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Rome II is pretty high on my backlog list now.
TBH I always have a soft spot for Empire, the battles where often buggy as all hell and fuck forts with a rusty poll, but the campaign felt suitably epic and cannons, despite being hilariously OP against AI, where fun.
Sea battles were the tits.
Rome 2 was a lot brighter. It was the forming of the empire and many others. The graphics and map are considerably more vibrant as a result. The units are also earlier, so you have your classic Roman legionaries, your Spartan hoplites etc.
I think my favourite TW is still Shogun 2 (except for the naval battles), but Rome 2 and Attila are superb. I was also a big fan of Napoleon - not so much Empire as I dont really like that time period.
Medieval & Medieval 2 were also awesome. I suspect that'll be their next main historical title to release, Medieval 3. But of course their next is Total War: Warhammer and by accounts that's going to rock socks.
I liked the scale and naval combat of empire but shogun 2 is my current favourite. Arguably more immersive, and sometimes I wish my ninja would fail his mission to see the clumsy ninja cinematics
The problem with Rome 2 was, with 1 turn per year, you're spending so much time putting skill points into agents, generals etc, and they die like flies - you dont grow any attachment to them like you did in Shogun 2 where you'd look after your favourite ninja, favourite General etc. Atilla has more of that. Rome 2 was also pretty bad on the agent spam front - you'd have your city surrounded by no shit 15 enemy agents, all debuffing it to fuck etc.
Now I just need to quit my job.
Cheers for the write-up guys.
It's fine in Rome 2 though - but of course was initially bad. In Rome 2 it was super smooth until you selected one of the units on the campaign map - then took a noticable hit to FPS. They fixed this though so it's silky smooth. Attila didnt have this problem and it also smooth - Attila's map also looks great.
The other issue Rome 2 had on release - well one of many, was a ridiculous time waiting between turns while the ai factions made their moves. It's still not amazing but nothing like it was. Attila isnt too bad - but it's usually end turn alt-tab, alt-tab resume.