Geplaatst: 22 april
I pre-ordered Total War Rome II but only just started playing the game due to the amount of negative backlash levied at the game from launch. Now I have finally started to play the game and I have really enjoyed it - but I should note that I am not playing the purely "vanilla" version of Rome II. After much reading I decided to download Toons' "All in One Mod" for Rome II and it is really good. So please note that my subsequent comments are coloured by having played the mod.
Rome II does some things really well compared to previous Total War games (of which I have played most of them). I really like how the Auto Resolve for battles has been addressed, whereby it shows you the likelihood of victory based on the battle stance you take (aggressive, balanced, defensive) and also the percentage of troops you will have left for each choice.
The enemy AI is also well balanced and fights well in the field battles as well as on the diplomatic side of things. I really liked the addition of the Pros and Cons listed by each faction for why they like or dislike your nation. This made it much simpler to determine why they might reject an offer as opposed to past TW games where it was infuriating to be rejected and not understand why.
Having naval support during battles is a nice touch also and builds upon the naval warfare introduced in Empire, even if it's still quite clunky at times.
The Spies and Heroes/Champions are also much better designed in this game than the previous Rome and Empire. Now you can assign perks to the individual agents and level them up as you desire. I remember thinking in Empire "What is the point of the spy! His chances of assassinating someone is barely 20%!" Now I have used them to great effect in weakening cities, garrisons and travelling armies. A great improvement all round!
There is also much more opportunities to conduct war in the political arena with assassinations and securing promotions etc. This has been greatly expanded from Empire and the previous Rome and adds a broader dimension to the game.
One thing that I don't like so much is the way armies can be split and travel. It is impossible (as far as I can see) to transport troops from one army to another unless the General travels with them in tow. This may well be more thematic but I feel that it hinders the game play a bit.
I also completely disagree with CA's decision to make this such a DLC heavy title/franchise. Some additional campaigns and so on are fine as added DLC to me but adding a Blood and Gore mode and other minor aesthetic changes that were already in the game files and just required "activation" is ridiculous. Companies need to stop selling us half-completed games!
But all in all I thoroughly recommend Rome II - especially if you seek out a mod like I did.