Weâ€™ve left the Ides of March behind us, which means itâ€™s probably safe to slip into the titular role in Imperator: Rome. This is a sweeping grand strategy game that takes heavy cues from Paradoxâ€™s own ambitious Europa Universalis series, but here youâ€™re largely dealing with the squabbling, power-hungry elected Senators of the Roman Republic rather than Paradoxâ€™s usual entitled rabble of kings and queens. Youâ€™ll pass laws, ask gods for favors, and occasionally go to war (provided the Senate agrees).
Suffice it to say that thereâ€™s a lot going on here, and it can get overwhelming even if youâ€™re used to Paradoxâ€™s dizzying strategy adventures. And to think, this was designed to be an accessible game. Get the hang of managing all the bickering, though, and youâ€™ll have a good idea of why olâ€™ Julius wanted to take the reins for himself.