When it comes to myself and gaming there has always been one franchise that has always stuck with me throughout the years and that is Total War.
Yes, it is true that I put plenty of my hours (and money) into Fifa Ultimate team and yes there would be a cold day in hell before there wasn’t a Tiger woods PGA tour 2004 tournament going on in my house but Total War tops the lot. The games were my dirty little secret where I was the only person in the house that knew, or wanted, to actually play. I was a Roman General conquered the known world, a Shogun fighting back the modern era, The Duke of Wellington to Frances, Napoleon Bonaparte.
Medieval total war was my initiation into the series. It was very basic, pixelated and very prone to ‘cheese’ in places with most battles being decided by who was quickest to get their army up a hill or some manner of high ground. Essentially it was the Risk Board game on PC where you couldn’t camp all your troops in Australia until the endgame.
Now, fast forward slightly too late 2004 and this is the time where little boy Joe started racking up the hours played. Rome Total War became the fabric of my universe and the bane of all my homework assignments. This addition to the franchise was a massive leap for Creative Assembly. Maps had terrain to navigate, character models where flush for the early 2000s at least, and the Roman campaign was the first to have a real storyline to follow. It’s no surprise that when you ask someone what the best total war game is Rome 1 ranks top if not second only to Medieval 2.
Total war has had some ups and downs through the years since then. Empire Total War had tonnes of potential but had some fundamental drawbacks. Napoleon I really enjoyed but also didn’t have enough potential or replay ability. I was watching Rome 2 trailers on repeat pre-launch only to then experience a tedious campaign and a lot of bugs. Nevertheless Total War has made me the biggest history nerd around and I was proud of it.
With the future of Total War heading over to Troy I am once again hopeful for the franchise. The fact that Creative assembly if focusing on a smaller part of history some fans may not like however that’s not my opinion. One thing I have always wanted is to delve into a part of history that’s not flushed out and you can spend some quality time understanding the culture and warfare of the time period.
Beyond that Creative Assembly will always have me diving into my pockets with whatever game they bring out but if I had it my way they should really revisit Empire Total War. In the meantime you will find me back on the old school classics still smashing through campaigns and online battles like the game only just came out.