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.
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
Summary: Encompassing one of the best-known periods in world history, Total War: Rome II will combine the most expansive turn-based campaign and the largest, most cinematic real-time battles yet seen in any game.
Excerpt: As empire building games go there are only really ever two series worth mentioning; the first is the town building, population management simulation that has politics and wars fought more as chess pieces on a board than anything—that game series is Civilization .
Summary: **Updated with final verdict** Oh dear. I wanted to love this game. I really did. I am, as anyone on staff here will tell you, a tragically obsessive Total War fan. I'm also a history nut, who was looking forward to conquering the known world at the head of some thundering (and in this game's case...
Summary: Veni, Vidi, Sust�nui 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