Total War ROME 2-Emperor Edition

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a game by Creative Assembly
Platform: PC (2013)
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 1 review
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Total War ROME 2-Emperor Edition
Total War ROME 2-Emperor Edition
Total War ROME 2-Emperor Edition
Total War ROME 2-Emperor Edition

Arguably, nobody does strategy games better than Creative Assembly. CA has developed some of the most beloved strategy games of all time, including the incredible ROME 2. A definitive edition of this release, Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition, was released in September 2013 to critical acclaim. In the decade-plus since it came out, the definitive edition of Rome II arguably stands as the greatest work developed by CA. For players who have played more modern releases, though, how does Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition stand up today?

Standing The Test Of Time

As you might imagine, Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition is built around the Roman Empire. This release provided people with all of the content for ROME II, as well as improvements to the politics systems, building systems for units, and battle systems, and even improved the visuals quite significantly. This also contains all free feature updates to be released, so it is the most complete version of Rome II.

However, when compared to modern releases such as the Total War: Three Kingdoms series, Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition might feel a little dated. The diplomacy and management systems outside of battle are simply not as in-depth or as detailed as the games that came later. However, the ‘meat and potatoes’ of the game – the battles -are still as rich as ever.

While it might lack the same political depth as something like the Europa Universalis series, it is a spectacular game in its own right. Many people who have played Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition, even after playing the latter games made by CA, find that it still stands up very well.

In fact, compared to the 2021 remaster of the original Total War: Rome game, Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition still sits atop the throne of the Roman Empire with good reason!

A Spectacular Strategy Feast (9/10)

While its visuals and some of its systems are dated by modern standards, Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition stands atop the pile for a good reason. Many attest that this was their entry point into the Total War series. The popularity of the setting, as well as the still-relevant features and systems, ensures that Total War’s second expedition into Rome still stands the test of time. It looks good for its age, it plays well, and it is challenging enough without being impossible for a player to get to grips with.


In short, there is a lot to like about this release. It is highly competent, easy to play, and really enjoyable, even when compared to some of the modern releases. While someone going from the Three Kingdoms game, for example, might struggle with the more limited diplomacy systems and city management tools compared to the most modern releases, such as Troy, there is simply more to Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition. It is, even a decade-plus from its release, an absolutely brilliant strategy game.


  • Outstanding level of detail and depth into the Roman Empire era of history
  • Even with a decade-plus of ageing, the visuals and gameplay hold up well
  • Innovative for its time and still feels modern in many aspects of its development


  • Perhaps a little limited in diplomacy and city management compared to new releases

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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