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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HAZE
( 236.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
This game had a terrible launch but since the release of the emperor edition things have got a lot better. Most of the game breaking bugs have been fixed and the abysmal AI is at least playable now. I wouldn't let the bad AI take away from what is a very good, higly detailed strategy game. But nowhere near as good as the original. 8/10

Edit: I fully recommend you play this with the Divide et Impera mod.
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[BG]bOuRnE
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Nice Game
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FuzioN
( 126.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Takes forever to finish a campagin. Buggy
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sm.horn
( 1,014.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Good game but once you get to 4-5 armies no-one can touch you its just a case of bringing civilisation to the savages. would of been good to have an AI that full on goes at you.
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BigG
( 250.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Product received for free
for some reason this game just refuses to start up on my computer, when there is nothing wrong with it all i hear is the background music for the game but no way to play it.
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Tiago
( 180.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
The mods saved it.
7/10
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Sjoepap
( 324.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Cool game, finally polished after the disastrous release. Really enjoying it now
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Ashrazal
( 102.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Bought it, played it, hate it.
it gets dull so fast, everything seems so immensly tryhard when it comes to "re-inventing" the total war series.
rome 1 is still a hundred times better than this piece of visually appearling garbage.
in short rome 2 really is everything that's wrong with the new generation of games.
Dumbed down, childish, broken piece of trash that's somewhat visually better looking than its predecessor.
I don't know who in their right mind puts a pricetag of 50+35$ on this.

Don't waste your money and buy it on a massive dicount and see for yourself or even better... don't and wait for warhammer. total war... just make sure you preorder or you'll have fun paying for every dlc out of your ***.
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Festivus
( 235.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
With all of the updates and add ons Total War: Rome II has finally became the game that we all had originally hoped and prayed for. With a massive amount of choosable factions with hundrewds of different faction traits and military features Rome II captures the spirit of a great Toal War game that fans all love and adore. With a very large workshop community as well players have seemingly endless possibilitiess for new experiences and challenges in the Rome II universe.
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kluke5en
( 551.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
This is quite a top notch game. As you can see, I've played the crap out of it. I love it and all that you can do with it! It's crazy how many possibilities for battles and campaigns there are! I love it and recommend it.
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lefterisho
( 45.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
EXCELLENT GAME I ADMIRE THE BEAUTIFUL WORK OF TOTAL WAR STUDIOS
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davsax38
( 271.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
i will not swear but this game is totally crap, the last total war i buy!!!!! there are some good prats like units built with general, and the tech tree, not much though!!! spies and the likes can keep and army poisoned in one place turn after turn, you cant get alliences etc but all ur enemies can, practically every tribe has better units than rome,, DEF, ATT, EVEN MORALE WHICH I FIND VERY STRANGE, and even when you get to cohorts, you would expect a little more def, att, moral more than other tribes cause thats when they became professional paid army, lol at least the first rome had that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and dont get me started on the batlle sims, lets just say ur missile units are more dangerous to ur units than their missile units so for me i have to rate this as low as a hot place that is rumoured to be beneath, long live empire, please dont ruin that 1 like you have done with this 1, compared to the first rome this one iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisssss absolute pants, northern european tribes with scorpions!!!!!!!!! REALLY!!!! PMSL!!!! MINUS 100/ 10, YES THATS RIGHT PEOPLE THEY HAVE RUINE THE TOTAL WAR GENRE with this 1 game, thank god i didnt buy ALL the add on games,
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VexNinjas
( 236.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Rome 2 is a good game with no mods. With mods it is one of the best total war games out. If you like total war get this game
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CaptainMTW
( 98.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Awesome game,buy the dlc on sale and u cant go wrong.
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King Chum Chum
( 244.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Not a bad game, aside from the minor bugs, it is very fun even though it is not as good as the first one.
7/10
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Lano
( 152.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Champain takes atleest 2 years of your real life. And wardogs are bugged as allways.

How about making a smaller map, and test the game before selling it?
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graythorn777
( 1,095.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Tried the game a bit its okay i guess.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
56 of 79 people (71%) found this review helpful
74 people found this review funny
Recommended
117.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
I'm finally able to build Rome in a day.
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37 of 59 people (63%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
118.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 30
I was introduced to Total War only last year, and since then I have played Medievil 2, Shogun 2, Attila, and Rome 2. Of those, I have to say Rome 2 is by far the worst. While it can still be fun, the game is just a sloppy mess that tries it's best to suck the enjoyment out of itself.

We'll start with the good things. The time period is fantastic. This is Rome during the height of their power, not the shadow of glory that is present in Attila. You can re-enact the war against Carthage, you can play as the ancient Greeks or Egpyt if you like, or even try to reclaim Alexander the Great's empire as one of the successor kingdoms. As I said, the time period is great and the map size is awesome. I love how at the beginning of the campaign there are dozens of different factions trying to fight for control of the ancient world. And the game is still a Total War game, with all of the positive things that that entails.

Now onto the negative. The game is a broken, complicated mess. Mechanics don't work as they should. Fortify stance giving you +50% reinforcement range? No, it doesn't. Units tend to blob up despite the use of a "formation attack" toggle. Morale mechanics are broken, I've had units at over 50% break and route even though they were "winning decisively." Your general is useless, he will always be one of the first troops to fall if his unit is attacked no matter what angle it's from. Sometimes units won't even follow orders. I had a unit of Roman Cavalry that I was telling to attack a unit of enemy slingers. Despite the fact that they registered the order, they stopped thirty feet from the slingers and stood there. No matter how many times I told them to attack they just sat there until they finally routed from losses garnered by standing in the line of fire for ten minutes.

Other battlefield mechanics make no sense. How are slingers dropping my Super Heavy Spear Infantry locked in a shield wall from the front? Then there is the truly broken: Pikes. You know your game has severe balance issues when multiplayer rooms are usually tagged with "no pikes allowed" because Pikeman > EVERYTHING. Without a doubt. I once had a unit of heavy swordsmen in a shield wall acting as an anvil for a unit of light pikemen. I then hit those pikes from behind with a unit of heavy melee cavalry. Both of my units routed without the pikemen taking any significant losses.

The campaign map isn't much better. Buildings are overly complicated with their bonuses and negatives, turning empire-building into a game of hardcore addition and subtraction. Capturing territories is extremely slow because the public order system is designed to bog you down. Generals will pick up negative traits for idling in cities after only one turn. The "political intrigue" system is boring, time consuming, and doesn't really have any effect on the rest of the campaign. The entire game just feels...Broken. This isn't even mentioning that half of the playable factions are locked behind a paywall. So you charge me $50 for a broken game that isn't even close to the whole package, then charge me an additional $35 to unlock the rest? What a joke.

What makes this worse is shortly after I played this I bought Attila. Attila is everything that Rome 2 should have been, which is even more upsetting because rather than fix the broken piece of junk they charged everyone good money for, they went ahead and just made another game that actually worked and said, "Sorry guys if you bought the crap that was Rome 2, go ahead and buy Attila instead! It works!" Don't get me wrong, I'm not hating on CA, I understand that ♥♥♥♥ happens sometimes..And since Rome 2 they've really stepped up their game. Look at how TW: Warhammer is shaping up! Not to mention that they're walking everyone through that development every step of the way! I am, however, hating on everything that happened to make Rome 2 the piece of ♥♥♥♥ that it is today. This is the black stain on your record, CA, and you owe everyone by making sure that this fiasco never happens again.

In short, don't play this ♥♥♥♥. Either get Attila or Warhammer instead, or go with one of their older titles. Those actually work.

OVERALL: 4/10
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28 of 43 people (65%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
49.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
After several patches, and with a healthy modding scene, it's a pretty great stratagy game. If you were turned off by it based on the early reception, it got a ton better so don't worry.

Attila is technically a better game, but I prefer the setting of Rome 2.
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30 of 47 people (64%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
99.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Too much DLC for a total War Game please stop
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22 of 36 people (61%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
58.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
While the base game is relatively fun and balanced, it feels small. CA is holding the other 50% of the game hostage for over $90. Do NOT buy this game unless it's on Steam sale for over 50% off. I'd say the base game is worth $20 at best.
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33 of 60 people (55%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
3,182.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
A Well rounded game that has provided me countless hours of enjoyment (around 3000 hours).
When compared to watching a 2 hour movie for 10 dollars. I have got my moneys worth with this game.
I wish that they didn't stray into the magical realm with the new upcoming warhammer total war but I understand you have to give the players what they want even if its steam punk meets harry potter looking crap that has gears with no function what so ever.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
466.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Got this a lot later than release date. A lot of hate towards how buggy it was etc. but it's always been fine for me. Lags a bit in city battles but that's it.

A solid total war game at the end of the day and well worth buying now.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
120.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
I have played all but one of the Total War games and I think this is a great addition. My only complaint is that diredting units on the battlefield can still be clunky but no more so than the other games in the series and in fact I would say it is a bit better in this edition than others.

It seems fairly well optimized for my PC, but I did have to turn down some of the graphics settings for the big battles when I had troop number maxes out. I run a GTX 760 though and I imagine if you have a 900 series card you should be able to play all maxed out. I got 121 hours of play out of this and did not even do the last scenario in Sparta. I may play that campaign later after a break, 121 hours and I think I have had enough for a bit, lol! I recoomend you get this game if you like the other games in the series. I had a great time with this.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
80.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Before this the only Total War I had real experience with was Medieval 2, and I've gotta say, I'm glad I picked this up. Thank you, franchise sale, because Rome 2 is my favorite strategy game experience ever. The world map management feels like a combination of Sid Meier's Civ V and Total War, and the research tree is a cool addition to the building. My only complaint about the world map is that it does feel a little oversimplified; definitely do your campaigns above "normal" difficulty if you want a real challenge.

Diplomacy is easier to do than ever before and it actually makes sense; your standing with a particular faction and its allies will actually affect what kind of treaties they'll enact with you, if any at all, and you're less likely to encounter random backstabbing. (Although why my client states maintain military alliances with countries I'm at war with I'll never know)

The actual battles are the same as before, with a pretty UI that tells you all you need to know and the addition of abilities - not just the formations, phalanxes, fire arrows, and stakes that we had before - but things like war cries to rally your own troops and intimidate the enemy all makes battles feel better and grittier. All the different types of battles are great too, and it's awesome having an online battle work out when you're the reinforcing navy coming rescue your teammates :P

All in all, would totally recommend this game, especially as a good starting point into the Total War franchise if you want something that's actually historical and cool

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
46.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
I recommend this game but only just. Too many problems for whatever reason. Decent game though. 7/10.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
236.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
This game had a terrible launch but since the release of the emperor edition things have got a lot better. Most of the game breaking bugs have been fixed and the abysmal AI is at least playable now. I wouldn't let the bad AI take away from what is a very good, higly detailed strategy game. But nowhere near as good as the original. 8/10

Edit: I fully recommend you play this with the Divide et Impera mod.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
89.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Not worth it for fans of history and/or fans of grand strategy games unless you are willing to get multiple mods or one of the total overhaul mods for it. Look for Vae Victis, Radious' mod or Divide et Impera and perhaps some others. I prefer Vae Victis because it centers on historical accuracy and includes the ability to play every faction.

Creative Assembly used to be fairly diligent when it came to historical accuracy; but now they can't even be bothered to correct the misspelling of an important Celtic tribe of the period, the Atrebates, as Atrebartes - even after many patches and updates and multiple DLC. CA is only in it for the money now and the days when the devs loved the history enough to care about such things is long gone. It takes modders now to make CA games good, when before (in the days of Med 1&2 and Rome 1 and Shogun 2) the mods merely improved upon already good games.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2,608.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 24
The game had a rough start with AI and all sorts of bugs. They have fixed that now imo. I find myself coming back to play this game over and over every time I get bored with another game. I would say that this game is awesome (as most of the games in the Total war series) and I really recommend buying it.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Now that the majority of the bugs from release have been patched, it's actually a fun game. Yes I am a sucker for the classical period (Rome, Greece, etc) so this game is fun for me and may make my comment biased. I played Rome 1 for hundres of hours like a lot of us fans have already done. So much like all of you I had high expectations for this game to be met... I'll edit this comment if there's anything that puts me off but so far it's entertaining me.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
164.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 29
Being a huge fan of total war franchise, I recommend this game to all. But...
It was really "painful" to play it on release, but now after 987 patches it is a decent game.
CA should be more careful with future releases.
This is "strike two"...
Remember Empire?
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 15
Units in this game rarely obey the orders I give.
No wonder none of this factions exist today.
10/10 for realism.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
258.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
Having spent over 200 hours on the game I must say that this is a must have for any RTS player
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
I don't actually have this game. I do not even know how I am typing this review.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
222.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Best Total War game out there. 10/10 would buy again
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
322.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
the most indepth game from tatal war massive armys and modifiable units
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