1. Rome: Total War
Rome: Total War is a real-time strategy title by The Creative Assembly as the third installment of their Total War series. The main campaign spans the time from 270 BC to AD 14, taking place during the rule of the Roman Republic up to the beginnings of the Roman Empire. As someone aspiring to become the Emperor, you take control of one of the Roman families. Your goal is to conquer all fifty provinces with Rome serving as the main prize. Win the hearts of your people or rule with fear, the game's campaigns will take you across Europe, the Near East and North Africa.
2. Total War: ROME II: Emperor Edition
Released in September 2013, Total War: ROME II: Emperor Edition is the eighth game in the Total War series. From Eastern cultures to the Barbarians, the game features several playable factions. As with the previous titles in The Total War Series, Each one has its own political, commercial and military strengths. With every faction comes its own set of dilemmas as well as unique tech trees for you to utilize.
3. Age of Empires: Rise of Rome Expansion
An expansion pack based on the Roman Empire's rise to power, Age of Empires: Rise of Rome adds playable civilizations to the original title. It features Roman architectural designs which are shared by the Romans, Macedonians, Palmyrans and Carthaginians. Four more researchable technologies have been introduced in the expansion as well as five additional units and four random map types. There are also new ways to play, including one that utilizes unit queuing and one that increases the limit of the population.
4. Caesar 3
Made by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Entertainment, Caesar III lets you experience how it is to be a Roman governor tasked to build a city. As they say, Rome wasn't built in one day. To establish a grand empire of your own, you will need to meet the demands of your people. Keep the city safe from both hostiles and disasters while appeasing the gods. Fill your coffers by trading with neighboring cities. Design your city the way you want by adding roads and erecting building for different purposes. If things ever get too overwhelming, put your advisers to use. After all, you'll need their help to prove that you are fit to be crowned as Caesar.
5. CivCity: Rome
CivCity: Rome is a game created by Firefly Studios and Firaxis Games. Inspired by both Civilization and Caesar, this strategy title will have you managing a number of cities under the Roman Empire. Your goal is to ensure that all of them have enough commodities to survive on. Go on campaigns to prove yourself as a worthy engineer. Meet historic characters such as Julius Caesar and Marcus Licinium Crassus and go up the ranks. In this title, you get to both build and destroy as you wage war against the Germanic tribes, the Egyptians and even the famed forces of Carthage. CivCity: Rome features over a hundred types of buildings, 34 missions and 27 maps. There's even user-generated content to keep you coming back for more.
6. Grand Ages: Rome
Grand Ages: Rome is a game that combines city building with real-time strategy elements. Once you've created a character, you can choose which family you wish to belong to. Will you join Valerii, Flavii, Aemilii, Lucii or Julii? Each one gives unique bonuses to your military, economy and people. The missions involve establishing colonies by providing work for your people and ensuring that they have access to all of those resources to survive.
7. Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients
Take charge of a mighty army during a time when a single mistake can turn the tide of battle in Hegemony III: Clash of the Ancients. Only a single faction can be heralded the greatest empire of all, will it be yours? Take up arms as the bronze-armored Hoplites or fight back as tribal warriors. Defend against bands of Gallic Skirmishers as a part of the Roman legion -- it's up to you to determine if history runs its course. There are more the 25 factions to choose from and over 30 units to command. If you wish, you can even create a world of your own using the in-game map editor.
8. Hegemony Rome: The Rise of Caesar
Take a journey to the plains of Gaul where a decade-long war is ravaging the land. Immerse yourself in history and witness Julius Caesar crush the barbarian hordes or unite the tribes and overthrow the Roman empire. This real-time strategy game will put your wits to the test as you plan tactics, using even the changing seasons to your advantage. It features a seamless map which stretches from the coast of the Mediterranean sea up to the British Isles. Do you have what it takes to make history?
9. Europa Universalis: Rome
Developed by Paradox Development, Europa Universalis: Rome is a grand-scale strategy title. Set during the rise of the Roman Empire, the game's events begin in 280 BC through the Pyrhhic war and beyond. As a powerful leader in the empire, you have the ability to choose from over fifty different factions. You may opt to lead the Greeks, the Celtics or the Carthaginians. You can even choose to be a champion for the powerful Roman Empire.