By Priya Adivarekar
Part of the Total War series, Total War: Rome II is the latest game to join the bandwagon of strategy game series this season. A good strategy game is sure to be high on action and gore, which Rome II certainly lives up to. So far, the Total War series has tackled four time periods: feudal Japan, ancient Rome, medieval Europe, and the early modern age leading to the Napoleonic era. But none of the games have managed to beat Rome: Total War, which still continues to be the best in this series.
For those unfamiliar with Total War, the campaign allows players to assume sovereignty of a nation, where the player can manage cities and provinces, while trying to conquer the ancient Near East with the help of a military troop. In Rome II, the basic set-up remains the same as in all the Total War titles, with overall control of your faction (from a choice of three different Roman families or a range of non-Roman civilisations) taking place on a turn-based strategic map.
The strategy element in Rome II is one of the best and is well streamlined, but it’s the battlefield that gives the player real joy. The player can control thousands of troops, which includes well-trained soldiers, artillery weapons, and special units like elephants and flaming pigs. One of the most striking features of this game is that for the first time, naval and land battles can take place at the same time, with armies being reinforced from the sea and ships fighting their own battles. One of the effects — the fog of war is a novel factor. It limits the view of the enemy strictly to what your troops can observe. This effect stands out as it adds a lot of tension in this action-packed game. Although the game has been improvised in many ways, it still has glitches. The endless number of bugs will leave gaming enthusiasts feeling frustrated. The artificial intelligence is another stumbling block, while the awkward colour palette of the game drowns the overall gaming experience. The game’s slow