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Empire: Total War





Empire: Total War




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.

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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.
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Tuesday, August 3, 2010
  • Supported OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista™
  • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel® Pentium® or greater or AMD® Athlon® equivalent CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM (XP,) 2 GB RAM (Vista™)
  • Graphics: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible hardware accelerated video card with shader version 2.0 support, 256 MB video memory
  • Display: Minimum screen resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels
  • Sound: Directx9.0c compatible sound card
  • Hard Drive: 15 GB free hard disk space formatted as NTFS
  • Peripherals: Windows compatible mouse and keyboard

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One of my favorite Total War games to date

Though this game has its faults, mostly the easy AI, this game is a blast to play. Its dated graphics allow it to run smooth on modern machines and unlike other Total War titles, it has most of the world as its playground For new players, I recommend playing as Britain and focusing on the Americas If you play on normal difficulty the European powers (at least when I played) will not do any naval invasion. Be warned, that enemies will fire maybe a volley? or two but will default to a full charge of your forces. However, there are also amazing mods like the Civil War mod that I love to play as well. I have played every Total War title since Rome 1, and this is by far my favorite

A great game, somewhat let down by a bugridden engine

The first game to use the then all-new Warscape engine, this game was plagued by bugs (and as it turned out, cut content) at launch. But in the months afterwards the game was patched up, and it now provides an excellent, if somewhat flawed experience. The Creative Assembly has with this created a game of warships and musket fire as great nations fight for supreme control over not only Europe but the whole New World, although South America and Asia both belong to the non-reachable world, as does Australia and Africa. Nevertheless, this was the largest Total War game to date when it was released. The graphics are, while a bit outdated nowadays, still looking great, especially the sea which is absolutely gorgeous and perhaps the most enjoyable part of the battles in the game, as the land battles in my opinion to a certain extent are quite boring, consisting mainly of drawing a line for your troops opposite the enemy troops, and then wait and see who breaks first under the rain of bullets. Overall though, the game is a must-have for every Total War fan, though if you are looking to get into the series I would recommend trying the first Rome, Medieval II or Shogun II first.

Will it ever end?

So I bought this a while back thinking I'll probably master this game quickly since I had a few thousand hours (exaggeration but you get the point) on the Age of Empires franchise. Like since both are strategy games and I "ace-d" at AOE so why can't I with Empire: Total War right? That is when I learn a very valuable lesson on the difference between a Strategy and a Grand Strategy game. After 60+ hours on this game, I have yet to complete one Grand Campaign and I still have yet to fully understand the game completely. Yes if you are a person like me who I now consider myself as a casual strategy gamer after this hard lesson, then prepare for a high learning curve. That's not to say this game isn't good, this game is great. So great that I think one day I could pass my current game to my child who would then pass it to his/her child to continue on playing my yet to finish Grand Campaign. The replay value is absolutely high on this one. Running your own empire kept me on my toes, because one minute I was swarming India, the next the rebellion overtook my towns one by one. There is nothing wrong with this game except for the loading screens before and after battles but that is to be blamed on my dated system. Just prepare to sit through a game with your fullest attention that this deserves and you will feel like a true ruler.


Great game! I love pretty much all the Total War series, they make some of the best games in the Strategy genre... The mechanics of the game are pretty linear to the others in the TW franchise, and equally awesome! It contains a lot of content and will definitely earn every penny spent with all of the captivating functions. Build and oversee your settlements, while building armies and fighting battles! Everything you could really ask for in a strategy game... The graphics are great like usual and has enough settings for you to tailor just about every detail you require. The gameplay is astounding and will keep you captivated enough to want to play through the campaign multiple times, wanting to come back for more. The coolest part is that every time you play through you can create a custom and unique experience! This game will earn every penny spent and then some!

A Real Learning Curve, But Still Worth It

Unlike most others, Empire: Total War was my first Total War game. I know, surprising right? Well, I was too. What really captivated me about the Total War series was the ability to command armies and strategically place them to seize victory. In Empire: Total War (or E:TW is what I will further abbreviate it to), you take control of armies during the 1800s era. With this in mind, units like minute men, line infantry and the likes will be at your fingertips. For me, this was one of the main attractions here. This era really is one of my favorites, and it feels awesome to command it at your will. One of the campaign battles is the War of Independence, which I found really interesting, the way they approached it. Now the main thing. The gameplay. I found it rather easy to control it, though it might've been my intuitive senses coming intact. Rather, I enjoyed it a lot. Oh yeah, the strategy needed is important, but it's all about the fun. The ability to adapt is really great, and like all games, you learn from your mistakes (hopefully). The presentation itself is nice, the several weather options can suit your special needs. The graphics are pretty good, but like all other games, I didn't care for them. Not cause it was bad, no, but because I simply don't care about the graphics. In conclusion, I believe that you should buy Empire:Total War (I just now realize that I did not once use E:TW, silly me) IF you are looking to add to your Total War collection or if you're really interested in this time period, I say go for it. Besides, it's only $15, and the game itself is rather above average.

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