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Imperator: Rome PC

Imperator: Rome is a large scale strategy game, in which you play as a leader of an ancient nation, starting from Athens' golden age. You have many duties, such as managing your country, developing the society, economy, and military, and maintaining relations with other nations.

Strategy | Economic | RTS | Ancient history | multiplayer | war strategy | Ancient Rome | historical

PC / Windows
Imperator: Rome cover

publisher: Paradox Interactive

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Game mode: single / multiplayer

Multiplayer mode: Internet

English language game language: English

game release date for PC:


Imperator: Rome is a strategy game, in which you lead an ancient nation. It was developed by Paradox Developments, known for such productions as Crusader Kings II, Hearts of Iron IV, Stellaris, and Europa Universalis IV.


The spatial and temporal setting of the game is wider than the title might suggest. The gameplay starts during the golden age of Athens. Imperator: Rome features an enormous map, stretching from the Pillars of Hercules (the ancient same of the Rock Gibraltar) to India. You can conquer every nation visible on the map.

Imperator: Rome builds on ideas from other games of the studio. It's a large scale strategy game, focusing on managing your nation instead of managing your troops in battle. Mechanics-wise, it's similar to other Paradox games, such as Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, and Hearts of Iron IV, and it utilizes an upgraded version of the engine those games used as well.

The mechanics are very expansive, and your range of duties is quite wide: you have to manage the domestic and international politics, economy, scientific research, and social structure, as well as military operations.

The in-game world is inhabited by many characters with varied abilities and characteristics, affecting the gameplay by making their own decisions and dynamically responding to your actions. The map is also filled with societies of various cultures and religions, featuring e.g. citizens, freemen, tribes, and slaves.

Imperator: Rome allows you to choose from various forms of government, such as monarchy, tribe clan structure, or senate republic. A key aspect of the gameplay is also trade and investing in the development of your provinces, upgrading i.e. buildings, roads, and defensive structures.

You also spend a fair share of your time waging war. The right strategy can be prepared before battle; each culture has their own war traditions, giving you unique bonuses, abilities, and units. You also have to deal with revolts and barbarian invasions.

Game score 7.94 / 10 calculated out of 258 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.9 / 10 calculated out of 193 players' votes.  

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

Recommended: Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4 GHz / AMD Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz, 6 GB RAM, graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 660 / Radeon R9 380 or better, Windows 10 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core i3-550 3.2 GHz / AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 460 / Radeon HD 6970 or better, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit

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