Thanks for the feedback. Unlike in Gold where the AI was focused solely on the player, the AI in Rome treats all of the factions equally in order to encourage more AI vs AI combat and ideally a more robust sandbox. Unfortunately, in practice it didn't work quite as we hoped and we've found that as the game progresses and the player's faction usually outpaces the AI, the AI focuses its offense on the other weaker AIs and too often avoids attacking the player.
While we've made a number of improvements to Rome over the last year to improve this, it would require a significant amount of re-balancing and testing to get at the underlying problems and unfortunately we don't have the resources to take on that big a project at this point.
However, we have been taking that into account since we started the new game and Hegemony III has a whole new difficulty manager that controls how aggressive the AI is towards the player and tries to balance that based on the chosen difficulty setting.
All of that said, there is a chance that in any specific situation the AI is just getting held up by some unknown bug and if you want to send me a savegame (email@example.com) I can see if there is something I can fix now.
New player here. Have had Rome for two days now. Loving it...graphics are low and still sorta laggy on my fairly powerful machine. Perhaps not as optimized as the game could be. And zooming around the map is quite 'stuttery.' Anyway, I think the AI so far is fairly good, as a new player.
I started as Rome (starting in Narbo with historical start) in All Gaul. The AI keeps attacking my frontlines in one spot. No biggy, free XP and almost have one legion up to 2500 XP so I can boost the squad size for a second time. NEED MOAR LEGION! As for a southern front, the enemy tried to sneak two units pass my lightly defended city. But then they fell into a pincer trap of my garrison and a unit from the south closing in on them. I'm not sure what they hoped to achieve though.
At a different front the enemy sallied forth and attacked my 4 squad army with 4 squads of their own, routing one of mine. I was stationed at a camp outside their city.
So, I'm sure once I become more seasoned I'll think the AI is easy, as with all games. But as a beginner, I think the AI is pretty good. Still, I look forward to improvements in Heg III
(I have all factions on random AI)
Quick edit at 19 hours into the game: AI could be a little more aggressive but I might've been fighting a Defensive AI, not sure. Still, those jerks put 13 units into their next city. Had to cut it off and let them starve. Ha!