Posted: March 20
Basically Rome: Total War was my first game to the Total War series. Recommended by my schoolmate and I'm really grateful that he introduced it to me. I'm proud to say that I'm still playing this game even though it's more than 10 years old. Owning later Total War games like Rome II and Shogun 2 couldn't convince me enough to stop playing this valuable "veteran". As I mentioned, this game is more than 10 years old. So do not expect much on the graphics.
In the campaign, you'll start as Rome divided into 3 different families. You'll unlock other playable factions as you progress. Without being said, Rome is by far the strongest that campaign will look easy. Want more challenges? Try the barbarian tribes (Gaul, Britannia or Germanic). Other non-playable factions like Macedon, Pontus, Thrace, Armenia should be made playable by default to add more fun to the campaign mode. But that can be resolved by modding. For sharing, my 3 most favoured factions for the campaign mode are (1) Rome, (2) Seleucid Empire, (3) Carthage.
Diplomacy is rather 'useless' in the later part of the campaign. AI (especially those factions you're at war with) will reject any diplomatic proposal. But hey, this game is all about using your sword and thrust it into the face of the enemy! Let the sword or arrows do the talking instead. It's all about "I came, I saw, I conquered".
If you don't have a background to Total War series, try this out. It's a perfect start. Oh, and I really love those cinematic starts of the campaign as well as those historical battles.