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Total War: Rome II to add more cinematic effect to the strategy genre

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If you haven't been introduced to the Total War series yet, it is a gem in the real time strategy genre. The series covers many points in history ranging from ancient Rome to the conflicts of 18th century Europe, and it does so on a grand scale. Total War games are known for their huge battles, unlike many RTS games that use only a couple of men to show a unit, Total War actually displays every man in the army on the ground, and in the later games, animates them all separately. Something about seeing your army of 1500 men battling with another similarly sized army makes you truly feel like a general of the time. To add depth to the game, there is an empire building aspect of the campaign where you manage taxes, technology, building and expansion of your faction. Needless to say the series gives a truly epic feel.

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Rome II is the sequel to the original Rome Total War that was released in 2004. It takes place in, you guessed it, ancient Rome. As the player you will lead great armies from the time period to glory through conquest. While the latest edition adds higher poly count better lighting, and overall enhanced graphics, but it may also possibly add a "soldier’s eye" camera.

The soldier’s eye camera would add a new cinematic feel to the game. While previous versions allowed you to zoom in on the battle field from a bird’s eye view, now you will be able to get the perspective of the men on the ground. While the series has always done well to give a cinematic feel for its battles, this will definitely increase that value being able to watch the battle unfold as if you were on the front lines.

There is still a lot of information to be released on the latest total war game, but it will most certainly be a welcome expansion to one of the best strategy game series for the PC. As of this writing the game is due to release in 2013. Follow progress at the Total War: Rome II homepage.

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