This may well be the single best game I've ever played. I bought the hard copy version back in the mid 2000s, and when the Gold Edition went on sale for $2, how could I say no? Yeah the graphics are dated, and the installation on Windows 10 is nothing short of frustrating, but it has some serious staying power. In terms of dollars per hour of game play, this ranks well up with the top, but with one caveat:
If you buy this, forget playing the stock game. Find yourself the "Rome Total Realism" add on -- it is perhaps the most amazing fan-created add-on for any game in human history. The depth of realism, the attention to detail, and the historical research the creators put into that add on takes this game from maybe a 6 out of 10 to a 10/10.
By the way, for installation on Windows 10, you'll need to run the game in XP SP 2 compatibility mode, and edit the default preferences setting for your monitor. There's a guide online for this. I can't link to it in the review, but a Google search will pull that up.