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Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.4
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Overall User Score (59 votes) 4.2

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UOL Jogos (Oct 22, 2004)
É a complexidade, variedade e realismo de "Rome: Total War" que cativam os fãs do gênero. Esse definitivamente não é um produto para jogadores casuais, mas um dos mais brilhantes títulos em seu nicho. Uma versão mais incrementada e elaborada de uma das séries de maior renome do gênero, a união entre assunto e fórmula de "Rome" é nada menos do que perfeita.
Absolute Games ( (Dec 11, 2004)
Не оставив и крохи свободного пространства для критики, The Creative Assembly подготовила плодородную почву для размышлений о будущем игры: фракций слишком мало для столь обширного мира, а временной период можно растягивать до бесконечности… Одним словом, Rome — лучшая стратегия уходящего года. Настоящий и безоговорочный шедевр нашего времени.
Daily Game (Dec 12, 2004)
Historically, turn-based strategy games are anti-climatic: build your nation, go to war and fight battles with no true control over the troops. Rome: Total War, however, has mastered a new breed I like to call TBS-RTB (Turn Based Strategy – Real Time Battle).
IGN (Sep 22, 2004)
Rome: Total War has been one of the most highly anticipated games of the year. We at IGN have been looking forward to it since we first saw the potential inherent in the design of Shogun: Total War. The Creative Assembly enlarged on the series since then with Medieval: Total War before finally giving us the Classical Age game that we so desperately craved. Better still, they've done so in a way that surpasses even our amazingly high expectations. Don't believe me? Read on...
GameZone (Sep 26, 2004)
Here lately, it seems as though the majority of the RTS games that I have played have revolved around marching armies of orks, elves, spacemen, or any number of fantasy creatures around looking to conquer a fictional empire. This is not a bad thing of course, but it is nice to actually get something now and then that really is based around real life events. Enter Rome: Total War, the newest in the line of Total War games (there was also a feudal Japan one and a Medieval one as well). Now, before I sat down to play this game, I was curious on how good it was myself, seeing ads up in stores for it, and then shortly after I heard that the History Channel was actually using it for demonstrations or something. Well, if that doesn’t clue you in on how good it is, not much probably will.
Level (Nov, 2004)
Cât despre Rome: Total War, așa cum este el acum, nu mai am multe de zis. Decât că adevăratul Half Life 2, marele pretendent al anului 2004, nu este jocul celor de la Valve. Nope. Dacă este să vorbim despre Half Life 2, ei bine, domnilor, atunci acesta este Rome: Total War...
Gameplay (Benelux) (Sep 30, 2004)
Een briljant hoogtepunt in het RTS-genre maar wees gewaarschuwd: dit spel is voor doorbijters die ook houden van turnbased strategie.
Pelit (Nov, 2004)
Total War -sarjan pelit tekevät temppunsa niin luontevasti, että niiden erikoislaatuisuus jää helposti mainitsematta: Rome: Total Warissa ei ole tietoakaan raskaita sotastrategiapelejä leimaavasta akateemisuudesta ja etäisestä kuivakkuudesta. Kun on aika laittaa kova kovaa vastaan, se myös tehdään eikä vain katsella sivusta.
Game Captain (Oct 13, 2004)
Rome: Total War ist mehr als nur die Wiederauflage einer altgedienten Strategieserie. Absolut empfehlenswert.
Rome ist seit längerem wiedermal ein Spiel, dass es verstanden hat mich zu fesseln. Ich habe Sid Meiers Spiele geliebt und Echtzeitstrategiespiele waren immer einen Blick wert. Ein Spiel, dass beide Elemente auf eine solch geniale Art verquickt, ist von meiner Warte aus eine unbedingte Kaufempfehlung wert. Zumindestens dann, wenn der arg beschnittene Multiplayer-Modus nicht stört. Schlachten alleine machen keinen Diktator.
Netjak (Jan 08, 2005)
Rome: Total War is an excellent game. It definitely takes a lot more involvement than a game like Rise of Nations, but for strategy fans who are willing to invest their time and money, the payoff is well worth it. Rome: Total War is an intensely engaging and satisfying experience.
Game Revolution (Oct, 2004)
Rome is the third game in the Total War series, and I can assure you that it is by far the best. The new game engine is not just an upgrade; it’s a huge leap forward for the series. Returning players will be both pleased and impressed, and gamers picking it up for the first time will quickly become fans.
GameSpot (Sep 23, 2004)
Rome: Total War is the third Total War game from England's Creative Assembly, and, to make a long story short, it's the best one yet. It was naturally expected to build on its illustrious predecessors, which featured epic-scale real-time battles and impressive attention to historical realism and detail. Shogun: Total War was a promising start for the series, while Medieval: Total War built on that promise to create an even more engrossing strategy game. With Rome: Total War, Creative Assembly takes the next step, and it's as much a revolutionary step as it is an evolutionary one, thanks to a beautiful new 3D graphics engine that makes the series' tactical battles--featuring thousands of soldiers--better than ever. The results are nothing short of spectacular, helping make Rome: Total War the very definition of an epic strategy game.
Factornews (Dec 18, 2004)
En résumé, Rome : Total War est tout ce qu’on attendait. Gestion poussée mais pas poussive, liberté totale dans le choix de vos campagnes – puisqu’une seule campagne générale existe mais qu’elle vous laisse le champ libre pour le choix de vos conquêtes, combats en temps réels dignes des meilleurs jeux dédiés à ce genre : Rome est LE jeu de stratégie grandiose que l’on attendait. Si vous êtes un fan du genre, ne le loupez pas.
Joystick (French) (Nov, 2004)
Rome Total War réussit quelque chose d'unique : un jeu de stratégie riche et profond, qui génère des combats tactiques spectaculaires, réalistes et très techniques. Votre gestion globale pèse sur vos chances de victoire, vos performances dans chaque bataille influent sur le sort de toute une guerre. Un jeu incontournable pour tous les amateurs de stratégie.
90 (Mar 06, 2005)
The improved game interface, sumptuous graphics engine, the enhanced tutorials, more polished presentation and the flatter learning curve all help ensure that this third instalment of Total War isn't just the best in the series, but the benchmark for all historical RTS games.
Rome: Total War lost bijna alle verwachtingen in; we mochten terecht verwachten dat het verder zou bouwen op zijn succesvolle voorgangers, met epische en massale real-time gevechten, en veel aandacht voor historisch realisme en detail. We krijgen het beste epische strategiegame ooit.
All in all, Rome: Total War is a very fun game and well deserving of the four and a half GiN gems awarded to it. It's a fine addition to any collection and a must have for any serious military simulation enthusiasts out here!
De kom. De såg. De segrade. The Creative Assembly hade egentligen bara sig själva att överträffa. Och jag kan bara luta mig tillbaka och konstatera att det är precis vad de gjort. Ave! Strategispelen har en ny kejsare.
Armchair Empire, The (Jan 16, 2005)
One thing is for sure, Rome: Total War has rock-solid staying power. Almost four months since its initial release, I’m still playing it. Whether it’s jumping into the campaign or tackling one of the historical encounters (again) it’s a game I can’t seem to give up (even with constant haranguing from AE’s President and Master Supreme to get the review in, “Now!”).
90 (Mar 26, 2005)
Si vous aimez la Rome Antique, que vous rêvez de vous prendre pour un grand général romain écrasant les barbares gaulois, Rome Total War (RTW) est fait pour vous.
Yahoo! Games (Sep 27, 2004)
The Total War series marries turn-based empire management and real-time combat into a game that is arguably the most realistic approach to war gaming imaginable. Both aspects are rich, deep, detailed, and educational. For developer Creative Assembly's third entry, they've taken on a time period beloved by most war gamers: The Roman Empire. It's a good thing they saved Rome for last, because they've got all the bugs ironed out and the gameplay refined, making Rome the crowning jewel in the series thus far.
90 (UK) (Oct 01, 2004)
In a real way, Rome: Total War is the absolute exemplar of PC gaming. It's about what only PCs can really do: that is, everything, and everything at once. In an age of comfortable genre-games, the Total War series have always stood slightly aside from the main thrust of culture. Anything cerebral and PC-centred, they take from, with even trace elements of RPGs showing up. However, the two great atrium of Rome's bulging heart are labelled "Strategy" and "Tactics". In the former, you organise your growing domain on a Civilisation-styled map. In the latter, you lead your massed forces into action in lusciously rendered fully polygonal 3D worlds. And if I hadn't used the word "maximalist" in last week's Dawn of War review, I'd lob it in here.
GameSpy (Sep 22, 2004)
Hardcore PC strategy gamers fondly remember Medieval: Total War as one of the best strategy titles of the past decade. Expectations are high for the sequel: gamers are hoping Rome: Total War will be a shimmering golden God of strategy gaming, a new benchmark by which all other games are judged. Is it? Not quite -- there are still some rough spots on the Appian Way. But Rome is nonetheless a stunning title, a worthy addition to the franchise and a must-have if you're into strategy gaming.
1UP (Oct 12, 2004)
Rome: Total War is almost a perfect strategy game. It has strategic scope and splendor nearly matching that of Civilization and a tactical game unlike anything else on the market. Despite minor problems, it is a game that all strategy fans should experience.
GMR (Dec 20, 2004)
Rome: Total War is a near-perfect marriage of turn-based strategy and real-time strategy. Building on the success of Shogun and Medieval, Creative Assembly has improved virtually every aspect of the franchise and has created a game that no strategy fan should be without.
Rome: Total War is a blessing for many and a disappointment for a select few. Creative Assembly has once again executed a master stroke of strategy and tactics—and yet, the detailed mechanics that vaulted the Total War series into CGW's Hall of Fame have been toned down. Rome: Total War still allows players who relish details to govern provinces, turn border towns into grand cities, recruit peasants and train them into a veteran army, and methodically expand their empires through deliberate conquest—and in a bigger way than any other game. Except earlier Total War games. Rome has been designed more for the mainstream gamer than the hardcore player.
ActionTrip (Sep 23, 2004)
Would I recommend this game to everyone? Yes, of course. Any self-respecting strategy gamer should own it. However, the underlining impression that I got is that Creative Assembly hasn't expanded on the core game play that much (there is especially room for improvement left in the turn-based department). As far as tactics and empire management are concerned, this is not a (much) more elaborate strategy game, and the AI does have its faults, but this is certainly an infinitely more cinematic and spectacular looking strategy game than before. The rest is all a matter of personal preference.
GameStar (Germany) (Oct, 2004)
Bei aller Schlachten-Pracht ist umso löblicher, dass Rome auch den globalen Strategiemodus ernst nimmt: Diplomatie, Attentate und Ausbau der Städte fordern selbst mich als Civilization-Veteran. Die verschachtelten Menüs verzeihe ich dem umfangreichen Rome noch eher als weniger komplexen Spielen. Genre-Freudnde, die sowohl Rundenstrategie als auch Echtzeit-Taktik mögen, greifen zu.
88 (Oct 06, 2004)
Noch nie hat ein Spiel so schnell so berauschend nach Platin gerochen! Nach den ersten sechs bis zehn Stunden lag unser höchster Award quasi schon griffbereit auf dem Tablett. Aber Cäsar hat Recht: die schwache Seeschlachten-KI auf der Karte, die seltene Finesse im Feld sowie die unpersönliche Diplomatie sorgen für feine Risse in der ansonsten monumentalen Fassade. Trotzdem: Warhammer bietet das detaillierteste, Rome dafür das pompöseste Schlachterlebnis des Jahres. Wenn zweitausend Legionäre in voller Rüstung Richtung Feind marschieren, steigen nicht nur jede Menge Rauchwolken, sondern auch Nackenhaare in die Höhe. Creative Assembly ist es meisterlich gelungen, die Tiefe eines rundenbasierten Aufbauspiels mit der gewaltigen Wucht des Krieges zu verknüpfen.
88 (Oct 06, 2004)
Rome - Total War ist ein Meilenstein im Strategiegenre. Noch nie konnten derart packende Echtzeitschlachten mit abertausenden Einheiten derart eindrucksvoll nachgespielt werden. Besonders fasziniert bin ich allerdings vom äußerst gelungenen Rundenmodus, der auch grafisch sehr ansprechend ist und eine unglaubliche Spieltiefe bietet. Mängel sind bei Rome schon mit der Lupe zu suchen. Grafisch hätten die Schlachtfelder vielleicht eine etwas hübschere Landschaftsoptik vertragen, der Schwierigkeitsgrad ist für Einsteiger trotz guter Tutorials ein Tick zu schwer und die Kamerasteuerung ist nicht optimal gelöst. Das sind aber allenfalls Kleinigkeiten, die im weiteren Spielverlauf kaum stören. Einziger Haken an Rome ist die hohe Komplexität, wodurch das Spiel nicht für jeden Spielertyp geeignet sein wird. Wer auf schnelle Action steht, wartet lieber auf "Schlacht um Mittelerde", alle anderen werden schon jetzt Kaiser des römischen Reiches.
87 (Nov 15, 2004)
Rome: Total War is a magnificent game. Great graphics and music and even better gameplay. Anyone that likes to play a strategy game should certainly get this one. And everyone else should aswell. Even if you have never looked at strategy games before, Rome: Total War is what will make you start.
PC Powerplay (Aug, 2005)
Rome ist zwar schwer, aber auch fair: Wenn ich vor Schlachten gut auf der Strategiekarte plane, sind Siege kein Problem. Dabei hilft mir vor allem das geniale Diplomatiesystem, das im Strategie-Genre seinesgleichen sucht. Hobby-Feldherren sollten bei diesem Pries zuschlagen.
Games Finder (Apr 22, 2014)
Just like the other games in the series Rome: Total War has great depth all around that will have strategy fans hooked from start to finish. The game is also surprisingly accessible to casual strategy fans willing to invest a little bit of time to learn the game mechanics.
Game Watcher (Oct 15, 2004)
Overall, this is an excellent effort, and really does live up to the advanced hype, It also includes full multi player options, so you can battle others for control of the Roman world. This game is turn based, but the battles are in real time, so it gives a little bit to everyone. So, if you love history, and want a fun and involving empire builder, Rome Total war is the game for you.
PC Action (Oct 11, 2004)
Die damals bekannte Welt zu erobern, macht einfach tierisch Laune. Die fantastischen Massenschlachten tun ihr Übriges, um mich in das Spiel zu ziehen. Allerdings hätte ich mir abwechslungsreichere Senatsmissionen und etwas taktischere Schlachten gewünscht. Denn nicht überall ist Masse gleich Klasse - wie auch Kollege Brehme beweist. Der Taktikteil erreicht zwar nicht ganz den Tiefgang der Vorgänger, lockt dafür aber auch weniger erfahrene Strategen an die Maus. Worauf warten Sie? Auf in den Kampf!
PC Games (Germany) (Oct 20, 2004)
Tagelang faszinierte mich Rome bis ins letzte Detail: Ich spiele aus Geschichtsbüchern bekannte Schlachten nach, verhandle mit fremden Nationen, schließe Bündnisse ab und stärke meine Macht, um den römischen Senat zu kippen. Über kurz oder lang wird Total War etwas eintönig. Viele Missionen wiederholen sich doch sehr, an manchen Stellen wünschte ich mir mehr Abwechslung. Die toll inszenierten Schlachten verlieren ihren anfänglichen Zauber, da ich die meiste Zeit für den Strategie-Modus aufwende. Doch wer Strategiespiele mit historischem Einschlag mag, wird für lange Zeit nicht mehr von Rome wegzubekommen sein.
Video Game Talk (Apr 04, 2005)
Mixing the best of the in depth strategy games like Civilization and GalCiv, with the high action, unit management of the newer real-time strategy games, Rome Total War is another great entry into the series. The level of depth is just enough here to satisfy the hardcore strategists who get off on board games like Axis & Allies, yet can be automated enough for the RTS user to sit down and enjoy the action.
80 (Oct 08, 2004)
Même si d'aucun reprocheront peut-être à Rome Total War son manque d'innovation comparé à ses deux prédécesseurs, on ne peut que tomber sous le charme de ce titre qui reprend le meilleur des STR et des jeux de plateau. Ainsi, que ce soit pour la partie gestion au tour par tour ou pour l'aspect stratégie temps réel, on se retrouve avec un titre soigné et riche en possibilités, si bien qu'on a réellement du mal à décrocher une fois qu'on a commencé à bâtir son petit empire.
This is all really frustrating, because with a working battle engine this could have been one of my top games of the year. As it stands, Rome: Total War is merely a good empire simulation with a minor real-time strategy diversion built in.
It still has an intricate and historically-based setting, as well as an engine that allows for a pants-crapping number of troops to advance on your foes, but it also brings along the baggage of substandard graphics, dodgy AI, and the overwhelming feeling that history is repeating itself yet again.