Persian Invasion is a modification for Rome - Total War 1.5 that begins in 490BC
The vast Persian Empire celebrates a golden age of prosperity, and looms over the smaller states that surround it. The king of Persia, Darius the Great, is a tolerant leader, but he has not forgotten what happened in Ionia, and may yet seek revenge for Greek treachery...
Persian Invasion comes complete with many new unit models, skins, and other textures. Plus complete unit info cards, expertly constructed by Lanjane:
See here the awesome units of King Louise Assurbanipal's hoplite pack:
Persian Invasion also features two fully playable campaigns, based around a vast campaign map.
The first focuses on Greek Hegemony, allowing you to play as any one of seven Greek City-States in a quest for dominance over all of Greece and beyond. Although you begin the campaign in a shaky alliance with your Greek neighbors, due to the Persian threat, it is only a matter of time before all hell breaks loose in a fierce fight for control.
A Hegemony campaign is begun, playing as Athens:
Athenians and Spartans clash:
A wounded Athenian soldier sits defeated below his Spartan captors:
The second campaign better simulates the main focal point of this modification; that being the Greco-Persian Wars. In this campaign the seven Greek City-States are fully united in defiance of the Persians, allowing you to muster soldiers from all the cities right from the start.
King Leonidas of Sparta leads an allied army of Greeks out to protect the mainland:
The Greek line braces against a Persian army:
Metal and muscle collide in a heated battle:
Not only can you play as Greeks and the mighty Persian Empire, but in both campaigns you can play as any of the following factions...
The Celtic and Illyrian nations, that others dare to call 'uncivilized':
The Scythian horse lords:
The multi-cultural Dahae Confederation:
The rich kingdoms of India, and their horrifying elephant monsters:
The mysterious Arabian Kingdom of Gerrha:
And last, but not least, the Kingdom of Macedonia. This is also a major highlight of the modification, because it is the only faction that can experience a military reform. This allows you to transform the small Macedonian state into a powerhouse, perhaps one that could even challenge the great Persian Empire!
Reforms occur, transforming the army into a professional military force:
Persian and Macedonian forces meet:
The world is yours, take it!
Download Patch 1
After extracting the compressed file, please follow the installation instructions in the included readme, but add -nm to the list of other stuff you put in the target line of your shortcut.
Credits can also be found in the readme.
This uses the mod switch function, so it will not alter your original game files or other mods you have.