Rome: Total War (including Barbarian Invasion and Alexander)

 
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Impressive game is for teens and up.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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?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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Parent of a 10 and 11 year old Written byreaganf May 18, 2015
 

great rts and great for learning

I play this game with my children a lot, they love it and it makes them think. They were failing their classes in the history of Rome at school, Given this, I got it and now they're interested in history. Just don't let them play online
Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written byFoghat November 12, 2009
 

OK for some tweens - but not for sensitive children

Great for learning strategic thinking and some history. This game sparked deep interest with my son in Roman History.
Teen, 16 years old Written byiamJMAN00793 June 21, 2010
 

Best Strategy Game Ever

Rome: Total War is a excellent strategy game for 12+. There are large scale battles in which thousands of troops die but there is no blood or gore. The game is defiantly thought provoking and requires a good amount of planning. The only language in the game is some times soldiers will say "Unleash H***", but that's as bad as it gets.
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