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Total War: Rome 2 review round-up

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People of Lazygamer! Lend me your ears! And this time, clean them first! I bring news of the latest release from the Germanic border, where Total War: Rome 2 has waged war on reviewers across a front that stretches from the new world all the way to a tiny village in France where an indomitable band of Gauls still resists the Pax Romana. Here are the latest results!

The scores are in, and it looks like the latest game to feature the mighty Roman empire is a commander of fine gameplay, a general to fans, a loyal servant to trusted gameplay mechanics and will most likely be played in this life and the next.

Here’s what the reviews say so far:

PC Gamer – 85/100

Right now, Rome 2 has its flaws, but is still a sumptuous, slow-burn strategy game with some of the best land battles in the series. Aesthetically, it’s a triumph.

Digital Spy – 4/5

With Total War: Rome 2‘s level of complexity comes a degree of inaccessibility and an occasional sense of being overwhelmed, but tutorials help minimise this where possible.

Regardless, the end result is that Total War: Rome 2 is a thoroughly in-depth and absorbing experience, even by the series’ own lofty standards.

NowGamer – 9.5/10

A comprehensive reworking that does its grand legacy proud, bringing it up to the date in blistering fashion and polishing it for a new generation is all Creative Assembly could ask for, and it’s precisely what they’ve done.

Eurogamer – 7/10

For all that the game may have promised, it isn’t such a big step forward for the series. It’s Total War done a bit bigger, a bit better and a bit different. Its borders hold firm.

CVG – 9/10

There’s something here for everyone, whether you dream of commanding armies, or using espionage and politics, to crush your enemies.

Joystiq – 3.5/5

For these dedicated strategy connoisseurs and Roman history buffs, Creative Assembly has just about crafted the pinnacle work in the art of meaningful detail. Each Ptolemaic temple and Gallic brine distillery reaps some number value for the tactical player, which is in itself a notable benchmark.

Strategy Informer – 8/10

Really, it’s the little things that are the biggest boon to this game: I personally love the new line of sight mechanic, and the new ways buildings can get town up add to the atmosphere in a fight.

Sounds like one for the fans then. We’ll get started on this game, as soon as we figure out how to welease Woger.

Last Updated: September 3, 2013

13 Comments

  1. “Tital War” … bit of a boob there Brenda. Thwow him to the floow, vewy woughly!

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    • TiMsTeR1033

      September 3, 2013 at 12:43

      “tit”al War!!!!!

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      • Her Highness the Hipster

        September 3, 2013 at 13:17

        You’re all titillated so easily 😉

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    • Major Commodore 64 Darryn B

      September 3, 2013 at 12:50

      I feel like a right Tital War right now.

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      September 3, 2013 at 12:51

      I’m amused by the “might Roman empire”. Who else might the game be about? trollol

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  2. Admiral Chief Assassin o'Kings

    September 3, 2013 at 12:43

    50 points for Asterix reference!

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  3. Rock789

    September 3, 2013 at 12:49

    “Life of Brian” reference for the win! 🙂 Nice one!

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  4. Lardus-Respect the beard

    September 3, 2013 at 12:50

    “emchanics”…hmmm never heard of that. A bit wary after Shogun 2 wasn’t as much fun as expected, and Steam wanted me to re-download the entire freegin game when they changed something on their side…

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  5. V3N0M

    September 3, 2013 at 12:52

    It is sounding very promising. After being a huge fan of the original Rome game I pre-ordered this one. This makes me happy. Although what’s funny is that different online stores have different release dates, some being 11th of September!

    Anyways, looking forward to it.

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    • Rob

      September 7, 2013 at 18:26

      I pre-ordered from Kalahari and emailed them on Monday to ask some questions.

      I asked about the pre-order DLC and got this response, “Unfortunately, the Greek States Culture Pack DLC will be excluded.”

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  6. Umair Khan

    September 4, 2013 at 11:20

    Eurogamer : Not noob friendly , so I’ll give it 7/10 . Lol .
    Eurogamer Italy at the same time gave it 9/10 . Opinions

    Joystick .? Well no comment on xbots .
    Good launch so far . Metacritic is 85+ , downloading the game via steam ATM while playing SC Blacklist , can’t wait .

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  7. Iblis Bane

    September 10, 2013 at 09:33

    With all new TW games, it’s probably a good idea to wait a few months for all the patching to be done. Visiting the TW forums shows multiple issues…they’re apparently already on Patch 2 or 3 with more to come. I love TW but I’ll probably wait for the GOTY edition.

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  8. Iblis Bane

    September 10, 2013 at 09:33

    With all new TW games, it’s probably a good idea to wait a few months for all the patching to be done. Visiting the TW forums shows multiple issues…they’re apparently already on Patch 2 or 3 with more to come. I love TW but I’ll probably wait for the GOTY edition.

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