Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar takes you to the plains and forests of ancient Gaul where Julius Caesar wages a decade long war to subjugate the barbarian hordes. Hegemony Rome will immerse you in the history like no other real time strategy game ever before, forcing you to pay close attention to the changing seasons and rapidly...
User reviews: Mostly Positive (255 reviews)
Release Date: May 15, 2014

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June 30

New Rome Patch and Last Day for Hegemony III Portrait Contest

Hegemony Rome 2.2.3 beta 1 is now available in the 'update_testing' branch. This patch fixes two minor bugs that were reported by the community with error messages like 'Group member is not controlled by the same faction' and 'Dir not valid'.

It's also the last day to submit an entry to the Hegemony III portrait contest. So, dig up those Rome reviews or Gold let's play videos and send the links over to rob@longbowgames.com for a chance to see yourself as a general in Hegemony III!

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June 8

Hegemony Rome Update 2.2.2 Available Now!

New grouping and ship controls, improved mercenary balance, expanded mod support and lots more! Thanks to the community for all the support and feedback during the beta. For all the details checkout the full changelog over on the forums.

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Reviews

“‘Hegemony Rome triumphs as brilliantly as Caesar’”
PCG Media

“‘Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar brought me back to my glory days of being enthralled in a game, to the point where I do not want to put it down.‘”
The Gaming Experience

“‘Every commander’s dream...’”
Hooked Gamers

About This Game

Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar takes you to the plains and forests of ancient Gaul where Julius Caesar wages a decade long war to subjugate the barbarian hordes.

Hegemony Rome will immerse you in the history like no other real time strategy game ever before, forcing you to pay close attention to the changing seasons and rapidly changing military situation. Unfolding across an epic satellite-accurate map stretching from the Mediterranean coast to the British Isles, the game utilizes the Hegemony series' trademark zoom to seamlessly take you from a grand strategic view of your empire right down to the battlefield at any time.

Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar brings the past to life as you manage your armies and manipulate your enemies in a beautifully drawn simulation of 1st century BC warfare. Bring all of Gaul under the rule of the Senate and People of Rome. Or, unite the Gallic tribes in the expanded sandbox mode and end the threat of Roman rule forever.


    Direct from the hand of Caesar – Four campaigns follow the conquests of Julius Caesar as he wrote them in Commentarii de Bello Gallico. Bridge the Rhine, invade Britannia and conquer the Gauls in over 100 objectives or choose from over 20 factions in the epic sandbox mode.
    All new map – Explore over one million square kilometers that are seamlessly zoomable, from the Mediterranean coast to the shores of Britannia.
    Improved graphics engine – Hegemony Rome supports 10x the terrain detail over previous installments and features a diverse and immersive landscape to explore.
    Build an empire – The construction system allows players to build forts, walls, and bridges at thousands of sites across the map to cement Roman control over the barbarian kingdoms.
    Promote your legions – Players can train officers to augment their unit’s skills as well as appoint governors and construct buildings to expand and improve their cities.
    Starve your enemies – Supply camps and logistics system makes sieges and supply lines more intuitive and more important than ever.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP 64bit / Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Nvidia 9800 / AMD HD 5570 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
27 of 34 people (79%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Some time ago, on a steam sale I bought an unknown game by the name of hegmoney: Phillip of macadonia. A basic, rough little arcade RTS with some neat ideas. But despite its rough edges I ended up putting 110 hours into it because it was fun.

So imagine my delight at seeing Hegmoney rome on a bundle star sale. Ther latest game from the same devs, but with all the rough edges smoothed out. Wow was ever I mistaken in thinking that.

In fact this game is quite the opposite. The nice clean interface is gone, now its an eyesore of icons and walls of text boxes. The epic battles are gone, now you just end up with a mess of mobs brawling all over the place. In fact its hard to find a mechanic they have not broken. The way my army eats, I can no longer put more than a hand full of units into the field as they end up starving to death. The econmy? No idea whats going on there as one minute I have hundreds of gold, the next I'm flat broke and my armies are rebelling.

They have added the ability to requisition/build camps etc and upgrade bases, but with the broken economy I never get the chance. Oh and they added a very basic diplomacy function. Woot.

But the real deal breaker is the bugs. They are the only legions you will find in this game. Units randomly vanishing (including Ceaser himself in one game), unit hot key assignments randomly change so you end up sending in the wrong uinits. Camera locking to the terrain forcing reloads, trigger points that don't trigger....and lag spikes and crashes. And often you need to click a unit multiple times before it will finally select, and often your units will not replensish as the game will give you the recruitment blocked message, even when there is nothing blocking it.

Sure the devs can find the time to create DLC, but not time to fix this mess. They can even find the time to start making an entire new game for a kickstarter - but still can't find the time to fix this broken mess.

The only pros I can think of, is the voice acting is generally good, and the music is also very fitting. Andf the mechanic to take hostages instead of having to garrison every town was nice.

If you want to see this game done right, then grab hegemony gold. Same devs (tho hard to believe) but none of the issues, crashes or broken mechanics, and a very good game with many hours of game time. If you want Rome then get one of the excellent total war series.

Luckily it was part of a bundle so I ended up with some good games, A shame this was not one of them.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5haxdi4fYpk

This game follows the military battles of Julius Caesar in which you act as the guiding hand of God moving his forces into the perfect (or poor) formations to get victories against the Gaullish and Germans.

The game was not very well optimized for my AMD based video card. On the second scenario it would crash fairly consistently after the battles got very large. If you have an AMD video card, probably stay away from this title.

It was fun and refreshing but unfortunately it looks like it exited early access a tad bit too early. It's appropriate because it being in early access was basically a scam anyway. The publisher of the game is owned by Kalypso Media (creators of Tropico) and this is just a somewhat clever way for them to have pre-orders of the game with higher sales. The early access ONLY involved testing out the first campaign of the game, which is basically a demo. Beyond the first campaign of the game there are a lot of problems with pacing, bugs, and gameplay.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
60.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
I picked this up in early access due to my enjoyment of the Hegemony Gold game. It wasn't optimized then so I let it sit for a while. It is now decently polished, and optimized.

The Hegemony series is in antithesis of the dominant form of RTS (Starcraft Style). It is a slow playing ballet that builds over hours where a handful of units can have a large impact and a single raid can cause problems for an unwary empire. The way supply and manpower are handled in this series is brilliant, creating a very thoughtful style of gameplay that I would love to see more often.

The bigger your empire, the more difficult it is to protect it, and manage getting the needed food and manpower to the right place.

The four story campaigns follow the career of Caesar in Gaul in exacting detail. You will invade Britain, you will cross the Rhine, and you will see your province torn apart by rebellion. By the end of it you will feel like you have conquered the place yourself, and maybe feel a little shell shocked at having to deal with pesky raiders constantly picking at your flanks.

The game is by no means perfect. If you are not a patient gamer, or a thoughtful exploiter of gaming systems you may not enjoy it. The scope of the game might have been a little too ambitious for such a small studio, and it occasionally falls apart. It is slow to start, but that humble beginning only lets you appreciate the epic scope once you get there.

Pros
-Supply lines and manpower mechanics define how the game is played. Raids can be devastating, and concentrating an entire army in one place will often cause you to lose as you run out of food or your empire is picked apart by raiders.
-New Experience System lets you specialize Legions, and even promote officers from veteran legions to lead others.
-Flanking and positioning make an enormous difference.
-You can built forts and bridges, and customize cities.

Take it or Leave it
-Siege warfare is brutal. Better plan it out.
-Naval Warfare can be finicky
-Not a lot of different varities of unit, however the differences become very meaningful as you learn how to use them,

Cons
-Slow to start
-The supply mechanic is not for every gamer
-Not as flashy as a AAA title

I will let it sit for a while longer then I'll try the sandbox campaign and some mods I think, then update my review. Good on you Longbow, I always hoped for another after Hegemony Gold and I am glad to see it.

V,V,V
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
388.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Overall, after 6 months and 300 hours of play, I'm very happy with this and would love to see some of the features of Rome added back into Gold, viz. supply lines and camps/forts, requesitioning of allies' resources, mercenaries, building options and the build up/ distribution of resources. Also like the basic campaigns as a means of learning the game and then taking on the Steam achievements to make the tasks set even more challenging.

Having some issues with older games now not loading (game crashes when I try to load them up) after updates are installed and Chapter 3 getting stuck once I start building warships and barring access to Britain. Also now having some graphics issues that prevent play at the 3D level without blurred views of the terrain and units.

Like the new features that have come with the updates and the DLC adds some extra chrome. Looking forward to what's next in this chapter of the Hegemony series.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
A nice little strategy game. Videos and screenshots seem kinda cool but the real experience differs. It's rough around the edges with harsh controls that you need to spend some time to get a grip on. Also graphics could be better and the amount of performance needed for the full experience does not give the results one expects. It still needs work but it's a good alternative for those who cannot afford the total war franchise. It's strategy approach did little for me and I stopped at 2 hours of gameplay because it gets kinda boring. Constant updates are made though so I am going to wait some time and then review this game again.
To sum up so far it does not deserve its starting price. If you find during a sale you might be tempted but still wouldn't recommend it to classic strategy game aficionados.
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