Posts Tagged ‘Total War: Rome II’

The RPS Verdict: Total War: Rome II

Jim and Adam sat down over a pint of internet to discuss the recently released imperial epic, Rome II. They had things on their mind.

Jim: So then. I am usually in the Total War apologist camp, but not this time. I am not sure if it’s because I had a better experience with Shogun 2, or whether there’s some kind of allergy due to over-exposure going on, but Rome II rubbed me up the wrong druid.
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Let’s Talk (And Play) Rome II Multiplayer

The Youtube generation has a lot to answer for. We used to call these “Gameplay Trailers” but now those hip young kids have their “Let’s Plays” and their “unboxing vids” and the ancient golems of PR, marketing and development are racing to catch up. Creative Assembley’s latest Rome II effort has two rad fellows spitting rhymes (disclaimer: may not contain rhymes) and throwing info about new features in the strategy sequel. Then they realise what we’re all here for and get down to proxy-beating on one another via the medium of tiny digital men. Onward, to glory!

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Try And Trireme Again: Total War – Rome II

Professor Veronica Marbles, chair of the Serious Person’s Classical History Forum, would almost certainly be outraged by the contents of the video below. It’s almost four minutes of naval combat in Total War: Rome II, you see, and it’s so preposterously crunchy and wonderfully dramatic that it can’t possibly reflect the reality of wooden ships at war. At one point a pack of smaller ships surround a larger vessel, punching holes out of its hull, like particularly angry jackals swarming across an elephant. Boarding operations resemble terrifying alien invasions, furious creatures pouring from deck to deck with no regard for life or limb. One ship simply chooses to disintegrate on impact. Surely, Professor Marbles, this was not the way of it? “THE RIGGING IS IMPERFECTLY PORTRAYED”

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Total Fight: Macedon vs Rome In Rome II

The Creative Assembly have released another big gameplay ‘n’ chat video for Rome II, in which CA’s own Al Bickham takes on Rome as the Macedonians, while playing on “very hard” difficult. Bickham is a guy who modifies and paints Games Workshop miniatures at a pro level, so his grasp of a paintbrush is not to be sniffed at. But does that also extend to strategy and tactics? CA explain: “We’re playing from the defender’s viewpoint, so it’s very much a case of “Come at me, bro!” as the enemy assaults his position. See how they employ their abilities and hardened military tactics to wear down our very own hero’s forces, with a sprinkle of cunning thrown in for free.”

Speaking of things thrown in for free, Rome II purchasers will get access to Arena, the F2P battle thing announced in March: “Including advanced beta access, exclusive in-game Legion Armoury bonuses and approximately $15(USD) of in-game currency…, ROME II players automatically earn ‘Legion’ status and will be able to experience the massed battle MMO before the game opens up to all.”
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Veni, Vidi, Dixi: Total War – Rome II Interview

While in Rome, playing Total War: Rome II on the set of HBO’s Rome, I spoke to Michael Simpson, Creative Assembly’s studio director. What was supposed to be a ten minute sprint across a hastily reduced list of questions transformed into a longer stroll when we both realised we’d rather talk than take lunch. We begin by lamenting my ability to die in a tutorial, move on to the clash between history and Hollywood, and then discuss some fundamental design philosophies. The latter portion of the interview moves away from the specifics of Rome II to explore how Michael, and indeed Creative Assembly, consider the player’s time to be their most valuable resource.

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He Comes: Rome II Hannibal Trailer

It’s all been a little historical on RPS of late, what with bringing you not only Adam’s ginormahuge and historically important hands-on feature for Creative Assembly’s Rome II, but also the latest trailer from the depths of… wherever makes Rome II trailers.

Lo, it introduces the legendary Hannibal Barca by way of debate in a Roman council on his next move in the on-going war. Take a look beneath, like an archaeologist of fun times.

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Hands On: Total War – Rome II

Sit me in front of a solid strategy game for a few hours and I’ll ask you to give me a few hours more. I visited Rome recently to play Total War: Rome II. It’s not that Total War games live in Rome, but it was an amusingly appropriate location to host what appeared to be 99% of Europe’s gaming press. After two hours with the game and half an hour talking to the developers, I packed my bags and went to sit in a hotel, wishing that I had those few hours more. Thankfully, after the trip I received a preview code, so two hours turned into many. As a lapsed admirer of the series, I waited for Rome to suck me back in.

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Talk Like An Egyptian: 15 Mins Of Rome II Footage

Cleopatra, comin atcha. Except in this scenario the Egyptians are defending.
This is the wrong battle to highlight when I’m in the middle of a massive Frasier rewatch. I see “Nile”, and all I can think of is the tragedy of the unrequited love that Niles has for Daphne. I’m six seasons in and Donnie and Daphne have just gotten engaged. Noooooooooo! Now I’m sad, and entirely in the wrong state of mind to write about this Rome II “Let’s Play”. There’s 15 minutes of direct feed, right from the heart of the Roman Empire’s perspective.
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Happy Camels: Total War: Rome II Shots

I had a brief demo of Total War: Rome 2 at Rezzed. The demo consisted of me standing behind the wonderfully hatted Al Bickham (disclaimer: we once shared a bed) as he sent elephants screaming through lines of whoever-his-enemies-were. At this point he asked me if I knew what I was looking at, and I confessed that I might as well be watching EastEnders. Not to fret, though. I then demanded to know things about the game that people might otherwise have missed, and Al got all excited. At last, he could talk about his game without having to worry about tactics! Fact #1: the elephants have an internal rage meter, and they will occasionally go mad with blood lust. The only way to stop them is to put them down. Fact #2: the camels blink.
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Rome II Will Conquer 35 GB Of Your Hard Drive

Creative Assembly need to tell you something. The Horsham-based developer has been trying to let the world know how large Total War: Rome II is for ages now, showing off its enormous battlefields, the thousands of men rushing around the place, the naval units that lurk offshore. The elephants. Having played the game myself at Rezzed, I can confirm that the wars do appear to be total, stretching from one exquisitely rendered horizon to the other. To communicate and celebrate the game’s grand proportions, another of those massive screenshots has appeared, showing a ruckus down by the Nile. Oh, and the hefty system specs have been confirmed. 35 GB of HD space is probably around a megabyte per elephant.

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