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With entertaining and epic battles, solid civilization management mechanics, the spying and assassination metagame, amazing graphics, beautiful music, and hundreds of hours of gameplay, it's hard to do anything but recommend Rome: Total War Gold Edition. It really just comes down to one thing. Are you willing to pay $30 for one of the greatest strategy games of all time? Even if you don't particularly like strategy as a genre, this is one game you should not pass by.
Players may balk at the idea of buying a 2004 strategy game and expecting it to compete with what they’ve been playing with for the last few years. The truth is, Mac players rarely enjoy a strategy game as deep or as fun as Rome: Total War. The graphics, time investment, and lack of a true naval RTS component are minor scratches on the surface of a deep and beautifully built game. The Roman Empire hasn’t aged well, but Rome: Total War has.
Between the excellent voice acting, lush environments, lively music, and reliable multiplayer over GameRanger and LAN connections, there’s an attention to detail in Total War that’s hard to miss. Sure, we encountered some minor bugs in the menu layout during the introduction, and the game crashed once under Mac OS 10.6.2. But the experience was otherwise smooth, and the blend of expected strategy elements with an epic story and presentation rocks. After all, when attacking a city feels like the battle scenes in Return of the King, you’re in for an interesting hour.
Auch nach acht Jahren weiß das Spiel aufgrund seines genialen Einzelspieler-Modus und den unzähligen Mods zu gefallen. Die Grafik wirkt zwar antiquiert, aber die Atmosphäre ist auch im Jahr 2010 n. Chr. noch dicht und motiviert nach bester „Civ“-Manier („Ein Zug geht noch…“) sich die Nächte für die Größe Roms zu opfern. Eine ganz klare Kaufempfehlung meinerseits!