Barbarorum started off in 2004 as a project to help
the Creative Assembly with the portrayal of the “barbarian” factions planned
for the game, with the team gathering a huge amount of historical data and
sources to give CA the best historical basis for the game possible. As is
obvious to anyone who has played the unmodified RTW, they did not succeed, and decided to create a mod for the game
Excerpt: Date: 7/19/2005 The Total War series began in Feudal Japan, passed through Medieval Europe, and has now arrived in Ancient Rome. The gameplay has always been solid, but with every iteration the series has improved upon itself and in Rome: Total War (RTW) it is firing on all cylinders. If you’re a strategy gamer you’ll love the game’s blend of strategic empire building and real-time tactical battles featuring thousands of troops.
Excerpt: With the second series of Time Commanders in full swing at the time of writing, now seems like an opportune moment to publish a somewhat belated review of the third game in The Creative Assembly's Total War series. Time Commanders is an appropriate reference to cite in the introduction for this particular game, because had it not been for the first series of the program, I wouldn't have taken the trouble to buy the game - and what a mistake THAT would have been.
Excerpt: Why must we fight? All of this senseless bloodshed and turmoil for what? I’ll tell you for what: a very entertaining game about stabbing people in the faces and then stabbing where their faces used to be until there’s no face-place left to stab. Rome: Total War will come into your house, kick your head in and lay about on your couch all day, that’s how violent and unpredictable it is. Oh, and it’s also a really cool game.
Excerpt: Skiing games have been fairly popular in Europe in recent years, but not many of them have made it over to North America. But Merscom has decided to bring over Bode Miller Alpine Skiing, hoping to tie in with the success of said athlete. Although the game will appeal to a niche audience, that audience will certainly be pleased with this title.
Conclusion: If this is your first introduction to strategy gaming, Rome: Total War will get you off to a good start. Only problem might be that it will set the bar with which you measure other strategy games very high. That is a good thing though!
Excerpt: It�s not too often that a game can blow me away on almost all aspects of it�s being. Rome: Total War was one of these few games that seemed to take control of me from the moment I started the first training session, all the way to the first time my family took control of Rome itself.
Conclusion: Without a doubt the greatest strategy game we'll see in 2004. Rome Total War does so many things in such a spectacular fashion that it's easy to forgive the fact that a multiplayer campaign still hasn't been added to a Total War game.