Summary: This rome total war is a classic. You don't need a great computer to play it. It's not complicated to play. Obviously because it's from 2004 or so, the AI which is the computer enemy isn't that sophisticated yet. You will have random countries declaring war and attacking you. The historical aspect of this game is fairly accurate, except for the years and time frame. It's an addicting game. Good strategy game.
Summary: This game so does not live up to the hype. In fact the opposite. It's missing a lot of subtle but good stuff from the previous total war games, like being able to build more than one siege engine per turn (this is a big problem since every turn in a siege you suffer attrition), your spies are unable to open city gates, the option for units to either be defensive or aggressive, and "fire at will" option for javelin armed infantry like hillmen and legionnaires.