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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SaxoHorse
( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Fun game i suck at it but that cant stop me from recommending this fantastic game to anyone looking for massive scale real time battles slaying Romans as Armenia "Tushpa For Life"
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Caesardemort
( 541.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
spent money to buy the game? good! now spend some more to buy the other half of the game!
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Barbarossa Bey
( 327.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Fun for a little while.

After Empire : Total war.. any franchise has a stupid feature in it where the AI nation/faction gets an increase in their total number of units by the end of every turn.. despite that faction being bankrupt...

So in the end.. the winner is the one with the bigger stack of units.

A big money grub by Creative Assemblies.. Rome II showed CA's true colors.. a mafia firm with plenty of idiotic customers who still spend money on newer franchises.. not to mention the latest fantasy Warhammer (L-O-L)
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BooptyBop
( 29.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Would highly recommend this game to anyone who is either just getting started with the Total War franchise or has been playing them for awhile. The only thing I'm not a fan of is starting off with an already established Roman empire campaign. In some ways it can be more difficult to maintain a large empire if you haven't had experience doing it before, which can be frustrating. Overall, I think this is a fantastic game!
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Paul Vitti
( 137.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Here are the three steps for finishing the campaign:

- Survive around 30-40 turns with 'green diplomacy'
- Recruit some 'Phalanx' guys
- It's over, start thinking about another campaign

Honestly, if the Medieval Total War 1 had such a multiplayer option, I wouldn't even have a look at the store page of this game.

Hail to the inquisitors!
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de Lauer
( 325.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Its Okay..just wasted some Time of my life for this. I regret nothing!
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risasi
( 352.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Prior to buying Rome II I've owned every Total War title except Napoleon. I bought it last spring in a Steam sale for $15. Totally worth it at that price. Since it's coming on three years since release I feel it ought to be $30 now, maybe $45 or $60 if they included all or much of the DLC content.

I've grown to really like this title. Diplomacy is a major improvement. At first I didn't like general/army system, but the lack of tedium in army replenishment has really grown on me too. There are certain things I still like better in the RTW/M2TW engine. Battles feel better in melee and I liked the city building aspect better. Surprisingly I've not really missed the family tree. But I feel as a whole R2 is a much better game compared to RTW and M2TW. When comparing mods it's too subjective. I still like RS, EB and Stainless Steel, but I'm quite content playing Rome II in vanilla or DEI now and have been too lazy to reinstall the older titles.
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DisasterTourist
( 34.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
It was fun for a while. They were fixing all the bugs that were there at launch. Suddenly I can't even launch the game. Half the time it crashes back to the desktop and the other half I have to restart my PC.
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RepublicUprising
( 237.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
SO for a while now I have owned Rome 2 total war and I didnt own it at launch mainly because total war has a history of ♥♥♥♥♥♥ launches and I was right to wait. But anyway, Now this game is one of my favorites beside Shogun 2. The massive battles and sieges are a ton of fun. Not to mention tons of mods to make gameplay more interesting and exciting. I own most of the dlc and they are excellent. I definetely recommend this game.
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torins444
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
if plan on testing this out and getting a refund if you dont like it then dont bother it plays a trick with steam pretending to run when your not playing
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Smelling_Lithium
( 599.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Look at my game hours and see that I am not commenting on ignorance!

I have played Rome 2 since it first came out long ago, and it was virtually unplayable for months after initial release.
I kept playing after a few months of patches and free factions came into it, and was amazed I could play the game with LESS game breaking crashes.
Seriously not looking good at this point, I kept playing (Against all logic) and learned the game was broken in more ways than bugs. The AI will kill itself in time, so no point doing anything. I hear the AI is better now and try again only to find the Ai needs cheat income, food, and sanitation becuase to fix its self destructive issues.
I can confirm the AI is, and always was, utterly broken and never fixed properly.

Deplomacy is also terrible with less options within it than Shogun 2, or even Rome 1!
(Keep that brief as everyone else has hit this point a thousand times)

Finally, the factions are just wrong. Everyone fights in formations which is not right, unit stats are crazy, and it feels all factions are built from the same base with no actual individuality. It seems balancing was more inportant than character and historic accuracy. An even bigger shame they didn't get that right either

All in all, this is a very lazy game and a shameful stain on Total War. A perfect example of the decay of game industry standards and the new game making philosophy of not caring for pubilc opinion, so long as certain sales targets are met and then abondoning the game and its comunity while promising better next time.

Don't waste your time like I did on this.
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dmnlalos
( 110.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
My favourite total war game
Lets start.
I loved that game since the moments i saw the first trailer and bought it immediatly upon release
The grand campaign is best for any gamestyle or faction since most of the factions at the begining are equally big.the emperor edition is also great with great new features.my favorite dlc is the one with the peloponisian war and as a greek myself ican rell is very realistic i would buy this game at any price.i cant comment about the supposed bugs and crashes and other terrible technical stuff that existef upon release since i dint experience them at any campaign or custom battle.maybe i was lucky.ilove the Tw series and hope they continue making games like this ☺


Ps tw warhammer is the worst idea for a fantasy TW ever i hated it
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scope_72
( 55.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I'm more than 50 hours into the grand campaign as Rome. I think it could easily last 80 hours. I've really enjoyed this game and it has lots of replayability. At some point I'll probably do the Imperator Augustus campaign that comes with it for free as well.

If you can get this game on sale, got it for 12 dollars, it's a no brainer. The issues of the past are gone and it is better than Shogun 2 in my opinion.

As a bonus, it has got me into history more. Specifically Roman history.

There are issues, but if you can pick this up for 15 dollars or less it's a no brainer.
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m.kernahan.mk
( 68.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
This game sucked balls. I dont know how you ruin running the Roman Empire but they did.
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MishaMaus
( 1,195.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
After all the trouble,it's a solid TW game-especially with Dei mods!
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El Hurón
( 10.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Well the game itself is not bad, but it seems that the developers just cut half of the game out to release it as DLCs, that's not simply a ripoff, it is more like a fraud
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WhenDucksCollide
( 213.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Been playing TW since Shogun 1. This was a broken, half-finished piece of ♥♥♥♥ with insane paywalls at release. Now it's a half-broken barely playable insulting piece of ♥♥♥♥ with insane paywalls.

To the capitalists we're all consumers and they are selling us products based on market research. This means that the focus of making a profitable product is based on which type of psychological profile is likely to buy it despite the quality: this is where marketing/lying/exagerating comes in. And how they lied. The marketing materials are still a lie. I trusted CA when I bought this originally preferring not to read reviews before playing; that was a mistake.

Spent more time on this ♥♥♥♥ recently attempting my little heart out to find some redeeming features but the more I played it the less I liked it, now I hate it. Companies (devs and publishers) like Bethesda(fix massive and obvious bugs before release please), SEGA, CA, EA etc. can go ♥♥♥♥ themselves if they treat people like morons with this type of BS. They know exactly what they're doing which is why they hire trained liars (see marketing) and professional exploiters (I call it MBA syndrome) to create and sell ♥♥♥♥ as "entertainment" to morons, children and compulsives at horribly over-inflated prices: they even have an industry nickname for such consumers, whales. They love whales because whales conform easily to all kinds of market metrics i.e. predictable sales.

I want to be a customer, not a consumer. Maybe too many of us are still way too polite. If you take my money, you owe me a certain standard, planned devolution is not acceptable.
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vtz8xs6
( 34.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
I love it so much. Definitely worth looking in the workshop as well.
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smithy
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Really tried to get into this game but couldn't. I loved Rome Total war 1 however the UI in Rome 2 is clumsy, I'm struggling how to make sense of the gameplay, even with the tutorial I find the game too disjointed. I used to enjoy settlment customisation and focusing on the economic aspect of Rome, that's just not there in Rome 2. With the battles themselves they don't appear to reward good stategy. I thought I'd try this game now due to the patches etc, but honestly, it's just a poorly designed game, you can't patch that.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
240.1 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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
334.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
"Rome wasn't patched in a day"

So now it's been two years and its finally playable.

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51 of 88 people (58%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
103.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Too much DLC for a total War Game please stop
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7,121.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Excellent game with use of mod's: great battle scenarios with strategy for disposition and selection of forces, very interesting trait and skill development of major characters, as well as surprises such as ambush battles. Enjoyable small campaigns (Hannibal at the Gates, Caesar in Gaul, to name a couple) with opportunity for development of other campaigns: Parthia, Britain, Spain, Dacia, and so forth. The major campaigns (Grand and Imperator Augustus) have very interesting dynamics: politics and conquest. Incorporation and ready access to mod's have been a tremendous benefit to participants. Looking forward to additional features.
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44 of 78 people (56%) found this review helpful
13 people found this review funny
Recommended
3,208.1 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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
374.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
This was my first Total War game, so i didn't know what to expect. This game was amazing and I loved it so much. Yes, the new update allows more than one civil war, but it was amazing adding a whole new thing to watch out for. I'd give it 9/10, just some glitches but it's amazing other wise.
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7 of 9 people (78%) 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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
283.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
kind a cool game but have bugs/glich on some of the land battle.Overall its good game.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
598.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Great Game in current state

Rome wasnt patched in a day
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7 of 10 people (70%) 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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6 of 9 people (67%) 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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6 of 9 people (67%) 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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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
146.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Fantastic game, never get bored.
Looking forward to Warhammer Total war.
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7 of 11 people (64%) 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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30 of 56 people (54%) 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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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
934.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Very good game. The time that Ive played it says it all about what I think. Had a rough start but has definatly become a very good game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
169.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
so there is alot of truth about the game being kinda bad. but I enjoyed it, the AI is ♥♥♥♥ing terrible of course, but the campaign is addicting and the battles are functional. although they could be better had they not been all about cinematic ♥♥♥♥ with kill moves

i really hope someday CA will come back and fix Rome 2's lackings, one can only pray at this point tho
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
55.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
I'm more than 50 hours into the grand campaign as Rome. I think it could easily last 80 hours. I've really enjoyed this game and it has lots of replayability. At some point I'll probably do the Imperator Augustus campaign that comes with it for free as well.

If you can get this game on sale, got it for 12 dollars, it's a no brainer. The issues of the past are gone and it is better than Shogun 2 in my opinion.

As a bonus, it has got me into history more. Specifically Roman history.

There are issues, but if you can pick this up for 15 dollars or less it's a no brainer.
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