When did you lose your Total War virginity?

#1 Posted by greasemonkey42 (2920 posts) -

So finally, after 8 years of scratching a living in flea infested villages, we are finally going back to where we belong, Rome!   /endripoffgladiatorquote

For me, Rome: Total War was the first in the series that I had ever played, and it was actually the game that brought me to start visiting GameSpot in the first place. In fact, it was actually the first game that I had really ever enthusiastically anticipated before its release. The game really captured my imagination like nothing else, and most of my first 1000 posts were on its discussion board. 

When did you start playing? Do we have any fans from the first Shogun here? I was a little young when the first one came out and was barely a gamer at the time.

#2 Posted by Hakkology (161 posts) -

Yea, i started out with Shogun Total War. I was small too so i wasn't good at it though and my computer wasn't good enough for Shogun.

However, i fell in love with Total War series after the first Medieval Total War. As mentioned, the variety of cultures and nations really drew me in.

#3 Posted by Shatilov (4098 posts) -
to me it was Rome: Total War. I loved the game alot, & I loved it more after its 1.3 update which back then added alot of graphic updates to the game. What was once Great became EPIC.
#4 Posted by Hellequin85 (297 posts) -

The first medieval, I must've been about 15 and spend every sunday playing it for hours on end (saturdays being dedicated to homework... supposedly)

#5 Posted by smitherean (218 posts) -

Medieval 2. I backtracked to Rome though, that was my favorite.

#6 Posted by Giglioroninomic (79 posts) -

The day Shogun 1, the first game, came out, and our measly GeForce 2s could barely run it. Hooked ever since despite some disappointments.

#7 Posted by killeridis (548 posts) -

I started at Rome myself and well i was just sucked right into it, best Total War in my opinion. I really want to see what the new one has to offer probably a ton more of awesome :D

#8 Posted by BlackDevil99 (2329 posts) -

Rome was my first and favroutie, short of Westeros: Total War or Middle-Earth: Total War, this is the best I could've hoped for. Can't wait :)

#9 Posted by Enfield13 (988 posts) -

Medievil 2 for me, would enjoy a third sometime actually.

#10 Posted by joep0113 (140 posts) -

My very first Total War was Shogun:Total War, waaaay back from when I was a kid. I've been hooked ever since.

#11 Posted by joep0113 (140 posts) -

My very first Total War was Shogun:Total War, waaaay back from when I was a kid. I've been hooked ever since.

#12 Posted by MidNightStrikes (172 posts) -

Shogun total war, Awesome game, i found it and pick it up cheap, after that Shogun total war 2 came out after a year i was Really hype got the game I never tried other Total wars, but i think Rome Total war will get great as there is so much hype about it even though it was announced not very long ago

#13 Posted by ElderonWise (98 posts) -

For me I have been a Total War fan since the very beginning. Shogun: Total War was my first ever true strategy game ever on PC and since then I bought every single Total War to date. Although personally my favorite game is either Rome: Total War or Medieval 2

#14 Posted by Rar05 (107 posts) -

Medieval 2, my roommate let me borrow it after he was done playing it and i hooked since, after that i got Rome and that still is my favorite one to this day. Shogun 2 was pretty awesome, i didnt like Neopolean total war so much, im not a fan of guns in these type of games, im so pumped for rome 2

#15 Posted by eddieham13 (1925 posts) -
I played the first Shogun game and then the greatness of Rome: Total War. I was so unbelievably excited when I saw this game announced. They couldn't of made a better choice with choosing this era and with the new graphics and gameplay mechanics it will be amazing. This is at the top of my list so far above AC3, GTAV, Resi 6 and others.
#16 Posted by strategyfn (336 posts) -

Empire: Total War was my first, and only Total War game I've tried. I like it alot playing it certain ways, and I have around 70 hrs into it. Can't wait for Rome II, that and the new Simcity.

#17 Posted by a_tiger101 (156 posts) -

I lost my total war virginity to the 1st Rome .. Had so much fun with her back then .. I loved her.. Now I'm preparing to lose my mind and soul to that gorgeous redheaded Rome coming next year :D

#19 Posted by BigT232 (102 posts) -

Rome, my bro and like 5 of my buddies each had it and we would have some epic battles.  One of the few games my brother still plays and I do occasionaly.  Somtimes we would troll by making a FFA then team-up on all the other people, but at the end of teaming up it always backed fired on whoever put in the most effort against the other people.  So many good times doing bridge maps and siege's.  Bought Medieval 2 when it came out but it didn't pull me in like Rome and I just felt myself going back to Rome everytime I played it.  This game has a lot ot live up to.

#20 Posted by frunklindoodle (22 posts) -

Not quite sure what year it came out but Shogun was the very first Total War game I played and have been madly in love with the series ever since.  Rome was by far my favorite of all out of the series.  Im really looking forward and from what I read in other articles about being able to control some of the famous legions of the Roman era, I really hope we get to see the 13th Legion in action.  What would be more thrilling than being Caesar and crossing the Rubicon with the 13th to begin the civil war and the end of the Roman Republic.

#21 Posted by NicotineKid (1475 posts) -
First Shogun game.
#22 Posted by dawso0n (1767 posts) -

My first Total War was the original Shogun for me. I was about 14 and it was the first game i got for my first gaming pc, at the time it blew me away and i knew that i was a fan for life. Since then i played Medieval>Rome>Medieval 2>Empire>Shogun 2.

Rome was my favorite followed closely by shogun 2. Rome 2's announcement was the stuff dreams are made of, sad i know :(

#23 Posted by dawso0n (1767 posts) -

Rome was my first and favroutie, short of Westeros: Total War or Middle-Earth: Total War, this is the best I could've hoped for. Can't wait :)

BlackDevil99

Have you ever tried a Mod for Medievel 2 Total War called Third Age Total War? It is by far the best mod i have ever played on any game it is so goos i conider it a total war in it's own right. you can be like 9 diffrent factions for example high elvs, silvian elves, dawarfs, orcs of the misty moutains, isinguard, mordor, rohan, gondor, dale, harand and others. the game boasts an amazing amount of different unit types such as the harand can field giant mymakil (those 50ft elephants from the return of the king), orecs of the misty mountains can have armoured trolls, spider cavalry, orcs of gunabad can have worg cavalry (giants wolf dogs from fellowship), also nasgul, balrog, orcihai, sauron and so so much more. I completed a very hard (both campaign and battle) run through with high elves and gondor and plan to have another go soon as maybe an evil race.

the 3.0 version of the mod has a full replica of the middle-earth map with each capital has its own unique settlement that looks like i does from the films for example minas tirith looks exactly like it does from the film return of the king. It also has events in the campaign such as if you find the ring it can grant you cetain traits that can help you in the long run and mordor can call an invasion like in meivel 2 on a faction when it wants. Another example is when i attacked the mines of moria i unleashed a balrog that was of the field in the seige battle and was fighting on behalf of the orcs i lost half my army just trying to take the balrog down.

 

Also i here the same Mod community is working on a westeros total war version and if it is half as good as third age is I will be all over it. I consider third age my third favorite total war game right behing shogun 2 and rome. If anything i have said has intereste4d you go on youtube and look at some of the gamplay of third age.

#24 Posted by zeusbark (80 posts) -

My roomate owned the first Rome=TW back in 2006 (give or take) and I saw him playing and thought it was awesome. Soon enough I started playing as well. First, a short campaign with the Julii on normal dif. After that I started a long campaign with Carthage on hard. The battles were brutal, and at times I thought I was done, but slowly I gained ground and conquered Rome and those 50+ provinces you needed to win the long campaign.

This was the game that brought me to PC gaming, a year or 2 after I moved out I built myself a gaming PC just to be able to play this game.

The mods were also AWESOME!!!

Darn, just thinking about it makes me want to install the game and play it again, but NO, NO... first gotta exhaust Shogun 2, and then wait for Rome II...

#25 Posted by zeusbark (80 posts) -

Know what you mean, that Sexy, gorgeous red head. I to will spend hours and hours playing with her at night, until I'm all tired and can't click on her no more!

#26 Posted by alphatango1 (3778 posts) -

So finally, after 8 years of scratching a living in flea infested villages, we are finally going back to where we belong, Rome!   /endripoffgladiatorquote

For me, Rome: Total War was the first in the series that I had ever played, and it was actually the game that brought me to start visiting GameSpot in the first place. In fact, it was actually the first game that I had really ever enthusiastically anticipated before its release. The game really captured my imagination like nothing else, and most of my first 1000 posts were on its discussion board. 

When did you start playing? Do we have any fans from the first Shogun here? I was a little young when the first one came out and was barely a gamer at the time.

greasemonkey42

 

I started  at the beginning with Shogun. The funny thing is that game has never really been bested. The main reason and my pet hate are the maps. In Shogun you never knew where the enemy were. You entered as an attacker right at the back and had to find the enemy. This gave the defenders a chance to ambush an advancing army and turn the tables.

Now later they did away with this in favour of a 11 aside kick off at 20 paces, removing tactics and strategy. BRING IT BACK!!!!

Rant over, Rome was a masterpiece. I played it to death. My only slight gripe was that the barbarians were too weak and could never match the might of the legions even on the hardest setting.

As a dedicated PC gamer, this series makes our platform special. I play it a gtx 680 (age has some advantages) with everything maxed on DX11. When my armies  clash in Shogun (darth mod), the screen display is like a movie. Fantastic.

I have high hopes for Rome 2. CA are a class outfit and they will smash it. My only slight reservation in this new DLC trend. I want to see lots of factions with unique units available from the get go, and not as chargeable content.

#27 Posted by ianmc1986 (19 posts) -

My very first total war game was shogun total war. I remember the day I went to my local mall to buy it ( I was 14-15) I remember my very first strategy game if you could call it that was north vs south on nintendo haha but what really got me into shogun was sid meier's gettysburg. i played that for 2 years or so and moved onto shogun when i saw it in the mall once day. the first shogun was definitley the best experience for me and then rome when it came out 5 some years later. I only hope Rome II will bring back some familiar things seen in the first. I agree less DLC's and more stuff from the get-go and Barbarian tribes to the north should not be pushover's. CA has the chance to dethrone the first shogun as best game in my collection so hopefully they dont disappoint :)

#28 Posted by Crassis (1 posts) -

The first game I plaed in the seies was Medieval 1. Controlling the seas was key. station ships in each sea province in a chain and you could just bounce massive armies from Scandinavia to Egypt in the blink of an eye. I went back and played Shogun 1 as well. My favorate so far has to be Shogun 2, although I enjoy the gameplay mechanics from earlier games as well. It shouldn't take decades traveling from one end of the map in a ship to the next.

#29 Posted by jack00 (3546 posts) -

I started with Shogun Total war. Skipped to Medieval II after that. Then Medieval II Kingdoms and skipped to Napoleon Total War. My fav so far was Napoleon TW as I am a huge fan of the personna. I'll be sure to check this new ROME II tho, looks very impressive.

Btw did they say anything about the scale of the battles ? I really wish we get real scale battle in this one. Like with 10 000 - 20 000 units in your army (without conting the enemy forces) and a battle that takes hours to win instead of 20 minutes.

#30 Posted by sextus1 (740 posts) -

I started with the original Shogun ( and the little stick men) and went through the entire series except for Napoleon. The only one that was a disappointment for me was Empire. I find that each release of the originals -Shogun and Rome just want me to hope the series never ends as the graphics and game play are amazing. I am really sorry to see that Gamespot had this split as it was a very relevant and vibrant site for gamers to discuss their successes and frustrations on a site that offered a lot of personality and color. I can remember when Silent Hunter 4 came out and it's forum went on for over a year with at least 40 regulars getting into some deep discussions.

Sic volvere Parcas " So spin the Fates"

#31 Posted by Legolose (536 posts) -

Oh wow lets see the first time I played it was Medieval: Total War Viking Invasion waaaaaay back and been hooked ever since ;)

#32 Posted by VR_Verdugo (274 posts) -
I played the demo for the first Shogun and I thought it was so cool but I was in high school and didn't have a dime to my name. I didn't get around to playing a full game until Rome came out. I've played Medieval, Empire, and Shogun 2 since then. Rome and Empire have been my favorite. Looking forward to Rome 2.
#33 Posted by marksman101 (601 posts) -

Nine years ago when the Rome: Total War demo came out.

After seeing some of the trailers my fourteen-year-old mind was set; I NEEDED this game. I downloaded the demo and the family PC could barely run it. Though five computer builds ago, I still somehow remember it having a single core Pentium III 700MHz processor and no dedicated graphics card. I was so excited to play RTW I managed to actually convince my father to buy an upgraded system, which we put together, together. He worked days and I of course had school so we toiled in the evenings for two days, and on the second day after finally troubleshooting the last problem (I still remember, we forgot to switch the power supply on. An amateur mistake.) and installing the operating system and essential drivers the very first thing I did was install the Rome: Total War demo. My father went to bed but I stayed up all night playing those (two?) historical battles over and over trying different strategies and difficulties.

That's a very fond memory, and one I did not remember until posed your question. Thanks.

#34 Posted by Joutja (11 posts) -
I started off with the first Shogun. I was only about 10 years and I loved playing it. After I got a better computer I started with Rome and then Medieval. Never got Empires or Shogun 2. I still don't have the money to get a computer good enough for those.
#35 Posted by P1zzaman (1142 posts) -

I first started with Medieval Total War, then went back and played some Shogun Total War.

#36 Posted by fuzzier (69 posts) -

Shogun total war, bought it in summer 2000 or 2001. Been playing the series ever since.

#37 Posted by kweeni (10925 posts) -
Back in 2004 when my local game store gave me a free demo disk of Rome Total War. Played it for weeks or months then finally got the full game and played that for 3-4 years until I got Medieval 2. Also got the Barbarian & Alexander expansions. Good times, hard to believe it's been almost a decade... Hope my laptop will be able to run Rome 2 even if on low. I also want to get Shogun 2 some day. The first one was pretty cool but I didn't play it much though.
#38 Posted by chopsbenedict (3 posts) -
Junior year of HS, Rome. I had lusted after medieval and shogun but didnt have a machine capable, then the glorious revolution of Rome! Never went back to the oldies but have played hundreds of hours of every one since. Bought several copies of each through the years after unintended permanent loans, scratched discs, and finally a digital copy now! Cant wait for 2, ill be lost for months to it.
#39 Posted by GW_Praetorian (2 posts) -

I first started with Medieval Total War, then went back and played some Shogun Total War.

P1zzaman
Same here, started with Medieval around september of 2002 if i remember right and followed the series ever since
#40 Posted by JeffreyCor (149 posts) -

Back at the begining, Shogun: Total War when it was new on the market. Been hooked and played every Total War game since :)

#41 Posted by millbro (151 posts) -

Original Shogun here haha.. Was in high school at the time and it was awesome!.. Then again Rome was my favorite in the series. Tried to play shogun again later on and the interface was so wonky i couldnt play it =(.. Really looking forward to this game.

I have a gaming laptop i bought about 2 years ago. Hopefully it will play this well.. I tried to play shogun 2 on it and it would never start up would just crash to desktop! So i had to play shogun 2 on my desktop gaming pc about 7 years old (upgraded it a few times already) and it still played shogun 2 well.. I had to turn down the graphics settings to have it run with ultra unit sizes.

#42 Posted by AllHailTheSith (296 posts) -

I didn't own my own computer until I was like 17.  Parents feared 24 hour access to porn, which totally happened anyway...  Anyhoo, first 2 games I bought and installed on my system were Rome Total War, and Vampire The Masquarade: Bloodlines.  Which both remain some of my favorite games of all time. 

#43 Posted by GeneralMufinMan (368 posts) -

The first Rome was my first Total War love, and remains my favorite, high hopes for Rome II though

IMO: Rome I > Med II > Shogun II > Med I > Napoleon > Empire 

Great series so far, only thing I can hope for next is Total War: Middle Earth or Total War: Westeros :)