Rome: Total War

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Rome: Total War
Glory to Rome!
Genre: Turn-Based Strategy
Real-Time Strategy
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
Mac OS
Release Date: Windows
NA: September 22, 2004
EU: October 1, 2004

WW: February 5, 2010

WW: November 10, 2016

Developer: The Creative Assembly
Publisher: Activision (originally), Sega (current)
Franchise: Total War
Previous Game: Medieval: Total War (by release date)
Next Game: Spartan: Total Warrior (spin-offs)

Medieval II: Total War (by release date)
Total War: Rome II (successor)

Rome: Total War is a PC strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly and released in 2004 by Activision, although its rights have since passed to Sega. The Mac OS X version was released on 5 February 2010 by Feral Interactive, who released the iPad version on 10 November 2016. Feral announced the iPhone version on 31 October 2017. The game is the third title in The Creative Assembly's Total War series.

The game's main campaign is set during the mid and late Roman Republic and early Roman Empire (270 BC – AD 14), with the player assuming control of one of three Roman families; other factions are playable once they have been unlocked. Gameplay is real-time tactical battles framed within a turn-based strategic campaign, taking place across Europe, North Africa and the Near East. At the strategic level, players manage diplomacy, develop infrastructure, move armies and manage the population's growth and public order through taxes and gladiatorial games. On the tactical scale, the player commands real-time battles against enemy armies within or between cities.

Why It Rocks

  1. Wide selection of factions with variety of units with different characteristics.
  2. Two main gameplay mode; Campaign, which is turn-based mode where you can manage your faction, making alliances, build your city and armies, attack other factions and battles in RTS mode, and dominate the continent to achieve the victory condition. and Skirmish, A sandbox mode which you can create and play battles as your preferences.
  3. Challenging gameplay, each units can counter each other and had special ability such berserk mode, phalanx formation, and shied wall, which offers more dynamic army formation.
  4. Very good soundtrack and voice acting.
  5. Featured Historical Battles, which is a recreation of famous historical battles in Roman era.
  6. Its expansion; Barbarian Invastion and Alexander, were introduced with new features such swimming mechanics.
  7. A good selection of mods.


In the United States, Rome: Total War sold 390,000 copies and earned $16.8 million by August 2006. It was the country's 40th best-selling computer game between January 2000 and August 2006. Combined sales of all Total War games released between January 2000 and August 2006, including Rome, reached 1.3 million units in the United States by the latter date. Sales of Rome: Total War had risen to 876,000 copies by August 2013 in the United States.The game also received a "Platinum" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), indicating sales of at least 300,000 copies in the United Kingdom.

The game received "universal acclaim" according to the review aggregation website Metacritic. Many reviewers regarded it as one of the best strategy games of all time; it won numerous awards and high scores from gaming websites and magazines alike.