Summary: I'll admit that it's difficult for me to review this game from a completely objective standpoint; I've spent more time playing the Total War series than perhaps any other video game series, and have eagerly awaited the release of every subsequent game. That being said, college and studies prevented me from really delving into both Empire and Shogun II, so the bulk of my total war experience has come from the Medieval II and Rome I. Especially Rome I.
Summary: The game is more confusing and takes longer to learn than the older Total War games. With that said, the graphics is better, the diplomacy and battles seem more realistic. In this total war game, you have to focus more on your economy than just fighting wars and building your empire. You may like that because it takes you actually take control over your country/empire/provinces.
Summary: I've been a fan of Creative Assembly and its Total War Series and I really wanted to like this game. I was very pleased with the original Rome (2006) and looked forward to the 2013 release since announcement. But the game in its present state, is very disappointing. The 2006 version is Stanley Kubrick's "Spartacus", this version is Mel Brooks "History of the World, Part I". Right out the gate, let's talk about the User Interface (UI).
Rome 2 total war thunders onto the battlefield like past predecessors: with same issues.
Donald M. Pollack, Amazon
22 April 2013
Summary: I am writing this review based on the sept. 3rd 2013 release build. I spent approximately 10 hours within the game on the release day, playing a long roman campaign on hard difficulty. I wish to share my experience and my concerns and point of note. I have played all past total war titles back to shogun 1. My computer is I7 3770k, 770gtx sc, 32gb ram, and a agility 2 ssd. Below I share what I perceive are the pros and cons of this series.
Summary: Hey all, I'm updating this review now that I have 80 hours played and CA has released 2 patches (with patch 3 in the works). I'm sticking with 3 stars, even though there has been a lot of improvement with the patches. Improvements: - Speed of game is certainly improved. Less waiting during AI turns, even battle loading and save game loading seem streamlined. - AI seems to be better than before. The game is still very easy on 'normal'.
Summary: I was so excited to play this game over a long weekend so I payed extra for one day delivery.. But owing to the fact that after an hour of installing the game onto my comp from four CDs, I had to download a new patch that was 8.4 GBs , I ended up missing the whole weekend and had to leave my comp alone for a whole day and a half to download the patch.
Conclusion: I purchased this game thinking it would be the best game out for PC yet, it all look like good gameplay going through the tutorial but then the action begins and what can I say. This game is so memory and graphics dependent it make playing it almost impossible even on low settings! I have a fairly medium spec set-up at that, plus I'm hearing comments of people with high-spec rigs that they have performance issues.