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Imperator: Rome

Military Traditions Each culture has a unique way of waging war. Romans and Celts have different options available to them. Unlock unique bonuses, abilities and units. Different Government Types Manage the senate in a Republic, hold your court together in a monarchy, answer to the clans in a tribal system. Character Management A living world of characters with varying skills and traits that will change over time. They will lead your nation, govern your provinces and command your armies and fleets. We also introduce our new, more human-like character art. Diverse Populations Citizens, freemen, tribesmen and slaves - each population with its own culture and religion. Whether they fill your armies, fill your coffers or fill your colonies, keep an eye on their happiness - your success depends on their satisfaction.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

As soon as I hit 1,000 hours they stopped development. Hm. Looks like it's up to me to keep Imperator: Rome alive.

Review from Steam

This is a game that Paradox Interactive originally released in a half-finished state and planned to fix by selling the playerbase DLCs. That initial strategy failed entirely, and the last two years have been spent fixing the game. It's now in a state where it's actually fun to play if you're familiar with the time period, but the game lacks much in the way of meaningful content. In addition, Paradox paused development on this game in order to work on their other projects, and it's not known at this time whether they will ever work on Imperator: Rome at a future date. Overall, it's a game with potential, but when the game seems like it may have been abandoned at this point, I'd only recommend it if you like Paradox games and can find it on a steep sale (around $7-$10).

Review from Steam

This game has a bad reputation just based on its launch state years ago. It's a good game now. As a Paradox map painter, it's about as fun as they come. I came to this game after playing EU4 and CK2, and the pops system is way more engaging than boring development numbers. It probably does the best job simulating culture and religion of any strategy game I've ever played. Just trying to grow a healthy, well-integrated population is surprisingly fun.
Yes, Paradox has paused/abandoned development on this game, but that's a blessing more than a curse. The worst thing about Paradox games IMO is the never-ending stream of DLCs and game-breaking patches means the meta is always changing, and you have to re-learn the game every time you take a break for a few months. At least for right now, Imperator doesn't have that.
Yes, it could use more peacetime gameplay (other than mindlessly swapping advisors and governors so disgruntled family members hit their magic happiness quotas), and the only good way to grow is through conquest. But... that's kind of historically accurate.
And yes, Rome is stupidly OP, but as long as you aren't playing AS Rome, it solves one of the great Paradox problems where there is no end-game challenge. Rome is like the EU4 Ottomans on mega-crack. Building a mid-sized empire and trying to weather the Roman onslaught is actually pretty fun.
And yes, the AI kind of sucks like in every Paradox game. But that's pretty much the state of the industry for grand strategy games these days.
If you look at the game in its current state, ignore its history, and ignore its (lack of) future, it's actually quite fun.

Review from Steam

love this game! wish you guys hadn't abandoned it.

Review from Steam

As someone who has a degree in Ancient History, who has played the Total War games and other Paradox Games, I find this game pretty damned good. I hope that Paradox revisit their decision to stop working on it as it has so much potential left to fulfill.

Review from Steam

What this game really shines on compared to other paradox games is the population management, while retaining the aspect of being character focused from Crusader Kings, and the military conquest and depth from Heart of Iron. I really do not see why it gets so much hate, I did start playing from 2.0, so that's probably the reason. It is my personal favourite paradox game.

Review from Steam

Probably my favorite Paradox game, it's shame it's so undersupported. I would love it even more if it just lasted another 300 years or so.