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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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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c0nn0rbrry
20.1 hrs
Posted: August 25
Amazing game. 10/10. will buy again
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Trixx
71.5 hrs
Posted: August 25
Great rework of the first title. Introduces some new features without destroying what was good about ROME I.
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Teh Neko
608.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
Played as Armenia and took over 70% of the map in one night, I need a life. 10/10
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Tharnic
36.6 hrs
Posted: August 25
To be short and blunt: by far the worst TW I played so far.
And I played them all (even if not all on Steam).
Why?
1. Worst Diplomatic System (Exception: TW Warhammer)
2. No real Unit Diversity
3. Unintuitive Development- and Agentsystem

and worst of all 4.:
real boring, unbalanced battles with strange acting KI and by far less tactical Options then even in TW Rome I.

Fazit: Dont buy it. If You wanna play TW in a antique setting, play TW Rome I
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Jorah Mormont
467.7 hrs
Posted: August 24
I ♥♥♥♥♥ LOVE BRIERLEY IM GOIN TO TELL HER! <3
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Bramble
52.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
better than rome 1
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Superfish
13.0 hrs
Posted: August 24
Crashed 10 turns into my first campaign, can't continue further than that in any subsequent campaigns with and without any mods.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
780.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
I know a large amount of people hate on this game (I think its one of the lowest rated Total War games ever)...and at release it was so buggy that it would make you vomit, it was the classic example of a failed launch. However, with the launch of the Emperor Edition and mods.. "DEI"(Dresden Shot out to you and thank you for saving this game!) and numerous others it quickly became one of my favorite games. With my 700+ hours in game if you enjoy strategy games...you will like and love it like me! My wife hates it, but what does she know about strategy and legions damnit!..hahaha! It is worth picking it up if your a fan of the time period and enjoy strategy.
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7 of 9 people (78%) 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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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
Score 6 / 10

Lets just... no... just no... I feel like the original rome had more features... Horrible release like so many other games atm, oh and day one DLC for factions that should be free? sure.. I could probably get into this game as of writing this review, with a bunch of mods. But CA has truly stopped thinking about the gamers and started thinking about the best way possible to squeeze as much money out of the hardcore fans. Its really just not fair considering Total War is the only franchise ruling this game genre.

Really disappointing..
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
117.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 15
bought the Greek states DLC, played as sparta got REKT by rome in 5 turns.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
184.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Product received for free
So beautiful game that will teach you Antique Roman-Greek periods.And so exciting to command Caesar, Hannibal, Alexander the Great etc.
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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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
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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7 of 12 people (58%) 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
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
30.4 hrs on record
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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