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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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 3 September 2006
If you're new to this style of grand strategy, then initially it will overpower you with all the game functions. However, persevere and what initially appears to be a simple conquer-the-world-with-big-battles game, soon turns out to be a quality strategy management event. It requires a lot of thought and long term planning, for example; building sewers in a town has an effect on the type and quality of troops that can be recruited. If you're an old hand at this sort of thing, then this is not just a progression along the long road to strategy gaming perfection. All in all, R:TW will appeal to virgins and veterans alike, whether playing a set piece battle (watching your elephants trample the enemy underfoot is particularly satisfying!) or the campaign game. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2005
Rome Total War: Barbarian Invasion, is a worthly expansion for Rome Total War. But be warned!, if you found Rome Total War hard then you will not be able to complete this. There are less provinces so it is harder to place armies to protect boarders. Also do not play with the Romans (Westren empire) unless you have completed Rome Total War, as they are under attack form everyone. But what makes it so good is the hordes. You can start off with the Huns and other factions that have hordes. The Hordes are all your people put into severnal armies. You set off in seach of a new homeland. If you attack a city you have the choice of living in the city or sacking it. When in hordes you do not have to pay your soldiers, so any money you get from sacking citys you keep. This is a brilliant idea if you are running out of money or are losing a war. But not all of the factions can do this, but the factions like the Huns and Goths can. Overall it is worth forking out £15 for.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2005
The BI expansion pack allows you to play as a number of factions and these vary in difficulty with regards to succesful completion of the campaign. On my first effort I played as the Western Rome faction (the hardest faction to play as), and having comleted Rome Total War on the most difficult settings, I thought this would be relatively easy, but I was wrong, very wrong. The problem is that you start with about 25 settlements under your control and some of them are nearly revolting, also you don't have alot of money, add the fact that other factions are constantly at war with you, you can see the difficulty. Unlike Rome Total War where you have the luxury of building up your settlements you are thrown in at the deep end in BI which at first is unsettling and it is best to take things easy at first playing as one of the easier factions. Also, when one of your settlements is under siege and you go to war against the invading army, they don't stand in front of your settlement and allow you to pepper them with arrows, but instead have an annoying habit of standing of from your settlement meaning you have to come out and fight them or try to entice them into range of your archers. This, I guess is more realistic but adds to the difficulty of the game. All in all Barbarian Invasion is a worthy expansion to Rome Total War but much more difficult.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 25 October 2005
Barbarian Invasion is a marked improvement on Rome Total War. It is much more of a challenge especially with the addition of the Horde, which basically means a Barbarian faction in danger of extermination upsticks and leaves for pastures new and this may mean that several thousand of them want to settle in your lands! Also you can lead night attacks (if you general can fight in the dark) which can give you the edge over your enemy and its looks great seeing your soldiers carrying flaming torches.
Great value for money.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2005
This add-on is a much more satisfying game...as soon as i bought the origional i had completed it on the hardest setting within a few weeks.
With Barbarian invasion I am still struggling to maintain a grip on my origional provinces due to the extreme challenges that this add-on brings about. From the barbarian's postioning in the game it is extremely difficult to manouvre or even maintain alliances because every other tribe is struggling to do the same. The new 'horde' feature is both immense and terrifying, no sooner had i started the game with the goths more than 10,000 vandals turned up and defeated my army, sacking my city in the process - priceless :).
This is by far the most satisfying total war add-on i have ever played (and i own every title in the series) i would recommend this game to all budding generals and hope that maybe they will succeed where most of my attempts fail - The destruction of Constantinople and Rome.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 7 October 2005
So here we go again no sleep no social life for a few months a no contact with the outside world.The first ROME TOTAL WAR was such a worthwile experience that this had alot to live up to and it has JUST.....The game is rock hard which is good especially for these types of games as history is a long time so it should take a long time to change history shouldn`t it?There are new factions and new armys but mostly the campaign is the same but harder with the introduction of HORDES so if a faction loses its last settlement(including yours) the last few lifelines go off looking for a new home to set up camp and start again which adds length to the already massive game.Money is hard to get to work so you do not keep losing the gold stuff you have to juggle between your citys standing still or flourishing forward but at a cost.Religion is also a major player in this and you must convert citizens to a chosen path or suffer major unrest in your cities.A great game and add on very tricky must perservere im still losing now but enjoying it TRICKY BUT VERY SATISFYING 9.5/10
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2005
This is well worth having, if you liked Rome: Total War.
There is a few differences and on the whole it makes the game much more challenging. The first is the introduction of religion which if you dont pay attention to, causes major riots, and also rebellions (New addition.)
Playing as Rome is harder as its split in two and from the off under constant attack, and if that was bad, your generals have loyalty stars and there is a chance they could turn against you!
Factions are not wiped out but instead form a horde which although they have no home, have big armies which spring out of nowhere.
All in all, i think this is a great game thats well worth the money, and i would recommend it to anyone.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2006
I played this at a friends house and this is one of the best games i have ever been on. I own Rome: Total War myself so i thought if it was up to the same standard it would be good. I was shocked when i saw the excellent graphics and alterations of the origianal. this game is well worth the price, it easily lives up to its pc gamer rating of 5 stars AND 91%.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Set some centuries after the origional Rome, Barbarian Invasion focus' on the fall of Rome. The Roman empire is split into two: Eastern and Western Rome. Both empires are threatened by roaming nomadic tribes and small but upcoming barbarian civilisations. And if you think that's hard enough, the sheer size of the two empires proves a problem with regular rebellions and uprisings. Where playing as either East or West Rome offers a nail biting challenge, the addition and new gameplay styles of the nomadic tribes brings a particulary bloody adventure to the game. The game now sets victory loactions for each civilisation and introduces a totally new unit tech tree. Some other minor aspects of the game have also been polished and a few new features added also. Barbarian Invasion is an addition that breathes new life into the Rome franchise and an exciting new style of gameplay
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