Strategy game based on ancient, at-war Roman soldiers
Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 / Windows XP
The Creative Assembly
Total War: Rome II is a massive historical strategy game, putting players in the role of a general during the time of the Roman Empire. The goal is to conquer territory and secure an empire. How well that works, however, is up to the player.
If you're familiar with the Total War series, you already know enough about Rome II to make a judgment. In many ways, it's the same game that has been out since Shogun, but with a new coat of paint. Everything looks prettier, as it should - the requirements to run the game are hefty, and those who can run it on maximum setting will be rewarded with beautiful battles. A fair bit of the game has also been streamlined to make play easier, ridding the game of some of the tedium and placing you back on the battlefield faster.
Despite all this, it is unfortunate that this game just doesn't run well. You will spend an inordinate amount of time trying to get around the battlefield, and even longer waiting for your enemies to do something. While waiting is a part of historical war, there's no reason that it should take so long in a video game. Paired with a disappointingly dull AI, players will find Rome II to be somewhat lower quality than any of its predecessors.
If you're looking for a beautiful-looking strategy game, Rome II should fit the bill. If you're looking for something that's fast-paced or that runs particularly well, however, you may be disappointed. In the end, Rome II is a game that's crippled by its flaws and doesn't have enough selling points to help it stand out from the crowd.
Some aspects of the game have been streamlined
Slow and clunky
AI is deceptively stupid
Enemy takes too long to undertake basic actions