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on June 2, 2007
Much has changed since the original rome:total war, this game is set in the downfall of rome era. Instead of rome being in charge now its the barbarians. Unfortunatlly there are some factions you can play as like the Vandals,Western Rome, Eastern Rome, Saxons, Huns, Goths, Alemmini, Franks,Sassaids and a few more. But there are factions you can't play as such as the Berbers, Slavs, Romona Britans, Lombardii, Ostrogoths, Western Rome(rebels), Eastern Roman(rebels), ad a few more. I just wish they let you play as all the factions.
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on March 19, 2007
While I extensively enjoyed the gameplay in the original Rome: Total war, I think that Barbarian Invasion lacks something. The game is much shinier, giving a better visual appeal and obviously some bugs have disappeared, making it better quality. However, the campaign is too short, leaving the player to "expand, expand, expand or die." Okay, so you won't die, you just won't meet your goals.

If you thought that the original Rome: Total War was slow, this might be the game for you. The new aspect of religion in each settlement will make you wonder why it wasn't there before, and the fact that each faction has different - though similar - victory conditions is very nice, too. But because the game ends so quick, it seems like there isn't enough time to stomp your enemy into the ground and laugh at the idea of them defeating you.
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on October 1, 2005
Here are some of the new features with this game:

* Rome has split into two factions. One on the eastern side of Europe, and one of the western side. From the moment you begin, you will find your provinces in severe jeopardy. Most are on the verge of losing control and breaking into civil rebellion. On top of all that, new bands of enemies are seeking your destruction - i.e., the Goths, Saxons, Huns, etc.

* Almost all the new armies are troops you haven't seen before. The nomadic tribes have many kinds of horse archers and almost all the spearmen are now able to move much faster.

* If you play as one of the aforementioned groups (Huns, Goths, etc.) you will be placed with about fifteen to twenty thousand troops in the middle of Europe somewhere, and it's your job to find a new homeland while also taking the provinces that are outlined for you at the start of the game.

* Once you take a city, you'll notice that it's very hard to manage it and you'll lose LOTS of money because of this. Fortunately, unlike the original Rome: Total War, you can cheat time and time again with the code: add_money 40000 and money will be added immediately. You can do this over and over again without restarting the game.

* If you want to use cheat codes, remember, hit the button that looks like this if you shift ~ or ` if you don't. You won't need to press shift to bring up the cheat code menu. Just press simply press the button.

* New armies make this game. You can play as one of ten nations, including both Roman factions. The new units are great and, as always, there's plenty of new mercenaries to hire.
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on February 11, 2010
I really like this game a lot. It came in excellent condition. Everything the description said it was.
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on September 29, 2005
Like Rome Totalwar the look and feel of the Barbarian Invasion addition is great. There are a number of nice new features, (Hordes can be fun) but one old problem has been made worse. Any one who has played Rome knows that large cities especially non Roman ones can be very difficult to manage. Now with religion added in it is even harder. The cities are even larger and many of the barbarians still do not get adequate sewage and road options. There are too many things to build, and it takes to long to build them. Building time scale is unrealistic. There is also no map included with the game, and the one from Rome does not work.

It is still a nice addition and I'm glad I bought it. If you liked Rome you will love this on too, even if it is a little frustrating at times.
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on September 7, 2008
Barbarian Invasion is cool but Rome Total War is a bit better as the Romans are divided into the Julii, Scipii, and Brutii, not into the Eastern and Western Empires.
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on November 10, 2006
Great Game. Slightly different rules than the original. Unlike the original, your group plays differently. Good for all levels of play.
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on January 2, 2006
There are a lot of things wrong with this expansion, only the most annoying of which I'll mention. First of all, I don't think the developers thought the whole horde-thing through. When you defeat a Hun army that you had reduced from God knows how many to only a few hundred, take their only remaining settlement, and then realize, by taking their last settlement (which they had just gained the turn before!), you had just given them a massive army that could wipe out your entire faction, you will be very angry, and understandably so.

And then there are the bugs. There are a lot of bugs. I've had the game for less than a week, and I've had to reboot the game many times because infantry couldn't get inside their own seige towers.
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on January 29, 2006
A logical successor to Total War, that requires the player to deal with barbarian tribes and hordes as enemies. All the rules change as the armies are less orgaized and less predictable.
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on January 22, 2006
A great expansion to a great game. I look forward to more from the Total War Series. My girl friend hates this game too.
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