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Topic Subject: Caesar in Gaul Expansion Pack Announced!
posted 12-02-13 11:07 AM EDT (US)   
Prepare to lead the Roman invasion of Gaul, or defy it, on the 12th of December, with the Caesar in Gaul DLC expansion pack for Total War: Rome II.Interestingly the Caesar in Gaul campaign expansion will be entirely standalone, making it sound like you will not need to already own Rome II to be able to play it.

A welcome sight for those wishing to get value for their dollar, and see something added to the larger Grand Campaign, three new playable factions featured in the Caesar in Gaul campaign expansion will also become playable in the Rome II Grand Campaign. Meaning players will have the option of playing as the Nervii, Boii and Galatian tribes and conquering the known world outside of Gaul.

Caesar in Gaul sees the reappearence of seasons, with each turn representing two weeks, meaning that each year will encompass a total of 24 turns. While the historical battle of Alessia will also be making an appearence, with the player taking on the role of Gaius Julius Caesar. Whilst the mid-game has been revamped, with the civil war mechanics of the Rome II Grand Campaign being replaced with events such as heavy Roman intervention and Gaullish tribes joining forces in rebellion.

A Steam Store page has already been setup for the Caesar in Gaul campaign expansion and can be found here, where you can find several beatiful screenshots. With a couple of the screenshots already showcasing the vastness is the Caesar in Gaul campaign map.

Will you lead the Roman Republic as Gauis Julius Caesar and retrace history? Or will you rise up against Rome and unite the Gauls to keep these so-called barbarian lands free of Roman intervention?
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posted 12-02-13 11:14 AM EDT (US)     1 / 9  
Fantastic news! It would seem CA may have also tweaked the graphics slightly for the CIG Pack (hehe) since it looks a little darker and grittier than the main game. Not as awesome as GEM mod makes it, but definitely an improvement on the overly bright and colorful feel of vanilla Rome 2.

I'll probably go with Caesar and Rome on my first playthrough, but I'm definitely gonna have some fun playing as the Galatians in the main campaign

And here is the official cover art for the expansion:


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posted 12-02-13 11:41 AM EDT (US)     2 / 9  
Here is me hoping they release a new patch soon with major improvements to the weakpoints of the AI. The Seige AI especially will drag down the enjoyment of this new campaign if it is not improved upon soon. There are some structural defects you just cannot mask with a "smaller" more focused campaign experience when they affect one of the key selling point of your video game, the real-time battles.

Considering the narrowed down detailed focus on Caesar's campaigns in Gaul, and a slither of Britannia, I wouldn't be surprised to see this potentially salvage my passion for playing some kind of Rome II campaign. It might just bring back some of the spark that I've been finding missing from the Grand Campaign.
posted 12-02-13 12:08 PM EDT (US)     3 / 9  
I was afraid this would happen. Empire > Napoleon. The Shogun 2 expansions were so good because they lost none of the scope.

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posted 12-02-13 01:28 PM EDT (US)     4 / 9  
From the Steam Store page
"For those players making it through to the mid-game, there will be new challenges to face as a more suitable replacement for the Civil Wars of ROME II."
It's almost like Steam is agreeing that trying to get to the mid game is a chore.

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posted 12-02-13 06:34 PM EDT (US)     5 / 9  
I checked out the more detailed description of 'Heavy intervention forces' which sounds like it roughly translates to a large number of tough armies spawning somewhere on the map.

To me it doesn't promise anything that will improve upon the gameplay, we're basically getting a different map and a larger variety of barbarian factions. This is of course pretty much the staple for all Total War expansions, and it has never before been a problem because the core game and it's fundamentals were sound. I can't say the same about Rome II however.

Sounds like there are more expansions packs coming though, I wonder what else they'll cook up/

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posted 12-03-13 01:12 AM EDT (US)     6 / 9  
At 15, I'll wait and see for a while. I they ensure more field battles, I'd love to play this but seeing the amount of towns and provinces, it'll probably stay a siege battle game: not enjoyable enough IMHO.

I do like the re-introduction of seasons!
posted 12-03-13 07:30 AM EDT (US)     7 / 9  
The best expansion in the total war franchise according to me was Kingdoms for Medieval 2. There was just so much and so many new missions and new gameplay features and cool civs and whatnot, which I never found in any of the other expansions. My highlights are taking an English Noble on a crusade with just 6 spearmen and winning in Teutonic, and getting all those titles and deeds in Americas.

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posted 12-04-13 11:55 AM EDT (US)     8 / 9  
CA have updated the Faction Page of the Total War Wiki with background info about the Boii, Galatians and Nervii. I've also posted a status about the new faction info on the Total War Heaven Faceboook

For me, the most exciting thing about this expansion pack is that it hints at the possibility of future Rome II expansions being centered around other notable conflicts such as the Punic Wars, the Wars of the Successors and early Roman civil wars. I'd also like to see one centered on the Crisis of the Third Century, but I think it might be little bit too far out of the Rome II timeframe.

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"My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel Grayhair
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posted 12-16-13 11:59 AM EDT (US)     9 / 9  
So anyone actually getting this? If so please post some impressions tomorrow

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