Conclusion: I have played this game and i was very very disapointed with the game, you run out of money before you even started. I mean you start making a army then you go bankrupped and if you try to work on finacals that doesn't work either. And the feel of the game is very bad too. It seems very sluggish and awkward. This is a must NOT have game.
Summary: Rome Total War has the potential to be a five-star game. BUT, a load-game bug appears to exist that cripples the computer AI every time you load the game. It appears to do so by lifting computer sieges when you load, so that the computer can't expand its territory. So while you can expand, if you load the game frequently (more than once every three hours or so?), it appears that the AI does not expand.