Total War: Rome II is getting a patch this Friday. Which is good, because as it stands, the game is a mess.
Here's the complete update info from developers Creative Assembly:
At Creative Assembly we are very pleased with the response to ROME II, with hundreds of thousands of players enjoying the game so far; but we do know that, as with all large PC releases, the variety of hardware and general system specifications can cause issues for some people and we are urgently working to help get them the right experience.
As announced last month, we are also planning to tweak the balancing, AI routines and other features now that we’re getting real-time metric feedback from thousands of players.
The result is that the first update to the game will drop this Friday, with the intention to update the game on a weekly basis in the immediate future.
Full patch notes will be available on Friday, but the update will address known instances of crashes due to hardware conflicts alongside several other performance fixes.
In addition, anyone experiencing graphical issues including low resolution textures, should check our support forums at www.totalwar.com/rome2support which contain suggestions for settings which will improve visuals in almost all cases.
There are also a variety of other fixes suggested in our support forum, please head there to find out more or report your own problem directly to the CA team who will assist you.
Note that because I have the game a "Not Yet", I'll be revisiting it in a month or so to see if anything's improved. When I do, I'll see if I can give the game a more definitive verdict.