The Do’s and Dont’s for the next (maybe) total war game.
Ok this article is based on pure speculation, there is no confirmed Rome 2, but there is a huge possibility. Let me explain, the first three total war games were shogun, medieval and rome. As of recently the first two have been remade into awesome games, better than the boring Empire Total War and the slightly better Napoleon Total War. So “it’s only logical”(quoting Spock) that they make a Rome 2 – Total War.
And let me be frank, even if they give the game a HD update and naval battles I would buy it. But on to the list!
This is pretty much an obvious thing. And naval battles played an important role during the punic wars so it has to be done. And who wouldn’t like to see centurions boarding enemy fleets?
Another obvious thing, the graphics have to be atleast on par with Shogun 2, or better. And Rome should not look like a generic huge city on the map, it should be huge, sprawling, unique and beautiful, just like in real life, or atleast like it was in Assassins Creed Brotherhood.
Its sad to see that there is no blood in any total war game, before and after Medieval 2. Blood gives the game a feeling of reality, it tells you the cost of war. They should have this feature for Rome 2. People who dont like it can turn it off, but it should atleast be there.
Bring back the city view!
In Rome Total War, there was a neat but forgotten feature called ‘City View’. It allowed you to view your cities progress. You could even see your citizens moving about their business in that view and allowed you to closely examine all those weird sounding buildings you built. This was an awesome feature and we want it back.
After watching the Rome HBO tv series, I am dying to have this feature in the game. But this feature has been added in a small way in Shogun 2, in which you have to maintain the loyalties of generals and overambitious sons. But in Rome 2, we should get the whole package. The Roman Empire was the seat of conspiracies and plotting. So when we become emperor in the game, we should also have to worry about things like assassinations, betrayals and Civil wars.
Another no brainer. We need a detailed tech tree.
Ability to pass laws
Here is my hope, that when Rome is a republic we have to get the senates approval (via bribes, marriages etc) to pass laws and those laws make us more popular or more richer or make Rome as a whole more prosperous. But when Rome is an empire, we can pass a law every 3 turns or so and it costs us cash. And the laws can be like military reform, declare war, remove from office etc.
I was surprised after playing Rome that there was no Cleopatra, no Mark Antony, no Julius Caesar!. This game should have these colorful personalities and allow us to interact with them. It should also have less known figures like Cicero etc.
Cut the Crap
On the final note, Creative Assembly (creators of the total war series) should just cut the crap and announce the game already. It should not have the non historic nonsense like flaming pigs and wolves.
Anyways hope this game is awesome.