Tom Chick: "The more I play Rome II, the more I feel a crushing sense of disappointment and even betrayal. It’s like being a kid at Christmas, gleefully ripping the paper off the box for a new toy and snatching it out of that box. Look, Mom, it’s Rome II. Rome II, I tell you. But the more you play with it, the more it falls apart. It doesn’t work like you expected. It less and less resembles the awesome pictures on the box. It’s a lesson in the limitations of plastic and paint and cheap manufacturing. But what’s most galling about Rome II is that Creative Assembly taught us no such lesson with their last game, Shogun 2, with its stately elegance, its carefully weighed back-to-the-basics approach to their traditional gameplay, and even the flashy multiplayer chrome around the edges. Shogun 2 was the Civilization IV of the Total War series. Rome II is the Civilization V."