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Total War: Rome II

2 weeks ago

Total War: Rome 2 gets prettied up, expanded and sprouts some family trees today

It's a big day for fans of sticking broom-heads on top of helmets, as Total War: Rome 2 is experiencing a burst of wild growth that will undoubtedly lead to public unrest and peasant revolts. Launching today is the Rise Of The Republic expansion, set during the messy conflicts of 399BCE and set across a detailed map of Italy. Alongside that is the Ancestral update,…

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1 month ago

Total War: Rome 2’s Rise Of The Republic expansion takes us back to 399 BC

Creative Assembly today announced Total War: Rome 2's next expansion - Rise Of The Republic. A prequel campaign set 127 years before Rome 2's campaign, it promises a more focused game of grand ambition as nine playable factions set their eyes on a detailed, zoomed-in map of Italy. In the real world this era of conflict led to the Second Founding of Rome, but with…

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Total War: Rome 2’s Ancestral update is intriguing indeed

The Creative Assembly are keeping a lot of plates spinning these days. Not only did they recently release Total War spinoff Thrones of Britannia, but they're still working on Total War: Three Kingdoms and continually updating their Warhammer games, too. They've clearly not forgotten about Total War: Rome 2 either, as they've just released a massive new update adding a major new gameplay element; family trees…

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7 months ago

Feature: Danelaw and order

Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is a smaller game with some very big ideas

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. That's a useful motto, a pick-me-up for the smaller among us, but the truth is right now, I am a very small dog with very little fight left in it. I'm the boss of Mide, a province in the middle of Ireland. The 9th century is…

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Total War: Three Kingdoms tackles the turbulence of 3rd century China

Total War has been enjoying its time among the greenskins and the undead, but we've been waiting to see exactly which period it'd land in when it returns to its historical roots for its next major installment. Now the answer is here. Total War: Three Kingdoms. The year is 190CE. China is in turmoil. The Han Dynasty crumbles before the child-emperor. He is but a…

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9 months ago

Total War: Rome 2’s Empire Divided DLC is out now

When Empire Divided, Total War's latest expansion, trundled into our garage, Fraser was the mechanic on duty. He walked around the chariot, kicked the wheels, took the pencil from behind his ear and made a few notes. "It's not in bad nick," he said, after some deliberation, "but it's no Warhammer." You should read the rest of his review if you're considering buying this new…

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Feature: When goths go to war

Total War: Rome 2 – Empire Divided review

How can a historical Total War compete with dinosaurs besieging a fortress filled with wraiths and shambling corpses? Ever since the launch of Total War: Warhammer, but even more since the arrival of Warhammer 2, I’ve been wondering if Creative Assembly has backed itself into a corner. Total War’s historical games will undoubtedly continue to appeal to those craving a more grounded strategy romp, but…

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10 months ago

Total War: Rome II expanding again with Empire Divided

A brand new expansion is coming to Total War: Rome II, developers Creative Assembly announced today, four years since the game came out and three since its last expansion. Empire Divided will travel back to the third century for a new grand-scale campaign as the Roman Empire risks collapsing. It'll feature ten playable factions, from good ol' Rome through the goths to Armenia, and bring…

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Historical hints from the Total War teams

Total War might have been away in the land of elves and orcs for a while now, but it hasn't forgotten its historical roots. In fact, Creative Assembly are working on three historical Total War games: one is an expansion to an older title, one is a spin-off of sorts called a Saga, and the biggest of the lot is set in an entirely new…

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1 year ago

Total War Sagas will spin off specific points of history

A new branch of Total War games, going under the badge of 'A Total War Saga', will focus the historical strategy action on more specific times and places. Total War devs The Creative Assembly announced the new line today, which will kick off with "another spiritual follow-up" to Total War: Rome II. Total War Sagas will drill down into pivotal moments connected to eras the…

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2 years ago

Time Commanders brings Total War back to TV tonight

Time Commanders, the BBC game show where contestants order around someone playing Total War, returns to British screens tonight. Imagine a blind Let's Play of Rome: Total War directed by teams who didn't know what Total War was but did between them share a Desmond in classics, a Duke of Edinburgh's Award, experience leading their university rugger society, and four awful haircuts. After eleven years…

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3 years ago

Feature: We've put them in order from best to worst

The Best And Worst Total War Games

At its best, the Total War series casts a spell over you. Your empire rises from nothing, surrounded by enemies who are poised to trample it into the dust. Each decision on the strategic level is a gamble on the immediate future, where "one more turn" isn't just a stepping-stone to a new upgrade, but a perilous step onto thin ice. Each time you take…

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Total War Attila – Age Of Charlemagne review

The Age of Charlemagne is the latest expansion for Attila: Total War [official site] and I've had a splendid time with it over the last few days. I'd go so far as to say that the entire package, Charlemagne and Attila, has been my favourite Total War experience since Shogun 2, but that's partly due to my love of this period. Caught mid-stride between the…

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Total War: Warhammer Out April 28th, Bringing Chaos

The wait for Total War: Hammer [official site] is far from over. Creative Assembly's strategic take on the Warhammer Fantasy world will be with us on April 28th but, as is traditional, the preorder incentives and collector's edition malarkey has already begun. Below, you'll find a video showcasing the Chaos Warriors, growly-voiced corruptions intent on spreading their unholy powers across the world. They'll make up…

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4 years ago

Lovekill – CoH 2 and Total War: Rome 2 Weekend Trials

"This Valentine's Day," reads a sign in my bank's window, "give the gift of buildings and contents insurance." The cornershop plan to only serve couples maintaining physical contact. I'm facing eviction as, in lieu of rent money, my landlord demands a sworn statement that I think I'm capable of love. In this wacky world, I'm not at all surprised that Sega are marking Valentine's Day…

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It’s A-Parta The Plan! Total War: Rome II – Wrath of Sparta

It's a shame that the promotional machinery of video games moves so rapidly these days, because it would have been Just Plain Charming had Sega been able to announce this Total War: Rome II campaign expansion two hundred and eighty-nine days ago. Then again, it would have wildly inaccurate to do so because Wrath of Sparta is set about sixty years after some well-oiled Greeks…

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Premium Patching: Total War Rome 2 Emperor’s Edition

I lead a high-end life and have high-end tastes: penthouse suites, the finest champagne, custom cars, and Cuban cigars the size of your forearm. I demand the same from my video games. The Premium Edition, that's the one I'll buy with my many dollars. Gold Edition. Titanium Edition. Blood Red Edition. Deluxe Edition. Ultimate Sith Edition. Collector's Edition, oh yes; I collect the finest. Total…

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Rome II Daughters Of Mars DLC Adds Warrior Women

While some battle tactics are outstripped by technology, it's actually gotten quite a lot easier to perform the above strategy thanks to the removal of platemail in modern times. Still equally as effective at causing extreme pain and temporary, floor-based groan-paralysis too. It's part of the latest Total War: Rome II DLC 'Daughters of Mars', which adds a number of women-only formations to The Creative…

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Feature: Adolescent sex fiasco

Fish, Hitler, And Naughty Language: DLC Is Bloody Weird

What do Hitler, Snoop Dogg, George Washington, and Shakespeare have in common? If you said they all appear in Rik Mayall's autobiography Bigger Than Hitler, Better Than Christ*, you're wrong. Washington and Snoop aren't mentioned in that. The correct answer is that each has been digitised and reformed--Weird Science style--into your games as DLC. There's a lot of DLC out there, ranging from the mundane…

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Carry On Carthage: Rome 2 Hannibal At The Gates DLC

Total War: Rome II has probably had the most troubled existence of any Total War game, trampling on expectations like a giant war elephant crushing the skull of an infantry man. At least that's the impression I had from comment threads and old ladies who stopped me in the street: my brain is not wired for grand strategy games, so I only played it for…

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