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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MutantSpider
( 40.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
The best RTS I have ever played. I first got this game in 2011 and I have played it on occasion, but as it was the CD version (With all of the expansions) my hours are not counted here.

You won't notice the performance issues (Which can be mostly fixed) once you get into the game, and this game runs extremely well on old computers. Multiplayer seems to be still alive with a lot of players, which I could see by going onto the multiplayer tab.

I haven't played the Barbarian Invasion or Alexander, and I don't feel like I am missing out, as the base game is so good in itself. It is definately worth the Steam price, but it can go as low as 1.99 during a sale. I think that everyone who likes RTS games should try this.
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Nickzz
( 102.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Just such an amazing game, even today i would recommend it
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Rick James
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
If you like Rome and hate barbarians buy this.
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yeoldeuncannyone
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I sat down at midnight one night last year and I distinctly remember having a great time with this game. I told myself "I'll go to bed at 2AM, that seems reasonable." The hours flew in and I looked up at the clock and the birds started singing and ah ♥♥♥♥ it was 9AM.
Bought this again and I expect the same is going to happen...
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MiikeyKelly
( 54.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
Best Total War game out of the whole franchise
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Tommy Wiseau
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
I got this game all the way back in disk form in 2010, and it was my first experience of a main stream video game. With the extensive, addictive and highly polished campaign, epic real time battles and an astonishing amount of detail for cities and historical battles, I must have ammassed hundreds of hours of playtime as a kid in this game. This game could very easily claim game of the year 2004 were it not for the release of Half Life 2 that game year, and in my opinion the total war franchise has never managed to replicate the sucesses of this masterful game. The graphics have aged, but the detail and effort in the characters and buildings is very clear. The sound design is fantastic, with a great soundtrack and good voice acting. The real time battles are also excellent, quickly paced battles and potentially huge armies fight eachother across small yet details battle maps. There is a huge amount of content, with various factions (far more than Rome 2) with varied play styles (and qualities. One of the games few cons are the difference of quality between great factions like Rome, Macedon and Germany and crap ones like Spain, Numidia or Thrace.). The AI and graphics have certainly aged and multiplayer is dead, but this is my personal favourite strategy game of all time, and definitely worth the price considering that the Barbarian Invasion expansion pack comes with this. Overall, as one of my favourite games, i give Rome Total War a 10/10.
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Letalis13
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This game does so many things right!

The Good:
Runs stable, on low-spec systems and on newer OS, no problem. I have yet to note a bug other than a single instance of pathfinding stupidity.
The tutorial and interface are both very easy to grasp. This game is very deep, but also very approachable.
Family lines and member traits that give the game a slight RPG feel. A coherent and interesting tech tree is present and units are well described. The sprawling map with many factions vying for power promises an incredible amount of replayability. Strategic and tactical levels of gameplay are both well polished. Geography and financial management are constant considerations while playing this game. Good implementation of spies, diplomats and assassins allows strategies that aren't entirely based on having the better army. The AI is passable but that might be because it only has to simulate barbarians half the time.

The not good.
The AI consistently misses key opportunities both strategically and tactically. At times the stupidity can ruin immersion. Tactical naval combat is not present, all naval battles are auto-resolved. Thankfully, naval action takes a back seat to the land action and I have yet to see a naval battle autoresolve in an unrealistically illogical fashion - it is pretty predictable. There is no co-op campaign option or hotseat option. Last, the graphics. Even over a decade old, the graphics are still passable, but if you need a little more and eye-candy is necessary for you to enjoy a game, look elsewhere. That said, for the price this game is worth a shot for anyone interested in strategy games.

Summary:
Classic. I played Medieval II+Kingdoms prior to playing this. Almost passed it up in fact because the gameplay is so similar to Medieval II and the graphics are older. Believe it or not, I am enjoying this game's campaign more. Perhaps it is the idea of Rome. Perhaps it is the soundtrack. Perhaps it is the pre-battle speeches that are missing from MedII+Kingdoms or the sense that Rome's units are more differentiated somehow. In the Kingdoms expansion especially, it seemed like very little effort was put into making native american factions different from one another. It is hard for me to put my finger on why, but this game has simply been more enjoyable. If you want a decent engine that offers outstanding mods, MedII+Kingdoms is the way to go. I highly recommend both, but "out of the box," I personally prefer Rome. Score: 8.7/10



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valv3rd1
( 23.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Rome: Total War is possibly the best game in the entire Total War franchise. Beside the graphics, everything else in this game stands as good (probably better) as many strategy games released in later years. It has an excellent balance between action and strategy, and whether you want to kick some asses boldly just throwing every unit forward or want to make complicated formations in order to disorient and surprise your enemy, entertainment and addiction will come double quick; when you realise, you will have spent more time in this game than in your love relationship, and if you don't have any, this is the perfect excuse to remain single.
P.D. How not to love the incredible soundtrack? It fits any war movie you can think of perfectly.

10/10
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Crimson Communist
( 146.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
A great game that any stratagy game enthusiest should have, As well as a exspantion pack that is almost as great as the original game, there is also a ton of mod support.

I seriously love this game to death and more people need to know about it and play it.
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Stachu
( 115.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Rome: Total War. Damn, I spent more hours playing this game than anything else. I remember playing it, like, ten years ago, when Steam was young and soft like a baby and ♥♥♥♥. Besides, the game itself is nice, but all the mods, oh boy, they make the game ten times bigger and stuff. Sure, it's old; sure, it's archaic; sure, there're newer Total War games; but ♥♥♥♥, I love this game. ♥♥♥♥ing positive.
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28 of 32 people (88%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
"commander of this unit cannot lead night attacks"
O RLY?????
*attacks anyway*
getting ♥♥♥♥ed by sassanid empire CLEAR DEFEAT
lost my entire army
*makes ceasefire with sassanids*
*create 5 armies with imperial chorots*
assault sassanid capital
sassanid asks for ceasefire
denied.jpg
capital captured
exterminate population
sassanid empire no more

would attack sassanids again

10/10
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
If you like Roman history, you will love this game

Second best total war, best rome related game.


Wish it could get a good sequel someday though...

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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
32.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Warning: This game doesn't seem to run well on newer computers. I have a gtx 970 and an i5 4690k, and I get about 20-30 fps in battles and on the batlte map.

I was really tempted to refund the game when I found this out, but I decided to keep playing. The game actually became really fun. I've watched prince of macedon play this game for a long time, so it was fun to finally get to experience it myself. Also, after a few hours, I got quite used to the lag. I don't really mind it anymore, and the game is very enjoyable. Definiately worth the price and it was a great experience.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
688.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
The greatest Total War game and quite possibly the greatest strategy game of all time.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
304.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
This > Total War: Warhammer and Rome 2 and Attila combined
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
176.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
Buy it ♥♥♥♥♥♥
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
The game is good, I remember playing this a decade ago. But I'm here to issue a warning: the game runs very inefficiently on newer systems. It was designed and optimized for one core, so if you have a middling laptop, you may want to steer clear. I've even heard of very beefy desktops struggling with it, possibly compatibility issues. You may actually find the newer games run better than this.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
Rome Total War Is perhaps the best 10 bucks I have ever spent. I have been playing total war since I was eight, and Rome is to date my favorite game of all time. I would recomend this to any strategy lover, and to anyone dissopointed in Rome II and Atilla. Its graphics have aged suprisingly well, and are in some ways more visualy appealing in battles compared with its sequal. 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
41.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
I love this game. Best total war game ever made PERIOD.

Eastern Roman Empire forever!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
challenging, but a master-piece none the less
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