Huge, cinematic battles.
Incredibly detailed turn-based and real-time strategy.
Improved engine means the most impressive Total War game yet.
Wonderfully impressive city sieges.
A gorgeous world map filled with life, sound and animation.
Huge array of locations.
Overhauls and updates much of the campaign gameplay.
Easier to grasp the basics of managing an empire, with enough nuance and depth for long term fans.
Extensive post-launch support planned.
Some pathfinding issues.
The AI is still lacking.
The prologue is a good introduction to the gameplay, but a lot of game mechanics arenít explained very well.
Some things, like families, simply donít make sense.
So many factions, that waiting between turns can be quite protracted.
By PC Authority on October 25, 2013
Creating an epic strategy game, like running a sprawling empire, is no easy task. There's a lot of plates to keep spinning, and in both cases when things get too big to handle a level of collapse is almost inevitable. It's ironic, then, that as...50
By Gaming Nexus on September 30, 2013
Few games match the immense scale that's provided in the gameplay of Total War: Rome II. The game lives up to series tradition by offering both an addictive campaign mode and massive real-time battles. While the game stumbles with a flawed end of...80
By TopTenREVIEWS on September 19, 2013
Creative Assembly's Total War series of strategy games focuses on realistic, cinematic battles. "Total War: Rome II" is one of the most exciting new games for September, as it continues to improve on the franchise formula while making the gameplay...-
By Good Gear Guide on September 18, 2013
Total War: Rome II is an epic strategy game that's bound to provide hours of enjoyment for an aspiring armchair general. A couple of technical issues stop the game from conquering...80
By New Game Network on September 17, 2013
The foundations of a remarkable strategy game are in place, but inconsistent AI and non-functional multiplayer campaigns make Rome 2 feel like a beta in its current...78
By IGN on September 09, 2013
The setting and gameplay of Total War: Rome II are a perfect match, giving us some of the most satisfying and visually striking tactical battles we've ever seen in video games. The campaign systems are absorbing and full of meaningful decisions that make me feel like I’m in charge of my own victories and defeats.88
By HardcoreGamer on September 09, 2013
Armed with a new engine, Rome II looks great, plays smoothly, and will be a challenge to both veterans and novices. One of the most immersive strategy games available, you can easily get swept up in the narrative you write for yourself, scrawled in the blood of barbarians from one side of Europe to the other, experiencing triumph and disaster as you seek to reenact one of history’s greatest stories.90
By GameSpot on September 06, 2013
For millennia, war has altered the face of the world in which we live. Men could earn their freedom, families could rise to or fall from power, and nations could leave their mark on history. It serves as the dramatic fuel for some of humanity's greatest stories, both fictional and real. Total War: Rome II brings that drama back in a great way.80
By GameSpot on September 05, 2013
The Total War series has always been about the balance between small- and large-scale conflict, and Rome II has taken that philosophy to its logical conclusion. In your quest to conquer Ancient Europe, you groom generals and warlords for command, curb...80
By Cheat Code Central on September 03, 2013
No one can doubt the ambition of Total War: Rome II. Not only is it the long-awaited sequel to a beloved game, but also it's the biggest and boldest Total War to date. Ambition is a double-edged sword, though. While Total War fans will get their fix...76