Rome: Total War (often abbreviated to RTW or Rome) is a PC strategy game developed by The Creative Assembly and released on 22nd September 2004 by Activision. The game is the third title in The Creative Assembly's Total War series.
The game's main campaign is set during the rule of the late Roman Republic and early Roman Empire (270 BC – AD 14), with the player assuming control of one of three Roman families; other factions are playable outside the main campaign.
Gameplay consists of real-time tactical battles framed within a turn-based strategic campaign, taking place across Europe, North Africa and the Near East. On the large strategic scale, players spend each turn managing diplomacy, developing infrastructure, moving armies, and managing the population's growth and orderliness through taxes and gladiatorial games, among other tasks.
The game's campaign begins with only 3 playable factions, all Roman: Julii,
Brutii, Scipii. Upon completion of a campaign, 8 additional factions are
unlocked. The unlockable factions are: The Greek Cities States, Egypt, the
Seleucid Empire, Carthage, Gaul, Germania, Britannia, and Parthia. The non-playable
factions (in the campaign) are: Macedon, Pontus, Armenia, Numidia, Scythia,
Dacia, Thrace, Spain, the S.P.Q.R and the rebel faction.
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