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Rome: Total War™ is an epic-scale strategy game that invites you to experience the grandeur, glory and brutality that was ancient Rome. Encompassing three centuries of warfare from the Punic Wars to the death of Augustus, the game captures the excitement and challenge of conquering and ruling the Roman Empire. Using military might, diplomacy, subterfuge and assassination, this is a struggle to reach and retain the Imperial throne.

But that's no small feat. Along the way, you'll have to dodge assassins' knives, build and govern cities, train and command armies, obey the wishes of the Senate (some of the time), stage gladiator games, and face many other challenges and surprises.

The Barbarian Invasion expansion pack moves the action on by over 350 years, to the end of the Roman world. The Empire had changed in that time and was now Christian and not entirely Roman. The army was largely manned by "barbarians" and the Empire itself had split in two. The western part was to be crippled by a series of poor emperors, bad administration, civil unrest and large scale migration by barbarians into Roman lands. Eventually, as the money ran out, the Empire's forces were withdrawn from the outlying provinces and the locals were left to fend for themselves.

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