Let the battle commence

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 February, 2005, 12:00am

Activision's Rome: Total War is the third and latest edition of the critically acclaimed and best-selling strategy series Total War, developed by British computer games maker The Creative Assembly.

Novice and seasoned strategy gamers will be transported to the battlefields of the ancient Roman Empire's greatest conflicts and control mighty armies as generals.

The aim is to conquer, rule and manipulate the Roman Empire, with the ultimate goal of being declared the 'Imperator' of Rome.

Following the franchise's modus operandi, the game combines two types of play. There is a segment for turn-based strategy, where each gamer plays in turn. Once every player has taken a turn, that round of play is over.

The game starts with the turn-based campaign or empire management phase, where a player picks one of three noble houses - the Julii, the Brutii and the Scipii - and deals with the politics and economics of running an empire. Real-time strategy play is the faster-paced, conquest portion. When the time for war begins, the player will be brought to a three-dimensional map of the places of battle.

Up to 10,000 fully polygonal, detailed, motion-captured warriors can appear on screen at once.

Activision's Rome: Total War


Price: $270

Pros: Groundbreaking technology offers the most epic, cinematic battles seen in a computer game

Cons: The strategy map is disabled when in multiplayer mode and naval battles are excluded from play