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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Greeley
59.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
Product received for free
I really enjoy the bits of gameplay I can get to. Coming from Civ V, I really enjoy TW's way of paying to recruit your troops, as opposed to in CIV where you must wait several turns for each unit. This allows for a lot more warfare every turn. The actual battles are really fun and challenging and thankfully a huge releief from the more boring battles in Civ, storming the beaches with 30 ships and pouring into the city from every side and meeting your enemy in battle is extremely satisfying... and I don't think its matched by any game aside from Mount and Blade.

The turn based aspect is also pretty engaging, there are meters for unhappiness and food and taxes, balancing these with city upgrades is fairly straightforward and mastery of this simple mechanic can prove to make you rich and capable of supporting large armies


Why I ultimately can't reccomend the game (at least for this patch):


I am quite saddened as I just can't get passed turn 30-40 on both singleplayer and multiplayer due to crashes on the AI turns. I have put in about 60 hours in total war and i'm starting to doubt whether I'll get this game to work at all to where I don't need to restart over and over by the time I capture 2-3 cities.

Its a bit of a disheartening thing, I got this game for free, but I was going to buy Attila to play with a friend. However I now worry about purchasing any other Total War game because of my experiences with Rome II.

I have a 980ti, i7 3930k, 16GB RAM, Windows 10.
If you have similar specs and are worried it won't work for you, I'd stay away unless its on sale or you can get it for free.

Its a bloody damn shame too, I really like this game.
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blacktodafuture
545.3 hrs
Posted: September 25
I have over 500 hours on thing game playing on a laptop that could barley handle it, and I still managed to have a blast despite all the issues. But i get a new computer with all of its gaming glory and reinstall Rome 2 to truly enjoy its glory. Lo and behold some patch get released that literally breaks the game. Anytime i start it no it just get stuck on the Rome2 load screen. I have tried every fix from here to there, posted on official forums, been ignored and had my post deleted. thousands of people are having this issue when the game just worked the other day? So good job Sega and Creative for breaking a game mid-stride and then ignoring the issue for months, lord know i want a refund but its too damn late for that!
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Lt. Whiskers
25.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
Great game. If only it didn't crash every time I reached turn 79 - 20 hours in.
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FatToni665
220.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
Really fun, expensive Dlc's.

10/10
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Ser Bake of House Stu
617.5 hrs
Posted: September 25
This isn't 2013. The game is well optimized, loaded with content and has a huge map. It has hundreds of hours of playing value and is all around a fantastic entry in the series.
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vanzi
344.3 hrs
Posted: September 25
One of the best entries in the Total War series. These days it's completely stable for me, but the original launch was pretty rough.
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-=Jimmy=-
134.7 hrs
Posted: September 24
The amount of bugs and crashes is still very unpleasant after all those years and attempts to save a game that could have been great but never matched its ambition. Wouldn`t recommend to purchase.

4/10
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SelGal
100.7 hrs
Posted: September 24
One of my favorite games to play. It had a really awful launch but with all the patches it's become a really awesome game. I can spend hours playing the campaign because it's so easy to get ducked into it. Massive battles are a bit laggy, but that's how just about all Total War games are due to its ♥♥♥♥♥♥ engine (massive battles are still super fun to play though). The game bugs out sometimes buts that kind of expected, and it's nothing game breaking (units occasionaly won't go where theyre ordered to or won't move off a wall). Even with all of its faults it's still a super awesome game. I highly recommended it (especially for any history buffs)
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dj dj-khaled
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
prank
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Phi
102.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
I bought all the dlc(s) and I don't even know why
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
195 of 217 people (90%) found this review helpful
175 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 27
Rome wasn't patched in a day.
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44 of 60 people (73%) found this review helpful
46 people found this review funny
27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
208.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
This game gets a lot of ♥♥♥♥. I like it. Playing as Rome you are a power house from the get go. Literaly your men are the only guys in the civilised world who seem to not use spears. The Greeks even use spears for cutting their food. The game is essentialy you murdering your way to respect. Then you have to murder your way through Hate. Finally you murder your self right to victory. The only issue then is that if you loot 1 city you have at least 10 slave revolts in each city. The slaves also seem to be more experienced than the soldiers who took over their lands and the rest of the bloody world. Doesnt matter though because Legionaries can kill absolutely anything. I wont settle for all your male population I will kill Ra the sun God to.

1. Hear loads of ♥♥♥♥ about this game

2. Play the game with low expectations

3. Pleasently suprised

4. be Rome

5. Take over most of the world

6. Get Legions

7. beat entire stack of enemy levy with 1 vet Legion squad

8. Have endless slave revolts. Kill more slave then the amount of prisoners you captured

9. get confused

10. desire more realistic experience

11. divide et impera

12. play as Rome

13. Fail as you have spears now instead of swords.

14. got to Shogun 2

15. commit sepuku

10/10 would murder many slaves and defeat entire armies with one over powered unit again
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
797.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Whenever I talk to people about rome 2 the immediate reaction is that rome 1 is more fun and more accurate than rome 2. Well agreed there is no free for all mode in Rome 2 which sucks majorly, I mean what is the point of a 2v2 if you can't beat up your ally for being incompetent or backstabbing everyone around you. It may not seem like a make or break thing in a game but the free for all defined rome, sure the javelinmen sucked ♥♥♥ and if your spearmen couldn't form a phalanx they sucked ♥♥♥ as well and all the barbarian infantry on an equal leg (without upgrades) would get beaten up by romans everyday of the week, furthermore the carthagianian mecernaries were underrepresented, the spanish suck many things as a faction and Spain at the time compromised of multiple tribes, armenian spearman are to pufta, macedon do not have the right symbol to represent them, the historical accuracy of what artillery pieces each faction had available are sketchy at best, unit details in general are misleading from being culturally inaccurate like seleucid archers are less likely to have resembled greek archers to german spearmen having a pike phalanx formation WTF???

On these many point I am therefore a greater fan of Rome 2 because Rome 2 allows you to fight battles with much more accurate unit compositions meaning the battles are more realistic, javelin units suddenly have a purpose and the tactics you can employ with them much more sophisticated this is no longer a swords vs archers vs cav vs large, tactical game it is way more expansive.

Campaiging has also been a touchy subject when I have discussed it but given that not many people buy all the expansions it can be hard to explain nonetheles wasting that amount of money just to make it a full game is criminally insane and certain people should experience ancient warfare without any safeguards or be sent back in time to appreciate why dividing the cost between the main game and so called expansions damages what the game is trying to achieve for the player, an immersive experience with a context of historical warfare that is far superior to Rome 1.

it is easy to point fingers that greece was not divided betwen sparta and athens and that in reality there were many city states but why would the total war team have added the greek states campaign. In reality it is impossible to include every singe faction in history into a grand campaign as the map and interface would become incredibly distorted not to mention the change in where settlements are, routes, roads etc. For instance for a armenian history buff where is tigrano? Nowhere is a good answer. That is why Rome 2 with everything packed in is a great game provided all the extras are stuffed in sure it still falls short of real history but hey everything does as we find ourselves increasingly finding holes in the past the further forward we go, its time people just learnt to improvise again (just not to a Rome 1 standard more sort of stop picking small holes and making them larger).

My only concerns are the lack of a free for all mode in multiplayer, the cost of the so called expansion packs which you need to make the game run and as always with Rome 2 the accuracy of siege engines available to all factions, but don't let that ruin the game it still feels more realistic than Rome 1 ever will.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,114.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Played for over 1100 hours and still enjoying the game
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
171.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
If you're a big Rome fan, don't mind the Warscape Engine era of TW... Sure, buy the game, cheap, on a sale. It's now actually working, still has some animation issues, but nothing game breaking anymore.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND THE "DIVIDE ET IMPERA" MOD. I think it makes the game what it should be (or at least as close as they could get it) and it gives a hell of a lot new factions. Not stupid DLCs.
If you're coming here from Medieval II and before, don't even bother trying vanilla, go straight to DEI. Oh and also the RTW music mod for some real quality music. ;)
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
a game u should play before leave this world.
if u are from those people who like history try it
if u like rts games taste it
if u like to spend hundreds of hours in gaming buy it.
my rating 8/10
Total war fans will love it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
120.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
DLC at its finest.
But besides that its an good strategy game. Especially the battles on sea are great.






The original Rome is better.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
288.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Is it good when it was launched back in 2013? Oh hell no that was a disaster.
But after all these years work by devs and modders is it a good game now? Oh hell yeah. (Rome wasn't patched in one day)

Very smooth gameplay, great improvements over previous TW games in just every aspects, absolutely recommend it whether you are or are not a Roman history fan.

And look at just how good the launch of Attila and Warhammer is, you'll understand CA learned their lessons. Good job on this one.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
177.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
Have spent a lot of hours on the Total War games. Worth getting.

They're not without flaws, but they're usually well done, comprehensive, with a lot of worthwhile varied gameplay (meta view large map, city-level resource management and building, battlefield combat, etc)

Again, not perfect, and CA seems to knock out games that will have 1-2 glaring flaws or glitches that only get fixed by the modding community, but still a fun game and worth playing for those into this genre.
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