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Rome: Total War (PC)

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Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
 Ages 12 and Over
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
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  • Build your empire across the Roman world through war and diplomatic means
  • All new Total War engine that creates spectacular, cinematic graphics
  • Epic real-time battles with up to 10,000 3D units on screen at once
  • First time ever fully 3D strategy map showcasing mountains, rivers, trade routes and more
  • Control fearsome weapons of war including armoured elephants, Scythian war chariots and Roman war dogs
  • Auto-manage feature and scaleable gameplay lets players decide where they want to focus play
  • Accessible, intuitive interface
  • Play with up to 6 friends online in multiplayer mode
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  • Platform:   Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B000088UNI
  • Release Date: 30 Sep 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,935 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Amazon.co.uk Review

With the glory days of the real-time strategy game now nothing but a distant memory, Activision’s Total War series has come to totally dominate the strategy market and Rome is such a huge leap above the already impressive Medieval and Shogun titles that the series has almost become a mini-industry in itself.

Set, fairly obviously, during the hey day of the first Roman Empire, the game gives you total control over your own faction with the game once again split between a turn-based strategic world map and real-time tactical battles. The former allows you to build and maintain armies and buildings, but also gives increased control over diplomacy and trade--elements that were largely overlooked in previous titles.

The real draw of the game though is the tactical battles which are now displayed using some quite staggering 3D graphics that can see up to 10,000 separate warrior in battle at one time. With units ranging from elephants and inflammable pigs to centurions and escaped slaves just watching the battles unfold is as epic as any Hollywood blockbuster. What’s perhaps most impressive about the game is that controlling such huge numbers of soldiers is actually surprisingly easy with a simple point-and-click interface making everything as smooth as possible.

Rome: Total War is one of those rare breed of games that is largely impossible to fault. In technical and gameplay terms it gets everything right and unless you have a pathological hatred of strategy games this is easily one of the best PC games ever made. --David Jenkins

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Rome: Total War for the PC, is the next game to be released in the Total War series and the follow-up title to The Creative Assembly's Medieval: Total War. Players return to the golden age of antiquity to take command of the most fearsome armies in a bid to rewrite the annals of history and be proclaimed supreme commander of the Roman Army.

The player controls mighty armies of up to 10,000 fully polygonal, highly detailed, motion-captured warriors clashing in panoramic real-time battles. Players can fight as, or against ancient history's most legendary generals including Julius Caesar, Hannibal and the rebel Spartacus.

At players' disposal will be hundreds of different troops including legionaries, hoplites, barbarian hordes, war elephants, gladiators and scythe chariots to colossal war machines such as siege towers, battering rams and catapults hurling flaming missiles. Additionally, more than 10,000 unique battlefields based on the topography of Europe and North Africa set the stage for the carnage. However, conflict is not the only way to gain favour with the senate and people of Rome; politics, diplomacy and the gladiatorial games will play key roles in the player's quest to be declared Imperator.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is nothing like it! 23 Jun 2005
By Evans19
I may only be young but this game is excellent.
I've played what feels like millions of strategy and action games but this one is about 3 times better than any i've even seen before.
Graphics in the battle is breathtaking, the campaign map is detailed and interesting yet easy to use and the use of morale is great. I've played Shogun and Medieval total war but both just don't come close to providing the gaming experience that Rome does.
It offers realistic battle situations by allowing the proper use of a combined force of cavalry, infantry and missile troops; even assign grouped formations that allow flexible military tactics
I am currently playing the Total realism campaign, it just gets better and BETTER!!
Blockade ports, seige the enemy out, assault a fortified town or ambush a huge army with a relatively insignificant force and still have men left over. I am not exaggerating the greatness of this game, it's stunning.
If you have any sense buy this game.
I also can't wait for the Barbarian invasion expansion that's coming out in November; Night battles that lower morale and missile effectiveness amonsgst improvements to the already relatively clever AI system and multiplayer gaming and more diverse campaign options: bring the mighty empires of Rome to their knees by controlling huge masses of snarling barbarians or fend off the neverending hordes ranging from gallic tribes to Hun raiding forces.
Anybody who has ever played a strategy game or enjoys history or anybody will literally fall in love with this game, there just won't be enough hours in the day to play this game. I go to bed planning my strategy for the following day (yes I know that's sad) but it's just that good.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious return to the days of empire! 22 Nov 2004
By A Customer
Firstly, this surpasses any other strategy game of this type - it is comprehensive in units and the battles are simply stunning. The only problems I have found are that sometimes rebellious cities are annoying, but then that is symptomatic of people under the Imperial yoke! The wide ranging map from europe to asia minor, russia and north africa allows for a wide range of enemies as you seek to forward the glory of Rome. Also, once you have crushed those barabrians, you get to play as them in the Imperial Campaign - a must if you enjoy testing your combat skills as a wholey different army.
From first to last this is a simply quality game - your family tree expands and the ability to negotiate is certainly good fun if you get tired of defeating them on the battlefield. Also armies function as they would have done, with emphasis on different areas - for example a battle between the Selucids and the Parthians will be cavalry based - as is the nature of war in the desert. Elephants and chariots are fantastic but be careful they are prone to running amok - but nonetheless they remain devastating when used well.
The variety of game play is also fantastic, with custom battles or historical battles - I find the battle of Carrhae particularly challenging, plus there is an online multiplayer - though I have not tried that yet. Once you complete the prologue you can choose to be the Julii, the Brutii or the Scipii. If you fancy tackling the Gauls take the Julii, for the Greeks go with the Brutii and for the Carthaginians go with the Scipii - my personal favourites. Your missions are given by the senate with rewards for completing them though you can still do as you please in essence - I went for Greece and Africa as the Scipii and narrowed the Brutii territory.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best strategy game ever. 4 Aug 2006
By Mr Shh.
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Rome Total War is a turn based strategy game from the Creative Assembly based during Rome's heyday from the third century BC. There are four modes of play including a long imperial campaign set over two hundred and fifty years and a selection of historical battles. The main game is the imperial campaign consisting of a campaign map where all the diplomacy, infrastructure building and naval warfare take place and the battle map where the land battles occur. The whole look of the game is now 3D which is a big change from its predecessor Medieval: Total Wars 2D engine and it allows for some incredible battle scenes involving up to ten thousand troops.

The game play is perfectly balanced and involves a tasty mixture of spying, bartering, sabotage, assassination and sieges with a creamy filling of land battles halfway up a live volcano. The detail is incredible and the settings in which the warfare takes place really add some spice to the strategic elements. For example a few units of Greek hoplites situated at the brow of a hill could hold off a much larger army due to their advantageous placement.

The game immerses you totally and you can easily lose a nights sleep without realising once the campaign begins in earnest. If you enjoy grand strategy or are already familiar with the Total War franchise then this game should be at the top of your shopping list. If you have never played a strategy game then this is the one to start with and you will soon be hooked.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome Total War : One of the greatest games ever. 13 April 2006
By Sam
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
One word covers the whole of this game. Brilliant. All the modes are great, including Campaign, Single battle and you can even fight in some famous battles for you history lovers out there.

The units are perfected so that you can even see their moustaches in the midst of the fighting. Another feature to go along with the great detail of the units is that they rout if they feel they will not win the battle or their general is killed. Arrows are fired, and the targets raise their sheilds to defend themselves. Warriors fly when hit with cavalry, and walls crumble under the constant wave of fireballs.

Speaking of walls, you can also seige a castle, using rams, seige towers, catapults and ladders, allowing units to climb on top of the walls and fight the defenders on top.

On top of all this, there is a great multiplayer mode as well. You can play with up to 7 different people in the one battle, and even with two people there are sometimes mini battles going on all over the place so with 7 armies there is not a space for an ant to crawl into.

If you wish to buy this game, then you are making the right choice if you are a strategy or action lover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent PC Game
The game was delivered very quickly. I was concerned that this version might not work on Windows 8 but happily it does. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ronwooduk
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
the description of the game failed to match its abilities! Game play was very slow and soon became tedious - bad decision to buy it!
Published 6 months ago by richard todhunter
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
it is my favourite game of all time.
that is all I really need to say. love that game a lot
Published 6 months ago by Shuto
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
This game is brilliant. Build your empire and take on the world. Control your armies at war on the front line
Published 19 months ago by Omckenry
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun fun fun
Wicked fun. The campaign mode is addictive and the single games are great fun! Lots of fun for hours on end
Published 22 months ago by Nathan A. Lusby
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Excellent!
This game in my opinion is the greatest Strategy game ever. Picking a faction their are two aspects to the gameplay. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Brawny Withed
5.0 out of 5 stars Relive the glories of the Roman Empire
Rome Total War (RTW) is one of the greatest games I have ever played. RTW incorporates an in-depth strategic empire building experience with nerve racking amazing tactical combat. Read more
Published on 13 April 2012 by JH
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome total War
Although this is quite an old game it is still one of the best strategy games ever produced.
Even the music is fantastic.
Published on 18 Feb 2012 by andy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the original.
I'm not really sure what this one is lacking, but I never played it more than one or two times and lost interest in it. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by Blueberry Bagels
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Really fun game. Always loved reading about historic battles as a kid. Now I can be one again playing the custom battle mode !
Published on 9 July 2011 by sheepdog
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