Summary: I loved this game since the first one but I was skeptical about this edition because of the reviews I have viewed last year on it. But now with the new update (Emperor edition) the game was overhauled and became as great as it was before.
Summary: DO NOT BUY THIS GAME, total rip off! The game play seems fun at first, the maps look nice enough with more accuracy with the ecosystems of the Middle East, something that its predecessor and its mods lacked, because the whole place looked like a giant desert even though the mountains or Iran, Armenia etc...are forested, with different types of trees. Units look nice, and it's great to have different outfits, hats, weapons etc...within a unit.
A BIG step backwards for the TW franchise, from start to finish.
Drew A. "arries12", Amazon
10 July 2014
Summary: I've played Total War games from the start. This is by far the worst one yet, and a HUGE step backwards from Shogun 2. I'm unsure how they managed to screw it up, as all they had to do was take the amazing strides made in Shogun 2, and then apply them to the Roman era/map. Instead, they tried to be clever and "re-design" several aspects of the game, getting it terribly wrong in almost every instance.
Summary: Game is nowhere as near as fun to play as the original Rome Total War and requires to much micromanagement. You are so busy keeping your people happy you can't go out and work on conquering anyone. And the unit cards atrocious using figures that look like something off of ancient Greek pottery, instead of the nicely illustrated and descriptive unit cards in the first version. Game is definitely a step backwards in so many ways.
Summary: I saw the bad reviews, waited until April 2014 to play the game and I did not see too many bugs in the few hours I played, but I am just disappointed with everything. I could live with the lame interface, but the battles are terrible globs of men bumping into one another. Makes me want to just reinstall Rome 1 and play that instead.
Summary: The original 'Rome Total War' is one of my favorite games. So what could be better than a newer version, what a dream. As it turns out Rome II is a disaster, the strategic and political situations have little analogy to this ancient world. Diplomacy is worse than the original game. The tactical battle work, but the rest of the game is less than mediocre.