Creative Assembly, Rome 2 Total War’s developers, recently released a video of phalanx warfare via their series Rally Point. Find the Total War Youtube channel by following this link. Here is our take on Rome 2 phalanx gameplay.
1. Rome 2 Phalanx Gameplay Video
Having watched the original video, we can tell the above is an extract from it. What we found most disappointing about the video was the bad quality. We watched it in HD video and it was still blurry. If the Creative Assembly are trying to show us how great Rome 2 phalanx gameplay will be, why have they made it look like the graphics are awful?
(Don’t worry I’ll put the original Rome 2 phalanx gameplay video at the bottom of this article).
2. Good Things About Rome 2 Phalanx Gameplay
Ignoring the poor video quality, you can see some good features of Rome 2 phalanx gameplay in the above youtube clip. Our favourite part? Each time the cavalry impacted with the phalanx. It looks like the units in Rome 2 have a lot more weight to them than in previous Total War games. What do we mean by weight? When cavalry charges infantry in previous games they become a blur of pixels, men fly into the air and the unit count drops.
In Rome 2 things look different for phalanx gameplay. You can see the horses pushing the enemy infantry back. It is made clear that horses are heavier than men. Clearly a lot of work has gone into developing the mechanics for Rome 2 phalanx and cavalry gameplay.
3. Not-so-good Things About Rome 2 Phalanx Gameplay
There is one thing which really bugged us about the phalanx gameplay shown above. We had expected Rome 2 to be their most historically accurate game to date. Total War is a series based on historical eras after all. Perhaps we set our hopes too high, but we were looking forward to near-perfection. Having some knowledge of ancient warfare, we know how a phalanx works. You get shield-to-shield with the enemy and try to push them back. At the same time you try to jab your spear over the top of the shields. But what do we see in the video? Men with huge shields (apparently useless) being skewered by enemies a whole spear’s length away from them. It looks more like infantry jousting than phalanx warfare.
Historical accuracy is not an element for which Rome 2 phalanx gameplay scores points.