History VideoGame / TotalWarRomeII

16th Jan '18 1:26:10 AM Cryoclaste
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** A Playwright ancillary may have been [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples the only person to do it before Shakespeare.]] "Hmm. Comedy. Tragedy. Historical tragedy. I know! Biographical historical comedy!"

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** A Playwright ancillary may have been [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples the only person to do it before Shakespeare.]] "Hmm. Comedy. Tragedy. Historical tragedy. I know! Biographical historical comedy!"
6th Jan '18 2:16:51 AM Arima
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* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In the phonecian language, Carthage means "New Town". Nova Carthago means "New Carthage" which would then translate to "New New Town".
10th Dec '17 9:09:44 AM theLibrarian
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* DoomedMoralVictor: Aurelian in the ''Empire Divided'' campaign. Despite reuniting the fracturing Roman Empire, he was killed after four years by his generals when a secretary manipulated them into thinking they would be severely punished, in order for the secretary to cover up a minor lie.
6th Dec '17 9:07:28 PM VutherA
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* ObviousBeta: A criticism among some fans and reviewers, citing ExecutiveMeddling on Sega's part to have the game released earlier than originally intended. That said, patches are already moving the game into the right direction, making significant tweaks and improvements on the gameplay.

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* ObviousBeta: A criticism among some fans and reviewers, citing ExecutiveMeddling on Sega's part to have the game released earlier than originally intended. That said, patches are already moving moved the game along into the right direction, making significant tweaks and improvements on the gameplay.gameplay.
* OneManArmy: Downplayed by Champions - they don't actually fight on the battlefield, but nonetheless the high-level ones with the Warfare skill maxed out apparently will go up and kill over 100 men by themselves. Harassing means they'll somehow harass an entire army presumed to be by themselves considering various other agents actions mention the use of hired assassins or soliciting traitors but Harass does not.
3rd Dec '17 10:51:42 PM IncognitoNinja
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* EarlyBirdCameo: The Goths are a playable faction in the ''Empire Divided'' campaign, long before their split between the Visigoths and the Ostrogoths that feature in Videogame/TotalWarAttila

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* EarlyBirdCameo: The Goths are a playable faction in the ''Empire Divided'' campaign, long before their split between the Visigoths and the Ostrogoths that feature in Videogame/TotalWarAttila''VideoGame/TotalWarAttila''.



** The ''Imperator Augustus'' campaign focuses on the last days of the Roman Republic, as Octavian rises amongst his contemporanies and becomes the first Emperor of Rome.

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** The ''Imperator Augustus'' campaign focuses on the last days of the Roman Republic, as Octavian rises amongst his contemporanies contemporaries and becomes the first Emperor of Rome.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Roman units in the ''Empire Divided'' campaign are starting to use an assortment of equipment that would later become the norm by the time of Videogame/TotalWarAttila such as the use of the Oval Shield instead of the classical ''Scutum'' or the abandonment of the Attican Helmet that was iconic to the legions.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Roman units in the ''Empire Divided'' campaign are starting to use an assortment of equipment that would later become the norm by the time of Videogame/TotalWarAttila ''VideoGame/TotalWarAttila'' such as the use of the Oval Shield instead of the classical ''Scutum'' or the abandonment of the Attican Helmet that was iconic to the legions.



* LightningBruiser: Very and Super Heavy cavalry like cataphracts tend to be very tough, hard hiting, and still faster than even the lightest infantry.

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* LightningBruiser: Very and Super Heavy cavalry like cataphracts tend to be very tough, hard hiting, hitting, and still faster than even the lightest infantry.



** {{Zigzagged| Trope}} with the Greek States, which has been divided into independent factions. ''Greek States Culture Pack'' adds Athens, Sparta, and Epirus, ''Hannibal at the Gates'' adds Syracusae, and ''Black Seas Colonies'' adds Pergamon; however, Rhodes (the last remaining city from the ''Rome: Total War'' faction) has been left out. Also zigzagged with Iberia, as the ''Hannibal at the Gates'' DLC adds the Arevaci and the Lusitani but not the rest.

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** {{Zigzagged| Trope}} with the Greek States, which has been divided into independent factions. ''Greek States Culture Pack'' adds Athens, Sparta, and Epirus, ''Hannibal at the Gates'' adds Syracusae, and ''Black Seas Sea Colonies'' adds Pergamon; however, Rhodes (the last remaining city from the ''Rome: Total War'' faction) has been left out. Also zigzagged with Iberia, as the ''Hannibal at the Gates'' DLC adds the Arevaci and the Lusitani but not the rest.



* SequelLogoInRuins: The ''Empire Divided'' expansion pack has visible cracks on ''Rome II'''s logo, representing the Roman Empire being [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin divided]] into three.



** To Film/{{Dune}}:

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** To Film/{{Dune}}:''Film/{{Dune}}'':



** To Series/{{Rome}}:

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** To Series/{{Rome}}:''Series/{{Rome}}'':



** Many have noted that Aurelian's CoolHelmet is similar to that of [[Franchise/{{Warhammer}} Balthasar Gelt]], doubles as a reference to Creative Assembly's work on Videogame/TotalWarWarhammer.

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** Many have noted that Aurelian's CoolHelmet is similar to that of [[Franchise/{{Warhammer}} Balthasar Gelt]], doubles as a reference to Creative Assembly's work on Videogame/TotalWarWarhammer.''VideoGame/TotalWarWarhammer''.



* TemptingFate: "We've got a huge budget for the game. About 40% bigger than anything we've done before. So we're absolutely determined to make it the most epic Total War title ever." Fast forward to [[EpicFail launch day]]...

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* TemptingFate: "We've got a huge budget for the game. About 40% bigger than anything we've done before. So we're absolutely determined to make it the most epic Total War ''Total War'' title ever." Fast forward to [[EpicFail launch day]]...
2nd Dec '17 9:32:34 AM SonofAkatosh
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** Queen Zenobia of the Palmyrene Empire takes to the field in ''Empire Divided'' and is the first female general and faction leader.



* DawnOfAnEra: A darker version can be found in the ''Empire Divided'' campaign, for this marked the end of the Principate phase of the Roman Empire and the beginning both of the Dominatus phase of the Roman Empire and the initial signs of Late Antiquity.

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* DawnOfAnEra: A darker version can be found in the ''Empire Divided'' campaign, for this marked which marks the end of the semi-republican Principate phase of the Roman Empire and the beginning beginnings of both of the Dominatus phase of the Roman Empire monarchic Dominate and the initial signs of Late Antiquity.



** The ''Empire Divided'' campaign, on the other hand, is set during the twilight of the High Roman Empire that would be followed by the Low Roman Empire with Diocletian, as well as being the start of the end of Classical Antiquity that would culminate in the deposing of Romulus Augustus in 476 AD.

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** The ''Empire Divided'' campaign, on the other hand, is set during the twilight of the High Roman Empire that would be followed by the Low Roman Empire with Diocletian, as well as being the start of the end of Classical Late Antiquity that would culminate end in the deposing deposition of Romulus Augustus in 476 AD.
2nd Dec '17 8:24:13 AM raziel365
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* DarkReprisal: The trailer for the ''Empire Divided'' campaign features a more somber and ominous version of the main menu music.

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* DarkReprisal: DarkReprise: The trailer for the ''Empire Divided'' campaign features a more somber and ominous version of the main menu music.theme.
1st Dec '17 9:14:07 PM raziel365
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* DarkerAndEdgier: The overall atmosphere and tone seems to be heading for this direction in contrast to the first ''Rome''. Compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvZWOG8QkOg both]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLVf3LMNDoQ intros]].

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* DarkerAndEdgier: DarkerAndEdgier:
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The overall atmosphere and tone seems to be heading for this direction in contrast to the first ''Rome''. Compare [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvZWOG8QkOg both]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLVf3LMNDoQ intros]].intros]].
** The ''Empire Divided'' campaign is bleaker than the other campaigns due to the chaotic nature of the CivilWar that marked the Crisis of the Third Century.
* DarkReprisal: The trailer for the ''Empire Divided'' campaign features a more somber and ominous version of the main menu music.
* DawnOfAnEra: A darker version can be found in the ''Empire Divided'' campaign, for this marked the end of the Principate phase of the Roman Empire and the beginning both of the Dominatus phase of the Roman Empire and the initial signs of Late Antiquity.


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* EarlyBirdCameo: The Goths are a playable faction in the ''Empire Divided'' campaign, long before their split between the Visigoths and the Ostrogoths that feature in Videogame/TotalWarAttila


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* EndOfAnAge:
** The ''Imperator Augustus'' campaign focuses on the last days of the Roman Republic, as Octavian rises amongst his contemporanies and becomes the first Emperor of Rome.
** The ''Empire Divided'' campaign, on the other hand, is set during the twilight of the High Roman Empire that would be followed by the Low Roman Empire with Diocletian, as well as being the start of the end of Classical Antiquity that would culminate in the deposing of Romulus Augustus in 476 AD.


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Roman units in the ''Empire Divided'' campaign are starting to use an assortment of equipment that would later become the norm by the time of Videogame/TotalWarAttila such as the use of the Oval Shield instead of the classical ''Scutum'' or the abandonment of the Attican Helmet that was iconic to the legions.


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** Many have noted that Aurelian's CoolHelmet is similar to that of [[Franchise/{{Warhammer}} Balthasar Gelt]], doubles as a reference to Creative Assembly's work on Videogame/TotalWarWarhammer.


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** A subtler detail of the legions in the ''Empire Divided'' campaign is that they are now wearing pants, which was product of the influence of the Illyrian Emperors that appeared during this time period.
30th Nov '17 7:44:35 AM SonofAkatosh
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In 2017, ''four years'' after the initial release of the game, the ''Empire Divided'' expansion pack was announced. Focusing on the Crisis of the Third Century, it divides the Roman Empire between Rome itself under Aurelian and the breakaway Gallic and Palmyrene Empires led by Gaius Tetricus and Queen Zenobia respectively, whilst the Sassanids led by Hormizd and various barbarian tribes (most notably the Germanic Gothi under Cannabaudes) on the edges of the empire make use of Rome's disorder to expand their own power.

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In 2017, ''four ''Four years'' after the initial release of the game, the ''Empire Divided'' expansion pack was announced.released on November 30, 2017. Focusing on the Crisis of the Third Century, it divides the Roman Empire between Rome itself under Aurelian and the breakaway Gallic and Palmyrene Empires led by Gaius Tetricus and Queen Zenobia respectively, whilst the Sassanids led by Hormizd and various barbarian tribes (most notably the Germanic Gothi under Cannabaudes) on the edges of the empire make use of Rome's disorder to expand their own power.
29th Nov '17 12:37:05 AM NogaiKhan
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* AmbiguouslyBrown: The Mediterranean factions (except the noticeably darker Egyptians) all share the same olive skin tone (combined with dark brown hair and eyes) for their units, in contrast to the noticeably paler Germanic and Celtic troops, regardless of where said units were recruited. [[JustifiedTrope Actually fairly logical]], given that the peoples of the central to southern Italy, Phoenicia, Greece, Iberia, Anatolia, etc. are all pretty close in terms of coloring, though pale light-haired light-eyed people also existed (and exist) among all of those peoples in less significant numbers.
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