Top critical review
Some enduring problems, but not bad
on 13 October 2013
Having followed the Total War series for over a decade, I always look forward to a new release. I really like the detail of the game with a whole host of factions appearing. Overall, the attention to historical detail is better than in the original 'Rome Total War'. However, many of the problems that have haunted the Total War series, especially when playing against the computer rather than a human, remain. The ability of opponents to move with greater accuracy than a modern army is now made worse by armies which appear and disappear even when marching across an open plain, making it hard for you to fight them even if they are a short distance away. Thus, gameplay can be frustrating. The graphics are simplified presumably to provide greater speed but this can lead to parts of Britain resembling African savannah. The city-building aspect and battles in cities are much better handled. Saying that, maintaining a happy state among your citizens is far more difficult than on previous games; especially if conquering provinces outside the historic Roman Empire. Agents do not get killed off in their first turn in the way so often happened in previous total war games. This game can be immersive, but you need to have patience when your computer-generated opponents prove to have so many more abilities that are barred to you.