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Topic Subject:Rome: Total War on Steam?
von Schmidt
Legionary
posted 21 June 2009 16:04 EDT (US)         
Hello, everyone, I'm an HG forummer from Stronghold Heaven, looking to buy Rome: Total War. I found this complete package for download on Steam, and was wondering if anyone else had experience with Steam, and/or would recommend it, or had downloaded this package.

+ some tips for what to do when I've first started the game

Thanks,
vSchmidt

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blakkmantis
Legionary
posted 21 June 2009 17:16 EDT (US)     1 / 7       
I bought my Rome Gold Edition through Gamestop.com for the same price as what you linked on Steam. I didn't however get the other pack with my purchase, seems like a good deal to me.

I've never done business with Steam before, but they look reputable from the website, and I see they are linked with Valve, who I have heard of before.

Good luck, and hope you enjoy the game like I do. This game is so darn addicting

[This message has been edited by blakkmantis (edited 06-21-2009 @ 05:16 PM).]

tbarak
Legionary
posted 21 June 2009 17:37 EDT (US)     2 / 7       
Many game communities are split on their review of Steam, some loving it, others outright despising it. While you'll probably have no problem buying from Steam - it's owned by Valve, best known for the Half Life series - you may get all the "other stuff" that Steam brings.

For example Empire Total War uses Steam, and you have to have web connection going to play the game. This sucks for a lot of people. Also, when you deal with Steam - and I'm not sure whether this is the case if you just buy a game through Steam - but you'll have to put Steam on your system.

Steam is a stand alone content delivery system which among other things, sends you advertisements and runs all the time so it uses computer resources. Many people dislike it in the way it's sort of foisted on you. That is, when I bought Half Life I expected to get a game, not have a content delivery system installed on my computer. Sometimes you can't play your game if Steam is down and I really hate the advertising.
Hussarknight
Seraph Emeritus
posted 22 June 2009 07:11 EDT (US)     3 / 7       
Steam is a reliable service, so there's no worries there. They also often have large weekend discounts, so you can get good games at a low price. ETW for example costs only 25 right now.
For example Empire Total War uses Steam, and you have to have web connection going to play the game. This sucks for a lot of people.
Via File » Go Offline you can use Steam and all game iwthout having an internet connection. You won't be able to play online, but single player works just fine.
Steam is a stand alone content delivery system which among other things, sends you advertisements and runs all the time so it uses computer resources.
You don't have to run Steam all the time, you can just start it when you want to play a game that's on it. You can turn of auto-starting under File » Settings » Interface. As far as I've noticed you only get adds when you start Steam in online mod, other than that there are no ads. They often inform you about discounts on games as well so they can be useful.

          Hussarknight
tbarak
Legionary
posted 22 June 2009 17:10 EDT (US)     4 / 7       
Like I said, opinions on the value of Steam are split.
mikecz
Legionary
posted 23 June 2009 13:12 EDT (US)     5 / 7       
Out here in the boonies I'm on dial-up Internet. A friend in town downloaded the demo for Empire TW & I burned it to a DVD on his machine & took it home to install on my computer. The install took hours because of having to wait for Flash files to load from Steam just to get to the signup & then every time I clicked on basically the "next" link to continue the registration/install.

The install finally completed & the first time I tried to run the game (forced to be online again - tying up the telephone again), it checked for & downloaded without asking me if I wanted to do it now a 30-some meg patch - another couple hours delay.

It took pretty much all day to install this DEMO! Knowing what I do now, am I gonna buy the game?... a resounding NO! It looks like I won't be buying any more Total War games - as long as they are tied up to Steam. I don't want our phone tied up whenever I'm playing (I'd get into WoW if I was willing to do that). Yeah, you can go offline after you start but why the hell do you have to go online to start a single player game at all?

Worse yet, one of these days there will be a multi-hundred megabyte patch for ETW. If I have to get it from Steam, from the computer the game is installed on, I'm screwed. It's just totally impractical for me to download files like that at home. Until & unless Sega & Creative Assembly get off their butts & do there own support for their games, including stand alone patches of Empire - I'm done with them. Steam sucks so bad that outer space has become a vacuum!
PrinceofMacedon
RTW Ladder Leader
posted 23 June 2009 18:25 EDT (US)     6 / 7       
Schmidt,
If you want to buy this game off of Steam, then the biggest issue you'll face is finding your CD-Key (which lets you play online).

CD-Key should be located in the "Registry."

If you see this game available in a store, though, you'd probably save yourself a lot of hassle by just buying the physical product in person.

"It is a lovely thing to live with courage and to die leaving behind an everlasting renown." - ALEXANDER THE GREAT
mrcash
Legionary
posted 23 June 2009 20:02 EDT (US)     7 / 7       
This game is popular and recent enough to still be available from stores. If theres a local gamespot, EB Games, Best Buy or similar stores around your neighborhood, I would have to suggest going there instead. It might seem more convinient to buy on steam, but it really is just a big hassle with all the downloading and whatnot...

The exception to that is if you plan to use steam to buy other games. But for one time use, nah just buy the physical product.
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