Rome 2 Total War
Posted 04 September 2013 - 07:18 AM
Posted 05 September 2013 - 01:58 AM
I think some people hyped it up to something it could never be but I'm absolutely loving it so far. It's like a Roman game of thrones but with epic battles
The long wait after end turn may be because of the LOADS of factions at the start but 90% are hidden by fog of war and by the time you expand to see them a load have been destroyed.
The in battle strategic map really helps get a quick overview for things like large city battles and (especially oh god) heavily wooded battles but really it's for 'at a glance' why would you fight a battle with squares vs actual units?!
As for the tactical battles the AI is much improved and more aggressive, it doesn't just sit there taking facefulls of arrows if you're the aggressor and will constantly try to flank and counter your in combat units. But I guess people started out with the difficulty on easy so no wonder it's boring for them (hard or gtfo).
As yet I haven't seen any bugs after 16 hours of play apart from a crash or 2 but it auto saves every turn so NBD and these will be fixed in the patch this Friday.
The one thing I will agree on is that combat is way too fast. You charge your infantry into an infantry unit and after 15-20 seconds someone's usually routing. It's also waaaay too easy for units to gain experience. With a Veteran (passively trains units) in one army it got to lvl1 gold rank after 5 battles whereas gold rank should be very late game.
These things will hopefuly get fixed by CA who have a large budget for post-launch updates (they say there'll be weekly updates based on forum feedback first patch being this Friday) or through the inevitable wave of mods and if it causes you such a problem the campaign map is so deep and intricate now you could just auto resolve most battles and go all Civilization on it's ass
Tl;dr after playing all Toal Wars including expansions since Rome 1 I'd rate it 8/10 (9/10 if they slow down combat)
*Interesitng fact* This is the only total war not to feature any form of prostitution, we've had Geisha, medieval brothels, pleasure gardens, courtesans and temples of Venus. Unless some barbarian/ eastern faction I haven't played yet has it
Posted 05 September 2013 - 06:53 AM
Also people remember the good old times when games were properly beta-tested and patches were applied BEFORE a half finished game was released to the wider public and there was no NEED for huge post-launch budgets?
Well anyway, guess I am going to wait a while then until it is actually patched up and what I call release ready until I get it myself (still planing to, but I am a cynical bastard and cannot be bothered with not completely developed games).
Posted 05 September 2013 - 08:48 PM
Hexfalion: stupid boattruck
ELA Riald: What the fuck is a boattruck?
Yornic: It's a banana that's shaped like a cheesepuff that tastes like motor oil
Posted 06 September 2013 - 01:57 AM
It's still on sale prices on steam @ £30 so looks like sales haven't been as good as expected.
Hahaha it sold 6x more preorders than any prior total war. It's been on 'sale' since it first appeared on steam a few months ago but it's not a sale, it's the same price everywhere just not 'on sale'
Posted 06 September 2013 - 07:01 AM
it's the same price everywhere just not 'on sale'
Not sure that's true, in Europe (or well at least the Netherlands) it was significantly more expensive on Steam other online shops, in fact I bought a copy on UK steam and gifted it because it worked out 10 - 15 euro's cheaper for him. Think either Amazon UK or somebody else had it up for £30 which forced everybody else to drop prices.
This seems to be one of the rare times where the UK actually got the better end of the bargin.
Posted 06 September 2013 - 07:55 AM
Steam The Fatherland: 54,99 € = 46.26 Pound = 72.20 $.
Amazon The Fatherland: 48,99 € = 41.22 Pound = 64.32 $-
So fuck all that shit. And fuck you in your communistic countries.
Well if you ever want a copy don't mind buying and gifting and you can transfer me the balance.
Posted 25 September 2013 - 02:51 PM
Posted 02 December 2013 - 03:49 AM
What? No more "build a Geisha, lolhelicopterdick yourself to victory as you just happily go along assassinating every leader and their offspring until the whole map is filled with barbarian states and you win by default"?
That sounds familiar ... that is pretty much how I played through the original Shogun: TW. And lets not forget the advantage of being able to play defense until the dutch showed up so you could get guns and still be able to keep your warrior priests allowing you to roflstomp everything.
Also 50% off on steam today, finally decided to pick it up for 29.99 USD.