So, Total War: ROME REMASTERED launched on April 29 of this year, and man, are we excited about it. Playing this cult classic feels like eating a meal you haven’t had since you were a child. You didn’t miss it, but thank the heavens Mom decided to make it for Thanksgiving. Since we love this game so much, we’ve decided to talk about arguably the most important decision you will make in your playthrough, and that’s which faction you will join.
Long-time fans will recall 19 playable factions, and we will subjectively list you our top 3 best and worst factions to start Total War: ROME REMASTERED based on their strength.
Keyword: “subjective.” We understand that each faction fancy different playstyles. Before we share them, we must first give you our definition of faction strength in Total War: ROME REMASTERED to better understand our picks.
Define faction strength in Total War: ROME REMASTERED?
Most Total War: ROME REMASTERED players aren’t booting the game preparing for ultra-sweaty, hardcore playthroughs. They are mostly casual players with a standard level of understanding of the game. This base level of knowledge is enough to keep them engaged in both offense and defense when in a battle.
How well a faction performs to the average level player may very well be a great way to determine how good that faction is. Earlier parts of the experience are the most crucial, which must also be considered when deciding which factions are best for newcomers or returning fans.
Now that you have a simple understanding of how we determine a faction’s strength let us get on to our top 3 best and worst factions to play when starting a new playthrough of Total War: ROME REMASTERED.
TOP 3 WORST FACTIONS OF TOTAL WAR: ROME REMASTERED
Numidia – Bad
Many players mock Numidia, and we have to acknowledge that they aren’t as bad as other people think. However, there are some pretty good reasons this is one of the worst factions in the Total War: ROME REMASTERED.
Numidia arguably has the worst starting economy in the game for starters, which can be an incredible uphill battle for newcomers. Their army is also pretty stale compared to others and can make progressing discouraging for the average player.
Settlements are very far apart, so pushing armies along the desert is next to impossible. Some benefits keep the Numidia faction from being the absolute worst in the game, as their starting army. It is…decent…to say the least, but with all the issues you’ll have to overcome, whatever benefits it brings are overshadowed by the shortcomings.
Parthia – Worse
So earlier, we did mention that strength can be defined by how well the faction can carry the average level player. Parthia is a tricky pick because it is abysmal when inexperienced players choose this faction while being very OP in the right hands.
The infantry is debatably the worst in the game. The factions also have a problematic starting position since there are so many opposing Middle Eastern factions close to their settlements in the beginning. Coupled with their being underdeveloped, that will cause significant anxiety for newer players learning to catch their bearings.
Of course, if you know how to use their fantastic cavalry – overpowered horse archers and late-game cataphracts – you can shake some stuff up. However, stay far away from this faction if you are just starting out. It won’t be an excellent time for you.
Spain – Worst
We are sorry if you are from Spain or you are a big fan of Spanish territories. We have to say that Spain is the absolute worst faction in the game. Many of the issues mentioned above are combined to make starting with Spain more difficult than beating a classic Megaman game on your first try without continuing.
Spain has a terrible starting position, horrible initial economic status; their military roster is abysmal. While they have a decently defended starting position, there isn’t anything worth defending in their territories. All of their settlements are – not only spread far apart – underdeveloped and have some of the worst travel times in the game.
I’m sure some Total War: ROME REMASTERED wiz can take Spain and optimize its benefits in the long run. However, starting out, you are in for some trouble. We recommend you avoid this faction unless you’re following up an enticing bet that’s worth the stress.
TOP 3 BEST FACTIONS OF TOTAL WAR: ROME REMASTERED
Brutii, Scipii, and Julii – Best, Best, and Best (Take your pick.)
Okay, we are going to be honest. There isn’t much need to separate these three factions in their own sections because they are such obvious choices for both new and experienced players that you can flip a three-sided coin – if you can find one – and let chance choose for you.
The Brutii, Scipii, and Julii factions are the Roman factions in this game. We have to speculate that they get so much love in this game because they are literally in the title. In a way, their factions are the staples of the game’s lore. Just like Hercules has plot armor in his mythical stories, you can translate that logic to the status of the Roman factions.
They have excellent army diversity with minimal weaknesses to worry about both in the early and late parts of the game. Their economic starting points are extraordinary compared to other factions, and their settlements are all plentiful and well developed.
There isn’t much to say about these three factions other than…well…pick one. Your life will be that much easier, we promise.
What’s your favorite faction in Total War: ROME REMASTERED?
We know the top three factions for Total War: ROME REMASTERED was a bit anticlimactic. However, if you understand the game, you know from where we are coming. If you don’t, take our word and appreciate that we didn’t beat around the bush when telling you the truth about those lucky Romans.
If you plan on playing or have already started enjoying Total War: ROME REMASTERED, let us know in the comments or our social media what your favorite factions are? Also, if you have one you despise, tell us, too. We’d love to hear your input.