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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Baron Yemo
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
After playing from ROME 1 to Medieval 2 to Empire to Napoleon to Shogun 2... this is the worst total war I have ever play... its just simply not interesting at all and boring... the family system, its boring... the traits, its nothing special... it's not interesting as the previous total wars... and i dont understand - why all the units from different faction doesn't look much diferent? and the technologies... is damn boring... it shouldn't be that way... is very disappointing and this is the first total war that make me feel bored JUST AFTER 7 HOURS OF GAMEPLAY!!
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NeptuneUK
( 422.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
The best. So much better than the dire state it was released. Total War - perfected.
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carlos.ita
( 411.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
From the first day it was released until today it's been always full of bug and unbalanced, even if i managed to complete campain in legendary mode i did not enjoyed it.
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blobBIT
( 90.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
It offers reasonable amount of entertainment value for it's full price but I feel like the pricing has gone out of hand with blood DLC and stuff. Atleast for DLC, I would recommend waiting until sales before purchase.

I would no doubt recommend buying a total war game. As for should you buy this one, that depends on do you like the theme - if you don't care about it I would go with total war: warhammer instead as for now.
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hastatus
( 180.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
I have no idea where these near 200 hours of gameplay came from - i certainly do not remember playing this game that long.

Oh wait

LOADING TIMES!

All Total Wars, starting from Empire are nowhere near the standard of Medieval 2 and Rome 1.

Why?

I am a type of person that enjoys, pays attention to combat, close melee combat and animations involved.

You can make up the rest I am sure.
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hochung.cho
( 84.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
This game is on the whole, a massive disappointment. Diplomacy is broken, AI is decrepit, and various units are too overpowered or underpowered. Campaign is completely unplayable as several factions. I am quite disappointed, especially at the high cost of the game.
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d.reid18
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Great game.
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thedarkmarauder58590
( 310.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Personally, I really enjoyed Rome II. Spent countless hours building up a legion and caring for it. I'm sure many a history buff like myself will also understand the names of characters for instance, Scipio Africanus, Octavian, etc. All in all, a thoroughly recommendable purchase.
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105 of 115 people (91%) found this review helpful
103 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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33 of 51 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
119.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
Pay £3 if you want gore
Pay £10 if you want to play as factions already in the game
Pay £10 if you want more units
pay £10 if you want more priates
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
131.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Rome was not patched in a day - Some guy

That's the raw truth, you know. Ever since the huge pile of bullsh bugs and unbalances this game was upon release, things are a lot different now. And for the best.

The full package of Rome II: Emperor Edition includes a Grand Campaign, 4 DLC Campaigns, 9 gameplay packs, 10 million dollars, a prostitu, never mind, I think you get the point. Some of these DLCs are free and others are a bit too pricey for what they offer. My advice? get them during steam sales.

For the sake of briefness, we will mostly stick to the Grand Campaign. You got a map stretching from the Brittanic Isles and Iberia to Northern Africa and Bactria. The faction you choose will be somewhere inside this vast landscape, and your goal is to fulfill certain objectives to beat the game. The map is historically accurate, and please, show some understanding and don't complain about certain "historical cities" missing, if every aspect of history was added in this game, we would have a giant mess to deal with that would be pretty unplayable.

The gameplay is pretty complex. As your faction's leader you got access everywhere: from internal politics between parties and dynasties, to economy, to constructing new buildings, armies, navies, to recruiting agents, to foreign policies and much more. You have so much to do and so many ways to destroy or subjugate your enemies, you will never be bored. Every playthrough is unique and always something new and different happens, requiring your skills to take care of it. Diplomacy, economy, military, they all are the means to an end. And you have to learn how to use them properly.

When is comes to AI things are a bit obvious: it's completely predictable. The AI does this certain loop: build big armies, attack neighbours, refuse 80% of the time to trade, repeat. Seriously, no idea why it's so impossible to trade with other factions in this game. You have to make huge coin offers that will obliterate your coffers and most of the times, it's just not worth it. Particularly, I can't recall Rome as a faction to ever accept my trade offers. What a bunch of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s they are.

As for the battle AI, things are better there. The enemy actually adapts to your tactics, trying to counter your movements and is not afraid to use dirty tactics to finish you off (like using huge amounts of javelins or hit-and-run tactics with cheap units). If you don't know what you are doing or take too long to come up with a proper strategy and battle plan, the AI will proudly march back home with your general's head mounted on a spear. SPOILER ALERT: pikes and horse archers beat anything. Kind of.

Not gonna lie though, the game is BEAUTIFUL. The sounds are top notch, the soldiers are detailed, the animations very cool and there are thousands of soldiers on the battlefield, ready to slaughter each other for your amusement. Combine it with graphics mods and all you have to do is order a roman armor from ebay to complete your immersion. It's simply that good.

Rome II still has several flaws, many of them fixed by Attila. That doesn't mean the game is unplayable, in fact it's extremely enjoyable and has a tremendous amount of replayability. Trying out new factions with different playstyle, take different courses than your last playthrough, epic, massive scale battles and cunning diplomacy combine in an amazing package of fun. And for those that want to take it more competitive, there's also the option to play online.

RATING:

Gameplay:
7.5/10

Presentation:
9.5/10

Story:
9/10

Unique Factor: Replayability:
10/10

OVERALL: 9/10
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21 of 36 people (58%) found this review helpful
3 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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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
341.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
Geat game. Even better with mods.
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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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13 of 22 people (59%) 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
457.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
Amazing game! With all the patches (and DLC...), really lives up to the original. Can't recommend enough
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
189.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
This is the best strategy game ever in my experience.... The way it makes you feel connected to ur empire, the feeling is awesome!!! The Graphics, the gameplay, hell even the attention to details have been taken care of... Must play!
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