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Total War: Rome II

The RPS Verdict: Total War: Rome II

"turn the volume right up and clench my fists"

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7 years ago

Talk Like An Egyptian: 15 Mins Of Rome II Footage

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…

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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…

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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…

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The Nile Council: Rome II Introduces Cleopatra

Cleopatra does what 'any mother would do' in the latest trailer for Total Rome: Two War - builds the impossible, sleeps with the enemy, brings ruin on her people, suckles a wolf (metaphorically), feeds the beast (metaphor again), and kills her sister (not a metaphor). There's no mention of a dalliance with an asp but presumably that particular part of the tale is still to…

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Total War: Rome II Release Date Unleashed, New Trailer

Total War: Rome II has a release date. Facts, straight at the front. That's what I'm all about: business. Focused on the matter at hand, not allowing myself to wander off and start writing about bees or nostrils, like some airheaded buffoon. Too many gaming sites these days seem to think that they, the author - in my case John Walker, aged 35, living in…

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Totally Teutoburgic: Tons Of Rome II In-Game Footage

You've been told plenty about Total War: Rome II, but you haven't seen all that much of it. Not in living colour, full motion, high-resolution video with digital sound and smellovision. How the heady scent of historical battle fills my nostrils! It's just like my office is filled with sweaty Roman loincloths. But then again, when isn't it? These narrated 11 minutes of man-stabbing cover…

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Because Why Not: Total War Has The Biggest Screenshot

IN A WORLD where game publishers are all in competition over very silly, largely pointless things for no real apparent reason... [Scene: the world] Sega: "Push the button." Creative Assembly: "This is madness. We can't do it. If we take this step, there's no turning back. Not just for us, but for the world." [Scene: still the world] Epic: "Did you see the readout coming…

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Feature: That's No Ewok

Eyes-On: Rome II’s Teutoburg Forest

Rome II, then. I've just seen The Creative Assembly's Al Bickham playing the recently-entrailered Teutoburg Forest battle on a big screen at GDC in San Francisco. As is so often the case with viewing games from the perspective of rapidly blogged trailers and press releases, I'd previously been unable to see much of what was new or appealing about this new Total War game. I…

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Dying Total War Fan Immortalised As Rome 2 Unit

The videogames industry isn't all sexualisation, lies and Doritogates, you know. Sometimes nice things happen because they are nice things. Case in point, the Creative Assembly giving a fan with not long to live a chance to play pre-alpha Rome 2 code, advise on its development and be recreated as a proud soldier of the Roman empire in-game. Tragically, the chap did not survive his…

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The Burning Ambush: Total War – Rome 2

If you dig deep in any random farmer's field or carpark in Britain, you'll eventually find a Total War: Rome 2 trailer. They're impressive too - shiny, dramatic and packed to the brim with tiny men of war. While I'm convinced that, at times, the game will be as attractive and grand as the videos suggest, I'm also aware that a great deal of the…

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Ripe Old Carthage: Total War – Rome II

Total Two: War Rome is going to be enormous, like the Roman Empire itself, although hopefully it won't suffer from sprawling overstretch and collapse, in conflict with itself. Forty units, combining naval and land forces, can take place in the battles, and the developer diary below concentrates on the siege of Carthage, because it's a big city having rocks lobbed at it. Creative Assembly discuss…

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You’ll Never Guess Which Nation Is Definitely In Rome II!

Go on, try to guess. Creative Assembly have announced the first playable faction for the forthcoming Total War: Rome II, and we know who it is! Okay, I'll give you some hints about who you'll be able to play in Rome II. They liked long straight roads. They conquered enormous stretches of the globe. They were very keen on murdering each other to usurp power,…

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Feature: Better than kings: mods

Creative Assembly’s Moddessy: Shogun 2 Unbound

Creative Assembly invited key members of its modding community to its Horsham based headquarters last month for a secret meeting. Seated around a conference table, modders looking over at developers whose work we had been rummaging around in for years, one question was on everyone’s mind: Why? We now know what they were planning to announce: the Assembly Kit for Shogun 2, a full modding…

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Look: First Proper Total War: Rome 2 Trailer

Roooooooooome! Two. The ancient Empire is set to rise again next year. And again. And again, as millions of us click our way to dominance of the old world theater of empire-building. I'm planning on building an Empire of druids, too. (As it should have been.) Regarding the trailer, SEGA explain: "The year is 146BC, brilliant tactician Scipio Aemilianus is dispatched by Rome to break…

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8 years ago

Up Their Sleevies – Total War: Rome II Screens

Here's what I know about Total War: Rome 2. It's this strategy game, where you play as... the Romans? And they're really angry about something - I bet Caecilius cheated on Metella again, in the horto. So rather than just a regular war, that they have all the time, this time it's a TOTAL WAR. But for the second time, because the last one didn't…

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CA On Rome II’s AI, Scope & Incendiary Pigs

Yesterday, you first endured me waffling on about what I'd seen of Total War: Rome 2, and then harkened to a cleverererererer man than I shedding further light on his studio's intentions for their next epic historical strategy game. In this second and final part of my long chat with Total War series lead designer James Russell, we cover the geographic scope and scale of…

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Sex’n’Dogs’n’Wrack’n’Ruin: Total War Rome II Live

In-game footage of Total War: Rome II is being cruelly withheld until time indeterminate, but the important thing is that I've seen it and you haven't, ner ner ner ner ner ner ner. Ner. I've even spoken to the devs about it. Ner! I suppose you deserve to see something for yourself though, even if you are a horrible person who's going staight to hell…

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Feature: A Lot Of Gaul

Hail CAesar! A Chat With Total War: Rome II’s Lead Dev

I came, I saw, I previewed Total War: Rome II. I also chatted to Total War series lead designer James Russell about the enduring appeal of the Roman Empire, how it's possible to control a wargame on this kind of scale, introducing a human element to the game's soldiers and politickers, and branching storylines on the campaign map. This is part one of a two-part…

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Feature: The Empire strikes back

Surprise! Eyes-On With Total War: Rome II

Most of the internet knew the nature of the Creative Assembly's next Total War game as of last week, but as a man of honour I have ignored the leaks and waited to mention it until I could tell you about it properly. Onwards then, and to battle... 'Big' would be the obvious word. "Enormous" is probably a slightly better one. "Bugger me, what an…

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