What is Total War: Rome II?
Total War: Rome II is a PC strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly and published by SEGA. The game consists of a turn-based strategy aspect, which plays out on a 3-D campaign map of the known world during Classical antiquity, as well as a real-time tactical aspect which launches anytime you engage in combat.
What is the difference between Total War: Rome II and Rome: Total War?
There have been several changes implemented by the developers. Rome: Total War was released in 2004, nine years before Total War: Rome II, so you can probably guess, they are very different thanks to the advances in technology seen over the last nine years.
What are the other Total War games?
In list of oldest to newest. Shogun: Total War, Medieval: Total War, Rome: Total War, Medieval 2: Total War, Empire: Total War, Napoleon: Total War, and Total War: Shogun 2.
When does the game take place?
It is set during Classical antiquity, otherwise known as the classical period, and encompasses the world as known by classical civilisations and philosophers. The campaign begins during the year 272 B.C. and shall last for 300 turns, though you can continue past this time limit if you wish. Explore the Total War: Rome II Interactive Campaign Map Planner to begin planning your campaigns of conquest.
I heard you could rotate the campaign map!
Yes, you can. Something you could not do in earlier Total War games, such as Rome: Total War. The hotkeys used to rotate the campaign map will vary dependent on which controls setup you are using, but the default hotkeys are usually Q and E.
Does the Encyclopedia make a return in Total War: Rome II?
The Encyclopedia is indeed present in Total War: Rome II, after first being introduced in Total War: Shogun 2. Once again it displays a wealth of information about the units, factions, and gameplay mechanics present in Total War: Rome II. For newer players it also features several video tutorials aimed at helping explaining the numerous deep features present within the game, and teaching players how to use them.
What are the factions available to play as in Total War: Rome II?
In Rome II there are several different factions to command, from barbarian tribes through to Greek City States. There are 8 playable factions out of the box, a free bonus faction (Pontus) available for download, and several factions available via paid DLC. The base game, before acquiring the free Pontus faction, comes with the eight factions of Rome, Carthage, Egypt, Macedon, Arverni, Suebi, Iceni, and Parthia.
What are the Faction specialities?
We shall update the FAQ with each faction's specialities once Rome II has been released.
Do 'Trade Nodes' exist in Total War: Rome II?
Whilst the previous four Total War games have all featured a gameplay mechanic called 'Trade Nodes', Total War: Rome II has been confirmed by developers at The Creative Assembly to have scrapped the idea.
I heard about a "Legendary Difficulty", what is this?
In earlier titles there were Easy, Normal, Hard, and Very Hard difficulty levels to choose from. Shogun 2 introduced an even harder level, called Legendary, to the Total War series. There are several things it does, affecting campaign and battles alike. In battle, these include the enemy units getting bonuses, not being able to use the mini-map, not being able to issue orders while the game is paused, and many other subtle differences.
What agents are there this time round?
Will my computer be able to play Total War: Rome II?
The Minimum Specs (Required for playing Total War: Rome II):
- 2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor / 2.6 GHz Intel Single Core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible card (shader model 3, vertex texture fetch support)
- 1024x768 minimum screen resolution
- 35 GB HD space
Recommended Specs (Recommended for optimum game play of Total War: Rome II):
- 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor (or greater)
- 4GB RAM
- 1024 MB DirectX 11 compatible graphics card.
- 1920x1080 minimum screen resolution
- 35GB free hard disk space
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Is the a demo available?
Currently there is no demo for Total War: Rome II, but we shall keep you updated should the situation change.
I heard you need a Steam account to play the game, what is Steam?
Steam is a digital distribution, digital rights management, multiplayer and communications platform developed by Valve Corporation. It is used to distribute a wide range of games and related media entirely over the internet, stretching from one-man independent efforts to some of the world's most popular games.
What does this mean if I want to play Total War: Rome II?
It means that you MUST have Steam installed on your computer. You can download it here. It is completely free. Once Total War: Rome II is installed, the game will appear on your "my games" tab. Because Steam is an online service, you must be online when you activate the game. After that, you can play in "offline mode" you wish but you must go online at least once. Of course, you can stay online all the time if you wish.
I still do not understand what Steam is?
Perhaps reading the Steam FAQ will assist you.
What are DLCs?
DLC stands for Downloadable Content. They are small add-ons for Total War: Rome II, which can unlock a new factions, new units, etc.
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