Summary: : Rome was not built in a day. Total War: Rome II wasn’t either, but it probably could have used some more time letting the concrete set. The seeds of a great game are there; the developers need to keep working at it until it is properly finished.
Total War: Rome II – Hannibal at the Gates Review (PC)
28 March 2014
Excerpt: The all-new Hannibal at the Gates campaign for Total War: Rome II is designed specifically to simulate this engagement in detail, offering players a chance to control both the two superpowers of the moment and three smaller factions that can play a larger role in the conflict.
Pros: + Recreation of Second Punic War, + Battle mechanics, + Focus on characters
Cons: - Artificial Intelligence performance, - Micro-management heavy
Excerpt: It didn’t take long, but we soon came to a point within our Total War: Rome II empire-building where it would have been much nicer to just build a big wall around our smattering of conquered lands, put up a “Go Away” sign or two, and live out the rest of our days in boredom and serenity.
Pros: Gorgeous battles and strategic map visuals; naval combat; built-in Wikipedia-like help system; compelling tactical elements within general combat.
Cons: Too many factions; turns take forever; micromanagement abounds; city-building lacks depth; army-building lacks urgency; graphical hog.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a good thinking game, but it has large-scale, realistic battles. No blood, but convincing sound effects get the point across. Overall, the game is full of historical and educational information, although parents may need to decipher what is real history and what's...
Excerpt: The enemy managed to get to my ballista and kill its crews and I was then in danger of seeing my entire line getting rolled, but I managed to stop their process using the Loyalty of the 10th special ability and by whipping my trusty legionnaires.
Pros: + Focused experience, + Seasons and terrain have a greater effect, + New factions
Excerpt: Imagine this: over 8,000 soldiers sporting gleaming armour, brandishing glistening swords, shields and pikes while behind them lines of cavalry soldiers try to placate their nervous steeds, steam pouring out of their noses, as they stare at a rapidly advancing mob of bare-chested Gauls.
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.
Excerpt: Matthew Flanigan provides us with this video review of the
recently released, and much patched, Rome Total War II. He concentrates on
those game features that have changed from earlier games in the Total War