Having finally torn myself away from the game just long enough to review it, I have to say this: for those worried that Rome 2 may not match up to the beast that was Rome: Total War fear not! It’s every bit as brilliant as it’s predecessor and just as engaging. While I don’t run a high-end machine (yet) I can also allay any fears regarding scale-ability, as my laptop runs the game better than Total War: Shogun 2, although it can slow down depending on battle scale.
So, rather than bore you, dear reader, to death with a long and rambling review (which I could certainly do, given my excitement), here’s a list of the top pros and cons.
– Scale-ability: The game lives up to early promises and plays just as well on low end machines as it does on high spec ones.
– Overall look and feel is phenomenal. Get yourself tucked deep in cinematic view during a battle, watch each of the individual characters slug it out and wince as a cavalry charge literally sends troops flying as you sip on a nice glass of wine, you pampered general!
– Improved campaign: Even more engaging than previous installments in the TW series, Rome 2 sees you relying even more on tactics and diplomacy to worm your way across the map, which itself is beautifully rendered.
– A wealth of choice: from factions to technology upgrades, each campaign is different from the last.
– Rule Britannia: The islands we call home now offer an engaging campaign all to themselves and now consist of more individual factions than previously, offering you the chance to truly rule Britannia.
– Personally I hate the unit cards that seem to have stuck from Shogun 2. Individual units are sometimes indistinguishable from one another and it makes building an army for custom battles an exhausting task instead of an enjoyable one. That being said, if you play the campaign you’ll soon learn which is which.
– Too many individual factions. I’ve literally been able to make myself a coffee in the time it takes one turn to end on the campaign mode. Now, granted that is partly to do with my machine’s capabilities, but it seems Creative Arts have taken historical accuracy one step too far. As a history nut I can appreciate coming across all the different tribes and peoples from antiquity, but when it comes to getting through the campaign with any sort of speed I’d rather my progress wasn’t so hampered.
I have to say that I can genuinely only think of those two cons and could probably list a hundred more pros, but my fingers would go black and fall off so I don’t want to do that. Still, I’ve spent years looking forward to this game and am in now way disappointed! It’s everything I’ve wanted and then some. Do yourself a massive favour if you don’t already own a copy and grab one now.
To some up in one word: jaw-dropping.
Ok, that’s technically two, but I could care less.