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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Gaius Julius Caesar
35.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
played this game a fair amount, its a terribly made game, it's AI is ♥♥♥♥ing useless, just got attacked with 1 canvalry unit vs a whole ♥♥♥♥ing city garrison, another example, i was attacking a city, prepared my artiller and rows of roman soldiers, the enemy came out of the city stool still fo 30 seconds and then started running in circles, this isnt 1 day after release this is ♥♥♥♥ing years after and the AI is still total garbage. dont buy this game, if u are going to buy it, then buy it of plati ru u can get for like 5 quid there sure as hell not worth 30 pounds total garbage.
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Fredz:
30.6 hrs
Posted: August 27
My game crash every time
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stevenharker43
60.4 hrs
Posted: August 27
this game is awsome and if worroer of sparte looks at this it would be nice to showcase a mod cadded golden guard its for rome
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ShamaN
213.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
its GoOD
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Romulus Augustus
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
Great game and worth the money really immersive
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TomGrubb
105.1 hrs
Posted: August 26
DID YOU GIVE UP ON THIS GAME? NO MORE PATCHES, STILL HAS STUPID ISSUES! FIX YOUR GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Stroganov
114.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
After three years of patches, this is now better than the original Total War: Rome.
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Long hair, don't care
1,797.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
Absolutely amazing game. Huge range of factions and units. Giant map. A masterpiece.
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Monokonos
30.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
It's smarter to just pirate the game so you dont have to pay for the moronic DLC content that should be in the game for free.
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VegeChips
12.4 hrs
Posted: August 25
Better than No Mans Sky
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
569.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Not the best Total war.. Not even the second best, or the third best, but i did play it for 500+ hours.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
212.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
First of all: I'm kinda a veteran in this game series and the major reason I bought this game was because of this, I was a fan of it. But after playing it a lot I simply cannot recommend it unless you get it for free, then you may kill some hours with it.

First the pluspoints: Ofc the marine battles are kinda the best advantage over the old Rome: Total War (1) and they're fun, though really messy and hardly controllable with like 40 ships (unless you pause the game). The new region boni are nice as well, the interface is good and looks nice. There might be some other good points that I forget to mention but that's jsut because the bad points outweigh everything else so hard. Let's get right into them:

First of all: The AI. Where should I start? It sucks in battle, it sucks on the campaign and sucks overall. It's diplomatic behavior is sometimes just plain stupid and senseless and it will never be able to lead a large scale war. Once you've established yourself as major power, the rest of the game is kinda grinding.
Siege battles which pose the biggest possibility for epic gameplay are - at least as defender (let's be honest: that's nicer) - just totally ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t. There's still a lot of bugs in the AI's behavior with siege ladders (like not using them at all or in a really stupid way) and it's strategy; well, 9/10 games will look like this: The AI will focus all it's power on one side, even when greatly outnumbering you, you use your garrison one 2, 3 keyspots where you kill all, if any up climbing enemies and after you killed them all, the AI will rally it's cavalry for a useless, stupid attack on your gates, just to get killed by towers. I'll leave it and that, even though there's more bad about the AI.

The battles in general: Surely core of the Total War franchise, the battles still have a lot of bugs in this version (and I doubt there will be updates fixing them) which kill all the fun. One of the biggest (and probably easiest to solve) problems is the missing "Hold-Position"-button we know and love from Rome 1. This will lead to your formation breaking when you tell your units to attack and any kind of archers - let's say thay engage Legolas-style fights without his skills.
The archers... Wish that was there only problem. Not only that they always have to set themselves up facing the enemy, possibly moving into the front battle when you want them attacking flanking enemies, they also have MAJOR issues targeting enemies with any kind of obstructions (including walls, buildings, rocks etc.) nearby. "Oh, I'm so gonna lure the enemy to this cliff so my archers will send a hail of arrows down there" - nope, not happening. "I will let the enemies on my walls and then make a shooting range out of them with my archers nearby, muhaha" - ye, try it. Will work in 1 out of 5 attempts, so go ahead.
I don't know how many archer battalions (and also battles) I've lost due to unexpected, senseless behavior of these ranged units. You gotta watch them more than a pyromaniac with gas & lighter.

And now my 3 major issue: Campaign AI and diplomacy. First one advice: Like in previous TW games, allies aren't worth the trouble. Basically, they won't ever rly help you (even though there's a nice lil' "ally target" feature in diplo screen), take away cities that you desperately wanted to conquer yourself (maybe because you just lost them) and they'll only get you into wars that you do not want. You like showing mercy and building up a team of vasalls? Well, ♥♥♥♥ you. They only pretend to be your friends. I do admit that they're less backstabby than in Shogun 2, but that's probably just due to them being too stupid to succeed.
And there's the major problem with the diplomacy: Trading cities isn't possible (and there are no mods to solve it). Not only do I think it's making it less immersive, it also hinders realistic peace negotiations and worst of all, as mentioned above, allies will steal your cities, if you don't plan ahead or if you rely on their help in defense. "Oh, I just recaptured that city that surprise army conquered from you. You want it back? FU ♥♥♥♥♥, it's mine now. Just declare war on my and ruin your rep, I am after all your loyal, helping ally since ages ago."

To sum it up: Don't buy it. Don't. It's maybe fun for a really short time but if you're keen on immersion and have some standards like I do, you probably won't enjoy it for long. I can garantuee you won't fight 10 battles without some really annoying issue that destroys all immersion.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
105.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Fun in a variety of ways, but very time consuming. If you like playing the turn-based game, you can do that and let the computer manage individual battles. If you prefer the real-time strategy, you can do that, too. I found myself mostly playing the turn-based portion, especially later in the game, but it can become very time consuming to manage your empire as it expands, and it requires a lot of micromanagement to make sure that you don't over-extend yourself and wind up getting destroyed (just as the Roman Empire did).
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
162.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
Enjoyable, especially if you like previous Total War titles. It was an unoptimized mess when it launched, but it's quite polished now.
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8 of 14 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
I'd heard this game was fixed since its disastrous launch so I decided to give it a try.

Conclusion: shouldn't have given it a try.

By far the biggest issue with this game is how absurdly easy it is, combat especially so (all of the following are my experiences from playing on Legendary difficulty). You can beat a force that has four times your numbers with next to no strategizing. Want to win every fight? Here's how. Take the high ground with your general and melee troops. Send your skirmishers and archers to shoot at the enemy. The enemy will probably stand there and take the punishment, letting you crush their morale and take out a sizable chunk of their army. On the off chance they attack your skirmishers, don't fret. Just walk back to your hill. The one unit they send (they only ever send one unit) will follow the skirmishers indefinitely, including into a wall of spears.

If they send cavalry after your skirmishers, fear not: cavalry love charging into pikes. Put a pike or spear near an AI cavalry unit and they'll ram into it like a bull into a red cape.

Besieging a city? Don't bother. Disband some of your troops from your army so that the AI gets confident and let them sally out to attack. Then proceed to do the above. After the entire garrison is dead, just autoresolve the siege and boom, you took a city with less than 200 casualties.

Don't even get me started on the abomination that is naval battle.

It's disgraceful that a real time strategy game requires so little strategy. AI is the most important part of these games, period. For some reason it was put on the backburner for Rome II.

Next up, the tech tree. Awful. The tech times are so ludicrously slow that you'll have conquered over half the continent by the time you build your first Tier III building.

Gold? Don't worry about it. After 10 or so turns you'll be making more than you know what to do with, unless you start out as Rome, where you have more gold than you'll ever need at turn 1.

Diplomacy is better than Civilization V, but that isn't saying much.

To wrap up: at first its fun to crush your enemies, but you'll find yourself thirsting for a challenge that will never come.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Product received for free
This game can´t come past the second turn.
Not when I tried it after I bought it when it as new, and not now after the developers have had a few years to fix the bugs.
I know one person that came to the second turn, but it crashed on him before the third turn instead.

How games worked perfectly ten years ago and game now a days dosn´t work at all eludes me.

0/10

Don´t buy. I lost too much money on this game. Watch out, don´t do the same mistake I did.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
551.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This is my favorite Total War game. I still play it nearly 3 years after it released.
One big issue though. After playing a campaign for awhile and gaining power, the game looses it's feel of urgency. (The first part of a campaign feels like being on a knife's edge. Very exciting.) While I understand that you need to progress, there usally is no other big threat on the map after you controll about 1/4 of it. ALL the other nations are still squabbling over small territories. I would expect that at least 2 or 3 empires would control 90% of the map other than I have at that point. It's a big enough gripe that it kind of ruins the latter game play of a campaign. On a good note, the battles are amazing to watch and I am still surprized at how you can use real life tactics from history and they work. (It's not perfect, of course. and there will always be room for improvement.)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
522.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Very good rts game I definetly recommend this for casual rts gamers but for competitive ones stick to csgo
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
302.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Best history-strategic game to date. With mods it's perfect game.
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