Comments on: Total War: Rome II Review Independent PC Game Reviews & Guides Wed, 11 Jul 2018 21:49:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Gary Thwaites Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:51:00 +0000 I liked Shogun 2, but then again I am not as “Hardcore” than yourself on these types of games. Although my pick of Total War has and always will be the first Rome Total War. Just re-release that with a modern engine and I will be happy!

By: Evil Tactician Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:27:00 +0000 I did like Shogun 2, I’ve got over a hundred hours clocked after all, but the campaign itself just didn’t do it for me. The sieges we’re largely speaking quite uninteresting compared to say, Medieval 2 or similar games. Even Empire in some ways was more interesting.

The biggest problem for me was the map itself, after a while it felt more like a grind than something fun. It’s very hard to explain. I find Shogun 2 an incredibly good game in terms of mechanics but the setting and map as well as the objectives kind of ruined it. So they got the details right in that one (for once..) but it just wasn’t in the right setting for me.

By: KrakenWakes Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:15:00 +0000 Interesting!

I’d agree to an extent on the variation issue. Because all the clans have access to the same units, it can get very samey. There was also a poor rotation of battlemaps that got tired fast.

But there’s something appeallingly simplistic in it too, I found.

Because of the way the tech tree and building tree works, you have to pick a few elite units to focus your army around. The rest is crap spearmen, which you can field in droves, but they aren’t much use.

So a lot of the campaign strategy focuses on how you make the most of the tiny differences that you have. How do you make a functional army composition when you aren’t sure of your opponent’s choices? It’s tight, surprisingly intricate stuff.

Rome has huge variation, by comparison, but then you know roughly what to expect from an enemy more. That helps you choose your armies in advance, plus you can recruit local mercenaries to plug holes.

The Fall of the Samurai campaign was excellent, too – I’d strongly recommend that. Off-map battleship fire support? Chaingun vs samurai showdowns? Trains on the campaign map? Great stuff.

By: Evil Tactician Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:07:00 +0000 Yeah – I would say the following, knowing the series (plus Amber!) rather well:

Shogun 2: You’ll like the setting, being Japan and all.

But the setting is both a plus and the games biggest downfall, the combat or variation thereof is hugely lacking and the general atmosphere after playing it once is just lackluster. Whilst pretty / etc. I wouldn’t recommend the game. I’ve had nothing but trouble with the multiplayer of Shogun 2 either, especially the cooperative campaign and the campaign itself has one of the most dull and least inspiring objectives of any Total War game.

I loved the new mechanics on general and agent skill trees, I didn’t like the variation of units at all and the map wasn’t very interesting strategically. I don’t know, I found it the least interesting Total War since a while, both in actual combat and the campaign.

A pity as it brought some very interesting things to the series :(

Rome: I haven’t played it, and will probably hold off until it’s cheap and cheerful and then play it (or attempt to play it) cooperatively. I have been burned too many times by Creative Assembly to consider buying any Total War within the first year after release ever again. They just don’t seem capable of releasing finished, polished games.

By: KrakenWakes Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:09:00 +0000 I’d recommend it, as it’s a huge and accomplished game (especially now it’s patched). If you’ve never played a Total War, though, I think your time and money would both be better spent on Shogun 2, which also has a Gold edition with everything in it already. It’s a better, more streamlined game, just as beautiful as the new one, and has some rather interesting multiplayer features they sadly dropped in the new iteration.

E-Tac, any opinion here? You’re a fan of the series, I believe?

By: Lachrymosity Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:58:00 +0000 Hmm. For someone who’s never touched the Total War series (surprising for me, I know), could you recommend Rome 2 to me? Or would you say my time is better spent elsewhere, considering first impressions are rather important?