction politics back!).

So, finally i can give Rome II - Emperor Edition the "recommended"-stamp.

Alea iacta est.
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BSChamp2014
( 317.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Love the game though it is ver prone to crashes, graphics and combat are phenominal.
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KÅNUNGEN BAMSE
( 54.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
good strategy game totaly worth it
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cillbis
( 70.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Rome 2 is a very fun high-quality game now that the launch bugs have been fixed.

The main campaign where you try to conquer the world is a very good experience - addicting, almost. It really delivers on value for money here. It took me a full 2 and a half weeks to beat the game on normal on my first run, It is immensely satisfying to just field these large armies and crush other nations. That moment when you finally triumph is just golden. The campaign plays very well indeed.

Faction selection in the main game is something of a let down: you must pay to play as some of the most loved nations. Some big factions, namely Athens and Sparta were held back to be sold as DLC. To this end, I strongly suggest purchasing the greek states culture pack DLC. You will then feel like you have a true successor to Rome 1. Another little downside is that sometimes different factions have units that look quite similar, although you won't really notice in-game.

Actual gameplay on the field is fantastic. Each unit type has a clear purpose, so a newcomer can come in and understand what to do. Every unit has a strength and a weakness. For example, one infantry unit might scare opponents and be very strong in close combat but might be particularly vulnerable to missiles. You'll know when you see cavalry that you'll need your spears, you'll know when you see a gap in the line to just go for it, the game really pulls you in.

Overall, with all the work since launch put in by Creative Assembly, the game has turned out superb. I would definitely recommend, and the game gets a 9/10 from me.
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79 of 86 people (92%) found this review helpful
76 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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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
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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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
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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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
2 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
315.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
It's come a long way since it's failure at launch.

It's a great game now
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
341.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Geat game. Even better with mods.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This game was my favorite through the teenage years!
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12 of 20 people (60%) 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
84.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
Total War: Rome II is alright. Having only owned a few of the Total War titles, I may not have the best impression, but Rome II just feels a little different. While Total War games have steadily grown more complex, it usually maintains an accessible feel. And despite being complex, its rather elegant, meaning that its complexity is easy to learn and master. Rome II just doesn't have that feel. Actions and decisions are buried beneath menu after menu, and the screen feels extremely cluttered compared to the Total War games I've play. I also got a bad impression by the Prologue/Training Sequence; I'm not the best Total War player, but then again I'm not terrible, but the Prologue seemed very demanding and expected a lot of the player. There was also a lot that the Prologue didn't do a good job of explaining and I found it very difficult to balance management and conquest.

However, I do appreciate that the game is actually a little more tactical than previous titles, at least for me. Playing Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai, I found myself relying too much on autoresolve and during actual battles I felt that I could strategize that much. In Rome II, I found that singular units can tip the battle in your favor, that you have to use hand-made formations and the terrain to prepare a better defense. I found myself actually taking the time during deployment to survey the field to see how I could use it and how the enemy could as well. I have to wrack my brain sometimes to figure out to claw entrenched units. I also appreciate that autoresolve, despite being more refine and choice-driven, is still not as good as getting your hands dirty.

But still, Rome II has its flaws. I found that the management side to be less accessible and events that unfolded I didn't really understand. It honestly felt like it took care of itself. I also couldn't find a faction/group that I identified in as compared to other titles. It doesn't help that many of the tribe factions, such as Britannic or Germanic, have less options for the player, and it's very difficult to manage your armies and your land against multiple threats. I know its part of the challenge, but it makes it difficult for players who don't want to play as the more refined factions, and I don't feel like spending that much money on DLC.

Rome II runs well and it looks great, but there's a lot missing that I enjoyed from older titles and a lot that's there now that just isn't that well done. But at the end of the day, all that matters is if it's fun. And yes, Rome II is fun, despite its flaws. Its fun to watch two Germanic tribes duke it out on a hillside until nothing is left except for your bloody yet victorious army.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful