Rome: Total War
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Rome: Total War (sometimes abbreviated as RTW) is a strategy game in the Total War Series which combines a turn-based campaign map with real time battles. The game was developed by the Creative Assembly and was released on September 22, 2004.
 Campaign Play
The Imperial Campaign starts in 270 BC and ends in 14 AD. Each year consists of two turns. The player controls one of the playable factions on the campaign map with the goal of conquering new regions in order to achieve victory. He can build various structures, expand his cities and move around characters. When the armies of two factions meet each other, they will engage in battle. The player can choose between auto-resolving the battle and fighting it himself on the 3D battle map.
 The Campaign Map
Rome: Total War's Imperial Campaign map includes Europe, the Mediterranean Sea, parts of North Africa and the Middle East. The campaign map offers many different features. Along with various locations such as settlements and ports there are also several different campaign map characters. Amongst those are generals, captains, diplomats, spies and assassins. The settlements and characters are controlled by the different factions which fight against each other in order to achieve supremacy. Each faction can only see areas which its characters have scouted and regions which are out of sight are covered by the Fog of War. Movement around the campaign map is different from earlier games. Instead of moving 'Risk' style from one region to another, on map characters have a certain amount of movement points which effect how far they can travel per turn, terrain and roads also vary the possible extent of movement.
- *See main article: RTW Factions
Initial play is restricted to the three playable Roman factions, the Julii, Scipii and Brutii with other factions becoming accessible after successful completion of a campaign. The three playable Roman factions are allied to each other and the Senate. The Senate issues missions to each of the Roman factions, successful completion of Senate missions improves your factions standing with the Senate. A high popularity level is necessary to be able to initiate a civil war against one of the other Roman factions.
 Battle Play
Battles in Rome: Total War can be epic events containing thousands of individual soldiers.
- *See Battle Map Play - RTW for elements specific to Rome: Total War.
 Historic Accuracy
Various criticisms have been levelled at the game in regards to historical inaccuracies see:
 Main Differences to Earlier Total War Games
A major difference between RTW and earlier games in the Total War Series is the way the in campaign battle maps are generated. From RTW on the battle map is generated to match the area of terrain the armies are actually located on; including the adjacent mountains, rivers trees and settlements.
Movement around the campaign map is different from earlier games. Instead of moving 'Risk' style from one region to another, on map characters have a certain amount of movement points which effect how far they can travel per turn, terrain and roads also vary the possible extent of movement.
- Barbarian Invasion, released on September 27, 2005.
- Alexander, released on June 19, 2006 - initially available by download only, but subsequently included in the Total War: Eras combined pack.
 See Also
 External Links
 Players Guides
- frogbeastegg’s Guide to Rome: Total War and the Barbarian Invasion at the Guild
- Quietus' Rome: Total War Guide at the Guild
- Gamespot - Score 9.1 - Editors Choice Award "The results are nothing short of spectacular, helping make Rome: Total War the very definition of an epic strategy game...." read more
- Gamespy - "Pros: Incredibly deep, addictive strategy with a historically authentic feel. Tons of gameplay modes. Cons: Less than stellar AI can get on your nerves...." read more
- IGN - Score 9.4 - Editors Choice Award "Personally, I've never given a score this high before but Rome Total War is without a doubt one of the best games I've ever played. The combination of subject matter, game mechanics, and outstanding visuals add up to one of the best experiences you'll have on the PC...." read more