Control and conquer the greatest empire ever known to man.
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Release Date: Sep 22, 2004

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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 Collection 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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Prince_Of_Ionia
( 17.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Step 1: Look at this game
Step 2: Puke because of graphics
Step 3: You realizse the graphics arn't that bad
Step 4: Buy it cause you are bored and have $10 Handy.
Step 5: Install it.
Step 6: Open it.
Step 7: See cool shadow battle animations in main menu.
Step 8: Goto Single Player and select Custom Battle.
Step 9: Select VERY HARD AI cause you doubt it very good cause this game was made in 2004.
Step 10: Select Rome, give enemy Gaul
Step 11: You realize that you can't make your dream army and set Monies to max.
Step 11: Select Random Units cause you don't know what stats they have.
Step 12: Let CPU create its own army.
Step 13: LOADING...
Step 14: Deploy your men in the most autistic fashion ever.
Step 15: You charge into the enemy.
Step 16: You realize your mistakes by selecting VERY HARD AI.
Step 17: You Shift into maximum autism
Step 18: you get rekted.
Step 19: Close and uninstall.
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★ 𝓣𝓸𝓱𝓴𝓪 ★
( 51.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Veni, Vidi, Vici "Julius Caesar"
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orrywar
( 55.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 30
Very good, fun, and interactive game! It got me stuck to the total war series, and the game is easy for new comers, but can also give a great challenge
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8-bit
( 24.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
I'll never probably complete this game, I am just not good enough and I've heard it takes a while anyway, but just to dabble in a little ancient warfare keeps me hooked and coming but for more. Extremely easy to fall into and pick up, the hardest part is probably the city management side of things but even that comes in time.

Even for it's age the graphics and sound hold up very well and overall it is extremely immersive and addictive. Definately worth the £5 I paid for it.
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Valkyren Saga
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
"The Great Total War Review Collection" Part 1/6


Introduction

As a huge fan of the Total War game series, i decided to write a review about every game, starting from Rome and ending to Rome 2. As far as i've seen from the research i did, there has never been any other "Collection" of Reviews about the Total War games on Steam and thus this will be the first ever Collection of TW Reviews on Steam. Just keep in mind that the Reviews will not be like the reviews you see usually but they will have a personal sense. By that i mean that they will be reviews/guides for the game which i think is the ultimate combination for anyone who wants to knows every perspective of a game before he purchases it.


About the Game

Rome Total War is the title which got me into the TW series. The game was released in 2004 by Sega, developed by Creative Assembly and it was voted as the best Strategy game of 2004. It introduced a huge number and variety of new features in every category in comparison with the previous TW titles (Shogun and Medieval TW). It is a turn based strategy game with real time elements in the land battles.


Concept

In the Imperial Campgaign the player is allowed to pick among a variety of factions. Your goal is to drive your faction to victory and success through the conquest of other faction's areas. A faction is a group of ancient people. The game takes place in the old known world of 270 BC to 14 AD around the Mediterranean Sea and the factions/groups of ancient people you can control
are the historical ancient people of that period. You can control the Roman Families, the Greek States of Southern Greece, the Carthagian Empire, the Greek Kingdom of Makedons, the Greek Empire of Seleucids, the Great long lasting Egyptian Empire, the Barbarian tribes of Gauls, Germans,Britons, Dacia and Spain, the Eastern Kingdoms of Parthia, Pontus, Armenia, Scythia and Thrace along with the African Kingdom of Numidia. The number of factions is so big and the variety of the units of your army so huge that it is going to take you dozens of hours to fully explore all of them! As the ruler of your faction you need to create a great army along with a strong economy to support it in order to conquer every other nation. In your effort you will face treacherous allies, sneaky agents and a clever Al which will be proven to be a worthy opponent.
In the beginning of the game you will be allowed to play with a few factions only and the rest of them will be unlocked as soon as you complete your first campaign. This has been done to help you understand the game better as the starting factions are the easiest and most powerful ones. There is a way to overcome this legally but i wouldn't recommend it to newcomers.


More about the Campaign

As soon as you choose a faction, you begin by controlling a few settlements. These settlements are the capitals of the areas of the game. Each area has its own settlement. As soon as you conquer a settlement, you conquer the area it controls along with every useful and important resources it may have. The settlements are also commercial and administrative centers of the area they belong to and the place where units and agents are being created.
You should always try to maintain the balance of the money on each settlement you own in a positive level in order to have a healthy economy.

There are many different types of land units. Each of them has its own traits and its own offensive and defensive values. Consider to check them all and decide which you will use to guard in your settlements, which you will use to attack settlements and which to defend them. In addition, there are 3 naval units for the sea battles.

Then we have the Generals. Generals are the leaders of your empire and your army. Each of them has his own traits (some are positive, some are negative). Some are good at commanding armies, some at commanding settlements while others ... well they aren't good at anything. :) Use your Generals as leaders of your armies in order to give to your army the traits the assigned General has. It's very crucial the pick the appropriate General for your attacks and to keep behind in your capital or other important settlements the Generals who are good with administration.

Finally, there are the Agents. There are 3 types of Agents: the Spy, the Assassin and the Diplomat. You will use your Spy in order to spy the enemy's armies and settlements. Your Assassins will be used for the assassination of enemy Generals, destruction of certain buildings in the enemy's settlements or for the cause of casualties to enemy armies. Finally, the Diplomats are being used for diplomatic purposes such as the trade agreements,
the NAPs, the Alliances or the exchange of Map Information.


Battles

There are 2 ways to fight your battles: the automatic one where you leave the fate of your army to the computer and the manual one where you will be transfered on the battlefield where you will command your army and try to lead him to victory. The naval battles are all being done automatically while the land battles or the settlement sieges allow you to pick the way the battle will happen. I advice you to pick in the vast majority of your battles the manual way as it is pretty common to suffer high numbers of casualties if you let the NPC handle the fate of the battle. Moreover, there is a high chance that you will be able to win a battle which the NPC would lose simply because you use a better strategy than the NPC.

In your battles you shall decide the deployment of your units. Put the archers in front of your melee units in order to cause casualties to the approaching enemies and the move them back and behind the safety of your melee units so that they can continue their job from a safe distance. Consider to use pikemen against cavarly, cavarly against archers or light infantry and heavy infantry against pretty much anyone. Be careful though! Your General must survive
the battle if you wish to have chances to win. Guard him carefully, lead him away from the enemy's archers volleys or the attacks of the enemy's units in order to protect him. You can use him to flank the enemy's light units but never let his unit alone. If your General dies, your army will start to lose its courage and will eventually flee from the battle. Your General is also in position to raise the courage of a fleeing unit of yours which is another reason to keep him
behind your units and protected until the very last momment. If you understand that you are losing a battle, command your General and the rest of your forces to flee from the battle. It's better to leave and fight another day than die meaninglessly in a certainly lost battle.


Your Empire

The more settlements you conquer, the harder it will be eventually for you to keep your empire safe. The more you expand, the more the enemies will become. Consider to begin wars which you think you can win and also try to narrow down to the lowest possible amount the number of your enemy factions. It is easy to have the situation get out of hand if one of your enemies creates an Alliance with another strong faction and invite them over to the war with you. However, for me this is where the joy hides! The game, although old enough now, has such a realistic system in this sector that it manages to recreate Real Life's conditions in the field of Diplomacy extremely accurately! This very fact will keep your interest high for a long period of time and in addition will keep its replay ability high enough, especially if you are someone who gets excited from games which offer a mixture of emotions.

For similar reviews and our popular giveaways (including hardware) please consider checking out www.steamified.com .
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Wattttt
( 24.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
One of my top 5 games of all time. Miles better than Rome 2. Try it with the big conversion mods (Total Realism, or Europa Barbarorum.
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floof
( 120.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
If you have a hand and a computer you need this game. You can't imagine the satisfaction you get from building up an army over time and to clash it against another army almost twice the size but to come out on top because of your masterful strategy you have crafted over time as the game progresses. It's a must have if you like games like civilization and lotr::bfme
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Crazt
( 33.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
This is a game that me and my father were playing, when i was child.I loved this game for years but forgot a name but now after i found it . i cant stop playing Rome: Total War. The game is a strategy. you have to think about how to attack enemy and destroy faction. you can play multiplayer or strart a campaign. to win the game you have to destroy 50 cities and make them yours. of course you can cheat and there are few guides that might help you but it is way better to try to win without cheats.anyways i rate it 10/10





fun fact: I used some of these lines from loading screens on my history test
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chubooga
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
doesnt work in directx12 or windows 10.
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Cronenberg Rick
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Awesome game
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197.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
How to properly experiance Rome Total War.
Step one: Start a new game playing as the Romans, doesn't matter the family.
Step two: Decide how fast you want to get going by using cheats or not, usually depends onthe mood I'm in.
Step two: Create an unstoppable army, or two, or 20, depends how fast you want the world to tremble at your feet.
Step three: Send forth your armies into the lands of the barbarians, take their cities and sack them, burn them down, kill them all.
Step three: Once the barbarians have been eradicated completely from the map, head for Greece, the home of the intelects.
Step four: Send your armies to enslave the Greek peoples, beat them off their high horses and kill them slowly and painfully.
Step Five: Once Greece has been pacified sucsessfuly, wait till you have a plauge in one of your cities, you will soon see why.
Step six: once you do have a plauge in one of your cities, get unimprtant agents like diplomats there, keep them for a bit, them send them to the south, in places like Memphis, Alexandria, or Carthage, large cities.
Step seven: watch as thousands die from your own little biological terrorist attack, take it in.
Step seven: Send your armies to finish off Carthage, Egypt and Numidia, enslave their peoples too, and make sure to kil the pharoh.
Congrats, Romam regit omnia, Imperitor.
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Posted: July 14
Rome demands victroy from Her Generals
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7.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Works fine on Windows 10.
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76.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
This and Medieval II are the best Total War games and I'd recommend them to anyone.

10,99 Euro including the DLC (which is a proper expansion) is a bargain.
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Posted: July 9
From Rome HBO:

Titus Pullo: I have simpler tastes. I like to kill my enemies, take their gold and enjoy their women. That's it. Why tie yourself to one? Where's the flavor? Where's the joy?

Vorenus: Pullo, when is the last time you had a woman who wasn't crying or wanting payment?

Game 10/10
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Remove Barbarian
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An exelent game. Dated graphics but good battles an campaigns.
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One of my all time favourite games.
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Posted: July 29
"The Great Total War Review Collection" Part 1/6


Introduction

As a huge fan of the Total War game series, i decided to write a review about every game, starting from Rome and ending to Rome 2. As far as i've seen from the research i did, there has never been any other "Collection" of Reviews about the Total War games on Steam and thus this will be the first ever Collection of TW Reviews on Steam. Just keep in mind that the Reviews will not be like the reviews you see usually but they will have a personal sense. By that i mean that they will be reviews/guides for the game which i think is the ultimate combination for anyone who wants to knows every perspective of a game before he purchases it.


About the Game

Rome Total War is the title which got me into the TW series. The game was released in 2004 by Sega, developed by Creative Assembly and it was voted as the best Strategy game of 2004. It introduced a huge number and variety of new features in every category in comparison with the previous TW titles (Shogun and Medieval TW). It is a turn based strategy game with real time elements in the land battles.


Concept

In the Imperial Campgaign the player is allowed to pick among a variety of factions. Your goal is to drive your faction to victory and success through the conquest of other faction's areas. A faction is a group of ancient people. The game takes place in the old known world of 270 BC to 14 AD around the Mediterranean Sea and the factions/groups of ancient people you can control
are the historical ancient people of that period. You can control the Roman Families, the Greek States of Southern Greece, the Carthagian Empire, the Greek Kingdom of Makedons, the Greek Empire of Seleucids, the Great long lasting Egyptian Empire, the Barbarian tribes of Gauls, Germans,Britons, Dacia and Spain, the Eastern Kingdoms of Parthia, Pontus, Armenia, Scythia and Thrace along with the African Kingdom of Numidia. The number of factions is so big and the variety of the units of your army so huge that it is going to take you dozens of hours to fully explore all of them! As the ruler of your faction you need to create a great army along with a strong economy to support it in order to conquer every other nation. In your effort you will face treacherous allies, sneaky agents and a clever Al which will be proven to be a worthy opponent.
In the beginning of the game you will be allowed to play with a few factions only and the rest of them will be unlocked as soon as you complete your first campaign. This has been done to help you understand the game better as the starting factions are the easiest and most powerful ones. There is a way to overcome this legally but i wouldn't recommend it to newcomers.


More about the Campaign

As soon as you choose a faction, you begin by controlling a few settlements. These settlements are the capitals of the areas of the game. Each area has its own settlement. As soon as you conquer a settlement, you conquer the area it controls along with every useful and important resources it may have. The settlements are also commercial and administrative centers of the area they belong to and the place where units and agents are being created.
You should always try to maintain the balance of the money on each settlement you own in a positive level in order to have a healthy economy.

There are many different types of land units. Each of them has its own traits and its own offensive and defensive values. Consider to check them all and decide which you will use to guard in your settlements, which you will use to attack settlements and which to defend them. In addition, there are 3 naval units for the sea battles.

Then we have the Generals. Generals are the leaders of your empire and your army. Each of them has his own traits (some are positive, some are negative). Some are good at commanding armies, some at commanding settlements while others ... well they aren't good at anything. :) Use your Generals as leaders of your armies in order to give to your army the traits the assigned General has. It's very crucial the pick the appropriate General for your attacks and to keep behind in your capital or other important settlements the Generals who are good with administration.

Finally, there are the Agents. There are 3 types of Agents: the Spy, the Assassin and the Diplomat. You will use your Spy in order to spy the enemy's armies and settlements. Your Assassins will be used for the assassination of enemy Generals, destruction of certain buildings in the enemy's settlements or for the cause of casualties to enemy armies. Finally, the Diplomats are being used for diplomatic purposes such as the trade agreements,
the NAPs, the Alliances or the exchange of Map Information.


Battles

There are 2 ways to fight your battles: the automatic one where you leave the fate of your army to the computer and the manual one where you will be transfered on the battlefield where you will command your army and try to lead him to victory. The naval battles are all being done automatically while the land battles or the settlement sieges allow you to pick the way the battle will happen. I advice you to pick in the vast majority of your battles the manual way as it is pretty common to suffer high numbers of casualties if you let the NPC handle the fate of the battle. Moreover, there is a high chance that you will be able to win a battle which the NPC would lose simply because you use a better strategy than the NPC.

In your battles you shall decide the deployment of your units. Put the archers in front of your melee units in order to cause casualties to the approaching enemies and the move them back and behind the safety of your melee units so that they can continue their job from a safe distance. Consider to use pikemen against cavarly, cavarly against archers or light infantry and heavy infantry against pretty much anyone. Be careful though! Your General must survive
the battle if you wish to have chances to win. Guard him carefully, lead him away from the enemy's archers volleys or the attacks of the enemy's units in order to protect him. You can use him to flank the enemy's light units but never let his unit alone. If your General dies, your army will start to lose its courage and will eventually flee from the battle. Your General is also in position to raise the courage of a fleeing unit of yours which is another reason to keep him
behind your units and protected until the very last momment. If you understand that you are losing a battle, command your General and the rest of your forces to flee from the battle. It's better to leave and fight another day than die meaninglessly in a certainly lost battle.


Your Empire

The more settlements you conquer, the harder it will be eventually for you to keep your empire safe. The more you expand, the more the enemies will become. Consider to begin wars which you think you can win and also try to narrow down to the lowest possible amount the number of your enemy factions. It is easy to have the situation get out of hand if one of your enemies creates an Alliance with another strong faction and invite them over to the war with you. However, for me this is where the joy hides! The game, although old enough now, has such a realistic system in this sector that it manages to recreate Real Life's conditions in the field of Diplomacy extremely accurately! This very fact will keep your interest high for a long period of time and in addition will keep its replay ability high enough, especially if you are someone who gets excited from games which offer a mixture of emotions.

For similar reviews and our popular giveaways (including hardware) please consider checking out www.steamified.com .
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