I love Rome and everything related to its past. I mean, I have a Masters in Roman Law (totallly off-topic, LOL) and always enjoyed shows, expositions, movies and whatever related to this great Empire.
Purchased the Total War Collection months ago on Steam (with a pletora of games) and thought to myself: should I install Rome? I mean, it is almost 10 years old! Must look horrible :P.
Yesterday, I decided to take a look. Game installs fast and the first pre-rendered cut scene is on. "Ugly", I think to myself. Go to settings, put everything on max except for anti aliasing and go to the first battle. To my surprise, not only did it look very nice (much better than the cut scene), but the gameplay is absolutely engaging. Had to stop after the first 20 minutes or I would sure get so involved I would do nothing else.
So this is another inherent quality for PC Games: you can get an older title, max it and it is almost sure going to look good after so many years, probably much better then it did in the machines available for the releases. My rig, which is not so powerful ( i7, 8 gigs, radeon 7730) can handle thigs from today very well. When I get a new one in about three or four years, I can go back to the titles of today and see how they look in better apparatus. Long live PC Gaming!
Don't get fooled by the sig picture: I have been mostly a PC gamer since 2000.