Summary: Picture, in your mind's eye, a testudo . If you're up on your Roman history, you'll know that I'm referring to that ancient Roman formation in which soldiers tightly align their shields to protect themselves from every angle as they advance. Even without the immortalizing effect of Asterix comics , the testudo remains an enduring icon of Roman military power, but it also serves as an apt analogy for the state of Total War: Rome II.
Conclusion: Few games match the immense scale that's provided in the gameplay of Total War: Rome II. The game lives up to series tradition by offering both an addictive campaign mode and massive real-time battles. While the game stumbles with a flawed end of turn transition process and odd AI battle behavior, the majority of elements that comprise the gameplay and presentation make for a solid entry in the Total War series.
Conclusion: I deliberately spent some extra time to review Total War: Rome 2 . Not because I wanted to get further into a particular campaign, but to experience the game without the horrendous crashes that the game displayed on initial release. In those first couple of days, there could be no way that I could recommend the game despite it being an enjoyable experience when it was working and as such would have scored a 5 out of 10.
Pros: Battles are grand. Easier to get started than previous titles, but still hard to master. Visuals are superb
Cons: Game crashes prior to patching were frustrating. Naval warfare is dull.
Conclusion: Total War: Rome 2 is a great choice for anyone looking to get into a deep strategy experience. The battles feel great and watching your army overtake an enemy’s, or just scraping by to victory, hasn’t felt so rewarding in an RTS game in a while. Battles can be massive, featuring thousands of units, and while that can make any system chug it’s still a sight to behold and a wonder to witness.
Conclusion: Creative Assembly has yet again produced another engaging and time-eating RTS that joyfully lets you create some of the earliest civilizations in a matter of days. The new features should allow many first-time RTS gamers to jump right in and find hours of enjoyment while the expert strategist of Total War will find a new challenge in building their empire in the more specific choices of construction, character abilities, and conquest.
Excerpt: After a focused, elegant and relatively small-scale return to Japan with Shogun II , hopes were high for Creative Assembly’s next Total War title. They couldn’t have chosen a more exciting era to cover than the rise of Rome. It’s territory that the developers have covered before, but with the possibilities offered by modern technology it seemed an opportune time to try and rediscover the grandeur, excitement and brutality of the classical age.
Excerpt: Total War: Rome II . PC game review. Publisher, Sega. Developer, The Creative Assembly. $59.99 Passed Inspection: Massive amounts of gameplay options, strategic and tactic options, fantastic visuals Failed Basic: All the headaches of ruling an empire, a few bugs that need to be worked out It might sound terribly cliché but Rome wasn’t built in a day, and expecting to finish a full campaign of the newly released Total War: Rome II in a day would be ambitious beyond the...
Pros: Massive amounts of gameplay options, strategic and tactic options, fantastic visuals
Cons: All the headaches of ruling an empire, a few bugs that need to be worked out
Conclusion: How to wrap this up then? The key point here is that Creative Assembly haven’t made a ‘bad’ game, not by any means… it’s just not a very exciting one. It’s fairly stable, as things go, and while you will probably break the game in some way, there’s nothing really game-breaking about the technical flaws we’ve encountered. The simplest way to sum up its biggest problem is that, really, it can be quite boring sometimes.
Conclusion: Overall I believe that Total War: Rome 2 is a strong addition to the franchise. It expands on a variety of different features that the last games were lacking. While putting its own individual stamp on the series as a whole.
Pros: The campaign map has been improved., Each faction feels completely individual., The online matches are as tense as ever., Hearing Brian Blessed’s voice.
Cons: The battle AI has some issues that need to be dealt with., The multiplayer campaign has some issues with speed.
Conclusion: The setting and gameplay of Total War: Rome II are a perfect match, giving us some of the most satisfying and visually striking tactical battles we've ever seen in video games. The campaign systems are absorbing and full of meaningful decisions that make me feel like I’m in charge of my own victories and defeats. It's all delivered in a package that's rich with historical detail that makes the most of the setting, but still puts fun above realism.