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Rome: Total War (Prima Official Game Guide) Paperback – October 5, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Prima Official Game Guide
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games (October 5, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761547819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761547815
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,742,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Logical Paradox VINE VOICE on September 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
So you spend 50+ dollars on Rome Total War and you've been completely sucked into the game. You've read the manual and done the tutorials, and you've learned the game well enough - but you still find yourself wanting to know more - after all the manual never teaches you everything. Yup... you've been here before with many other games, and you know what to do. It's time to drop MORE of your precious Denari on a Strategy (game) guide. First things first, let's ask a very important question:


Rome total war, as complex and vast in scope and depth as it is, is a very accessible game. The developers took all the depth and strategy and put it in a very simple package. The tutorials do a nice job introducing you to the basic game concepts and getting you comfortable with the game. The manual, as far as manuals go, is quite good. And if that werent enough to help along the newbies, there's in game advisors that do everything short of playing the game FOR you. So with all that help do we need to spend the extra dough on this guide? Well the answer is could be an affirmative if you are either A) a complete newbie and feel like you need more help even though there is so much built right into the game, or B) you really absolutely need to know as much about the nitty gritty core of the game mechanics as possible. And of course if you really love the game then you'll probably want this as well.

The Guide Itself

Now that we know who needs this guide, we can talk about the specifics. Strategy guides, as all gamers know, are so often just rip offs. This particular guide is of poor quality for the money. It's in black and white (no color!), images arent very good (1000 words? these pictures are worth 500 at best).
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Format: Paperback
This guide is rather disappointing. It is not a strategy guide as much as it is a manual. The chapters it has on battle maps and campaign maps brovide little information that isn't available in the game's manual. The strategy guide does have a nice catalog of all units and buildings, which is helpful.

I had hoped this guide would provide a lot of information on how to play the game and get through certain situations. It is nice to know what a certain unit does and what its exact statistics are, but before I am interested in that, I would like some basic information on how to fight a battle. Knowing that fire arrows make the ememy peer their pants is interesting, but it would be nice to know when to use them, when not to use them, how accurate they are compared to regular arrows and such.

There are many examples that need explaining on the campaign map too. What can I do to make sure my family tree grows? If I do not have enough family members to put a governor in every town and a general in every army, is it better to have towns without governors or armies without a leader?

None of these questions are answered here. The closest this guide comes to really guiding the reader is in the section about historical battles (although those chapters are very short). Overall, I recommend you go to [...] and ignore this guide.
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Don't waste your money on this guide, it's full of fluff, needless information, and false advertising. The back of the guide gives five bulleted statements, intended to make you want to buy Prima's offering:






The first statement (despite claims to the contrary in another review) is misleading. It is obvious from the context that the statement is talking about the guide and not the game. That's what the back cover in a case like this is suppose to be, an advertisement for the information inside! Sometimes they give summary blurbs, sometimes bulleted information, but whatever the case, it is talking about the guide in your hand, not the game in your computer. But the guide most certainly does NOT have a "Fully Detailed Campaign Map". As others have pointed out, the game itself comes with a color map that measures 12 by 18 inches; and all that is in the guide is a blurry, very small, 7 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch map in black and white. Ironically the map on the back cover of the guide (the part you can see anyway), which is not meant to give information so much as serve as part of the advertisement, is actually a lot CLEARER than the map in the actual guide. The real kicker is that they put "Fully Detailed Campaign Map" first in the order, and in a much larger font, than the other bulleted statements. As though this were the guide's main selling point! Incredible.

The next statement said "Imperial Campaign Tips and Strategies".
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I have to agree with the other two reviews... this guide tells me NOTHING that I couldn't have found in the manual. The sad part is that, when I looked online, I easily found two game guides (at IGN & firingsquad.com) that are VASTLY superior to this one. And they're free.

Since unit statistics are now available from in-game windows, what's the point in half-filling this "guide" with them? The only reason can be padding. As for the tips, they're laughable.

I'd heard great things about the M:TW Guide, which is why I bought this one. Don't bother. Visit IGN.com or firingsquad.com instead.
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