-Now you’re probably wondering about this evening’s entertainment. There’s enough wine in camp to float a boat. It’s all yours when they’re dead. Oh yes, and the camp women will be suitably appreciative too.
ROME 2 Fact Sheet
Platform — This is a PC game.
Availability — Steam or your local gaming store. An internet connection is required to set up the game even though you can play offline after initial setup.
Who will like this game? — Strategy gamers who enjoy the classical Roman period of history. In this game you get to re-write or re-live history using political and military skills as you micro-manage your empire. Backstabbing your opponents and fighting like a cornered rat are all part of the game. You will have a campaign experience similar to Europa Universalis or Civilization, with the ability to jump into the battles and lead troops to victory against seemingly insurmountable odds!
Hardware required — bigger the better especially if you want to take advantage of the breathtaking epic scenery of the game in real time battles. Forty thousand individual soldiers in one battle will definitely put a strain on any PC.
117 playable factions
Game-play time — 1000+ hours
Multiplayer experience — up to 8 v 8 real time online battles or 1 v 1 multiplayer campaign.
Single player experience — Thousands of hours of game play versus a vicious AI across the various factions
Longevity — hundreds of mods will breathe new life into the game once you are done with the vanilla experience
Additional comments — This game will make time disappear and your woman will have to get used to being a gamer widow once the total war bug has bitten you. Don’t say you were not warned!
Fighting is easy, what is hard is the look on your woman’s face when you are a weakling.
Total War: Rome 2 is the latest in a series of amazing strategy games produced by Creative Assembly and currently published by SEGA.
I first encountered the total war series of games in 2004 when I discovered Rome Total War being used for re-enactment purposes on the History Channel. After searching for what software was being used, my experience of strategy games was forever changed and I was hooked on the what I consider to be the most amazing game series ever made. If you have any fancies toward the classical Roman era of history, this game WILL blow your mind.
After thinking that I would never play single player games ever again, this titan amongst games has given me over 2000 hours of single player game time for each successive title and add-on released.
The way I generally play is to use the multiplayer head to head option of the game. A buddy of mine and I play on Thursday nights. During this time we happily use every dirty trick conceivable to pull any cunt stunt possible on each other—all in the name of good fun and bragging rights.
Even so, completing a game takes 30 – 45 hours so best consider this experience akin to a game of chess with far more options for defeating your enemy. Thankfully it can happily be saved and resumed as required, just like a game of chess.
The game also has modding intrinsically built into it with a mod workshop and modding tools offered by The Creative Assembly as standard. This makes you able to create your own gaming experience once you have mastered the game.
For those of you wanting to historically re-enact classical experiences, the game has many decisive battles from the time period which will allow you to participate in fights such as the fall of Carthage, Teutoberg Forest, etc.
For a faster paced gaming experience, there are hundreds of online battles to jump into in order for you to build up your skills as a general. Here you can test new tactics and units as you dominate battles either on your own or with various multiplayer combinations up to 8 versus 8.
Total War is total war and you will have to use your brain to make use of every means possible to destroy your enemy. There are a multitude of ways to win in the completely immersive experience.
If we are defeated, then the city nearby will suffer at the hands of a brutal army. But if we win, each one of you will be a hero! And the hero always gets the girl! There will be many appreciative ladies behind those city walls tonight, lads!
In conclusion, even though I can’t stand certain blue hedgehogs, as long as SEGA publishes this series of games they will have a definite claim on my hard-earned cash. They have spared nothing in making this game absolutely beautiful to the eye and provided the best Total War engine yet as well as one of the most hardcore AI’s that truly tries to make your life miserable.
If, due to budgetary or any other kind of constraint you face in your gaming, you were able to get only one game to keep you occupied in your gaming hobby for whatever period of time, Total War: Rome 2 would definitely be the best game you could pick. There was a lot of crying from the Total War community when the game was initially released but I have had zero negative experiences with the game.
“Urbani, servate uxores: moechum calvom adducimus.
Aurum in Gallia effutuisti, hic sumpsisti mutuum.”
-Home we bring our bald whoremonger;
Romans, lock your wives away!
All the bags of gold you lent him
Went his Gallic tarts to pay.