Total War: ROME 2 First Gameplay Video SPQRs Like Hell


The first gameplay video for Total War: ROME 2 has launched. Though it’s more of a first cutscene trailer rather than a first gameplay trailer. Still, it’s full of some rather awesome moments, particularly Senatorial debate over the progress of the war. The footage featured here is set firmly in the last stages of the Second Punic War, the giveaway being the reference to Scipio, who led Roman forces in the invasion of Carthage. My guess is that it’s Fabius Maximus, chief critic of Scipio, complaining about the strength of Carthage’s walls in this video. Actually, as Quinsec points out in comments, the siege of Carthage took place at the end of the Third Punic War, and was led by Scipio’s adopted grandson, also called Scipio, and that’s who is likely being name-checked here.

As to the identity of the bastard calling for the destruction of Carthage, it could be Cato the Elder. Cato was a dour, almost ascetic individual devoted to the promotion of traditional the Roman values (which is to say, he hated luxurious living, he hated uppity poor people, and he really hated Roman society’s embrace of Greek culture). He was also Rome’s chief advocate for putting Carthaginian civilization to the torch, and took on the habit of ending all of his speeches, regardless of topic, with the expression “Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam,” or “And also, I believe Carthage must be destroyed”. He died either right before, or right after the Third Punic War started (records are unclear) at approximately age 85. FUN FACT: His descendent, Cato the younger, would go on to be Julius Caesar’s bitterest enemy during the death throes of the Republic.


I’m also kind of impressed with the recreation of Carthage. We don’t know as much about the city as we’d like, because when the Romans defeated Carthage during the Third Punic War half a century later, they burned the city to the ground, enslaved the entire population, and salted the fields so that nothing could grow. Ouch. But we do know some details, especially about their military forces, like mounted Elephants, and the reknowned Numidian Cavalry.

Anyway, here you go. Enjoy.

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5 Comments on Total War: ROME 2 First Gameplay Video SPQRs Like Hell


On September 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm

looks great, hopefully its another amazing total war game. High hopes been watching spartacus and rome in preparation. 13th!


On September 27, 2012 at 3:08 am

I, actually, think it’s the 3rd Punic War in the vid. The Romans didn’t assault the city of Carthage like this in the 2nd, they fought a good deal away from the city at Zama – and the invasion of Carthage in the 3rd Punic War was also led by a Scipio. Also, if it was the 2nd Punic War, why no mention of Hannibal?


On September 27, 2012 at 3:10 am

Also, the phrase “Carthage must be destroyed” was repeated over and over by Cato the Elder prior to the 3rd Punic War. Sorry, history teacher geeking out on you :)


On September 27, 2012 at 3:21 am

Yep, that’s Cato the Elder saying “Carthage must be destroyed.” He repeatedly ended his speeches with that phrase prior to the 3rd Punic War. Sorry, history teacher geeking out :)

Ross Lincoln

On September 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

Yep, you’re right! The Scipio name-checked here is probably Scipio Aemilianus AKA Africanus the Younger and not the more famous one from the second war. In my defense, the trailer doesn’t actually contain Cato’s famous refrain, which is why I assumed it was the earlier war. And also, derp, Zama.

Anyway, I’ve updated this post because I hate being wrong if I don’t have to be. Thanks!