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Pax Romana - Facts & Screens

by Rainier on May 3, 2002 @ 2:24 p.m. PDT

Pax Romana is a real time empire building game which combines strategic and political elements and which also has strong multi-player functionality. Developed by Antik Games, the team behind Europa Universalis, Pax Romana is a game of great depth and sophistication with two main game modes: pure strategy and strategy and politics.

Strategy version

Take control of Rome’s destiny and ensure the Empire prospers.

Faced with hostile barbaric nations, players must fight to stamp their authority over the entire ancient world. In this version, Pax Romana consists of classic strategy gameplay: expansion and conquest. Fighting wars is the key to expanding Rome’s power, the essential component of ultimate victory, though diplomacy also plays an important part in the game. The different scenarios contained in Pax Romana stretch from 272 BC to 217 AD and include a major 300 year campaign.

Politics version:

Become the leader of Rome.

In the political version of the game, players play an important historical character (Caesar, Pompey, Crassus…), leader of one of the political parties in the Roman Republic between 275 and 44 BC. Players will have to be machiavellian in their political policies, astute in their economic policies and merciless in their military policies if they are to successfully lead their faction over the 40 different scenarios (covering between 20 and 250 years of ancient history).
In this version, the game includes authentic aspects of Roman political life:

  • elections: players must run for the Republic’s important political posts,
  • the Forum: they must control their parties’ policies and negotiate with the other factions,
  • the Senate: they must try to get their policies passed by the Senate,
  • and ultimately they must take part in trials, prosecuting their opponents and defending their Senators.

During these phases, players can carry out actions in public and in secret, suffer both favourable and unfavourable incidents, manage their party and their leader’s career, and enter into political discussions and negotiations in an attempt to gain political influence in different spheres of the Republic.
The winner will be the player who uses his political influence, his wealth or his military force to become the leader of Rome – and that only if Rome herself is victorious!

Characteristics:

  • two game modes: pure strategy and strategy and politics,
  • in the politics version, up to 6 Roman factions, represented by major historical characters (players or AI), and dozens of adversaries can be active at any given time,
  • 40 scenarios running from 275 to 44 BC,
  • over 150 historical events, 60 playable strategies, and 50 important characters from Roman history,
  • a large map of Europe and of Antiquity, running from the Atlantic to Persia, with 5 zoom levels,
  • an historically accurate depiction of the political, economic, diplomatic and military conditions of the time,
  • detailed and realistic 2 & 3D portraits and descriptions of the characters, buildings, resources, landscapes, and of dozens of military and civilian units,
  • multi-player mode over LAN or Internet.


Releaese date: November 2002

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