Effective use of ranged weaponry can be key to winning battles in Total War: Rome II, and you don't have to take my word for it. You can take Brian Blessed's word for it. The bearded one narrates a new video for the recently-released RTS that focuses on thrown projectiles and missiles, which you can find after the break.
Matt was generally impressed with The Creative Assembly's effort in our Total War: Rome II review, but reckons that a fair bit of patching is necessary to bring some ropey AI and bugs up to standard. A major feedback-driven update is scheduled to release today.