Very rarely does a game come along that truly excites me, to the point of willingness to stand in line awaiting its release. Released on September 3rd of this year, Total War: Rome II is the latest installment in the stellar Total War series. I was a huge fan of the original Total War: Rome, so the anticipation for this one was sky high. It follows the less successful Total War: Empires, which failed to win over its players. However, there are vast improvements with the newest edition, improvements that every gamer will appreciate and enjoy.
Travel back to ancient Rome and take control as one of three families, or venture out and play as a rival civilization. Either way, the fate of the ancient world is in your hands. How will you play it? The possibilities are virtually endless, which is part of the reason this game is so great; the same game is rarely played twice. Mixing turn-based management play with real time battle play, players get the best of both worlds with this award winning strategy game by Sega. Control every aspect of the ancient, including politics, economics, and military.
There are many new and exciting ways to battle in this game, some of which include:
-Combined naval/land battles
-Supply Train Battles
-Port Seige Battles
This is a massive improvement upon the battle types in the first Rome installment, one that I am definitely excited for. There are also new playable factions that include The Roman Republic, Carthage, Macedon, Iceni, Arverni, Suebi, Parthia, and Egypt. It also features a long list of unplayable factions that will still be great to see in the game.
As with some of the previous games in the Total War saga, there are faction packs that players can buy, allowing for an even greater option of playable factions. The new factions available with the faction pack are Pontus, Athens, Epirus, Sparta, and the Seleucids. According to Gamespot, Rome II was the fastest selling game in the franchise’s history, reporting that this game sold over six times the number of Total War: Shogun 2 in their comparable first weeks on the market.
See ancient cities in stunning graphics with this very advanced game; but don’t worry, it can adapt to lower end hardware to give everyone who buys the game the best experience possible!
Players get a completely revamped game, building off the successes of previous installments. This game supports a 2-player cooperative and competitive campaign mode, an exciting feature for a game like this. Players who buy the game new also get a free beta test for Total War: Arena, which is in development, featuring the first free-to-play model of the game focusing entirely on the online multiplayer. Needless to say I’m extremely excited for this one.
You can buy Total War: Rome II in a few different ways. The standard game can be downloaded or purchased in hard copy for a price of $59.95. Also, on the game’s official website, you could (I say could, because they are sold out currently) buy a $154.99 Collector’s Edition of the game. Some of the features of the package include Tesserae Dice, Total War Cards: Punic Wars card game, and a canvas campaign map along with the game. For a serious fan of the series, this is actually a great buy, with the limited edition being well priced for what you get.
For any strategy game enthusiast, I recommend this game, or any game in the series for that matter. Total War has been a solid choice of game since the first release, and has definitely not disappointed with this newest installment.