Rather than tamper with the gameplay of Rome: Total War, the Barbarian Invasion expansion transports the action a few centuries ahead, as the once-mighty Roman Empire is threatened by barbarians. The expansion will be old hat for fans of the original, but it's still fun to play as King Arthur (Artorius Castus) leading the Romano-British or Attila the Hun battling Flavius Aetius. The graphics are excellent, the interface is impeccable, and the demo offers hours of fun for historical strategists.
In the tutorial, you lead a Roman legion against a Frankish assault in 363 AD. The Battle of Chalons in 451 AD features the Huns bombarding the Romans and Goths, while the Romano-British and the Alemanni fight the Saxons at the Battle of Baldon Hill in 516 AD.
Though large, the demo is easy to set up. The game runs on a standalone set of files, requiring no installation or Registry changes. Once you're done, you can simply delete the whole directory. The demo doesn't give any taste of the campaign-style gameplay, but the adequate tutorial and two historical battles at three difficulty levels provide an excellent introduction to the epic real-time battles of the Rome: Total War franchise.
It's 363 AD and a seemingly unstoppable tide of barbarian invaders is massing on the borders of a fractured Roman Empire. Choose to take control of the barbarian hordes and tear apart the world's mightiest ancient empire, or take command of massed Roman legions and change the course of history forever.
Barbarian Invasion is the new expansion to the million-selling, multi-award-winning PC strategy game Rome: Total War. Set in a time 200 years after the main campaign of Rome: Total War, Barbarian Invasion presents an entirely redrawn campaign map reflecting two centuries of change and turmoil across the Roman Empire.
Ten new playable factions have entered the fray, all with new buildings, units, and technologies to exploit. The threats to Rome are as brutal as they are varied, from Sassanid war elephants and lethal Frank axe throwers to ferocious Hun riders.
This demo for the expansion to Rome: Total War includes a tutorial and two playable battles: The Battle of Badon Hill and The Battle of Chalons.