God I love that game! I also happen to be reading The First Man in Rome series at the same time so all of the people, places, and events make much more sense. I've always been wary of real-time strategy games because they all seem to play the same way but this is the first game I've played in a while that didn't feel like it was trying to copy Warcraft or Age of Empires. Military strategy really does play a large part in the battles. It's not like the previously mentioned games where you grab resources as quick as possible, build everything as quick as possible and then conduct an all-out blitz. This game actually requires strategy. I love how historically accurate the soldiers are. The management of the Roman Empire when you're not in battle is addictive as hell too. Anyways, just wanted to give this game some props and suggest anyone who is a history buff give it a try. These Total War games are top notch!