When i saw Rome's gfx rendere don my computer right after i got the game, i literally fell to me knees laughing, saying "its criminal for gfx to be this good." I was running it on a Radeon 9200SE at the time, mind u
I grabbed the demo last night. From what I could see, it's the same exact Total-War game, with just a re-skinning. Was a bit disapointed there. I was kinda hoping they'd do something about the endless monotany.
I personally say rome total war. When it came down to it and I had both rome total war and Stronghold 2 in my hands, It was hands down on Rome. The graphics are spectaculer, the AI brilliant, the music can get kind of old, but it is unbelievably fun to zoom in and watch in carnage at eye level. I havnt played stronghold 2, but I highly doubt that it will top Rome