I have a Love/Hate relationship with the total war series, whether it’s the Rome Total war games or the shogun total war or whatever, I go through a period of playing them to absolute death, then stopping completely. The allure of world domination can only hold my attention for certain moments at a time, you have to temper your urges to become emperor of the world by the fact that you have to indulge in micro-management, economy, making sure your populace is well fed etc.
You also have to contend with researching new technology and building up your existing and conquered settlements, It’s damn expensive, and when you want to create and maintain vast hordes of soldiers, It becomes tricky to balance the books and then inevitably you (Me…Always) spiral into debt and end up with rebellions galore. So having to contend with that instead of obliterating your nations enemies is definitely like the proverbial cold shower that brings you back to earth with a bump, away from your fevered dreams of being ruler of the freaking world.
In particular with Rome Total War 2 I took control of the Spartan faction (Because anyone who has watched 300 will understand) and found my biggest pet peeve with Rome 2, you get a cap of how many armies you are allowed to deploy at any one time…. And the only way you’re going to increase that is to somehow “Level up” which is never quite properly explained.
This essentially means at the beginning you’re stuck with three armies to do your bidding with, you have to juggle between obliterating a city and then leaving it totally un-defended so you can take over some more land. Why don’t I just leave it defended and not constantly make enemies and take over their cities? Because Fuck That, that’s why, It’s boring building up your city and essentially doing nothing but micro-managing. You want to be making your treasure from enemy settlements, not from good accountancy and management damn it!
Hmm, I think I’ve found the reason why I quickly descend into chaos after a certain period of time in the game. I’m clearly terrible at managing multiple settlements without getting bored and kamikazi’ing my soldiers against the next town over, Oh and my soldiers are equipped with pitchforks against an enemy that has high stone walls, effectively I’m running my troops straight into stone blocks over and over again until I can Jar a stone or two lose…
As you can imagine this “Stratagem” fails miserably and then it goes from bad to worse by way of 2/3s of the world board declaring war on me because I was a dick to them. This goes a long way to me rage quitting, or calmly quitting before I get turned into dust, all for self-preservation etc.
I’m not saying this is a bad game, on the contrary It’s a brilliant game, I just happen to be bad at it.
I guess you could say I’m still firmly stuck in the Command & Conquer era of real-time strategy games, a universe where if you build a million tanks and then flood them from one side of the map to the other. I’m serious, that is all the tactical thinking you need to beat every single level on C&C, so I think im a bit over-matched when it comes to Rome 2. Although the feeling of satisfaction in Rome 2 when you save the game and it flashes up a map screen of how much land you’ve conquered, It’s a giddy thrill knowing that you own a vast swathe of land, before it gets taken away of course by financial mis-management and incompetent leadership….
Anyway I hope you enjoyed this little foray into the world of Rome Total War 2 and my massive incompetence,
Thanks for reading 🙂