Game controller - Rome Total War

#1
I have next to no knowledge about computer games and the peripherals needed to play them, being rather Old n Bold. I have spent an hour browsing forums on Rome Total War to get answers but maybe I am not asking the right questions. Maybe gaming ARRSERS can help.

RTW is being played on a laptop running Windows 7 using the touchpad and or a mouse. Neither is ideal for controlling the action. From what I understand maybe a game controller would be better to use, maybe moreso than a joystick.

Can I have gamers' recommendation for either of these devices, please? Wireless is preferable but not essential. Top spend £50.00.

The device is only to be used with the Total War series of programs. Thanks in advance. :)
 

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#3
Volunteer said:
I have next to no knowledge about computer games and the peripherals needed to play them, being rather Old n Bold. I have spent an hour browsing forums on Rome Total War to get answers but maybe I am not asking the right questions. Maybe gaming ARRSERS can help.

RTW is being played on a laptop running Windows 7 using the touchpad and or a mouse. Neither is ideal for controlling the action. From what I understand maybe a game controller would be better to use, maybe moreso than a joystick.

Can I have gamers' recommendation for either of these devices, please? Wireless is preferable but not essential. Top spend £50.00.

The device is only to be used with the Total War series of programs. Thanks in advance. :)

What problems are you having using the keyboard and mouse (which I'd wager the vast majority use for Rome:TW)?

Keyboard to select troop types or group, arrow keys and mouse to move the map, middle wheel to zoom in and out, mouse to issue orders. Can't see that a controller would improve this.
 
#4
A proper mouse would kick a touchpads arse for TW games no doubt , dont think a controller would be much use TBH , since the TW games were designed for the PC.
 
#5
Bramo said:
I've played plenty of RTW and have found that using a keyboard and mouse works perfectly fine. Get a USB optical mouse and that should work best for a laptop. RTW would probably work better on a desktop computer rather than a laptop though.

link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=usb+mice&tag=armrumser-21
Completely agree with you about the desktop suitability. The game is installed on one, but that machine is mostly for work. The main gamer is my son and he uses the laptop mostly.

I note with interest your point about the suitability of the keyboard and mouse; thank you, Bramo.
 
#6
Epaminondas said:
What problems are you having using the keyboard and mouse (which I'd wager the vast majority use for Rome:TW)?

Keyboard to select troop types or group, arrow keys and mouse to move the map, middle wheel to zoom in and out, mouse to issue orders. Can't see that a controller would improve this.
Another vote for the keyboard and mouse combination, interesting! No problems technically, Epaminodas, just using those controls is takes some practised dexterity. So it is looking like that is pretty much the answer! :)

Thanks for responding: appreciated.
 
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Civi_Git said:
A proper mouse would kick a touchpads arse for TW games no doubt , dont think a controller would be much use TBH , since the TW games were designed for the PC.
Fair point about the mouse, C_G, given that TW was designed for PC as you say.

Apart from the need to get used to coordination required to play the game, my son and I watched some YouTube videos posted by a gamer called the 'Prince of Macedon' and he looks to be whizzing around the battlefields with a virtuosity that I thought was down to using a device other than mouse/keyboard. What do you reckon?

Thanks for replying! :)
 
#8
Volunteer said:
Civi_Git said:
A proper mouse would kick a touchpads arse for TW games no doubt , dont think a controller would be much use TBH , since the TW games were designed for the PC.
Fair point about the mouse, C_G, given that TW was designed for PC as you say.

Apart from the need to get used to coordination required to play the game, my son and I watched some YouTube videos posted by a gamer called the 'Prince of Macedon' and he looks to be whizzing around the battlefields with a virtuosity that I thought was down to using a device other than mouse/keyboard. What do you reckon?

Thanks for replying! :)
The proper nerds memorise the hotkeys for individual units , so can nip to them quickstyle. If youre watching high end RTS players play as a beginner it can seem that thier macro management is untouchable , but practice does have alot going for it.

One of the good bits about the TW games is you can pause / slow time to stack orders then let it crack on in real time , which is nice if youre just getting to grips with the game.
 
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Civi_Git said:
Volunteer said:
Civi_Git said:
A proper mouse would kick a touchpads arse for TW games no doubt , dont think a controller would be much use TBH , since the TW games were designed for the PC.
Fair point about the mouse, C_G, given that TW was designed for PC as you say.

Apart from the need to get used to coordination required to play the game, my son and I watched some YouTube videos posted by a gamer called the 'Prince of Macedon' and he looks to be whizzing around the battlefields with a virtuosity that I thought was down to using a device other than mouse/keyboard. What do you reckon?

Thanks for replying! :)
The proper nerds memorise the hotkeys for individual units , so can nip to them quickstyle. If youre watching high end RTS players play as a beginner it can seem that thier macro management is untouchable , but practice does have alot going for it.

One of the good bits about the TW games is you can pause / slow time to stack orders then let it crack on in real time , which is nice if youre just getting to grips with the game.
More good info, particularly the advice about pausing.

The disc set being used is RTW: The Anthology. This did not have a printed booklet on how to play the game. If that exists it sure would be handy. Listening to Victoria has its limitations!

Thank you.
 

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#10
Volunteer said:
The disc set being used is RTW: The Anthology. This did not have a printed booklet on how to play the game. If that exists it sure would be handy.
CTRL and C together: selects all cavalry.
CTRL and H together: selects all infantry.
CTRL and M together: selects all missile troops.

Hold CTRL and click the troop icons in the bottom fifth of the screen with the mouse to add or remove from these groupings.
 
#11
Epaminondas said:
Volunteer said:
The disc set being used is RTW: The Anthology. This did not have a printed booklet on how to play the game. If that exists it sure would be handy.
CTRL and C together: selects all cavalry.
CTRL and H together: selects all infantry.
CTRL and M together: selects all missile troops.

Hold CTRL and click the troop icons in the bottom fifth of the screen with the mouse to add or remove from these groupings.
Very useful, thanks!

Int passed onto Volunteer Minor who is currently slaughtering the Gauls. :)
 

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#14
Volunteer said:
Civi_Git said:
Volunteer said:
Civi_Git said:
A proper mouse would kick a touchpads arse for TW games no doubt , dont think a controller would be much use TBH , since the TW games were designed for the PC.
Fair point about the mouse, C_G, given that TW was designed for PC as you say.

Apart from the need to get used to coordination required to play the game, my son and I watched some YouTube videos posted by a gamer called the 'Prince of Macedon' and he looks to be whizzing around the battlefields with a virtuosity that I thought was down to using a device other than mouse/keyboard. What do you reckon?

Thanks for replying! :)
The proper nerds memorise the hotkeys for individual units , so can nip to them quickstyle. If youre watching high end RTS players play as a beginner it can seem that thier macro management is untouchable , but practice does have alot going for it.

One of the good bits about the TW games is you can pause / slow time to stack orders then let it crack on in real time , which is nice if youre just getting to grips with the game.
More good info, particularly the advice about pausing.

The disc set being used is RTW: The Anthology. This did not have a printed booklet on how to play the game. If that exists it sure would be handy. Listening to Victoria has its limitations!

Thank you.
if you look on the disc's directories there is probably a .pdf file of the original manuals - either print off the keyboard command list or write down the most important ones. simples!
 

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