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.
I’ve always wanted to get into the Total War games because of that silly level of detail, but alas not even the carefully modeled eyelids of a handsome and smiling camel of war is enough to allow my brain to absorb what’s needed to succeed at Total War. I’ll forever remain a bystander, but given how pretty the games are I’m okay with that. The small gallery of shots, from E3 that we somehow missed, has a peek at the Egypt campaign. If you middle-mouse click on them, they’ll open in a lovely new tab, so you can inspect the camel’s grin in ultra-resolution.