Total War: Rome II Review
Total War: Rome II Box Art
System: PC
Dev: Creative Assembly
Pub: SEGA
Release: September 3, 2013
Players: MMO
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p Alcohol Reference, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence

I noticed smaller things as well. At one point in the prologue, I won a battle, only to have the computer make me fight it twice more; I had to start over to get past it. And glitches are rampant--most are insignificant, but if you take a close look around any battle scene, you'll probably see some very strange things, and sometimes there can be problems with selecting and de-selecting the units you're trying to command.

Total War: Rome II Screenshot

One of the few non-technical issues I noticed is that the campaigns’ pacing can be hit-or-miss. Even with the steps that have been taken to streamline the gameplay, it's not uncommon to spend a lot of time micromanaging things you don't really care about. Of course, with Total War, micromanagement is kind of the point--it just sometimes feels like things could be sped along a bit.

As I mentioned earlier, there's a good chance that a lot of this will be fixed soon. Creative Assembly has promised regular updates, including not just bug squashing, but also free and paid DLC. The company has a reputation to uphold, and I'm inclined to think these problems will be addressed, even if it looks unprofessional for them to be present at the game's release.

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So the bottom line is this: If you're a hardcore Total War fan, this will give you what you're looking for. If you're new to the series, you might want to wait a month or two, make sure the problems are solved, and then buy the game on sale. And if you're in between, you have a tough decision to make--this is an ambitious game, but also one that needs some work.

By
Robert VerBruggen
Contributing Writer
Date: September 3, 2013

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.0
Graphics
A new engine makes the game look great; unfortunately, it can also cause slowdown, even with the settings turned down.
4.0
Control
The usual point-and-click navigation.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Wonderfully epic tunes and good voice acting.
4.2
Play Value
There’s a ton to learn here, but it can be slow at times, and the graphical glitches are disruptive.
3.8
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Feel the thunderous clash of battle as the Roman war-machine takes to the field in real-time combat. Tens of thousands of men collide in bone-splintering detail that you directly control.
  • All-new graphics engine -- see exotic, ancient cities and colossal armies rendered in incredible detail while jaw-dropping cinematic battles unfold. New unit cameras allow you to see the battle from every perspective.
  • Completely scalable experience, with performance optimized for your PC or laptop. Witness the awesome scale of Total War: Rome II, no matter your spec.

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