Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition

Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition

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Zevoox Jan 8, 2018 @ 7:16am
Rome II Emperor Edition vs other editions
Hi!

I would like to ask you what is the difference between Emperor Edition and for example Wrath of Sparta Edition? Will i get Emperor Edition after i buy Wrath of Sparta?
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Welsh Dragon Jan 8, 2018 @ 7:31am 
Originally posted by Zevoox:
Hi!

I would like to ask you what is the difference between Emperor Edition and for example Wrath of Sparta Edition? Will i get Emperor Edition after i buy Wrath of Sparta?

Emperor Edition - A quick guide.

Emperor Edition contains the base game and all the free content, specifically:

•Rome II Base Game (8 playable factions, Rome, Carthage, Macedon, Iceni, Arverni, Suebi, Parthia, Egypt.)
•Patches 1 - 15 (including the Patch 15/Emperor Edition major overhaul.)
•Imperator Augustus Free Campaign (10 playable factions in that.)
•6 Free DLC factions ( Pontus, Seleucid, Baktria, Armenia, Getae, Massilia)
•Free Battle of Pydna Historical Battle.

You'll also get Patches 16, 17 and 18/Power & Politics automatically downloaded when you install.

Emperor Edition does not contain the paid additional content, specifically:

•4 Culture Packs (Greek States, Nomadic Tribes, Pirates & Raiders, Black Seas Colonies)
•4 Campaign Packs (Caesar in Gaul, Hannibal at the Gates, Wrath of Sparta, Empire Divided)
•2 Unit Packs (Beasts of War, Daughters of Mars)
•Blood & Gore DLC.

Emperor Edition is a rerelease that accompanied the Patch 15 Major Overhaul, rather than a Game of the Year edition. (Also it's a free update for anyone who had Rome II, or whoever buys an old disc copy of Rome II even now. It functionally replaces Rome II, so everyone who plays Rome II has Emperor Edition these days.)

Spartan Edition - A quick guide.

Spartan Edition is a physical copy only rerelease of Rome 2, available in a limited number of countries (believed to be those where digital distribution isn't as common.)

It contains:
•Total War: ROME II: Emperor Edition
•Imperator Augustus - Campaign Pack
•Wrath of Sparta - Campaign Pack
•Greek States - Culture Pack
•Daughters of Mars - Unit Pack

So basically it's Emperor Edition and three specific Paid DLCs. Whether that's a better deal than buying Emperor Edition and the DLCs separately will vary, so shop around.

Hope that helps.

All the Best,

Welsh Dragon.
Last edited by Welsh Dragon; Jan 8, 2018 @ 7:31am
Welsh Dragon Jan 8, 2018 @ 8:34am 
It's important to note that with DLC that adds factions or units to the Grand Campaign (the 4 Culture Packs, 2 of the Campaign Packs and the 2 Unit Packs,) you only need the DLC if you actually want to play as those factions and with those units. Even if you don't own the DLC, the factions and units will still appear in the Grand Campaign for the AI with their full rosters, traits etc, because they were patched into everyone's game for the AI to use when the DLC was released.

This may also help.

Note: I haven't updated this for Empire Divided or Power & Politics yet. But it's one of my favourite Total War campaigns in any game, so I rate it pretty highliy.

Rome II DLCs: A Quick Guide

I have all the DLCs (except Blood & Gore, as it doesn't interest me.) Really they depend on what you're after. I personally feel that they are all value for money based on the enjoyment I've got out of them, and when they're on sale even better.

As for the DLCs I'll split them into categories:

Culture Packs:

These each add 3 new factions that you can play. Different people will rate them differently. They each have different starting positions in campaign, unique traits and units, some have their own culture. Some also offer different playstyles (Nomadic Tribes are basically all Cavalry, Black Seas have hybrid rosters so a mix of units, Pirates & Raiders can hire mercenaries a lot cheaper, but their upkeep is also increased, and Greek States use Hoplites a lot.)

Campaign Packs:

These cost a little more, but you generally get 3 new factions AND a campaign that can have it's own mechanics and challenges. The Campaigns are each fought on new maps, which provide a much more detailed environment and allows for all sorts of options you can't do in the main campaign.

CAESAR IN GAUL and HANNIBAL AT THE GATES both have focused campaigns in a shorter time span (so each turn is only a few weeks, rather than a year as is the case with Rome II.)

Each offer 3 new factions for the main game, some of which also feature in the DLC campaign, including two of my personal favourites Nervii (in Caesar, Belgian warriors who like to ambush) and Lusitani (in Hannibal, a faction that's low on armour, but high on javelins and guerilla warfare.)

WRATH OF SPARTA is set much earlier than even Rome II's start. If you really like Hoplite warfare and Greek history then it's meant to be a lot of fun. But some people really don't like it, so it's really up to you. NOTE: This is the only DLC to not add anything to the Grand Campaign (the main Rome II campaign) nor custom/multiplayer battles (though you can play the Wrath of Sparta campaign in multiplayer campaign modes.)

Unit Packs:

Add units funnily enough. Beasts of War adds animal based units, which can be fun and I believe Suebi players specifically like the Wolf Warriors I think it adds. Daughters of Mars adds female units to the battlefield for some factions, which can fill some niches in those factions (Lusitani Swordswomen are one of my favourite units.)

Conclusion:

The Steam store pages for the different DLCs give you a good overview of what's in each DLC, and if you want an idea of the history/feel of the factions (and a useful guide to which factions are in which DLC) try here: http://wiki.totalwar.com/w/Factions

But really it depends how much you want to invest in your game. I personally don't feel any of them are essential for single-player (I don't play multi) but at the same time I don't regret buying any of them because of the added variety and hours of enjoyment I've got out of them.

Hope that helps. Any questions please feel free to ask and I will try to answer them.

All the Best,

Welsh Dragon.
Zevoox Jan 8, 2018 @ 8:51am 
Thanks for such comprehensive explanation of the topic ^^

It helped me greatly to understand what i can get. I can buy digital or physical copy of Rome II EE or Wrath of Sparta and i wasnt sure which one to choose but Wrath of Sparta funnily enough will be 50% cheaper for me than EE so the choice is obvious :)

One more question cuz im big on Mods... Would Rome II be a better choice than Attila for a player who like mods that overhauls the whole game?
Welsh Dragon Jan 8, 2018 @ 9:03am 
Originally posted by Zevoox:
Thanks for such comprehensive explanation of the topic ^^

It helped me greatly to understand what i can get. I can buy digital or physical copy of Rome II EE or Wrath of Sparta and i wasnt sure which one to choose but Wrath of Sparta funnily enough will be 50% cheaper for me than EE so the choice is obvious :)

One more question cuz im big on Mods... Would Rome II be a better choice than Attila for a player who like mods that overhauls the whole game?

Just to be clear, Wrath of Sparta is the campaign DLC (and requires Rome 2 to play,) Spartan Edition is the release with Rome 2 EE and 3 Sparta related DLCs. Just want to make sure we're on the same page, as there's not point buying Wrath of Sparta on its own, as it wouldn't work without Rome 2 anyway.

I'm not big on mods, so possibly not the best person to ask, sorry. I do know both Rome 2 and Attila have big overhaul mods, but you're probably in a better place to research which ones interest you than I am.

All the Best,

Welsh Dragon.
Zevoox Jan 8, 2018 @ 9:05am 
Ofc i meant SE not Wrath of Sparta :) Sorry for not being specific but there are so many dlc and editions of the game... ^^
Welsh Dragon Jan 8, 2018 @ 9:07am 
Originally posted by Zevoox:
Ofc i meant SE not Wrath of Sparta :) Sorry for not being specific but there are so many dlc and editions of the game... ^^

No worries. Have fun and glad I could help.

All the Best,

Welsh Dragon.
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