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Reviewed: Rome: Total War
Author: Michael Ahlf       Date: December 8th, 2004
Page: 3

Final Breakdown


The gameplay as an RTS/Civilization hybrid is simply magnificent, leaps and bounds above its predecessors.


Even on a modest system the graphics are incredible - when they say "epic" battles, they're not kidding. It's easy to fit hundreds, if not thousands, of troops into combat if you desire.

Sound and music:

The voice acting is well done, and the music as well; nothing overly powerful or memorable, but nothing to let down or destroy the mood either.

AI and Difficulty:

The AI can be tricked, but it takes some doing. It's nice to see that units behave as they should - the Gauls, for instance, aren't tactically brilliant while the Romans can be devilishly tricky.

Controls and Interface:

The number of buttons required to keep things together is actually low for an RTS title; a small amount of memorization will bring a player an incredibly long way. They've also made moving about the battlefield a breeze, so fighting the camera isn't necessary.


Definitely worth an Editor's Choice award, as well as a place in your gaming library. This is going to be a title you come back to time and again to enjoy.

Added:  Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Reviewer:  Michael Ahlf
Page: 3/3

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