Rome: Total War

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Rome: Total War
Rome: Total War cover
Creative Assembly
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
OS X Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows September 22, 2004
OS X March 26, 2009
Total War
Shogun: Total War 2000
Medieval: Total War 2002
Rome: Total War 2004
Medieval II: Total War 2006
Empire: Total War 2009
Napoleon: Total War 2010
Total War: Shogun 2 2011
Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai 2012
Total War Battles: Shogun 2012
Total War: Rome II 2013
Total War: Attila 2015
Total War Battles: Kingdom 2015
Total War: Warhammer 2016
Total War: Warhammer II 2017
Total War: Arena TBA

Key points

GameSpy multiplayer replaced with Steamworks; all product keys activate on Steam.[1]

General information

Official series site
Official Forums
Total War Wiki - A wiki for the series
Total War Center Unofficial Discussion and Modding community
Steam Community Discussions
Steam Users' Forums - for Rome: Total War series


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail SafeDisc DRM. Physical copy with select International shipping
Green Man Gaming
Mac App Store Gold Edition
All product keys activate on Steam.[1]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Rome: Total War - The Barbarian Invasion Comes bundled with the Rome: Total War - Gold Edition and Rome: Total War - Anthology compilations.
Rome: Total War - Alexander Standalone; comes bundled with the Rome: Total War - Anthology compilation.

Essential improvements[edit]


  • Every patch can be found here.
The Gold Edition is already patched to the latest version.


Europa Barbarorum:

Europa Barbarorum is a total conversion modification. The modification affects all areas of RTW; all vanilla units have been removed, all new models and textures, a new economic system, new traits system, new scripts, and in general new gameplay. No area of RTW is left untouched.

Roma Surrectum:

Roma Surrectum 2 is a full conversion mod to Rome Total war 1.5 and the predecessor to the original Roma Surrectum mod featuring unique Roman legions, new factions, units and a stunning high detailed map. Roma Surrectum 2 is developed for Rome Total war, but it will also run on both of its expansions, Barbarian invasion and Alexander.

Skip intro videos[edit]

Skip Intro[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\Rome Total War Gold\data\fmv.
  2. Find and delete, move or rename to something else these files.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\preferences\preferences.txt
macOS (OS X)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\saves
macOS (OS X)

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

In-game video settings.
In-game video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
See below. Stretched UI.
4K Ultra HD
See Widescreen resolution
Field of view (FOV)
Launch the game with -ne, -w or -window arguments
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Just launch the game in windowed mode
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Widescreen resolution[edit]

Set resolution in preferences.txt[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open preferences.txt.
  3. Edit all values named ***_RESOLUTION and ***_MAX_RESOLUTION to the desired resolution
  5. Save changes

Input settings[edit]

In-game key map settings.
In-game key map settings.
In-game camera settings.
In-game camera settings.

Audio settings[edit]

In-game audio settings.
In-game audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Main, SFX, Music, Speech
Surround sound
Up to 7.1[2]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 3[3] (via Miles Sound System[4])


Language UI Audio CC Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Hot seat
Use Play By Email Multiplayer/Hot Seat Campaign.
LAN play
Online play
8 GameSpy is offline; activate key on Steam to use new servers.[1]
Asynchronous multiplayer
Use Play By Email Multiplayer/Hot Seat Campaign.

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 3783, 6500, 6667, 28900, 29900-29901
UDP (outbound) 6515, 13139, 27750, 27900

Issues fixed[edit]

mss32.dll was not found[edit]

You have installed Rome Total War on a 64-bit system, but there is a bug in the installer which installs the game files in the wrong location by default. The incorrect default location is C:\Program Files; the correct location to install these files is C:\Program Files (x86). To fix this uninstall Rome Total War and all its expansions and patches, then freshly install the game again, making sure to installer selects "C:\Program Files (x86)" to install the game to. Warning: uninstalling the game and its expansions and patches will delete any saved games, the save game data folders should be copied to another destination and replaced after the fresh install.

Failed to find Steam[edit]

Failed to find Steam[citation needed]

A fix is to copy the steam.dll file from the main Steam folder into the Rome installation folder. This is a fix that most likely will fix your problem.

This issue is common with the Steam version of the game, with the error window appearing when attempting to launch either Rome: Total War or the expansion Barbarian Invasion.

First Method:

  1. To fix this, exit Steam and navigate to ...\Program Files (x86)\Steam\
  2. Locate the file ClientRegistry.blob and delete it, before relaunching Steam.
  3. Steam will then update before launching and the game should run. Note however this is not a permanent fix, and you may need to do this every time you load up the game. This also deletes your application-specific settings so try out the other fix first.

Second Method:

A less problematic fix that works for some people is disabling the steam community for this game.

  1. To do this, go to the games library, right-click 'Rome: Total War Gold Edition',
  2. Select 'Properties' and uncheck 'Enable Steam Community In-Game'.
This fix is less problematic since your settings are in the ClientRegistry.blob file, and deleting it will result in those settings being lost.

If neither of these methods work or if you are getting a "Steam failed to start" message, exit Steam then right-click the Steam shortcut and choose Run as administrator.[citation needed]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98 SE ME, 2000, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 1.0 GHz Intel Pentium IV 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 256 MB 512 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2.9 GB 3.4 GB
Video card (GPU) 64 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
Shader model 1.0 support
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0b compatible
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.7.5 10.8.3
Processor (CPU) Intel 1.4 GHz Intel 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 6 GB
Video card (GPU) 128 MB of VRAM 256 MB of VRAM


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 ROME: Total War multiplayer now available on Steam!
  2. Rome: Total War - (retrieved)
  3. Epic audio design in Medieval II: Total War - (retrieved)
  4. Epic, Cinematic Audio in Rome: Total War™ - (retrieved)