Rome: Total War – Alexander
|Genres:||Strategy / Turn-Based Strategy|
|Release Date:||June 19, 2006|
|Game Modes:||Singleplayer / Multiplayer|
Alongside the new historical battles and extended multiplayer, you’ll find the true heart of this expansion pack for Rome: Total War is the campaign mode that lets you, as Alexander of Macedon, conquer and subjugate most of Asia and Northern Africa. This campaign will include such civilizations as the Indian or Persian Empires. You’ll have no contact with the Romans this time around – indeed, all of Western Europe has been removed from the campaign map. But this is fine since it lets you focus on the real prize.
All of this sounds cool, but one can’t help but feel that a lot of potential has been wasted. While the region depicted here is quite huge, it’s populated by very few factions, including stateless brigands. The expansion pack has a more visceral focus on combat this time, as opposed to the Machiavellian dealings you could do as the Romans to appease your neighbors before marching into their territory. There is in fact no political intrigue or diplomacy to be had here – it’s been scrapped entirely – and so you must use brute force (or your spies and assassins) to win.
And you’ll have to be a damn good general to win this one. Alexander is one of those expansions that caters to the diehards who’ve completed Rome three times over, and feel like they want a new challenge. The world will be against you for the duration of the game, and you’ll have to use each unit with deadly efficiency in battle. Your opponents will start out strong and with more disposable men, developed cities and plenty of gold.
To make things even tougher, you’re required to finish the campaign within 100 turns – a limit that attempts to mimic the short timespan in which the real Alexander had conquered Asia and North Africa. This makes it incredibly easy to screw up if you’re a novice Rome player, since a mistake that results in many casualties (or even a defeat) very early in the game will make it next to impossible to conquer the world within the turn limit.
In short, if you feel your empire building skills have waned over the years, let this one go. If, however, you’re a very skilled player looking for something different, then you might as well sink your teeth into it and stand up to the challenge.
System Requirements: Pentium III 700 MHz, 256 MB RAM, WinXP
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