Total War: Rome II is available for PC today and it is doing pretty well as most major sites review it positively. The Total War series include multiple games released since 2000 and the latest seems to be welcoming to both newcomers and fans of the series. Total War Rome II is a turn-based strategy and resource management game in which players have real-time tactical control of battles.
Paul Dean at Eurogamer gave it a 7/10: “By themselves, none of the things that are wrong with Total War: Rome 2 are that big a deal. If the game itself were an empire, a map upon a wall, we’d note some gains and some losses, glossing over most of the tinier problems because they don’t spoil the larger picture. We also might note the stagnation of that empire. For all that the game may have promised, it isn’t such a big step forward for the series. It’s Total War done a bit bigger, a bit better and a bit different. Its borders hold firm.”
Tom Senior at PC Gamer gave it a 85/100, concluding “Right now, Rome 2 has its flaws, but is still a sumptuous, slow-burn strategy game with some of the best land battles in the series. Aesthetically, it’s a triumph. Empire management, alliances, the UI and battlefields have all improved, which makes it doubly frustrating to encounter the floppy AI that will be extremely familiar to Total War fans by now. Still, nothing out there does what Total War does with this degree of scope and detail. I’d still recommend it to armchair generals anywhere.”
Adam Smith at Rock, Paper Shotgun says: “When I’m playing, provided no bugs are on show (a large patch over the weekend fixed the two major issues I’d personally encountered but I’ve heard talk of more, including crashes), I find myself falling back in love very quickly. It’s afterwards, when I’m no longer gazing into its eyes, that I question that love. The battles are exquisite, with enough flash to inspire a panegyric, and there’s enough variety in the mid- and late-game to make the repetitive opening moves worth enduring. But the opening stages are repetitive and the battles are, despite the pleasure of them, eventually lacking in variety and substance.”