Total War History
It didn't start with Rome - it started at Shogun - but all roads lead to Rome: Total War, the game that put this series on the map. But successive releases haven't been resting on their laurels, and the series has gone from strength to strength.
Total War: Rome II 2013 [PC] Empire: Total War 2009 [PC] Viking: Battle for Asgard 2008 [PC, PS3, 360] Shogun: Total War 2000 [PC]
Empire: Total War was a massive, epic and engrossing entry. While others had failings, Empire stood tall - and it's still great fun to this day.
Genre: Real-time strategy