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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September 16

Total War: ROME II Emperor Edition out now!

Hello all,

The Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition is upon us. The definitive version of ROME II is now available for PC and Mac via SteamPlay at your trusted retailer. If you’re an existing owner of ROME II and have automatic updates enabled, Steam will update the game to the Emperor Edition for free.

Alongside all previously released updates and free content it comes with significant improvements to the politics system and civil war mechanic, an overhaul of the building chains, extensive rebalancing of the campaign as well as land and naval battles, an improved UI, tweaked and improved graphics and more. Full patch notes can be found on the wiki:

Finally the Emperor Edition includes Armenia as a new playable faction in the Grand Campaign as well as in the Imperator August campaign, our largest campaign pack for ROME II to date, which throws you in the chaos of the Roman Civil War that saw the Roman Republic fall and the Roman Empire rise, with Augustus as its sole leader. Which side will you take?
You can find more information about the Campaign on the official Total War Wiki.

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August 29

Total War: ROME II Emperor Edition announced

We’ve announced the definitive version of ROME II – the Total War: ROME II Emperor Edition.

Emperor Edition collects together all free content to date, which includes wide-ranging revisions, additions to game features and adds a brand new Campaign Pack expansion, ‘Imperator Augustus’.

Most importantly, existing ROME II players will receive all of the above content via automatic update on the day of launch, upgrading them to Emperor Edition at no cost.

We go into a lot of detail about what’s included in this month’s episode of Rally Point, so join Craig and Matty in this episode to find out more.


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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
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

    • 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
47 of 53 people (89%) found this review helpful
138.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Total war: ROME II has been vastly improved from last years catastrophic release. This is the game that should have been released originally. It's not perfect but it's now a solid fun TW Rome experience, which I can finally comfortably recommend.
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77 of 119 people (65%) found this review helpful
237.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
I would say that this is like getting a Vietnamese tranny and a female hockey player to tie you up, put a plastic bag over your head and punch your balls until you come. Some people enjoy it, some people don't.

I know I do.
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44 of 63 people (70%) found this review helpful
865.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
My life has disappeared
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
893.3 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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30 of 49 people (61%) found this review helpful
392.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Product: TotalWar:Rome II

Rating: 10/10

Recommended amount to pay: Without all the DLC I think this game should be worth about $49.99 to $59.99

Personal thoughts of game:
Pro-Very impressive all round and very enjoyable for historical lovers, also big improvements from earlier titles
Con-Requires a very nice processor for best graphical display and also DLC mabie alittle to expensive

Why I recommend this: This game is enormously entertaining to fans of historical strategy games like myself. The Battles
inparticular look incredible compared to pretty much all competitors, and online play can be very epic and fun. There is quite a large variety of different ways to approach the many different styles of battle. I personally love the Total War series and own just about all of its titles and I would say this is their best title yet.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
386.3 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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19 of 33 people (58%) found this review helpful
200.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
With the release of Emperor Edition, Total War: ROME II has finally launched the game they meant to make back in 2013, a full year ago. What this means is ROME II no longer has fatal bugs, crashes, humorously rendered faces, poorly designed building trees, poorly designed tech trees, or painful wait times between turns. The bugs are gone, the polish is there, it is safe to say this is a completed game.

This might be too long for people, so I'll put my final thoughts here and then if you wish you can read the justification for them below:

Rome 2 is more of a management game than a strategy game. There are very few strategic descisions to be made in this game after 30 turns into a campaign. You simply build buildings, train troops, give movement orders, and upgrade generals because if you don't the game gives you a pop up telling you what you forgot to do. There's a shameful lack of interesting battles to be fought, and it hardly matters what buildings you choose to upgrade or build, and it certainly doesn't matter what general traits you choose. So you click the buttons to get the pop ups to go away, and eventually you start wondering why you started the game up in the first place, because there's no game to be had here.

I'll start with the Campaign.

The map is pretty, but a pain to navigate when your empire is large, as the camera does not zoom out enough on the main screen, forcing you to go into 'strategic mode' and double click and have the game zip the camera over there. Despite there being several views of the map: the normal camera, the strategic map, and the diplomatic map (the latter of the two having options to change different overlays) there is still no good way to get a picture of what is going on in your empire. The Strategic map will show you the position of your armies and enemy armies, but it doesn't tell you how big the armies are, or how much movement they have left. So when you see an enemy flag in your territory, you still have to zoom your camera over there to see if its a full army or one of the small, threatless stacks the AI likes to create.

On the campaign you will develope your cities and move your armies. The UI for these functions is minimalistic with lots of tool tips that pop up. This allows you to get a good look at the graphics, and a poor look at what the buildings do and what affects are on your armies and generals. To compare two different buildings you have to hover over one, wait for the tool tip, memorize the stats then hover over another, wait for the tool tip and mentaly compare the stats of the first option. There is no side by side view, or a list of effects or anything. This leaves you mousing back and forth frequently trying to pick which building you want. The buildings themselves often offer small percentage bonuses to one type of income (cultural for example) and cost food. Thus one must balance their food and food-demanding buildings appropriately. This is an ok mechanic. It's not great, but it's something to break up the monotony or the linear upgrades of other Total War titles. However once you have a large empire, it is very easy to lose interest in min-maxing your buildings, because you end up conquering so many cities so quickly that you always have food and you always have money, so balancing the economy and food tends to go away at a certain size. The technology tree feels rather pointless and linear. It provides either a flat bonus to troops (like upkeep, movement speed, or combat effectiveness) and access to buildings which allow higher teir troops to be trained. This mechanic is hollow. It primarily serves to gateway what troops are available at what times of the game, because the flat bonuses are small and inconsequential. Some of the religious buildings will increase your research rate by a small amount, but the technology tree still fees shallow and arbitrary. In Rome 1 units were gated by buildings, and occasionally (in the case of Roman legionaries) the date. This functioned better, and was more transparent, which allowed for better planning.

I like the feature of generals and armies leveling up, but they get too many bonuses and they seem so small and unnoticeable. This leaves me clicking one at random and not really caring, similar to buildings.

Other aspects of the campaign map are simmilar enough to the other Total Wars that I can't expect anything more or less from them.

On to the battles.

Battles are pretty. There's plenty of nice effects that let you see your army of antiquity on the battlefield in high fidelity. However, due to the nature of Total War AI (which is SLIGHTLY improved in Rome 2) the battles are boring. As long as you line your men up to face the enemy properly and prevent any sad attempts the AI makes at flanking you, you'll probably win. This is a problem because the battles are supposed to be the best part. That's where they spent all the money, right? Right?

The unit variety is nice, and I could complain about the way pikemen don't really feel like pikemen, and that the difference between heavy cav and light cav is very minimal, but there's no point, because it takes a special kind of idiot to lose to a Total War AI. I haven't played much multiplayer, I presume the battles are decently interesting when they're both controlled by a human.


There's a mysterious and unfortunate paradox to the Total War series. If you are playing correctly on the strategy map, you would make sure you have the highest chance to win a battle as you possibly could. This means that most of the battles you fight you will have overwhelming odds and you can auto resolve them with 95% of your army remaining. Fighting it out would be boring, and you probably wouldn't save that many casualties commanding yourself so what's the point? This means that there's a small 20-30 turn window at the start of a game where you actually fight the battles because you only have one or two armies and you need to put them in 'risky' situations. And since in a fair fight you will always defeat the AI you win those risky situations. But once you're large enough you tend not to fight battles, and just auto resolve as you blob over the entire map. Which leads me to the short sampler from the top of the page.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Rome wasn't patched in a day.
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12 of 20 people (60%) found this review helpful
79.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
I do not recommend this game.

Since it was released it took ~15 patches to make the game remotely playable. It still isn't a good product. Why?
I was shocked by CA's policy switch in making Total Wars in the recent years. The whole switch to arcadey styles, rushing, questionable and enraging DLC policy, closing mod development support and more.

When Rome 2 came out, it was a mess. Unplayable, buggy, awkward in all aspects. Then all that mess about "listening" to player feedback, staunchly defending the obvious issues and ignoring them. After 15 patches here we are and I gave the game another shot. Still disappointed with the game mechanics and polish...and then they announce Attila. A reskin(Barbarian Invasion, anyone?) which any modder could make if they actually released proper modding tools and unlocked all aspects. All in all, the Total War series is dumbed-down, and in my opinion not worth buying until CA gets their bussiness together and stop charging reskins after reskins with overpriced DLC(Which should be in the base game anyway).
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
101.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
Pretty good game.You need a good computer to run it though and the DLC is kinda sad
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Kind of a hit or miss game, I'm easier to please than most folks. I agree the DLC shoulda been put into the base game but nothing I can control and the whining of the communityhasn't changed CA's mind. Had some issues with drivers trying to play it, even on low graphics, and my machine is garbage either. good thing I like the old Total War games and dont mind poopy graphics. Gives it that Rome: Total War feel
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
A massive step backwards from Shogun 2 in almost every way. Every change for the better (Line of sight, strategic overview, army stances) is far outshadowed by downright stupid design decisions, a terrible UI and generally poor execution. It isn't just that the AI is still consistently stupid and the bugs constant a full year after release; it's that the basic design of the gameplay mechanics is inferior to Shoguns.

An abysmal waste of the Rome license. Hopefully Atilla can fix many of this game's issues.
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3 of 4 people (75%) 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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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
57.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
been a total war fan since the first rome total war . purchsased rome 2 when it first came out played for 8 hours and couldnt torture myself any longer . waited a year for them to patch just played again for 20 hours ...still crap . i really tried to love this game being a tw fan ........but i just cant .

what i dislike
political system . wtf
babsysitting individual units
broken , glitches , crashes etc ....unbearable (yes my cpu exceeds recommended specs, updated evrything etc )

all said and done this game is not fun just frustrating . what a waste of $
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
55.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Rome 2- Emperor Edition update - All patches up to

I have not touched this game since last year, now being october 2014 i thought i'd reinstall it (BTW that came with alot of issues - but i got it to work)

The emporer edition to the game is a good idea, i like the new factions and the story behind them being interested in the time period myself.

So anyway since Rome 2's early days, alot has been improved. The AI is starting to think for itself and SOMETIMES picks a good army to field (infantry instead of 18 units of missile/cavalry archers) As we all know how annoying that can be.
Siege AI is much better an can effectivley assault a garrison as much as you'd expect from a computer player, having said that it could be improved, especially when defending. When they defend, they are still not going to the right areas (capture areas)
The campaign AI is better, but still appears to be lost...by this i mean randomly appearing to attack then leaves without even a shoe thrown. Diplomacy is still a disgrace, they'll pretty much reject everything until your rich or have alot of military allies.
Don't even get me started on agents - CA, they are the dumbest thing you've ever done, seriously. I understand spying and such, but when your capital is surrounded by like 9 spies.... it's to the point where you can't raise an army in that city of fear he'll be assassinated during your end turn!
The new politics system however is a much needed improvment on the old and i do quite like it, now just to bring back family trees and other roman factions on the gran campaign like in Rome 1?
So moving on...
Tactics by the AI... I'll keep this short and sweet, there's alot more of this on other posts i guess.
1. I find it extremely annoying when fighting an enemy still... if they have a good stack of infantry, they won't double up to keep reserves, they'll use the entire battlefield to position one battle line.
3. Flanking is still 50-50...AI only does it on occasions that i've noticed.
4. Testudo doesn't work still - Roman AI won't use it approaching walls.

I was never good and paragraphing in college so it's probably a literacy mess up there. ^^
Having said all that.
I do like the new edition with it's new factions and improved bits but i think CA wasted their time with DLC'S and add ons and given us a polished turd...a runny one at that, rather than really focusing on the real issues here.
Yes i know they keep releasing patches...but seriously how long can they keep this up before admitting it's a disgrace...oh and what number patch are we even on now? ;)

It seems they released a game 2 years before it's time and tried to sweeten us up with the extras...
Overall verdict by me, a customer among thousands i'm sure.
Game release - 1/5
TO date release - 2/5
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
874.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Always freezes.. cant even play, good game other than that....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
82.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
Aside from the lukewarm, overhyped release, this game isn't bad. That said, I'd rather play the original RTW for a "true" Rome experience. This feels a bit bogged down in its complexity in some ways and oversimplified in others.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
904.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
great game if it works and it has not worked for me in months wont start tried everything i know to fix it im pretty sure i will never buy any other total war series game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
111.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
this game made steps forward in certain areas but maintaining a large empire seems impossible and attacking citties is anooying instead of fun
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