Empire: Total War
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"a streamlined work of strategic genius." - GameSpy.com
"the closest thing we have seen to a perfect game in ages on the PC" - GameFocus.ca
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Dominate the 18th century on land and sea. Command the seas, control the land, forge a new nation, and conquer the globe. Empire: Total War takes the Total War franchise to the eighteenth century Age of Enlightenment — a time of political upheaval, military advancements, and radical thought, captured in stunning detail in Empire: Total War.
Empire: Total War introduces a host of revolutionary new features, including true 3D naval combat. For the first time in the Total War series, you will be able to intuitively command single ships or vast fleets upon seascapes rich with extraordinary water and weather effects that play a huge role in your eventual glorious success or ignominious defeat. After pummelling your enemy with cannon fire, close in to grapple their ship and prepare to board, taking control of your men as they fight hand-to-hand on the decks of these wooden behemoths.
In addition, Empire: Total War will see further enhancements to the Total War series’ signature 3D battles and turn-based campaign map. Real-time battles will pose new challenges with the addition of cannon and musket, challenging players to master new formations and tactics as a result of the increasing role of gunpowder within warfare. And the Campaign Map — for many, the heart of Total War — introduces a variety of new and upgraded elements, including new systems for Trade, Diplomacy and Espionage with agents; a refined and streamlined UI; improved Advisors; and a vastly extended scope, taking in the riches of India, the turbulence of Europe and, for the first time, the untapped potential of the United States of America.
- Take command on the high seas. New real-time 3D naval warfare takes Total War's unparalleled battle action to the high seas, with players commanding single ships or vast fleets.
- Become a founding father. Starting in 1700 — The era of warfare across oceans, revolution and the founding of the United States.
- All new graphics engine and technology features staggering real-time seascapes, new advanced landscape and flora systems, and dynamic weather.
Good could have been greatGlyndwr | Sept. 21, 2013 | See all Glyndwr's reviews »
I enjoy the setting and timeframe of Empire, it also has a great sense of scale but this does seem to be one of the problems. Improving buildings has become a lot more awkward in this game. With a large empire too much time is spent trying to find all the buildings to upgrade that will be useful and keeping track of what can be trained where. The game can also run slow on the campaign map sometimes with a large empire. Battles are as good as always and a lot of fun with good gunpowder units. Naval battles are a nice addition, although they do take some getting used to at first. The AI on campaign map can be frustrating particularly with regards to diplomacy but this is often a weak part of AI I find in many games of a similar type.
A must for your collectionbala1201 | Sept. 9, 2013 | See all bala1201's reviews »
This game is not the best of the Total wars. Well, they tried something new, shattered maps, travelling between continents, sea routes, colonies. For me it is a bit messy and complicated for the first try, but after a few hours (and some restarts) you will be addicted.
The Least Popular of the SeriesBronYrAurStomp | Aug. 24, 2013 | See all BronYrAurStomp's reviews »
Empire Total War is possibly the largest game in the series in terms of map scale (Including games since). When playing the game you can't help but feel Creative Assembly over-stretched themselves. Most of the bugs the game launched with have been patched out, yet many still remain. Land battles remain entertaining as always, especially now with gun powder however siege battles are a dull affair sadly. Naval battles are extremely boring and you will quickly decide to start auto resolving those, which is a shame. Being able to battle in a variety of continents is the games greatest strength.
A real gemtojeto | Aug. 21, 2013 | See all tojeto's reviews »
Bought this game about three years ago, but never really had the time to really get into it. Recently I started playing it more and it is in fact a really addictive game. Was playing with Maratha Confederacy and watching us spread from India accross the Europe is really something...you will need some time to get used to the in-game mechanics, but i assure you it is worth it. The battlefield part of the game is graphically wise really good and very fun to play. It is really fun watching your cannon crew reloading the cannons from maximum zoom or watching cavalry clashing with enemy troops. I strongly recommend this game
Downward slopingdarkyhbk | Aug. 18, 2013 | See all darkyhbk's reviews »
Empire Total War, while still a great game in itself, fails to live up to the standards of the previous two and ends up swimming in a sea of mistakes and flaws which weren't there before. Graphically, it is an improvement, although the strategic map seems a lot less friendly and intuitive, while the colours are not as well chosen. However, the biggest problem consists in the simplifying of core areas, such as building upgrades, or the diplomacy system. There's only a very limited number of buildings to choose from, everything else being upgrades to those 4 or 5 base buildings per settlement. I really resent this. Diplomacy feels less personal and more robotic, while a lot of incentives to play are not there anymore. A good thing are the naval battles, nicely designed, very realistic and atmospheric, but this is not an excuse for neglecting a lot of core areas of the game which were previously sound. Too bad, there was huge potential.