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    Default The Reviews Are In!


    The Reviews Are In!



    I've done my best to get all the reviews in one place, and more and more are turning up
    I'll update the OP as the reviews come flooding in! Post them and I'll add them.


    PC Gamer:
    http://www.pcgamer.com/review/total-war-rome-2-review/
    Eurogamer:
    http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/20...-rome-2-review
    RockPaperShotgun:
    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013...l-war-rome-ii/
    Joystiq:
    http://www.joystiq.com/2013/09/02/to...rome-2-review/
    CVG:
    http://www.computerandvideogames.com...VG-Reviews-RSS
    Strategy Informer:
    http://www.strategyinformer.com/pc/t...09/review.html
    Gamespot UK:
    http://uk.gamespot.com/total-war-rome-ii/
    Guardian/Observer:
    http://www.theguardian.com/technolog...rome-ii-review
    Connecteddigitalworld:
    http://connecteddigitalworld.com/201...-rome-ii-sega/
    Digital Spy:
    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/gaming/n...territory.html
    Videogamer:
    http://www.videogamer.com/reviews/ro...ar_review.html
    PCgamesN:
    http://www.pcgamesn.com/totalwar/tot...e-ii-pc-review
    Nowgamer:
    http://www.nowgamer.com/pc/pc-review..._2_review.html
    One Hit Pixel:
    http://onehitpixel.com/review/total-war-rome-ii
    Gamesvillage:
    http://www.gamesvillage.it/review/58...ecensione.html
    IGN first impressions:
    http://uk.ign.com/videos/2013/09/02/...ew-impressions
    Expansivedlc:
    http://expansivedlc.com/rome-2-total-war-review/
    Beefjack:
    http://beefjack.com/reviews/total-wa...-ii-review-pc/
    Gamesradar:
    http://www.gamesradar.com/total-war-rome-2-review/
    games.on.net:
    http://games.on.net/2013/09/total-wa...illy-glitches/
    EGM:
    http://www.egmnow.com/articles/revie...-war-rome-ii/#
    Gamereactor UK:
    http://www.gamereactor.eu/reviews/89...ar%3A+Rome+II/
    The sixth axis:
    http://www.thesixthaxis.com/2013/09/...rome-2-review/
    Hardware heaven:
    http://www.hardwareheaven.com/review...review-pc.html
    Metro:
    http://metro.co.uk/2013/09/02/total-...ns-do-3946558/
    Ausgamers.com:
    http://www.ausgamers.com/games/total-war-rome-2/review/
    Game Zone:
    http://www.gamezone.com/reviews/2013...y-and-it-shows
    Push Start Play:
    http://www.push-start.co.uk/game-rev...-total-war-pc/
    God is a Geek:
    http://www.godisageek.com/2013/09/to...ome-ii-review/
    Al Qamar's TWC multiplayer review:
    http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showt...iplayer-review
    Bit-Tech:
    http://www.bit-tech.net/gaming/pc/20...me-ii-review/1
    The Digital Fix:
    http://gaming.thedigitalfix.com/cont...r-rome-ii.html
    Bago Games:
    http://www.bagogames.com/veni-vidi-v...rome-2-review/
    Edge Online:
    http://www.edge-online.com/review/to...ome-ii-review/




    Non-English:
    PC Games Hardware review and benchmark (German):
    http://www.pcgameshardware.de/Total-...marks-1086131/
    Gamestar (German):
    http://www.gamestar.de/spiele/total-...0,3027365.html
    Eurogamer.cz (Czech):
    http://www.eurogamer.cz/articles/tot...rome-2-recenze
    Mundus Bellicus (French):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yx0oKpEYRXs
    Everyeye.it (Italian):
    http://www.everyeye.it/pc/articoli/t...censione_20401
    Games.it (Italian):
    http://www.games.it/pc-games/recensi...ecensione.html
    Eurogamer.it (Italian):
    http://www.eurogamer.it/articles/201...iew-recensione
    Gamestar.hu (Hungarian):
    http://www.gamestar.hu/total-war-rome-ii-teszt.html
    9 Lives (Dutch):
    http://pc.9lives.be/games/total-war-...al-war-rome-ii
    Inside Gamer (Dutch):
    http://www.insidegamer.nl/recensies/...dikke-aanrader
    PConly (Dutch):
    http://www.pconly.nl/reviews/1221/To..._Singleplayer/
    Gamer.nl (Dutch):
    http://www.gamer.nl/review/432642/total-war-rome-2
    Oyunfest (Turkish):
    http://www.oyunfest.com/total-war-rome-2-inceleme.html
    Vandal.net (Spanish)
    http://www.vandal.net/analisis/pc/to...-rome-ii/16311
    3d Juegos (Spanish):
    http://www.3djuegos.com/juegos/anali...l-war-rome-ii/
    MeriStation (Spanish):
    http://www.meristation.com/pc/total-...-juego/1788264
    GRY online (Polish):
    http://www.gry-online.pl/S020.asp?ID=9208
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    Default 7/10 - eurogamer - it's not looking good


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    Default Re: 7/10 - eurogamer - it's not looking good

    All the fears are starting to become true
    Disclaimer: the post above is way way prealpha, the final version will be way better than this.

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    Default Re: 7/10 - eurogamer - it's not looking good

    It's better than 3/10


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    Default Re: 7/10 - eurogamer - it's not looking good

    I read the review and this is what I would tell the reviewer:

    Get better.

    He had a lot of praise for the production of the game, but apparently he couldn't just walk over the game map and make an Empire, as he said, I wanted to begin this review by telling you of my attempt to spread a Roman and then an Egyptian empire around the Mediterranean like butter around a bagel, smooth, sweet and satisfying.

    I guess since he couldn't just make his faction take over the whole world in an easy fashion, it can't be a good game (in his eyes).

    I know for me, the fact he had some difficulty is a good thing. I am really excited after reading that review.

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    Default Re: 7/10 - eurogamer - it's not looking good

    Hmm, hopefully before the day 1 patch * he said with a heavy heart*

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    Default Re: 7/10 - eurogamer - it's not looking good

    7/10 May not be desired but I think that score meant that Rome 2 didn't live up to its expectations and is only a minor improvement over older titles. To me(I might just be hyping myself up again) it simply means that if you liked older titles, you'll like this one a little bit more

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    Default Re: Gamestar TEST

    "The AI behaves like children even on highest difficulty" - Gamestar
    They also mention lots of AI blackouts during the battle where the AI just stands still while being killed.

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    Default Re: 7/10 - eurogamer - it's not looking good

    hmm, 7/10? That is worst score any TW game got so far if I remember correctly... Czech Eurogamer critized bad pathfinding for land units but mostly ships, and of course inability to give conquered regions to allies and other diplomatic restrictions...

    and this happens if you over-complicate Battle AI...

    I've seen glorious battles of thousands of men, but so too have I watched an enemy unit run circles around a victory point in what I assume was an attempt to prevent me holding it - a gambit that only resulted in ancient Rome's first Benny Hill sketch.
    Last edited by JaM; September 02, 2013 at 09:22 AM.

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    Default Re: Gamestar TEST

    Comment about AI

    - in field battles ok, in walled capital cities "completely embarassing"
    - stubborn like mules in diplomacy
    - annoys with tiny fleets in campaign map, doesn't feel like AI fractions try to become superpowers (in all difficulties)
    - only on few occassions they met really big AI armies
    - as Rome, they destroyed Carthage easily within 50 turns

    - seems like difficulty comes with 4-5 wars at the same time (seems like AI will just gang up in higher difficulties again)

    Wow

    on the positivs side: infantry battles last longer compared to ShogunII
    Last edited by Candy_Licker; September 02, 2013 at 09:29 AM.

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    Default Re: 7/10 - eurogamer - it's not looking good

    This guy tries to write like some kind of poet. That first paragraph comes off like a pedantic tongue twister.

    Also this:

    Quote Originally Posted by Quenta View Post
    I read the review and this is what I would tell the reviewer:


    Get better.


    He had a lot of praise for the production of the game, but apparently he couldn't just walk over the game map and make an Empire, as he said, I wanted to begin this review by telling you of my attempt to spread a Roman and then an Egyptian empire around the Mediterranean like butter around a bagel, smooth, sweet and satisfying.


    I guess since he couldn't just make his faction take over the whole world in an easy fashion, it can't be a good game (in his eyes).


    I know for me, the fact he had some difficulty is a good thing. I am really excited after reading that review.
    Last edited by Davius; September 02, 2013 at 09:22 AM.

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    Default Re: REVIEWS!

    Given the incredible scope and precision Creative Assembly packed into Total War: Rome 2, I wasn't surprised to see isolated technical shortcomings, particularly when the game is at its most ambitious. (For reference, the PC I used for this review was well above the recommended specifications.) When I started a three-faction multiplayer skirmish with AI opponents, the convergence of the three forces caused the game to stutter to the point of becoming unplayable. Other instances of dropping frame rates or stuttering also occurred intermittently during campaign battles, particularly when using the cinematic view, or a view close to the action.
    Disclaimer: the post above is way way prealpha, the final version will be way better than this.

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    Default Re: 7/10 - eurogamer - it's not looking good

    Sounds like the usual CA fair of tons of bugs for the initial release. Hopefully we'll see R2 playable in a matter of weeks rather than the years it took for ETW to finally get patched to non-beta status.

    Also:
    I've trained an agent to the peak of his abilities, and yet his 95% chance of persuading an enemy to join my ranks never meets with success.
    So basically it's the same as every other TW game when it comes to agents?

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    Default Reviews summary

    Rockpapershotgun

    The expectations are generally not satisfied

    Positive:
    - New regions/provinces approach
    - Impressive battles
    - Strategic AI

    Negative:
    - Battle AI
    - Lack of variety and substance in battles
    - The development of armies and generals


    http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013...l-war-rome-ii/
    Last edited by Legion_IX; September 02, 2013 at 09:38 AM.

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    Default Re: 7/10 - eurogamer - it's not looking good

    I actually take positives from this review: The only things he has to complain about are some bugs really, and bugs are to be expected on release of a big game such as this
    According to this poll, 80%* of TGW fans agree that "The mod team is devilishly handsome" *as of 12/10 (its true )
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    Default Re: Gamestar TEST

    oh no... a absolutly embarrising AI...

    The AI let 8 (!) heavy units getting destroyed by only one unit Velites!!! Cause the AI desided to stand still and not attacking the ONE unit of velites... Oh god no...

    Tha AI attacked with armys only with ONE general... thats all no units... only general!!!

    OOOOOOOOhhh no CA will never learn to make a good AI...
    Last edited by Archilles; September 02, 2013 at 09:25 AM.

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    Default Re: 7/10 - eurogamer - it's not looking good

    Eurogamer is a joke and it's only one reviewers opinion. They all gave company of heroes 2 a better score than Rome 2, which is laughable on every level.

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    Default Re: 7/10 - eurogamer - it's not looking good

    So I guess beta-testing ends after the second big patch? Given CA's timescale the game should be polished by February next year.

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    Default Re: REVIEWS!

    I just finished reading all that.
    Thanks!!

    Looks like only eurogamer had some bigger issues.
    CVG gave it 9/10
    and digital spy 4/5

    But the better review will be done tomorrow by ourselves

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