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: Wij zijn het jaar 270 voor Christus, alhoewel niemand wist dat er 270 jaar later een zekere Christus geboren zou worden (en nu 2004 jaar na die gebeurtenis weten we nog altijd niet zeker of die Christus nu wel geboren is, maar ja), oftewel zeggen en schrijven we dat we aan de wieg staan van de Romeinse beschaving.
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: 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.
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.
Excerpt: By hook or by conquest, total control of Rome is the aim in Activision's Rome: Total War, latest in the Total War series that started with Shogun: Total War and continued with Medieval: Total War. Now you get to compete for the Title of Emperor of Rome! That is in the grand campaign game. There are also smaller campaigns and individual battles that can be played when time for the long campaign is not available.