Steam has a graph-based review system which causes an alert to go off after a series of negative reviews start to come in. Unluckily this reviews bomb has just hit Total War Rome 2 after many fans believed that the recurring women generals in Total War Rome 2 were forced and unnecessary.
The controversy picked up its pace from the online reviews and forum posts on Steam which blamed the developers to have manufactured the frequent appearance of women generals in the game more than what seems appropriate. It went on to upset numerous users of Total War Rome 2.
Fans were just not convinced to believe the authenticity of the game which apparently had 50% woman generals. One user even posted a screenshot of the game to prove this point. To address to this issue the Community Content Editor for Total War Rome 2, Ella McConnell stepped up to argue the issues that players were not being able to digest.
“Firstly, I’ll say it again: Total War games are historically authentic, not historically accurate – if having female units upsets you that much you can either mod them out or just not play. People saying they won’t buy the game because there are too many women in it is fine with us – if that’s their reason, we’d rather they didn’t anyway.”
However, Ella was just hit with more negative comments by some unwelcoming users which even resulted in her blocking some of them due to continuous unacceptable remarks. Nonetheless, she managed to handle the negativity with dignity not letting them get in her head by implying she was doing it for personal reasons. She responded by saying:
I’m not HR, nor is it my job to push a “personal agenda” – I convey the views of the company, which is where the statement regarding historical authenticity vs. historical accuracy (and the inclusion of women) originates.
The main issue here is not about the inclusion of women generals but the Total War Rome 2 developers including females just for the sake of politicising the game. A historical game like Total War Rome 2 should be more focused on the accuracy of the era in the game than involving modern politics.
Meanwhile, while the latest installment of the Total War games has multiple locations to go through in the Great Britian. The beginners can dive into the game as well.