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Topic Subject:Total War: Rome II - Tactical View
DominicusUltimus
Legate
posted 26 August 2013 12:36 EDT (US)         
CA have released more info about Tactical View, one of the new features introduced in Rome II. The link in the quote below will send you to the Tactical View page on the Total War Wiki where CA have recreated the battles of Pharsalus, Raphia and Zama with Rome II's Custom Battles option. I will also link three images of the battles from the article along with their descriptions below
Hiya guys,
ROME II’s battles feature an entirely new feature called the Tactical View. This enables players to pull the camera seamlessly to a satellite view, in which the entire sweep of the battlefield can be taken in at a glance, and movement orders can be given where required.

Using the Custom Battles option in ROME II, we’ve recreated three of the most remarkable engagements in military history – Pharsalus, Zama and Raphia – to demonstrate how useful the tactical map can be.

You can check it all out here on our wiki.

The question is: what famous battles will you be recreating on the 3rd Sept?

Only 8 more days...
Battle of Pharsalus, 48 BC


Gaius Julius Caeser (yellow) VS Gnaeus Pompeus Magnus (red)

Pharsalus was the decisive battle of Caesar’s civil war. At Pharsalus, he defeated his former co-consul and took the reins of power in Rome, effectively ending the Republic and ushering in the era of the Roman Empire. After chasing Pompey’s army to Greece, Caesar found himself heavily outnumbered, and Pompey held the higher ground. When the armies met, Pompey’s cavalry charged Caesar’s at the flank and, as expected, Caeser’s cavalry turned tail. However, Caesar had hidden a fourth line of infantry behind his cavalry, who used their Pilum spears to attack and ultimately rout Pompey’s cavalry. This left Pompey’s flank wide open to attack, at which point Caeser rolled up his flank, and the fate of Pompey’s army was sealed.


Battle of Raphia, 217 BC


Ptolemaic Egypt (yellow) VS The Seleucid Empire (red)

Depicting the early stages of the battle, this screenshot depicts the military disposition of Antiochus III of The Seleucid Empire and Ptolemy IV Philopater of Egypt. The two units at the front of Antiochus’ army are Indian war elephants which, in the early stages of the battle, panicked and routed Ptolemy’s smaller, North African war elephants. Ptolemy’s cavalry were also routed, but the Egyptian centre held, and he won the day.


Battle of Zama, 202 BC


Scipio Africanus (yellow) VS Hannibal Barca (red)

Zama marked the end of the second Punic War, and the clash of two great generals: Scipio Africanus and Hannibal Barca of Carthage. In the years prior to Zama, Hannibal had run an startling military campaign throughout Italy, winning a number of key engagements against Rome. However, when the Romans changed tack and decided to attack Carthage itself, Hannibal was recalled to the city’s defence. As the battle began, Hannibal ordered his elephants directly into the front lines of Roman Hastati, but Scipio ordered the horns to be blown and, panicked by the noise, the elephants recoiled and smashed into Hannibal’s left flank. The Roman cavalry attacked the Carthaginian cavalry on either flank, and chased them from the field. This left the central core of Roman and Carthaginian infantry to fight a closely-matched and bloody engagement. The tide turned, however, when the Roman cavalry wheeled around from chasing Hannibal’s cavalry, and smashed into the rear of the Carthaginian forces, sealing the deal.

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EnemyofJupitor
HG Alumnus Superbus
posted 26 August 2013 12:57 EDT (US)     1 / 8       
Good Lord, they finally got that going from Time Commanders.

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DominicusUltimus
Legate
posted 26 August 2013 13:19 EDT (US)     2 / 8       
I would love it if they brought that show back and used the Rome II engine to depict the battles.

They also have to bring back that big table with all the blocks so we can watch Dr. Nusbacher have fun knocking them all down

Edit - Just found this picture on imgur. Zeus have mercy...

"Life is more fun when you are insane. Just let go occasionally".- yakcamkir 12:14
"It is not numbers, but vision that wins wars." - Antiochus VII Sidetes
"My magic screen is constantly bombarded with nubile young things eager to please these old eyes. This truly is a wonderful period in which to exist! - Terikel Grayhair
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[This message has been edited by DominicusUltimus (edited 08-26-2013 @ 01:59 PM).]

Awesome Eagle
Spear of Mars
(id: awesomated88)
posted 26 August 2013 16:03 EDT (US)     3 / 8       
Oh boy! These will be awesome in creating articles on tactics! As well in AARs! Great find!

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it- George Santayana
History is a guide to navigation in perilous times. History is who we are and why we are the way we are- David C. McCullough
Wars not make one great- Yoda
Lenardius VII
Legionary
posted 26 August 2013 17:16 EDT (US)     4 / 8       
Looks like a battle can be played entirely in that view.

It might be good new for lower/med end PC's that struggle even when their settings are lowered.

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Legion Of Hell
Centurion
posted 26 August 2013 18:15 EDT (US)     5 / 8       
Jesus that picture looks like a view of a battle from a drone. And on huge as well. *whistles*

General Rawlinson- This is most unsatisfactory. Where are the Sherwood Foresters? Where are the East Lancashires on the right?

Brigadier-General Oxley- They are lying out in No Man's Land, sir. And most of them will never stand again.

Two high ranking British generals discussing the fortunes of two regiments after the disastrous attack at Aubers Ridge on the 9th May 1915.
Aftermath
HG Alumnus
posted 27 August 2013 05:20 EDT (US)     6 / 8       
This is going to be a great addition to the game. Not only for purposes of story telling like Legion said, but also for keeping track of your units during the battles.

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Scenter102
Legionary
posted 27 August 2013 16:32 EDT (US)     7 / 8       
It reminds me of the map in CoH 2, which I used extensively.

Watching the Time Commanders Cannae episode on YouTube, special game engine my ***.
Lenardius VII
Legionary
posted 27 August 2013 18:38 EDT (US)     8 / 8       
Wouldn't it be good if dual monitor was supported. That way the 2nd monitor would always in tactical view.

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