|Rome: Total War|
Jeff van Dyck
Rome: Total War (also RTW) was the third main installment to the Total War franchise, released on Windows and Mac OSX in 2004 and 2010, respectively. The game is set in and around the late Roman Republic and the early Imperial era, with a period-specific factions.
As with the other entries into the series, the game is divided into two distinct parts: the campaign map, which is a sort of national overview, where players administer their selected faction, including building projects, recruitment, and directing troop movements. The battle map is where most combat takes place -- multiple players, or players and AI, take control over one of the armies involved in the clash. While in this mode, the campaign as a whole is paused.
The campaign for Rome: Total War spans the time period 270 BCE to 14 CE, from the late Republic to the early Empire. There are two campaign lengths -- short and long, the latter of which has more stringent victory conditions than the former.
There are three starting factions, each of which representing a major Roman household of the era.
- Rome: Total War: Alexander: A standalone expansion focusing on the period 336 to 323 BCE, with heavy emphasis on the conquests of the titular character, Alexander the Great of Macedon.
- Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion: An expansion focusing on the late Roman empire, stretching from 363 to 476 CE.
Rome: Total War has received overwhelmingly positive professional reviews from critcs, with 91.6 and 92 from GameRankings and Metacritic respectively, and winning numerous awards and honors.