Rome: Total War (including Barbarian Invasion and Alexander)

Common Sense Media says

Impressive game is for teens and up.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Major battles with massive armies. No blood, but realistic battle grunts, groans, etc. Close-up views of battles are possible.

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a good thinking game, but it has large-scale, realistic battles. No blood, but convincing sound effects get the point across. Overall, the game is full of historical and educational information, although parents may need to decipher what is real history and what's been added to make gameplay more fun. Parents should also be aware that Rome Total War can be played online, which Common Sense Media does not recommend for anyone under 12.

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What's it about?

The original ROME: TOTAL WAR is set from 270 BC to 14 AD, roughly following the transformation of the Roman Republic, controlled by the Senate, into the dictatorship of the Roman Empire. Following many campaigns against the other civilizations of the era, players attempt to gain total control of Rome and become the dictator of the Roman Empire. Both expansion packs, BARBARIAN INVASION and ALEXANDER, require the original game to play and are more difficult. Barbarian Invasion is set after the split of the Roman Empire into the Western and Eastern Empires and chronicles the decline of the Western empire; Alexander doesn't focus on Rome, instead following the conquest of Greek warrior Alexander the Great.

Is it any good?

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Rome: Total War and its two expansion packs are all brilliantly designed. The games are complex, but players will grow comfortable operating within them after half an hour or so. Players will appreciate that they have many strategic options but never feel blogged down in micromanagement. Even the tutorials are fun to play.

The games are a mix of real-time and turn-based strategy. The large-scale battles are impressive to behold, if somewhat gory. Be prepared for realistic depictions of men (and a few women) being speared, run over by chariots, thrown by elephants or cut down by swords.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how great warriors and their conquests are used as a plot for many games, movies, and books. What's so appealing about warriors and wars? Is this a good way to learn about history? Are you more likely to remember something you saw in a game versus reading a history textbook? Are there any liabilities to learning this way?

Game details

Platforms:Windows
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:July 23, 2006
Genre:Real Time Strategy (RTS)
ESRB rating:T for Violence (Windows)

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Teen, 15 years old Written bytear n it up April 9, 2008
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Amazing Game

Wow, this is a great game. If you like ancient history and such, you will love this game. The battles are tight, and the map and turn play are sweet too. There is a good amount of violence, but nothing really bad. Very educational.

Teen, 15 years old Written byski123 April 9, 2008
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wonderful game!

Rome Total War is a must-play for anyone who likes large battles and strategic gameplay. You even learn about the ancient civilizations during the campaign mode which is lots of fun. There is a full campaign mode where you have to take over the world and there are quick battles where you can just do the fights. Very fun game!

Kid, 11 years old Written bywarwolfmecha April 9, 2008
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This is a must play for all history obsessed nerds/geeks/gamers

This game was and is A-W-S-O-M-E the singplayer is high interaction sense you have to control texes building militay ETC. and each individual unit is a work of art and about 2 armies of 1000 works of art sent to fight eachother at high intensity, high strategy and high skill battles. The game doesn't even end when you beat the single player for the first time cause when you win you unlock even more factions to paly as and then when your done with single player you can try multiplayer and put your skills to the test. i give this game a 10 out of 10

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