Rome Total War was constructed by Creative Assembly in collaboration
with Activision. It's the third on the road game of the Total War series along
with Shogun and Medieval.
contribution to Strategy games was multifacited: new ideas and real time
strategy methods. Medieval on the other hand, was clearly more mature than
having many more units and a more sophisticated and functional strategy map.
"Rome" (which according to creative Assembly was meant
to be the first of the series) is considered the best among the 3, since it
is based on the successful recipes of its predecessor and in addition presents
an impressive graphics machine along with an improved strategy map.
Some Rome: Total War screenshots