Reviews and Problems with Rome: Total War Barbarian Invasion
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1 March 2010
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Excerpt: I'm sure you're probably familiar with the concept of dèjÃ vu , the existential feeling that you've seen or done something before. Well, playing Rome: Barbarian Invasion isn't quite like that.
Conclusion: Fans of any aspect of Rome: Total War -- especially those who liked the kinds of changes the Viking Invasion expansion added to Medieval: Total War -- should definitely add this expansion to their collection.
Pros: Improved historical accuracy; good replay value; excellent use of audio; loyalty trait.
Cons: Poor documentation; bland visuals; pathfinding problems in some areas.
Excerpt: Huns, Goths, Vandals, Allemanni, Saxons, and Franks...all here to bring down the once mighty Roman Empire. Lloyd Sabin examines the Barbarian Invasion to see how well it puts a beating on Rome.
Excerpt: The Wargamer is pleased to present The
Creative Assembly and SEGA with this Award for Excellence for
Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion. Barbarian Invasion is a text-book example of a quality expansion pack; it takes the features that gamers loved the first time around and hones them to...
Conclusion: Overall, though, the job that Creative Assembly has done is imposing, and my verdict is that any true fan of the series would be foolish not to get the expansion. It's well worth "the price of admission."
Pros: Creative Assembly continues the tradition of quality expansion packs;
Cons: AI quirks, more versatility in terms of unit-based tactics would've been welcomed.
Conclusion: Why not a nine? As magnificent an example of the add-on pack as Rome is, it doesn't redefine the game completely in order to make it an absolute essential buy for anyone who was interested in the mother-game. It's an imaginative more-of-the-same, but still – at its core – a more of the same.