In the northern reaches of The european union, the small barbarian kingdoms teeter between oblivion and effectiveness. To the south, the migratory tribes lie in turmoil; the Alans have grown tired of the other tribes poking fun at their name and now rage against the world with a ferocity that wins them few friends but many battles. They also bring with them tough leadership challenges, although there are numerous paths to victory and each faction boasts unique strengths to help get them there.In order to balance the hungry expansion of a developing kingdom with the necessity of moving beyond static stone walls to leverage the strengths of a mobile horde, decisions must be made.
In the Eastern Empire of the Sassanids, things are quieter and life is undeniably easier. Still, this prosperous and enlightened empire must contend with petty Roman leaders who grasp at their exotic riches to help prop up a faltering regime. As a fractured and fractious beast, even though the great Roman Empire itself still stands. The division of West and East has resulted in huge swathes of empire left in disrepair, defended by ill-equipped and unmotivated soldiers who can be tempted away by promises of glory and freedom. What goes up must come down and those who spent weeks building their empire in Total War: Rome 2 can spend just as long trying to prevent its fall.