After Rome two, it was hard to be optimistic about the future of Total War. Shogun 2 triumphed because it took a few great ideas from Napoleon Total War and ignored just about everything else the series had attempted since Rome. Was the future of Total War just going to be repackaged hits?
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Attila takes a look at that trend and veers off in a new direction. It changes the basic rules of the Total War series in order to do justice to the passing of the Roman world. Cities burn, regions are ruined, and an endless onslaught of nomadic tribes try to burrow their way into the Roman empire and carve out a place in sunlight. Meanwhile, Roman generals turn against successive emperors, and the Huns hit like a tsunami.