Control and conquer the greatest empire ever known to man.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (2,307 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.
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22 of 25 people (88%) found this review helpful
130.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Well.....reviewing this game is hard. For it's time, it was without a doubt one of, if not the greatest, strategy games of all time. However, comparing it to newer Total Wars,(except for ROME II, that is something else entirely) it lacks in several things, notably historical accuracy, diplomacy, and managing your government. For one, in historical accuracy, there are multiple nations(like Gaul, Spain, Greece, etc.) that are unified nations even though in real life they were a divided people, with seperate clans, city states, etc. but for some reason CA mashed a lot of city states and tribes together to form unified nations, which is complete bogus. Also, in historical accuracy, Egypt is not Hellenistic at ALL. They still have traditional Egyptian Paganism as their religion, and their units are traditional Egypitan ones, even though Egypt was now practically a Middle Eastern copy of Greece thanks to Alexander the Great. In diplomacy, there are very few options(some examples are trade rights, allaince, map info, etc.) and, therefore, made diplomacy lose it's immersion. Finnaly, there is governemnt. For Roman factions, the Republic government is fairly adequately displayed, but in general, there really is no "government system" like in Empire Total War, although there is a family tree where you can set the faction heir, adding a bit of spice to government. If we put those those things aside, you will find a true classic of a strategy game-and I'm pretty sure most people here would agree with me. In a time where graphics made people look like horrible mutants, AI was as smart as your neighborhood stray dog, and strategy games lacked a lot of actual strategy, this game was revolutionary. The graphics, although considered inferior to today's games, probably looked like real life to a lot of players back in 2004....me included. The jump from the previous Total War, Medieval, to Rome's graphics was absoultely stunning. The AI (which, to be honest, is not very much smarter than the neighborhood stray) was practically as smart as Albert Einstein for players back then. Diplomacy, while lacking in true immersion, added a whole new level of strategy to games, as this system was pretty much only used in previous Total Wars, and even then it was really basic. And government, while being very basic, also adds to the strategy of the game, as you scramble to find a sutiable heir for your glorious (or, more often than not, not-so-glorious) empire. Speaking of empires, there are 20 factions, with about half of them playable, half not playable. Technically, there is a 21st faction, the Rebels. The rebels not only represent actual rebels, which I am perfectley ok with, but they also represent "minor factions" that CA left out of the game, which is kinda sloppy to me. However, all-in-all, the campaign is amazing. Now..on to battles. It is not possible to manage a nation without going to war, and this game certainly does not oppose that fact. You will end up in countless battles, usually with random weaklings who think they are gangstas and are better than you, but you will often find yourself matched against a worthy foe. If it is a land, battle, you can do one of three things-Fight the battle out on a battle map, have the computer auto resolve the battle, or retreat. For naval battles, you only have the auto resolve option. For the battle map, you and everyone involved-whheter or not they are on your side-will command various units that can be trained in cities if you have the proper buildings. You command these soldiers to victory-or defeat-against the enemy. I personally belive CA did a great job on the battle mehcnaic of the game

If you like Total War games, strategy games in general, video games in general, or if you like life, then buy this game. Even if you don't like life, still buy it. This is a true classic of a strategy game, and you would be a fool to pass on it.

Overall, 9/10.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
29.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
The best in the series, period. If you're going to get a game, get this one. It's worth way more than $10.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
324.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
One of the best games on the PC

9/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
65.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
The original game it's self is alright(but that's why people made mods that are awesome). I rarely care 'bout graphics but if old graphics are a problem for you, you can find all sorts of mods and stuff for that. I use Rome Total Realism VII mod and it not only improves the graphics a lot, but it changes the politics of the game(which ain't that good in the original game) Get this game and look for cool stuff to add on to it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
802.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
ROME TOTAL WAR IS THE BEST RTS OUT.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
the game is aesome make your army powerful and take the most greatest land of all get it!!!!!!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Killed 9,000 peasants with 60 legionaries 10/10
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
526.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I love this game BUT I HATE STEAM, ITS FAR WORTH THAN GAMESPY . FIX THE DAMN MULTIPLAYER SERVERS ON STEAM. thx
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
fantastic game, largely historically accurate (battle can play out differently and one or two units might be made up but overall everything ingame from the civilizations to the units actually did exist at one point or another).

recommend it for anybody who enjoys history and age of empires style games, also side note Spartans are lethal.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
I occupied ancient frenchie ♥♥♥♥♥♥ territories.

10/10
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
CA at its finest.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Rome Total War A great game despite it's age.

Graphics 4 of 10

It's a really old game and the first total war game with 3D units instead of animated 2D sprites so you can't expect much in the way of graphics. and what you expect is what you get.

Learning curve (the lower the number the less learning curve there is) 5 of 10

The tutorials are good and the game is fairly simple to get into. This game has some learning curve for those who have never played any other RTSes but for those who have played other RTSes before they will have no problem getting into this game's controls.

Gameplay (on the battlefield) 7.5 of 10

Pros.

+Siege battles are very fun and challenging without being too hard.
+Land battles are Fun and tactical without being too hard.
+The AI is very good for a game of this age and can keep up with human opponents.

Cons

-some units are a bit over-powered such as elephants.
-some units are completely worthless unless under very specific circumstances such as the incendiary pigs that are only effective against elephants and have a tendency to kill more of your own people then the enemy’s that are killed due to the attack.and they do the same thing that a barrage of fire arrows from your archers could do.

Overall the land battles are very fun to play and are even better if you can find a human opponent to play with (CA recently migrated this game to steam due to the gamespy shutdown.)

Gameplay (Grand campaign) 4.5 of 10

Pros. 
+can be very fun when everything works well in tandem.

Cons
-Very dated
-It is nigh imposable to keep your budget in check when at war.
-diplomacy is clunky
-auto-resolving battles tends to end with your army losing a battle that anyone could win when controlling the units themselves.

Overall the campaign is good at times and really bad at others.

Overall 7 of 10.

Rome Total War is a game of two qualities; on one hand the battles are great and fun to command, on the other side the campaign is clunky, and not all that great at all. The good does outweigh the bad however. I completely recommend this game as custom and historical battles circumvent the horrid campaign and go to what is great about Rome Total War the combat.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
45.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
great game
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
109.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Absolutely the best Strategy game of all TIME! After CoH
Get it now.
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
94.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
You may be wondering I have not recomendded total war. Well the reason for that is quite simple. If i had just recomended it, then my review would have been lost among a sea of other reviews that also recomend it. Hopefully someone somewhere will actually see this because its in a much smaller pool. Anyway Rome total war is an excellent game, tatics while rather straightforward most of the time are realistic and you need to have a basic understanding of strategy to beat the AI on anything above easy. Every faction has different unit compositions to use so your tatics will have to change on subsequent playthroughs. Basically Rome Total war has a stunning amount of depth and historical accuracy put into it. While the graphics don't hold up a decade later, the gameplay is superior to even the sequel Rome TW 2 which came out several months ago. This game is worth the full price even today, and if your looking to get into total war, or getting your friends into total war, this is a great starting point or gift respectively. To give you some basic tatics, rome's usual goal is to when not facing phalanxes just mash your infantry into the enemy, as your infantry are essentially the greatest in the world. While there is more to it then that namely using light infantry to hold your flanks whilst heavy infantry splits the enemy down the center, using your cavaly to take out enemy seige weapons or to flank a phalanx, thats all there is to it. When playing as greece your goal is to not get flanked, as you have the most powerful phalanxes in the world and will almost never lose if you don't get flanked. Carthages goal is to use elephants and support cavalry to literaly blow holes in the enemy line and crush enemy morale, whilst your infantry pin the enemies center or flanks in place, depending on the lay of the land. If your parthia you want to make the enemy chase you and use hit and run tactics as you have the best cavalry in the world, and the greatest horse archers to ever live. and so on. Basically buy this ♥♥♥♥ing game.
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1 of 29 people (3%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Doesn't work because it doesn't recognize DirectX 9. I've tried so many times to fix it using support and I've gotten nothing done. Better off buying Total War Rome 2 for an extra couple of dollars because this just doesn't work.
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3 of 72 people (4%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
After I have played ROME 2: TOTAL WAR ( best TW game so far), i decided to play R1 as an act of respect for the precursor.
I have reviewed fancy metascore and was really exited of this game... until i have run it. The graphiсs and engine are awful, there is no possibility to play as Sparta (why, CA, why?) and instead of that there are 4(!) same factions called Romans. In addition, there are no actual battles, depleted units are not auto-recovering, and for diplomacy you need to hire tons of characters instead of simply doing it through the special menu.

There is no balance in war system. As in ROME 2: TOTAL WAR you can choose any faction and be sure that you going to be able to handle opponent, so that requires some skill and thinking, but to win in R1 you simply need to counter opponent with supreme troops…so no tactics here. In addition, Rome is too overpowered and can destroy almost any army in the easy way.

Multiplayer is full of weird kids kicking everybody for not-knowing some 3-letter word (don’t remember it), the other guys with CAPS names are ignorant by putting passwords on their games. WHY?

The only fun I had was doing some bridge battles, where 300 Spartans ♥♥♥♥♥ 4000 romans (going to upload it soon).

So, my final decision is 5/10.
Would have rather bought “beasts of war” dlc for R2TW.
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60.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Rome Is amazing in every respect, add in the darthmod series and one of its biggest flaws is negated somewhat (its kind of old and it's age shows) but storming Carthage with an enormous army of roman troops is something I could do again and again. Its a measly ten dollars WHATYA WAITIN FER DIS UN BE A WINNER IN MY BOOK
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22.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
10\10 (Life changing)
While my steam play is only about 10 hours, I used to play this game back when you would goto the store to buy a computer game (or the fifth grade). That being said, I've easily put hundreds of hours into this game over the years.
This game was the first of the total wars I've played and stands second to maybe the newer versions of total war games.
Smooth interactions on the campain and battle maps make navigation and stratgy easy. The A.I. can be easy at times but ramp up the difficulty and you may find yourself in a tricky spot during your campain. The game offers many different factions with a big yet easy to follow diplomacy setting and notifications to allow you to build up your own faction.
Today the Mulitplayer is acomplishable but unless you have a freind that plays you probably wont find another player.
The steam version is up to date as you would expect and is a great and cheap way to break anyone into the total war experience without beating an older PC to death with the high demands of shogun 2 (awesome game as well) and Rome 2 (which was dissapointing).
RECOMMNEDED.
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21.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
A great game to consume time with a bunch of friends, A great single player system if you are lonely
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