These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Total War Rome II
Hype Backlash: While reviews have for the most part been favorable (currently ranking 79% on Metacritic), the sheer anticipation and buildup leading up to the game's release have undoubtedly caused this among some, with criticisms aimed mainly at the AI and pacing issues. That said, the developers and fandom at large seemed to have handled this well, with the notable exception of TWCenter. It's reached the point that Creative Assembly actually apologized for how the game fell short of both the developers and fans' expectations.
It's Easy, so It Sucks: Longtime fans have complained that the game is "dumbed down for the casuals" due to things like the flag capture mode and the lack of a family tree.
It's Hard, so It Sucks: On the other hand, one of the few less than positive professional reviews complained it was inaccessible to casual audiences.
Loads and Loads of Loading: One of the largest complaints about the game is due to the rather long time it takes when cycling through a turn. This is probably due in large part to the Loads and Loads of Factions that exist in this game, far in excess of any previous Total War game. Patch 2 speeds this up quite a bit, especially early on.
Love It or Hate It: The game seems to be rapidly becoming this. Depending on who you ask, it's either a nicely done if flawed entry into the Total War series or a horrible bug-ridden letdown, with completely no middle ground allowed. It also depends on the forums: mention it on TWCenter and you got an 10-page Flame Warat minimum.
Silanus, who rises to Proconsul during the course of the Prologue campaign. After conquering the Samnite capital, and with one of Rome's two consuls is already dead at Capua, Silanus then kills the remaining consul in order to pave the way for his own rise to power.
Ditto Arminius, your antagonist in the Teutoburg Forest historical battle and the one AI commander you cannot flatout defeat in the game (even if that's partially from not playing fair on a meta level).
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The Realm Divide Scripted Event introduced in Shogun 2 as the endgame event has been tweaked into a much less penalizing Civil War mechanic. Gain enough notability in your faction type, and the others of your type (Greek state, Hellenistic, Roman) will gang up on you, but no diplomatic penalties will be inflicted with other factions.
Scrappy Mechanic: Right after release, the flag-capturing mechanic in field battles proved to be incredibly unpopular, with many players claiming it ruined the tactical depth of battles.