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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Ael
( 53.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
I started with this game on the Total War Series. And man those games sucked the life out of me. I think i have more than 300 hours on playtime on the Rome Series. It's an old game I know but worth every penny especially nowadays that it's so cheap.
I know it's old graphic and stuff can be boring, but the gameplay especially with some great mods it has make it's a great time killer.
I really love this series.

Overall Score 9/10
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Griffen Lord
( 23.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Amazing Game!!!!!!!!!!
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Blueberrymuffin
( 46.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
I've spent a hell of a lot longer on Rome Total war than steam suggests. I had this game since about the age of 12 and used to play it on my terrible laptop. 7 years later, I still play, by far the best strategy game ive ever played.
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Gonzo
( 111.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
was amazing 10 years ago and its still amazing now 10/10
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chuksj95
( 107.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Best Total war game on the block. Its a classic.
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Nian
( 9.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
pls create a new version , the same game play just improve the skins and maps and more factions pls
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whitepower1
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
An amazing game. great gameplay, both turnbased and real time. A must for the Strategic gamer
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theodorehildebrandt
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Love it. Great game very fun. i love strategic games. in depth battles. but no naval battles which sucks. but otherwise BUY IT
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irontoaster
( 43.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Conquered Spain and exteminated the population. 10/10 would genocide again.
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Cpt. Snagglefuffs
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
geez this game always crashes -_-
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Epicronan11
( 58.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I usually dont review games. I'll make an exeption for this game. Rome: Total War™ is a fantastic strategey game it is ♥♥♥♥ing awesome I love it I love it I love it
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HordegruntTV
( 84.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Geat game especially if you starting of with total war much better then the seconf edition of the game
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ssander
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Still enjoying after 12 years, highly recommended
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rcarnochan
( 161.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Great game, and remember One Rome to rule them all and in Europe bind them
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MoshedZ
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Ignore my hours, I have hundreds on the CD version.

Don't play the steam version, it lags hard.
Buy the CD, then get mods.

Everyone who has played a Total War game will put this as #1 or #2 always [some may say Shogun 2 is better, like myself].
The graphics are bad, but so what.

The review/rant:

Ah, Rome Total War, a game that is old and beautiful. It comes from a time period when strategy meant logic, reason, tactical prowess and intelligence; not p2w person-with-the-most-money microtransactions [looking right at you CoC and your clones].

.......Just get the CD version, then mod it with some of the best game overhauls in existance.

Also get Age of Empires 1,2 and 3 for the CD, they are also beautiful RTSes back when RTS wasn't synonymous with Asians and p2wers, Russians, etc.
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Viral
( 125.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
What the hell are you reading this for, buy it already.
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[DλULTIM8] Y0URL0RD
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
I turned Rome into a communist empire oh yes mate
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Augustus512
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
This game never gets old, even after all these years. I still love it like the first time I played. This game you can play over and over and the only thing that can happen is you get better at it. It would be nice if they would remastered the game, since we are seeing a lot of that lately. But either way I recommend the game.
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Meteuremu
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
I played this game for well over 1,000 hours when it first came out. My god it is an amazing game, I recomend this game to anyone who loves conquest and domination.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 21
A pretty decent game which turns out to be great with Europa Barbarorum modification. While the vanilla game is okay, it gets pretty boring after a while, because it's just very easy even on the highest difficulty and you just cakewalk everything. Moreover, multiplayer is terrible, because the game is unbalanced and community is terrible. Everybody just gets archers and camps in one place until other players get bored and try to attack but they are then in a losing position. AI is dumb, it plays terribly on campaign map, attacking with only a few units an entire army, leaving cities defenseless and in battle mode they just rush at you blindly, except horse archers who only harass you and run away and you have to chase them across entire map, which is extremely frustrating as it takes a long time.

However, even with its shortcomings, it's a good game, and it can be much better with modifications, especially with a great Europa Barbarorum mod that makes the game way more interesting.

Is it worth getting today? Or should you just play other Total War game?
It is definitely worth getting for Europa Barbarorum, just like Medieval II is worth getting just for Broken Crescent mod. Otherwise... not so much, as the vanilla campaign is much better in ie. Shogun Total War, and the AI tends to be much less frustratingly annoying and dumb there too.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
204.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Best game Ever please allow on mac's
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
very very good
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
THIS GAME IS SO FUN
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
141.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
A legedary game. One of the best.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
156.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 25
Per aspera ad astra
X/X
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
68.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
This is a great game. I think this game is same like word strategy. So if you say strategy its same like Rome total war. Exactly other Total war games asre too same like word strategy. :-) (sorry for my english im from czech republic so like you know i havent got a very good english)
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26 of 27 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
120.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
Best game ever, even now in 2016
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 13
Note: I have played this game for embrassingly numerous hours outside Steam, certainly many thousands.

The Total War series revolutionized a strategy genre that was stagnating. After years of the same things over and over again, strategy games with only campaigns and no war, sitting and waiting for this mechanic or that to play itself out, games that made the GUI a bit messier and called it depth, features that just made the same stuff a bit more Heath Robinson and called it progress and innovation, battles where you watched columns of numbers, or 7-8 little RTS guys bip and bop for 30 seconds until the game told you who won... Total War brought in a tactical scope with depth to it, actual battlefields where real time decision-making and some sensible tactical considerations played roles, and where the clash was a grand spectacle. In one fell swoop, this series revitalized the genre, indeed carved out its own genre - strategy games where real time wargaming is actually a thing.

Then, some time into the series, this game - this beautiful, beautiful game came along. Not content with what they'd achieved already, they made a game so good it broke the mould. Not content with creating their own groundbreaking genre, they then pushed further.

It might have aged now, and it isn't such a surprising, groundbreaking thing now as it was back then, and it has its warts and annoyances (like all of the games in the series) but I still have to say that for me, this is possibly the best computer game ever made. Certainly one of the best.

Also, it is a great family game, as long as the subject matter is ok for your tribe, we have had many years of fun out of these games. It is not bloody and gratuitous at all, although obviously war is violent in itself.

There is nothing else that does computer wargaming like the Total War series, and this is the glorious pinnacle of it. 100/10
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
497.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
One of the best games to ever grace gamerkind. I am still playing for almost 10+ years now!
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
108.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 5
I used to have a junk laptop, this is all that it could run.

15/10

Playable on the worst of PC's
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
52.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
I hadn't played any Total War games until I bought this one. After downloading and running it I went through a tutorial that taught me how to push buttons, and then I began the campaign. I started as the great Roman house of Julli, and began my great campaign.
After pushing north to the alps, driving out the Gauls, I made peace with the nearby empires. The Gauls had been raiding me on occasion, and I had always beaten them back. Things seemed to be going well, until I asked to buy a city the Gauls owned. Now, of course, I offered a fair price. It was an incredible price, in fact, but they denied it. I offered again, with even more money and goods, and again they denied. This was the last straw. How DARE they deny me?! Don't they know who WON all those wars? I then decided that I had had enough of these ancient Frenchmen who dared to think they are equal to us great Romans. I not only wanted to teach them a lesson; I wanted them gone. So thus, the Great Gaul Genocide began.
It was a truly incredible campaign. Several new armies were raised. All traces of Gaul in the east were annihilated first, and a great push into the west began. Whenever I captured a city I was given the option to either occupy it as it was, enslave half the people and disperse them among my empire, or slaughter 3/4 of the people in the settlement. Naturally, I chose the latter. My goal was elimination. Death to all those barbarians who dared to have national pride.
I pushed into the Gaul empire, taking city after city. The enemy had a bigger empire, perhaps, but mine was far stronger. Our great Roman soldiers killed all in their path. Despite a stumbling point where one Gaul army managed to defeat mine and save their city, two new armies took its place. The massive campaign wore on until, at last, the final Gaul stronghold fell. The people were slaughtered, and nothing remained of the once great empire.
I had kept a running body count as the genocide wore on. The final results were:
Gaul Soldiers killed: 3,659
Gaul Civilians killed: 33,689
Total Barbarian Gauls killed (citizens and soldiers): 37,339
Brave Roman soldiers lost: 1,258
Final body count: 38,597 people dead.

It was only after the genocide was over that I realized I'd forgotten why I was mad at them in the first place.
Hmm...it was something about a city...

10/10 would genocide again.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
535.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 21
old but gold
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 25
Good after you find out how to fix the game so you can start it on windows 10.

For anyone who dosen't know it's:

SteamLibrary - SteamApps - common - Rome Total War Gold - preferences

Then you go into the .txt file named preferences and go to where it says AA_QUALITY:AA_HIGH (or Low or whatever) and change it to AA_QUALITY:AA_OFF

Then you can actually play the game! :)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
124.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
>Carthage takes over North Africa and many former Roman settlements there
>I get p.issed off
>Build huge and expensive army
>Recapture one of the settlements
>Carthage tries to take it back
>700 men vs 200
>Fails horribly and general dies
>I capture few more settlements nearby
>Carthage only has Hispania and Carthage (the city)
>Gets cocky
>Attempts to siege Carthage
>Suceeds
>Exterminates populus
>Few turns later, Carthage asks for ceasefire

That was easy
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 14
Pretty much the game that tops every other Total war in the franchise. 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 13
When I used to own this on disk form, this was my childhood game, every weekend I would spend hours on the campaign and custom battles. Ah memories of murdering Rome's enemies. On a more serious note though, I really cannot find a reason for you not to buy this game, it's so wonderful. Remove the age of the game and the more primitive graphics (like I said though, it's an old game and for it's time it looks amazing) and there really are no downsides to this game in my opinion, but I am a massive fan of the Total War series so I may be biast, so just see for yourself!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
42.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
I destroyed Carthage, then I decided to make the game a little more accurate by pouring salt on my screen where the ruins were.

My computer has not worked the same since.

Great game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
521.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
Where to begin....

I first purchased Rome over a decade ago... so the 500+ hours stated on here is vastly inaccurate. Which is a good indication as to what I think of the game. This review is to the point:

The simple yet satisfying game mechanics are what keeps you coming back. The options of other factions, and the different unit available within each, means you will have hours of fun mastering the pros and cons depending on who you go. Armoured Elephant units or the Pharaohs Bowmen units are my personal favs.

If you are a fan of recently released Total War games, give this a try and find out where it all really began for the franchise.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
73.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 24
Absolutely love this game to bits,for a 2004 RTS I really enjoy playing it.The soundtrack goes perfectly with the game,it's outstanding.Also I have played this game outside of steam for at least 1000 hours.
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