Control and conquer the greatest empire ever known to man.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (2,287 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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20 of 23 people (87%) 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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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
129.4 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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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
500.4 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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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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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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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
I occupied ancient frenchie ♥♥♥♥♥♥ territories.

10/10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
i bought this game just for barbarian invasion but it doesnt work i tried to open bi but it opens the standart rtw. pls help me. i feel like i ve bought this game for nothing.
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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 24 people (4%) 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 51 people (6%) 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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62.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I love ya this game AWESOME ^_^
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71.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Good really time strategy game and fun playing with friends
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22.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Still the same pros&cons as the rest of the Total War series : halway between strategy game and cinema, entertaining but inadapted to challenging objectives.
Note that this game has lots of user mods, with a community which is still lively. Therefore this is an interesting alternative to Rome II or any more recent Total War title if your computer sucks, if you're poor, or if you just don't like their new engine (I don't). The price to pay in term of features and gameplay richness is minimal.
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135.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
i like the way that each patrican family own's land and supports each other way harder to take rome(not impossibal) but moods change for no reason in barbarian invasion a city revolted back to west empire
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802.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
ROME TOTAL WAR IS THE BEST RTS OUT.
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45.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
great game
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16.4 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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