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If you own the original on Steam, you’ll get a 50% discount.

The third game in the Total War series, Total War: Rome Remastered, is back 16 years later with a fresh coat of paint and a few new features. Models and textures have been improved! New parts of the user interface! Additional factions have been unlocked! There are new merchant agents! Something new! But, at the end of the day, it’s still Rome: Total War, a game that seems a little shabby in comparison to newer, better games in the series.

Feral Interactive is in charge of the remaster. Our Nate recently played a bit of the fancier Rome and was impressed by the remaster’s quality as well as how much of the newness can be turned off if desired. But that doesn’t change the fact that the game’s core is still Rome: Total War.

“I suppose for me, however, the question remains: if you’re not playing this out of nostalgia, then why are you playing it?” Nate said. “I suppose if you really love Romans and you really love Total War, but you didn’t get along with TW: Rome 2, this is probably the ideal game for you. But as I’ve already said, despite the remarkably good job Feral have done here, the end result is still drab when compared against any of the Total Wars from the last few years. That’s nobody’s fault but old daddy time’s, but alas, it is the case.”

Total War: Rome Remastered is now available on Steam for £25/€30/$30 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Owners of the original will get a 50% discount, but only until 4 p.m. Pacific on May 31st – and only if they have it on Steam. “Unfortunately, we are unable to track users who own the CD version in order to offer the discount,” says a FAQ. It is unclear why the discount is timed.

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Oh, and don’t forget to get the Enhanced Graphics Pack for the most up-to-date looks.

The original Rome: Total War Collection is no longer available on Steam, but if you buy Remastered, you’ll get a free copy of it as well, so it’s not completely forgotten.

Correction: a previous version of this post mistook Feral Interactive for their fellow portpeeps Aspyr. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Source: Rock Paper Shotgun

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