Rome Total War was good, I’m currently playing Empire Total War but you do need a half decent rig to play that game. I’m finally starting to love the sea battles, they are actually highly tactical in a completely different way from ground troops which is a refreshing change.
On another note, the battles are slow, but that’s not the word I would use, tactical would be a more fitting describing word. You will need to have patience to fully appreciate the game, so it won’t apply to those gamers with 5 second attention spans. But once you start to enjoy these games they will suck you in and spit you out 6 months later with a grin still beaming on your face.
I enjoy the Total War franchise more than any other RTS, to be honest I’m not a big fan of RTS games, not since the first Red Alert anyway. But the Total War franchise is somewhat different, you will like it