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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2005
Im a big fan of the Total War series, and I think Rome Total War is the best. With Barbarian Invasion comes a whole new challenge, there are 10 new playable factions in campaign mode and way more in the custom battle setting, and new options such as starting as a Horde.
This is a much more difficult game, the problem is if you start as Barbarian Faction you only have one settlement, if you start as a Roman faction most of your settlements are ready to revolt and you have no money. Every faction is in the same boat, so everyone is trying to gain as much land as possible and no one wants to be your friend, and if they do beware they will betray you, sooner rather than later.
Playing as a Horde is a new option, this means you start without a settlement, but with a massive army, you have the option of sacking settlements, which is where you strip a settlement of anything of value then move on, or settling, but beware you lose part of your army with every settlement you settle in. Hordes are a thing to dread and prepare for when playing a settlement holding faction, just as you think youre doing a good job of managing your settlement 2000 Hun turn up and wipe you out! Be warned.
The introductory video sequences for each faction are missing and there are fewer factions to play as, its also frustrating to see the other factions warriors that you cant have in campaign mode, the Celts look mint! But these may become available with patches and cheats in the future.
Still this is well recommended.