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Total War Rome II (PC DVD)
Total War Rome II (PC DVD)
Offered by Gameline GmbH.
Price: 18.50

32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do yourself a favour - Avoid, 12 Nov 2013
= Fun:2.0 out of 5 stars 
If you are a fan of the Total War series then I would heartily recommend you forget you ever heard about Rome II. Of course, you probably already own it and for that I am sorry.

If you are new to the Total War series or PC Strategy games in general, then I would recommend you avoid it. Creative Assembly's previous work is much better, more polished and incredibly enjoyable.

It is difficult to be concise about how much of a step back this is in nearly every area. Let's not even mention the performance issues, which seem to be rather a lottery no matter what hardware you are using. I personally avoided most of the massive issues over the last months, but the plethora of complaints about this should leave you under no illusions that you run the risk of not even being able to play this game.

Of course, playing this game exposes you to poor design choice galore. Whether that be the minimalist UI which is just annoying to use and not at all pretty, the awful, extremely buggy combat mechanics or the dire campaign design. The AI has always been an issue in Total War games, but usually I don't mind. It's no easy thing to create, so a little leeway is fair. It is worth mentioning that it is the worst it has ever been, in anything outside of a normal field battle. Which thanks to the campaign map design are very rare.

I fear a proper review of Rome II might take much too long for a humble Amazon review, so I'll finish by once again warning you off ever buying this monumental failure, and advising that you visit one of the social media outlets for discussing it (Official Total War Forums, Total War Centre, Facebook, Reddit, etc) so that you can gauge the general reception and realize I am not being overly harsh.

Spartacus - Gods Of The Arena [DVD]
Spartacus - Gods Of The Arena [DVD]
Dvd ~ John Hannah
Price: 7.50

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mini-Series Done Right!, 16 Oct 2013
This is just a fantastic addition to the Spartacus series. You might be put off by the lack of the tagline character, but don't be!

Made while Andy Whitfield, the inexorable champion of the first series, was receiving treatment for cancer, this supposed filler season is a masterpiece of storytelling. In only six episodes it packs in an interesting and solid story arc, solid characters and all the stylized sex and violence you would expect of Spartacus! We see the return of a bunch of the cast from series one, in the form of their younger selves, and get to watch as they are shaped into the characters we came to know through the tumultuous events that occur. Fan favourites Batiatus (John Hannah) and Lucretia (Lucy Lawless) are particularly engrossing to watch, as they are not yet the villains we knew and loved.

If you liked Season 1 then this is for you! More of the same, but without the rough start.

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