Total War: Rome II (PC)

Sega once again takes us back to glory days of Roman Empire

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Graphics and a massive game which will keep me happy for months or more
Restrictions on the number of generals and no troops allowed without a general
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I have been playing nothing but the Total War series since the original Shogun. I have now played Rome 2 for about a week and have not had a crash or fault yet so the game is very stable. I have been playing the game on my 4 yo Intel Core i7-950 and a 5850 video card and the game has been running fine with battles OK but with some slow load times when loading a save game or ending your turn. I have just upgraded my pc today to the latest hardware [i7-4770 and GTX770 with 16gb ram] which I am hoping will make the game super speedy. My only real fault with the game is that you are limited to 6 generals and therefore 6 armies and you cannot garrison a province except by stationing one of your armies there. In the previous games I would station some militia in towns to keep the population happy while my generals were at the front line of the empire. Now having conquered Carthage and southern Gaul and all Italy and moving on Greece it is quite difficult to keep all of your provinces happy since you can only have an army with a general - no general = no troops at all. This restriction is a pain in the bum. I would like the option to be able to raise small armies without a general. Also the problem of lack of food and trying to keep the population happy is just a bit too hard at times - your own people are just a bit too unhappy and you may not be able to do anything about it as your armies are needed at your borders. I have worked out the agents but am still trying to figure out the family politics and I can't wait to get a decent strategy guide from some genius [Frogbeasteggs or whoever]. The in-game encyclopaedia is as usual fairly useless - I just wish the game creators would get someone to write a decent manual/encyclopaedia. However I would still rate this game a 9 out of 10 and would recommend it to all gamers.

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