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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September 16

Total War: ROME II Emperor Edition out now!

Hello all,

The Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition is upon us. The definitive version of ROME II is now available for PC and Mac via SteamPlay at your trusted retailer. If you’re an existing owner of ROME II and have automatic updates enabled, Steam will update the game to the Emperor Edition for free.

Alongside all previously released updates and free content it comes with significant improvements to the politics system and civil war mechanic, an overhaul of the building chains, extensive rebalancing of the campaign as well as land and naval battles, an improved UI, tweaked and improved graphics and more. Full patch notes can be found on the wiki:

Finally the Emperor Edition includes Armenia as a new playable faction in the Grand Campaign as well as in the Imperator August campaign, our largest campaign pack for ROME II to date, which throws you in the chaos of the Roman Civil War that saw the Roman Republic fall and the Roman Empire rise, with Augustus as its sole leader. Which side will you take?
You can find more information about the Campaign on the official Total War Wiki.

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August 29

Total War: ROME II Emperor Edition announced

We’ve announced the definitive version of ROME II – the Total War: ROME II Emperor Edition.

Emperor Edition collects together all free content to date, which includes wide-ranging revisions, additions to game features and adds a brand new Campaign Pack expansion, ‘Imperator Augustus’.

Most importantly, existing ROME II players will receive all of the above content via automatic update on the day of launch, upgrading them to Emperor Edition at no cost.

We go into a lot of detail about what’s included in this month’s episode of Rally Point, so join Craig and Matty in this episode to find out more.


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About This Game

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
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

    • 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
    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
39 of 60 people (65%) found this review helpful
237.3 hrs on record
I would say that this is like getting a Vietnamese tranny and a female hockey player to tie you up, put a plastic bag over your head and punch your balls until you come. Some people enjoy it, some people don't.

I know I do.
Posted: October 16
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41 of 67 people (61%) found this review helpful
49.2 hrs on record
I've been giving this game a chance every month or 2, just tell myself to try the game and see if they fixed it. I am a Total War fan all the way back to the original Shogun. I knew it was going to be hard for CA to live up to the brilliance of Rome Total War. A year after release I am still dissapointed and sad of what they managed to launch as a finished and polished product. Instead what we got was a béta at best, for full price.

My last try came with the Emperor Edition free DLC which CA claimed would fix all the problems, as if they never said that before. Nevertheless I tried it and found myself dissapointed again. so I started looking if I had the DLC and went to the store page and this I should not have done! I was horrified by the amount of DLC already available. Howcome, a game that has so many problems manages to launch so many DLC, even worse, the combined cost of the DLC is € 60,42, whereas the basegame is 'only' € 54,99. It is simply outragious they prefer to unlock-new-factions-DLC which customers have to pay for then to sort their game out. This might just have been my last try of the game and I am not sure if I want to support CA any longer, but today they have definately lost my position of an absolute fan of the company!
Posted: September 25
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23 of 34 people (68%) found this review helpful
865.6 hrs on record
My life has disappeared
Posted: October 8
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
138.5 hrs on record
Total war: ROME II has been vastly improved from last years catastrophic release. This is the game that should have been released originally. It's not perfect but it's now a solid fun TW Rome experience, which I can finally comfortably recommend.
Posted: October 19
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
241.2 hrs on record
This game is has a lot going for it, beautiful graphics, interesting and dynamic historical era to use, having army/legion traditions and getting to name them, a well laid out globalal map, lots of factions and sub factions, limiting of special agents, the focus of trying to make battles not always be sieges, including amphibious assaults and navel battles.

However, for everything this game gets right, it truly fails at its core game play. I will briefly bring up the following flaws: game feels void of any meaning customization, many bonuses are so arbitrarily useless its unclear as to why they are included, diplomacy is basically a throw gold at it till they like you, political systems is bare bones and uninteresting, user interface in battle does not feel refined or aesthetically pleasing, many AI tactics are utterly similar or make a larger battle line if they can and march forward, unsatisfying campaign ending, unrealistic end game goals, tech takes too long is fairly linear and uninspired and also gives a lot of things that feel like they should be standard.

Lastly, that was all based on the merit of the game by itself. Now does this game live up to any predecessor game of the Total War series that I've played? No. Not even close.
Posted: September 29
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
This game sadly is so far removed from the rest of the Total War games that we have come to love. played 20 turns and during that small span of time I realized armies were next to useless when constantly assaulted with spies. The spies are completely overpowered and the AI uses them every single turn against you. Apparently what I have taken away from this is that wars were won by spies and armies never meant ♥♥♥♥ back in the roman times... This is honestly the worst title I have ever played.
Posted: September 27
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20 of 33 people (61%) found this review helpful
389.7 hrs on record
Product: TotalWar:Rome II

Rating: 10/10

Recommended amount to pay: Without all the DLC I think this game should be worth about $49.99 to $59.99

Personal thoughts of game:
Pro-Very impressive all round and very enjoyable for historical lovers, also big improvements from earlier titles
Con-Requires a very nice processor for best graphical display and also DLC mabie alittle to expensive

Why I recommend this: This game is enormously entertaining to fans of historical strategy games like myself. The Battles
inparticular look incredible compared to pretty much all competitors, and online play can be very epic and fun. There is quite a large variety of different ways to approach the many different styles of battle. I personally love the Total War series and own just about all of its titles and I would say this is their best title yet.
Posted: October 12
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18 of 30 people (60%) found this review helpful
125.3 hrs on record
Hi all who read this,

It is now over a year and I still wasted my money on this game. This game came out with high expectations and none of them where actually implemented in the original game. But what about the game... my opinion:
- Graphics, epic! really awesome even on medium graphic it looks good
- Unit variation, a lot, far to many choices if you ask me. Because of those unit cards you miss the feel of the different units in your army.
- Length of the game, in mp and sp you have a lot of gameplay ahead of you, so you dont have to be bored for the next up coming month.

- SP: in my opinion it takes to long. The map is just to big, I am forgeting in late game half of my armies. Even the turns take longer then 20 min in late game! (without even a battle!!).
- MP: dont even bother to click on it.... It is the worst total war multiplayer you will ever see.

Dont buy it! Buy a good solid TW game like napoleon, empit(r)e or shogun <3
Posted: October 9
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.9 hrs on record
The game is decent, but in no way worth of 55€.
The game has improved qutie much since release, but there are still many problems with it, the greatest of which are the horrible and often even confusing UIs and most factions, and even some of the most interesting factions, like Galatians, Armenians and Greeks, being DLC. If those factions and their unique units were available in the base game, I would be ready to purchase the game for maybe 20€.
50+ € is just way too much for such a lackluster.
Posted: September 28
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
This pertains only to the new Mac version:
Recently ROME II snuck its way onto the Mac, and this time it seems Creative Assembly ported the game themselves as opposed to allowing Feral Interactive do it. Strange, given that Feral has ported all the previous games and did a spectacular job.

Written part below.

ROME II is simply not worth buying for Mac. The port is bad, and that's being very generous. It acts, and plays like WINE wrapped game, with horribly long loading times, and even worse graphical issues.
Many users including myself are also having the game miss detect graphics memory. Usually only having 1/3 or 1/4 of actual VRAM usable. As such people with 4GB cards like the GTX 780m, or desktop GTX 780s only reporting 521MB or usable VRAM.
As such they're unable to play on anything but low graphical settings.

The game also suffers from severe graphical glitching, texture popping, and is barely playable at High settings.
Selecting anything above High, not only crashes the game, but has caused my system to hard reboot itself 3 times so far.

Due to the bad graphical issues, ranged unit's firing arcs are not visible.

The game is playable on hamstrung settings, but even then is a far cry from other Total War games. The AI is very dumb, often simply standing there as they're bing charged at, and units refuse to carry out orders.

I'm very disappointed in the game, and simply can't recommend it to anyone on a Mac.

I can't help but feel that if Feral Interactive had done the game, it would be in a far better position than it is right now.
It's simply broken, and not worth the current price what so ever.

Posted: September 29
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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
584.4 hrs on record
I have loved all Total war games, i have played these games since they first came out, and still play to this day, i never miss a release, yes this review is very long overdue... but these games are just amazing, alot of people hate rome 2, but i think it's amazing, my onpinion is, MUST BUY.
Posted: September 28
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
641.7 hrs on record
It's been over a year now. Incredible. CA usually has their games fixed by this time. The gameplay is finally .. OK. Enjoyable. Though, after Emperor Edition is seems a lot tougher. I'm playing on Easy. And it ain't easy. My brother and I have started uncountable Co-op games and have NEVER completed one yet. We have just passed turn 100 in our present attempt )October 10, 2014) and it looks like we will have to fold out tent again. The game crashes about once evert hour or two.We've learned to tolerate this because we still get enough Play in to enjoy it. HOWEVER, another problem consistently emerges for both of us: at some point the Campaign Map (Co-op) stops scrolling - will not work via keyboard or mouse. You have to click on mini map to move around. VERY agravating and pleasure ruining - as you might imagine - as you can't play very well like that. It happens to either of us at some point. We'ver read all the fixes. Some say to go back to an earlier Save that worked. BUT really!!?? Come on! How often do you want to do that? Sometimes amounting to over an hour of gameplay? I am REALLY REALLY tired of doing gymnastics to get this game to play.
It's so very discouraging because you can see that there is a good game here. If it would just play !!!!!!!
We have given this thing so much time and input to play it. And it still somehow screws up.
I'm sure some people are playing and maybe it's fine for them. But as of yet I have never completed either a single player or multi player game.
This has been my experience. Too bad.
Posted: October 11
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Prime example of what greed does to good Game Developers. I bought Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai for $5 and you bet your ♥♥♥ was worth it, but when ALL the Total War games are on sale for $5 you STILL have to pay $60 for this game, which by the way has released a year ago, and that alone is just an example of greed, greed, greed. You know what else released a year ago? Just something random, Assassin's Creed Black Flag is about a month younger than this game, so not quite a year, and I can buy it for $17 on Amazon, hell I paid $30 for the Mass Effect Trilogy and got 3 games. Not to mention the endless DLC whoring is on a whole new level for this game as well, just another way to con you out of your hard earned dollars.
They may have also just made a few bug fixes and slapped a brand new name "Emperor's Edition" on it, but I've been playing for less than an hour and I've already crashed twice.. Crashes should have been fixed a long time ago, and I'm still seeing many bugs as well. Now for gameplay? Combat is boring, there is NO tacticality to it whatsoever, just big slug fests until one side routs after maybe a minute or so, regardless if they're veterans or not. Naval Combat is so horrible I don't even want to talk about it.. This doesn't even hold a candle to Shogun 2.. Spend $5 on this wonderful sale and get something worth it. I beg ANYONE who reads this review. DON'T GET THIS GAME. YOU WILL REGRET IT.
Posted: September 27
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
A big step backwards from Total War: Shogun 2, lack of content and poor customization, this title is not really intriguing and interesting at all. Although they released the Emperor Edition, it is far from acceptable, if you are going to get this game at all means, get it when it's on sale.
Posted: September 25
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
GAVNO ♥♥♥♥
Posted: September 27
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
I tried the game on the free weekend and just uninstalled. Locked up on my high end machine and the AI was so off the wall. Thanks Steam for the free demo, no thanks Sega for bad game.
Posted: September 27
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Not the best Total war I've played. By far. They seem to have fixed many bugs and issues at this point, which is great, but there are still some there and a lot of features (basic things that should be in the game) are missing.

The first naval battle I played was completely broken - the pathfinding is worse than Shogun 2's (and it's pathfinding wasn't bad), and the ramming mechanic does not work.
Each time you get rammed by a ship your ship stops completely. For no reason. I understand that the ship would lose momentum, but it would not freeze up fully. If you get rammed by multiple ships in succession then you cannot move or escape. You move forward slightly then freeze, until your ship is sunk or you are luckly enough to escape.

The Campaign UI is terrible and lazy. You can tell they just couldn't be bothered thinking of a more aesthetic way of showing units or buildings, instead they went for a strange "Greek Pottery" look which requires little effort/time and as a consequence is unappealing. Some UI textures are missing in the game, instead there are generic "black boxes". Basic UI which should be simple is confusing.
Diplomacy is missing important features such as "being able to change money offered/demanded by typing". Why is this not in the game?
There are also no family trees, skill/trait trees and the technology trees are inconvenient and unsightly.

The biggest problem with Battle UI I had is that special abilities look the same as standard command, and that the "aide de camp" keeps popping up in the top left corner annoyingly. Battles are fine for the most part, but it's a shame that only certain settlements have walls, so that means it is a lot easier and a lot more boring to siege towns and cities.

The province system is a good idea but linking public order and culture spread makes no sense. I assume like most things in this game, it's something you're forced to get used to.

Most generals say Roman style speechs - which are not cinematic. There are virtually no movies at all, just the advisor introduction speech and a few minor movies for events.
I cannot send units individually off, instead each army requires a general.
Music is dull. Simply just dull. It just further blunts the game.
They still haven't fixed core mechanics of the game, and new additions like revamped politics don't make sense at times and aren't interesting enough.

I just can't enjoy this game. It's not a bad game, but it's not good either. I know I haven't played long but they do need to fix this fully, in terms of UI, Naval battles and music, but it's unlikely the developers will. They still haven't fixed Empire: Total War.

Don't buy it at full price, wait until they release a more fixed and cheaper Edition with DLC included. Or do one better -buy Shogun 2 instead. It isn't broken or missing features, the music works and the UI fits. You can tell they put effort into that game. More than this one at least.
Posted: September 28
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
99.6 hrs on record
i would recommend this game for 15 euro but not for the full price
the developers need NOT to ignore the AI, Empire Total War was a failure exactly because of this

+ graphics: in strategic games this is a secondary matter thou
+ style: it feels almost right as an Rome: Total War title
+ battle AI: accaptable

- dominium state's AI: instead of defending their territory they often prefer to wander
- militaristic AI: stupid; only when playing the campaign at hardcore enemy armies are capable and by that the battles are fun
- diplomatic AI: slightly improved Empire Total War one, less annoying but still;
almost a random war generator; blindly aggressive against the player;
an annoying state in a coalition of states due to their combine strength count attacks,
but other states of this alliance completely ignore the call to arms, without consequences;
high possibilities of hate loops; very low chance to improve damaged relations

scalable experience regardless your rig
Citating CA: We had +40% more budget
AI dev said: "We never invested more into AI development"
CA promised "sieges battles of immersive scale"
Posted: September 28
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
99.9 hrs on record
Way too many problems with this game to be worth more than 15 bucks.
Posted: September 25
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
211.4 hrs on record
To start off I wiould like to mention that I am a 51 yo avid history buff with a not inconsiderable reference library to draw upon. A wargamer for most of my life... until I bought Rome 1 at which point I ditched my wargaming stuff and turned to Total War for my strategy kicks, clocked upo thousands of hours, (gained a wealth of space in my home & a happy wife to boot) and by & large I have never been disappointed...... until now!

This is without question the worst game I have ever bought - at least at full price ( I have tried and found a few bargain basement mingers, but when you pay pennies - who cares!).

I have always pre-ordered my CA titles on the strength of what they produced previously, a mistake I will NEVER make again!

Rome 2 is ok if you just want a game and you have no inkling of historical fact - that or you just don't care.

It shoiuld be cetegorised under fantasy games as there is hardly a realistic element in there, it is full of Harry Potter nations and Harry Potter units - most, and I mean about 90% of them have no basis in reality and available faction units are in some cases wildly innacurate or non-existant, The nations did exist to be sure, at least on the whole, but not in the way they have been presented.

The playable nations are grossly misrepresented for the time period that TW Rome2 proffesses to cover and the political aspect of the game is almost pathetic, mainly due to the amount of unplayable factions, as is the political intruige side of the game - there is far too much of it. Hardly a turn seems to go by with out something or other popping up to ruin your day and what comes up has very little historical fact behind it - or relavence.

For all intents CA have already abandonded this game already and moved on to the next money spinner - it seems to be what they are all about these days since SEGA & Steam got involved.

In short; I have just this minute finished reinstalling Rome Total War 1 - Adios CA & thanks for the good times, its unlikely that I will be back.
Posted: September 26
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