Total War: Rome II continues the strategy based Total War series and takes you back to Rome once again with a large number of improvements. The game was released for Windows in late 2013 and takes the Total War series up to 8 games.
Total War: Rome II is set during 272 BC with the main campaign spreading 300 years from that starting point (although players can continue if they wish). Unlike the previous Total War game set in Rome (Total War: Rome) the game is more about the cultures around Rome and less focused on the Roman Republic.
The campaign map is one of the largest in a Total War game yet and features a massive 173 regions for players to fight over. These regions are controlled by the 117 different in game factions.
One of the areas that has received a lot of love from the developer is the visual elements in battles, particularly the visuals relating to soldiers who will now more dynamically react to the horrors of battle. This level of realism is definitely the best of all the Total War games thus far. This realism level is also present in the unit types with hundreds of different units across the different factions to each give them their own unique presence on the battlefield.
In terms of gameplay Total War: Rome II is very similar to its predecessors but there are plenty of new features that improve the game for both new players and long-time fans of the series. The decision elements return from Total War: Shogun 2 which can alter the campaign significantly based on the decisions made by the player.
On the combat side of things players will find that naval battles have returned with plenty of balance improvements to make them feel more like a core part of the gameplay (like combined land and naval battles). The diplomacy and political sides of gameplay have also received a few revamps but still essentially operate in the same way as previous games.
The Total War series continues to innovate its gameplay and the return to Rome is a welcomed sight for the series.
- Return to the Roman setting in the eighth game in the series.
- New realism with hundreds of unique looking units.
- Huge number of regions and factions.
- Plenty of improvements to the naval side of combat.
- Still plenty of diplomacy and politics for fans.
Review Platform: PC