Control and conquer the greatest empire ever known to man.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (3,157 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 22, 2004

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"Forget R2 and just buy and mod this to your own desire. One of the classics of the series and extremely fun tactics based as well as strategy."

About This Game

Once the Roman Empire is under your command, don't lay down your sword just yet - the Barbarians are coming. With two award-winning titles from the esteemed Total War series, you'll have twice as many obstacles and opportunities to control and conquer the greatest empire ever known to man.
The Gold Edition includes:
Rome: Total War Guide one of three noble Roman families on a century spanning quest to seize control of the Roman Empire.
Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion
(official expansion pack to Rome: Total War) Witness the decline of Rome as Barbarian hordes attack, forcing a bitter internal struggle between rival factions.
  • Voted 2004 Best Strategy game by IGN, GameSpy and GameSpot.
  • Fight alongside or against history's greatest leaders such as Julius Caesar, Spartacus, and Hannibal to expand or destroy the Roman Empire.
  • Lay siege against the Romans as Attila the Hun, fearful Saxons, or other savage factions using signature weapons and abilities.
  • Command warrior-tested legions in cinematic epic battles with thousands of soldiers on-screen at once.
  • A century-spanning campaign charges players with strategically managing the economic, civil, religious and military arms of their empire.

System Requirements

    Minimum: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP, Pentium III 1.0GHz or Athlon 1.0GHz processor or higher, 256MB RAM, 2.9GB of uncompressed free hard disk space (plus 500MB for Windows swap file), 100% DirectX® 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card and latest drivers, 100% Windows® 2000/XP compatible mouse, keyboard and latest drivers, DirectX® 9.0b, 64MB Hardware Accelerated video card with Shader 1 support and the latest drivers. Must be 100% DirectX® 9.0b compatible, 1024 x 768 Display Resolution, Internet (TCP / IP) play supported;Internet play requires broadband connection and latest drivers; LAN play requires Network card (Multiplayer)
    Important Note: Some cards may not be compatible with the 3D acceleration features utilized by Medieval II: Total War. Please refer to your hardware manufacturer for 100% DirectX® 9.0b compatibility.
Helpful customer reviews
509 of 576 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
950.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Just wanted to write a review so you could see my hours played. Game is too fun
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98 of 101 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5,056.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Absolutely amazing game.. If you can get it to work.. For no apparent reason the game won't work on some computers even if the specs are met (I checked) 10/10 game, 1/10 job on Steam's part. Seriously guys, I've looked everywhere on the Steam forums for help and plenty of people have this problem but the steam "support" team doesn't seem to care.
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50 of 51 people (98%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22
1000 flaming pigs vs 500 war elephants
see elephants
tell pigs to charge
pigs all burn to death before getting within 200 meters of elephants
i'm still the best general in rome
10/10
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53 of 58 people (91%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
110.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
My Phalanx brings all the Romans to the yard, they're like it's bigger than yours, damn right from the mainland to the shores!

10/10
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33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Easy to learn. Easy to become an addict. Hard to master.
Probably the best strategy game of all time.
Buy it. Play it. Love it.

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31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
(Just around bedtime)
Mom: Stop playing!
Me: Just a city more mum, Patavium is going down!
(Sun rises)
Mom: Patavium took you the whole night?
Me: And maybe the whole of Gaul, are you proud of me mum now?

10/10
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28 of 35 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
21.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
ludus hoc est mirabile.
decem ex decem.
Gallum volo vincere iterum.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
56.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
By buying this game, you have no need to buy Atilla or Rome 2, because not only is this game better than Rome 2 in many ways, but it also comes with the Barbarian Invasion expansion, which is cheaper and is better than Atilla.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Still one of the best game in a total war series.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
202.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
Rome: Total War is the most highly acclaimed game in the Total War series. Upon it's launch, it was apparent that the Total War series had something different to offer to fans of Turn Based Grand Strategy games. In time, it would become known as one of, if not, the best Total War games ever made. You might ask yourself why out of all the newer Total War games is Rome the best? Well, there's several simple reasons.

Pros:
- Simple design, as it is one of the first TW games
- Large, sprawling cities to battle in, but not too detailed so as to distract the player.
- The single best Soundtrack you will find in any TW game.
- Large map, but not on a ludacris scale such as Rome II.
- Great choice of factions
- Campaign and battle map look beautiful
- This game can be played smoothly at its highest settings on any modern computer
- Massive replay value

Cons:
- Outdated -
Rome II has been out for quite some time, however it is hard to tell which is better. Rome is a nice and simple, beautifully done game. It is what CA was praised for in the Total War series. Rome II is way more technical with a great deal more to learn.

Honestly, there aren't many cons about this game. Just as I have, almost all major and indie critics have given this game a 9/10, 95%, 4.5/5, etc. This was also given "14th Greatest Game of All Time" apparently and I do think it deserves it.

10/10

Note: Rome: Total War was released around the same time as Steam. I did not have steam until about 2008, therefore the hours shown here do no reflect all hours I've played.

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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
38.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
muslims are getting rekt by burning pigs
genius romans
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
90.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 13
If you are new to the Total War series, this is perfect for you. Did you ever want to become a general of an entire army? Yes? Then go and buy this game. Have you ever wanted to say veni, vidi, vici in an apropriate situation? Well then, go and buy this game! Play as your ancestors and see what they have probably seen in this part of time.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
146.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 25
As the user-defined tags suggest this is a historical strategy game. The overworld campaign is a turn-based grand strategy- sort of a simplified Civilization. The battles are mostly real time, with a toggle for 2x or 3x, so I guess it could be argued there is a 4x element to the battle.

The campaign takes a long time to finish, but it is good training if you want to play multiplayer. There are some troops that don't seem to be very good relative to their costs- I'm thinking the Arcanii (why only 16????????!!!!!!!!!!), but for the most part the game seems pretty balanced.

The biggest downside for me was the fact that this game crashes every 4th or 5th battle, and I hear I am not the only person who has this problem. The public order system can also be wonky- I lost a settlement to a gladiator revolt, then recaptured it and two turns later there was another gladiator revolt with the exact same amount of gladiators.

Overall, I would strongly reccomend this game if you like the idea of massive battles, tactical thinking, or time consuming strategic considerations. I know I loved it.

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
25.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
This game is a MUST have for any gamer, especialy RTS enthusiasts. Its gameplay is responsive, its factions compelling, and it sports a beautiful campaign. I believe it is underpriced greatly at 10 US Dollars, but who am I to complaign. If you do not own this game... Buy it... I cannot do it as much justice as it deserves... I actuialy never really cared for roman stuff untill i pkayed this game... now I am obsessed... with Rome... SPQR!

THUMBS UP TO ROME!!!

P.S.
There are Gladiators...
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Rome: Total War was the third Total War game from Creative Assembly, and it was the best one at the time. As it was expected, it was a game of epic-scale real-time battles and impressive attention to historical realism and detail.
Shogun was a promising start for the series, while Medieval built on that promise to create an even more engrossing strategy game. Rome took the next step, and it was as much a revolutionary step as it was an evolutionary one, thanks to the at the time new 3D graphics engine that made the series' tactical battles (featuring thousands of soldiers) better than ever.
The results were nothing short of spectacular, helping make Rome: Total War the very definition of an epic strategy game and a beloved classic of the gaming industry.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
THIS ISN'T SPARTA.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
My Phalanx brings all the Romans to the yard, they're like it's bigger than yours, damn right from the mainland to the shores!

10/10

-Futilelamb
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
133.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 17
ALTHOUGH this undoubtably the best game from the total war series and one of the best games ever, I DONT RECOMMEND buying this from steam. I dont know what they have done but the game code is altered(1.51 version) and does not run as smoothly as the original CD version (1.5) especially if you havent the most state of the art PC. Find the original and dont worry there are still ways to play multiplayer as well with even greater quality than you would on steam.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
123.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2014
Great game, for an even greater price.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
544.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
This game is by far, my favorite game. Hands down, no competition. It is old, but I've yet to see any other strategy game come close to this. The graphics are decent, considering its age. The gameplay is complex enough to not be bored and just steamroll through everything, yet simple enough to actually know how to use every feature this game has to offer.

The game is basically you controlling a faction during the time of the Roman Republic, and trying to become the best nation. Diplomacy is simple and allies will betray you constantly, unless you would just completely dominate them (and even then, they still might attack you!) The AI is pretty simple to defeat, their entire strategy seems to be just throwing all of their units at you and seeing who wins.

The challenges come when you get into the Roman Civil War. This is an in-game event where the 4 roman factions fight each other for control of Rome. Up until this point, you've just been steamrolling through barbarians with your heavy legionnaires. Once the Civil War starts, you're fighting 3 other roman factions (2 of which have just as much land as you if not more, each) and they have the same troops as you. If you're not playing a roman faction then this will never happen, but it's called ROME total war for a reason.

If you're into strategy games, buy this game. Even if you're not, you should at least give it a try. The controls might be difficult to use at first, but the tutorial is very helpful. You will probably lose your first few campaigns, but once you get the hang of the game it will be so much fun.
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