IGN: "Rome 2 lets players take command of any of a wide range of nations, from Rome itself, to Persia, Carthage, Egypt, the Barbarians, and loads more. The campaign follows Rome's transition from a Republic to an Empire, and stretches from Spain in the West to Afghanistan in the East, from Britain in the North to Egypt in the South. The series has always delivered two games in one. The first is a game of grand strategy where the player manages diplomacy, tax rates, building projects, army movement, and all the other duties an emperor needs to manage. The second is a real time tactical game that puts players in the role of a general on the field of battle as soldiers clash with each other in some of the most cinematic historical battles gaming has to offer."