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FAVOURITE TOTAL WAR GAME?

Post by keedor » Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:55 pm

With a long history of Total War games behind them, the Creative Assembly has produced some of the best strategy games on the market, spanning numerous conflicts and even the fantasy genre.

What is everyone's favourite of the franchise?

Mine is undoubtedly NAPOLEON which, although a decade old now, still holds high appeal for me. This was the one I purchased on the day of release and I downloaded Darthmod for it several years ago and have not looked back since.

Perhaps I am somewhat biased as I have always had a keen interest in the period (thanks to the likes of David Chandler and Richard Holmes) while even today still feel that nothing beats a good cavalry charge or infantry square in the midst of battle!

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Post by Matt_B » Tue Jun 30, 2020 10:10 pm

Napoleon is certainly a good one. It cops a lot of flak from fans of Empire for being a considerably less ambitious follow-up, but what it loses in scope is more than made up for by the increased focus on what the series does best. Oh, and not randomly crashing is always a plus too.

On the whole, I think I'd still hold up Rome and Medieval 2 - basically the same engine but with different campaigns - as being the best. There's much to like about the subsequent games too, but there's always been a bit of a trade-off between genuinely interesting new features and mere bloat since then.

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:03 am

What was the one used on telly? That would have to be my favourite, having watched but never played any of the games.
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Post by Matt_B » Wed Jul 01, 2020 4:12 am

Time Commanders used an early version of Rome. The full game wasn't released until after the first series had aired.

I think there was at least one other TV series that featured the games though.

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Post by SpecChum81 » Sat Jul 04, 2020 7:10 pm

Great question!

For me it's Medieval Total War - Viking Invasion.

I think that's an amazing expansion pack!

The whole post Roman/Dark Age period of Britain is an obsession with me, so it's great to be able to fight battles in that era for me.

2nd place would probably be tied between ROME II and Britannia, for much the same reasons.
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Post by keedor » Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:50 pm

It is nice how so many people are passionate about different titles in the long-running franchise!

As regards the excellent television series Time Commanders, I was an avid fan right from the beginning. It proved to be a nice touch of history lesson and computer game rolled into one which, no doubt, my old school history teacher would have loved to bits! The hosts of the first two series, Eddie Mair (2003) and Richard Hammond (2005), were both good but my favourite was without a doubt the enthusiastic and extremely excitable Greg Wallace for the 2016 series. Hopefully more episodes will be made in future!

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Post by learnedrobb » Sat Aug 01, 2020 4:34 am

I'll go with Warhammer.

It is still the best representation of a Games Workshop property in videogames.
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Post by MattyC64c » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:35 am

For me it's Rome Total War II. For nearly two years after buying it I couldn't play it to its potential.

My poor old FX 8350 and GTX970 just weren't up top the task of the epic battles I wanted. About 18 months ago I put together a new PC with an 8th gen i7 and an RTX 2080. Now I can enage in epic battles and city fights with up to 15,000 on-screen at a time.

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