I have the game. It is worth buying for, but you should wait for Europa barbarorum mod. It makes Rome total war better in every aspect. But of cource you should try original first, so you learn to play it.
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Rome total war is an awesome game, in my opinion one of the best RTS's available. It looks amazing, has a great war atmosphere, and is really strategic. If you're a history buff, it's pretty accurate, I'm not that much of a history buff, but I do appreciate it. Great game, it's definately worth the money.