Percentile Rank

Imperator: Rome is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 25 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

78%

Critics Recommend

Based on 25 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
No Recommendation / Blank
No Recommendation / Blank
Apr 25, 2019

The systems run as deep as ever in Paradox's latest effort, though the personality isn't quite there.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 25, 2019

Plutarch said of Alexander the Great: “when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.” If anything, my experience of Imperator: Rome has left me feeling the exact opposite: I want to weep, as I know I will never find the time to conquer everything this game has to offer.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 25, 2019

It strikes a great balance between retaining much of what makes a Paradox grand strategy game so time-consuming while streamlining its approach and interface.

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Checkpoint Gaming
Liked-a-lot
Liked-a-lot
May 12, 2019

If you're a history buff and you're not put off by the sea of numbers, this game will be a joy to play.

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Scored Reviews

Gaming Nexus
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2019

A good game with a lot of depth – just what one would expect from Paradox.  Play it through once or twice just for fun, then grab one of the strategy guides that will be popping up to more fully appreciate the mechanics.

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PC Gamer
92 / 100
92 / 100
Apr 25, 2019

Huge, inventive and the reason I'm sleep deprived. It's brilliant.

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Gameblog
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 25, 2019

Imperator Rome is a monument of the strategy game. Surely one of the most complete games from Paradox. It is a real journey for the mind and it will make you experience Greek-Roman antiquity as in way that has been too rarely been used in video games before. A pure jewel.

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GameSpew
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2019

Imperator: Rome truly has the depth and versatility to become one of Paradox’s finest.

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Destructoid
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2019

Imperator: Rome feels like it's yet another step in Paradox's attempts to make the perfect grand strategy game. It pulls bits from Paradox's storied past in the genre and adopts it for the ancient era. Because of this, it doesn't feel like past releases where the game does one thing fantastically and falters in the rest of the mechanics but instead refines past mechanics into a marble bust of megalomaniacal fun. Ave Imperator: Rome!

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Old Man Mordaith
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2019

Every game of Imperator: Rome may have you winning or suffering defeat in the Punic wars as the titular Rome. But how many of those games did you have your rival, the leader of Carthage, tossed into an arena, and forced him to duel his son to the death? Of course, when he won, you granted him full rights of a citizen and brought his surviving family members into the fold, and a generation later, they were your most staunch supporters.

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GRYOnline.pl
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 24, 2019

Imperator Rome is a great example of an entertaining historical game developed by Paradox studios. I was able to manipulate the fates of great empires and easily engage in wars, coups or intrigues. It's a difficult game to review because you want to play it all the time.

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Spaziogames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2019

Imperator: Rome is the new Paradox's grand strategy, an absolute certainty in the genre.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Apr 27, 2019

What Imperator: Rome does, it does impeccably well. Like Paradox games have been doing for years now, it will devour hours and whole days of your life, and you will give them willingly.

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BaziCenter
8 / 10
8 / 10
May 2, 2019

Imperator: Rome is the natural next step in the evolution of titles made by Paradox Development Studio. It does not offer much innovation, but what it does, it does really well. deep and multi-layered gameplay system is sure to both engage and excite the player to a great degree. However technical issues prevent this otherwise great title to reach its full potential.

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IGN
8 / 10.0
T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2019

Imperator: Rome packs more interesting strategic systems and detail into its vast historical sandbox simulation than its interface can fully handle, but they produce some excellent political scheming and warfare.

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PCGamesN
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 25, 2019

As Imperator grows in scale from its Clausewitz cousins, so too it grows in depth and ultimately in unwieldiness. But there's a grand strategy with aeons of play in it for you.Phil Iwaniuk

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Hu3br
Apr 26, 2019

Imperator: Rome combines the best parts of Europa Universalis: Rome into a bigger, more ambitious package. A great entry point for those interested in grand strategy games.

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New Game Network
75 / 100
75 / 100
May 17, 2019

Imperator: Rome has some rough edges and it's not quite up to par with the excellent games Paradox usually churns out, but at the same time, it is still a challenging and rewarding experience that's bound to keep you engaged for long stretches.

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GameWatcher
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2019

A very Paradox game, in both a good and bad way. It has all the hallmarks of a good game, and I look forward to seeing continued development as time goes by.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2019

Rome: Imperator is one of Paradox's biggest and best games - it also has a bigger focus on military expansion than their other games.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
May 3, 2019

Imperator: Rome's audience is inherently limited, and it's shoddy tutorial and lack of game modes won't attract new players, but if you dig managing ancient empires through a series of menus, you'll probably have a good time.

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Jump Dash Roll
6 / 10
6 / 10
May 1, 2019

In its current state, Imperator: Rome is a somewhat hollow experience. If you're a patient fan of grand strategy and don't mind dealing with the terrible UI, you'll enjoy what's available. The game will no doubt improve massively over time. Ave Rome!

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SomHráč.sk
60%
60%
May 4, 2019

If you like grand strategy games, check on Imperator: Rome's progress in two years. Today, you can easily find better alternatives.

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cublikefoot
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2019
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PC Invasion
Apr 25, 2019

Imperator: Rome combines the quirks and mechanics of multiple Paradox titles, but it lacks the charm and depth to stand out on its own. It wore the trappings and regalia of Marcus Aurelius, yet, once removed, out came Commodus instead.

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