Rome: Total War

Rome: Total War
Platforms: PC
Publisher: Activision Publishing, Inc.
Developer: The Creative Assembly
Genres: Strategy / Turn-Based Strategy
Release Date: September 22, 2004
Game Modes: Singleplayer / Multiplayer

2Do as the Romans do.

Casius is an unusually skilled spy, but that’s not what makes him memorable. He has a pet monkey in his personal retinue that follows him wherever he goes. Supposedly, it helps him with his subterfuge… that sounds a bit unlikely on the face of it, but given some of the daring missions he has pulled off, maybe it’s true. Once I sent the man into a heavily fortified city. He managed to climb the walls, and was kind enough to leave the front gates open when my armies attacked the city.

Little details like these are a large part of what makes Rome: Total War an amazing game. It’s not just the incredible real-time battle engine. It’s not just the new campaign system, which is by far the best in the Total War series. It’s not just the immaculate presentation and attention to detail. It’s that the game has all of those things, and so much personality besides; if there’s a magic formula for how to make a great strategy game, Creative Assembly has figured it out.

The battles in Rome: Total war are amazing. Creative Assembly has tightened the pacing, streamlined the control, and given the interface a more intuitive design. Particularly impressive is how well the battles hold up—visually and functionally—at any scale. With the camera pulled back to a bird’s eye view high above the landscape, it’s easy to keep tabs on the battle, set your lines, and direct your troops on open terrain. But you can also zoom in, and even see individual soldiers marching, fighting or dying en masse like good lemmings.

That’s a bit unfair – the close-up view really does lend the game a tense, visceral feel. When you form a line of spearmen, and cavalry is foolish enough to charge right into it, the song of screaming horses, clashing metal and dying men is unbelievable, almost as entertaining as watching Braveheart. Besides having more cinematic battles, the new engine brings with it a large assortment of tactical abilities to its virtual battlefield.


Onagers send flaming projectiles into the enemy. They’re devastating but not very accurate.

The units are incredibly diverse within each civilization, ranging from the expected Roman, Gaulish and Germanic hordes to more exotic Greeks and Egyptians. The disciplined Roman factions have some of the most organized units at their disposal, like the Triarii (they can place their shields together in a Testudo formation, essentially becoming impervious to arrows). More interesting units include dogs that rip and shred once their handlers release them, and flammable ‘war pigs’. Drill through the complex tech three and you, as the Romans, will be able to build lumbering Onagers – large catapults that hurl rocks at town walls or troops, and are essentially the super-weapons of the game.

Many units, regardless of civilization, have at least one special ability you can use. Archers can light their arrows on fire, charging cavalry can form a wedge formation, druids can chant to increase morale, and all generals can turn routing men back into the fray. Sieges are of particular interest – you can try to starve an enemy into submission, attack, or (if the besieged town is protected by walls) build siege equipment that can take several turns.

18Turn-Based Empire

The battles are good fun, but as slick as they are, the real star of this show is the new campaign engine. The grand strategy portion of Rome has less clutter and more strategic depth than Medieval and Shogun. The map is still divided into provinces, but armies can now travel around within them, adding a novel element of operational-level strategy to the game. It also gives you time to respond to an army that has encroached on your territory.

In order to conquer a province you have to take its capital, but it’s not enough to place defending armies in your settlements and leave them there. There is a strong incentive to send troops out into the countryside to secure choke points and defensible terrain. The battle map that you fight on is based on the local terrain that your armies occupy on the strategic map… there are a lot of different battle maps in this game. More importantly, this new movement system places a strong emphasis on one of the key accomplishments of the Roman Empire: roads. With more places to go, your armies need a way of getting around more effectively. Building a network of roads is the key to being able to respond quickly.

5The best part is how effectively the campaign system makes use of its setting. You play as one of four Roman factions, placing you in a novel role as one cog in a larger machine, all fighting for the glory of Rome. The Senate provides you with missions that add flavor to the game and give you a never-ending stream of short-term goals to accomplish. Eventually you’ll turn on all of them, and try to take Rome for yourself—a clever contrivance that replaces the late-game drag so common to sprawling strategy games with a tense and climactic endgame battle of huge proportions.

Rome’s huge campaign, large number of civilizations and diversity of tactics are enough to keep any gamer occupied for weeks on end. Hats off to The Creative Assembly for creating one of, if not the best, Total War game in the series.

System Requirements: Pentium 233 Mhz, 32 MB RAM, Win95

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  1. KillerPotatoO says:

    Can you upload Rome Total War Gold with all the expansions please

  2. This one has the expansion.

  3. KillerPotatoO says:

    Ohh Im sorry when I open the rar file it already says Rome Total War Gold Edition.By the way thank you for this game!

  4. makew says:

    Is the link supposed to go to firedrop

  5. makew says:

    Should i download that file in firedrop

  6. makew says:

    But the moment i open it says virus. Or is that the .7z extension file i should download . Plz help i really want it

  7. makew says:

    And could you guide me as to how to install it

  8. makew says:

    I dont know what .7z extension file means. Can i run the download in my computer ?

  9. makew says:

    Please respond

  10. Yeah only RAR or 7z files should be downloaded.

    Anything else is just SPAM from firedrop, not me. Don’t download that crap.

    7z is 7zip. it’s like RAR. You need 7zip installed to open 7z files. After that you just open, extract and play.

  11. makew says:

    Real thanks. Will respond after downloading and playing the game.

  12. makew says:

    I just downloaded. But unable to extract saying some file is missing and corrupt. Plz respond

    Could you recommend a good .7z extractor

  13. Could you like not post a comment for every sentence please?

    you probably didn’t download the right version for your OS. the only 7z extractor is 7zip

  14. Retro4Life says:

    Thanks for this awesome game! Works like a charm. Time for some battle 🙂

  15. LegendBR says:

    Thanks for uploading the download link. I played this game when kid, now i was looking for it, but there wasn’t any site 🙁 Its clearly the best Total War’s game, in my opinion XD Rome 2 sucks

  16. DP says:

    Nice, thanks. Was looking for a copy of this that wasn’t riddled with viruses. A YouTuber I found the other day did a long series on this game. 57 30 minute to an hour videos. His channel name is Many A True Nerd if anyone is interested.

  17. Ayebebe says:

    Thanks a lot for this, i was looking everywhere for it. I have a problem tho, when i try to start the imperial campain on the expansion, it says :” Please select an item from the list.” with only the affermative botton which make me return to the menu….what do i do?

  18. Aman says:

    Admin I am downloading This game with uTTorent with magnet link you provided.
    Are you sure It will work ???????????????

  19. How do you think I made the screenshots?????

  20. PEEPOMAN says:


  21. PEEPOMAN says:

    dont mind ive fix it already. you should think of dding the d3d8.dll it makes the game playable Mr.Old PC Gaming or maybe u want the game to be as it was in disc but u should put a tip about that .dll file so people could play it really smoothly.

  22. tyler around that says:

    tried unpackingit says i need passcode anyway around that

  23. tyler around that says:

    should i use magnet link or download link

  24. try installing an older version of winrar or 7zip if it asks for a passcode, since none of the files here will ask for one.

  25. tyler around that says:

    ok i was reading that in your tips guide there i downloaded the magnet link on my torrent and 7zip to unpack could it be the magnet link

  26. Parsman says:

    Is it really safe? No viruses?

  27. Just make sure you get the correct file “r_tw_opcg.7z”

    That is the game seen in the screenshots. just extract and play. work in Win7

  28. kakhi gagnidze says:

    Thank you. It works.

  29. Mang Tomas says:

    does this work in windows 10?

  30. master says:

    thanks bro i tried to download this game from every where but it did not worked thanks to you and yes it works in windows 10 MANG TOMAS beacause i have windows 10 only

  31. Charles says:

    May I suggest? Please add “Rome: Total War- Alexander”, the second official expansion pack to ‘Rome: Total War Collection (includes: Barbarian Invasion)’

  32. Charles says:

    But it needs ‘Rome: Total War- Gold edition’ or (the one here you upload) to run.

  33. Daniel says:

    188 gb 7z download……….. when i unzip i feel like my cpu will crash

  34. Charles says:

    Did the author of this website uploads Rome: Total War- Alexander?

  35. Rimantas says:

    I just started to play, it looks and plays awesome.

  36. Anis says:

    No virus???

  37. sickness says:

    after i played half of the roman campaign i cant log 2 the game it keep crashing for some reason.

  38. Charles says:

    Sickness, after you load your mission, sometimes it crash. The game crash if you start battle? If so, you can just simply reload your saved game, then, click end turn. After you end turn, you can battle your enemy without crashing the game. Next time (like next day or tomorrow) you load your mission, it crashes. If that happens, just make the same procedure.

  39. Charles says:

    It worked on my win. 10 laptop.

  40. Angellica Angel says:

    how to play multiplayer

  41. Charles says:

    Just download Game Ranger or you can just play it in LAN if you have 2 or more pc’s, no need internet requered if using LAN.

  42. CHE4SET4CO says:

    Thank you a lot, brovslowski!
    Brought a big piece of childhood back.

  43. Fieradian says:

    Is it working in win 10? Cause after extract the file, it can be launched, noted that ive to reinstall directx 9, then ive reinstalled but still doesn’t work..

  44. Works in 7, probably not in 10

  45. Ouj says:

    I have read all the comments and feel comfortable to download this BUUT i want to know what version of the game is this? with the latest patch?


  46. jef van hove says:

    how do i download this game

  47. ryan simpson says:

    sorry to ask you to keep going over this. ive never done anything like this before but this game brings back fond memories and id love to play it again.

    so I download 7zip and firedrop, download the game and save it to firedrop and then extract it using 7zip and then I can play it?

  48. ryan simpson says:

    and its the big red download arrow at the top of the page?

  49. Press the big red button that says Download Link (next to the green button that says Magnet Link). It will lead you to another page where you have to click for Slow Download (which is the free download, but slow). Enter the code you see on the screen and press download, and wait. You can also use the green Magnet Link but this requires you have a program called utorrent installed (or similar). This game is extract and play but most games are stored on virtual discs and require PowerISO, another program, to mount as you would use a regular CD. more info

  50. also don’t be surprised if some games don’t work on your new computer, it’s best to get an old offline computer. but what you see in the screenshots is what you get, which is a working game tested on XP or older (win95, 98, 2000)

  51. ryan simpson says:

    It’s downloading just now. thanks for taking the time to speak with me and thanks for sharing these games. You’re Awesome.

  52. ryan simpson says:

    path does not exist. every time.

  53. Troy says:

    CD key please

  54. Paco says:


    The game is running very well, no problem with that.

    However, each time i save a campaign or battle, quit the game and come back, the campaing has disepear. Any advices ?

  55. k says:

    hi…it seems that the download link is off or something…i can’t find it in it’s normal location…could you type down the download link in a comment??

  56. daren says:

    i have installed and tried it…but it works with extremely poor speed and performance…..i have changed video settings and worked on that issue in vain…However, after some investigation, i found that right after starting the game…the process (rundll32.exe) starts with very high cpu usage……after more investigation…i found that it’s NOT in it’s supposed place (not in system32,but in another folder)……
    you and i know what this mean,admin……..this is a f****** VIRUS!!….good thing i was expecting this…
    probably you could explain that? please explain this for me, or explain how did you expect that everybody was SO stupid to believe that any such “free” software can be a good thing!

  57. daren says:

    i have installed and tried it…but it works with extremely poor speed and performance…..i have changed video settings and worked on that issue in vain…However, after some investigation, i found that right after starting the game…the process (rundll32.exe) starts with very high cpu usage……after more investigation…i found that it’s NOT in it’s supposed place (not in system32,but in another folder)……
    you and i know what this mean,admin……..this is a f****** VIRUS!!….good thing i was expecting this…
    probably you could explain that? please explain this for me, or explain how did you expect that everybody was SO stupid to believe that any such “free” software can be a good thing!

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