future of civilizations were won, lost or maintained
on the battlefield. The sophisticated Roman Empire
is challenged by barbarians in this expansion pack
to Rome: Total War. Titled the Barbarian Invasion,
it chronicles the fall of Rome with a great deal of
historical accuracy - and of course some fabrication
to make things more interesting. If you loved Total
War get ready for another rendezvous.
is huge and that's exactly why it's ripe for the picking.
It's just too big for its own good and is constantly
threatened, not only by barbarians, but by internal
unrest as well. Failure to quell uprisings can cause
Rome to eventually crack. You can almost see the fault
line as Rome is divided into East and West sections.
It has a very powerful army and some of the best commanders
on the planet but the barbarians have plenty of tricks
up their sleeves to slay the giant.
are some 10 or 11 barbarian factions including the
Celts, Huns and Saxons. They do have differences in
weapons, skills, tactics and even locations. All of
them are highly flexible and basically nomadic. They
don't have as much to defend as they have to attack.
In this case it's Rome that has the most to lose.
Despite the differences among the barbarians they
are evenly balanced, almost to the point of being
too similar. I haven't found one faction that is superior
to the others but the different tactics they can employ
keeps things fresh for a time and extends the replay
some new political boundaries the maps are basically
the same as they were in the original game. They still
retain the great level of detail with all of the different
environments that can be implemented into the battle
strategies such as mountains, valleys, forests and
rivers. Units can now swim across rivers but they
are drained of energy when they reach the other side.
Night battles look great with torches and flaming
structures but it's so easy to see in the dark that
it's almost like attacking in broad daylight. Even
if you don't like night battles they will be forced
on you by the other factions.
much has changed with the graphics and it wasn't really
expected. The game came out less than a year ago and
it was sure a hell of a looker back then so why mess
with it? The music continues in the same great vein
with a very powerful and emotional soundtrack.
Total War - Barbarian Invasion is a great expansion
pack that adds more variety, tactical depth and pure
entertainment to an already excellent package.