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12:45 PM on 11.07.2013

Steam sale: Devolver Digital, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon

There are a number of separate Steam deals going on this weekend and with the big holiday sale seemingly not happening until at least mid-December, I ... oh. My money's already gone. Ubisoft has discounted Call of Juarez: Gun...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 10.30.2013

Total War: Rome II is getting gory but it'll cost you

That man seems to have lost his head. Welp. Tomorrow, Total War: Rome II is getting its Blood & Gore DLC which adds a whole mess of gruesome effects to the game. It's unfortunate that this is a $2.99 download as opposed t...

Jordan Devore

9:00 PM on 10.21.2013

New Alien game to star Ripley's daughter

Not deterred by Aliens: Colonial Marines, SEGA is moving forward on another Aliens game, Kotaku reports. Alien: Isolation is meant to release on current and next gen consoles, and stars Amanda Ripley, daughter of series prota...

Steven Hansen



Review: Total War: Rome II photo
Review: Total War: Rome II
by Josh Tolentino

Picture, in your mind's eye, a testudo.

If you're up on your Roman history, you'll know that I'm referring to that ancient Roman formation in which soldiers tightly align their shields to protect themselves from every angle as they advance. Even without the immortalizing effect of Asterix comics, the testudo remains an enduring icon of Roman military power, but it also serves as an apt analogy for the state of Total War: Rome II.

Indeed, the testudo is large, densely-packed, deadly effective, glorious to behold, and in the heat of battle, seemingly unassailable. At the same time, the testudo -- and Rome II like it -- is slow to move, unwieldy, and when scrutinized closely, reveals a number of vulnerabilities and gaps in the defense.

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12:30 PM on 09.05.2013

First Total War: Rome II patch coming on Friday

Less than a week after its release, Total War: Rome II is getting its first patch on Friday. This will be aimed at fixing bugs and crashes, as well as some gameplay balancing tweaks. Patch notes aren't currently available, bu...

Joshua Derocher

9:00 PM on 07.11.2013

Watch Creative Assembly play a Total War: Rome II battle

In Total War: Rome II's take on the Battle of the Nile, you can either play as the Egyptians or the Romans. The latter is at a distinct disadvantage in terms of positioning and troop numbers, which means, yep, let's go with ...

Jordan Devore





11:15 AM on 06.28.2013

Get ready: Total War: Rome II system requirements

Creative Assembly has put out the system requirements for Total War: Rome II, a game that's been a long time coming and one that will devour many an evening come September. Minimum: OS: XP/ Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8 P...

Jordan Devore



Yes, you're going to like Total War: Rome II photo
Yes, you're going to like Total War: Rome II
by Jordan Devore

A better-looking Rome: Total War would have been enough for some, myself included -- have you seen how crazy some of the battles look? "Epic" is not a word that frequently leaves my mouth (or fingers, in this case) but it's all too fitting for the skirmishes of Total War: Rome II. I hope you have a solid enough PC to play this thing as it's meant to be played.

For E3, Creative Assembly only talked us through the campaign, since it would have been overwhelming to drop right into an unfamiliar playthrough in which a huge number of potential moves would have resulted in absolute catastrophe. Long story short and 200 turns in, Rome had found its way on the path to war with Egypt and we were able to play a battle as either force. The former, it should be noted, was at a severe disadvantage.

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8:30 PM on 06.06.2013

Rome II's campaign will be all about Cleopatra and togas

The latest trailer for Total War: Rome II shows off what the campaign will be about, and it gives us a good look at the campaign map. The story will revolve around Cleopatra's struggles with Rome and all of the political fun...

Joshua Derocher

1:30 PM on 05.09.2013

Total War: Rome II drops in September

September 3, 2013. Commit that date to memory -- it's when Total War: Rome II releases globally. Creative Assembly is offering DLC, the Greek States Culture Pack, as incentive for pre-ordering the game. This includes Epirus,...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 04.24.2013

Ten minutes of Romans getting slaughtered in Rome II

The Romans had quite a wee bit of trouble pacifying the Germanic tribes of Northern Europe, and now you can sit back and watch some of that trouble on top of a substantial amount of bloodshed, fire, and fleeing Italians in T...

Fraser Brown

6:30 PM on 04.11.2013

Biggest Total War screenshot ever taken is really big

I was never aware that creating gigantic panoramic screenshots of games was a thing, but after seeing this huge picture of the Massacre of Teutoberg Forest I wish more people did stuff like this. The image is 3...

Joshua Derocher

3:00 PM on 03.28.2013

Creative Assembly announces free-to-play Total War: Arena

Announced at a Game Developers Conference talk by lead designer James Russel, Creative Assembly will be trying its hand at free-to-play gaming with Total War: Arena. Going in a slightly different direction, this new title is ...

Jordan Devore

2:30 PM on 03.22.2013

Total War Rome II: Crushing it with Egypt's war-elephants

The Romans are pretty groovy, but they were a bit boring in comparison to many of their neighbors. Now the Hellenic nations, they knew how to party. The latest Total War: Rome II nation getting shown off is Ptolemaic Egypt, a...

Fraser Brown

1:15 PM on 03.18.2013

Total War fan remembered in Rome II

James was a big fan of the Total War series who recently died because of cancer. As a memorial to his struggle with this terrible disease, he has become a character in Rome II. James was 24-years-old when he became one of the...

Joshua Derocher

7:00 PM on 03.07.2013

Parthia is the newest faction in Total War: Rome II

It's time for another faction to be announced for Creative Assembly's upcoming strategy title Total War: Rome II. This time, it's the little-known Parthians that will be joining the fray. Formed from a confederation of tribes...

Alasdair Duncan