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Imperial Glory (PC DVD)

by Eidos
Platform : Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows 2000
38 customer reviews

Price: £49.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Two distinct gameplay modes: Turn-based imperial management model and real-time land and naval battles in full 3D
  • Historically accurate units and weaponry
  • Choose from the five Great Empires of the period: Great Britain, France, Russia, Prussia or Austro-Hungary
  • Four player (2v2) real-time battles allow you to pit your skills as a Commander against your friends
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / Me / XP / 2000
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B0002ZO2Z2
  • Release Date: 20 May 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,435 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Forge the destiny of the world amid the turbulent times of the early 19th century. Lead one of the Great Empires in titanic conflicts, or achieve economic dominance backed by shrewd diplomats and resolute military. Choose to rule as absolute despot or constitutional monarch. Unleash Hussars, Lancers, Dragoons and Imperial Guards across more than 50 battle maps - from the green fields of England, to the icy wastes of Russia and sweeping deserts of Morocco - all in stunning, full 3D. Fight for naval dominance in breathtaking, real-time sea battles. This is an age of change - be at the leading edge of modernity or your civilization will fall by the wayside.

Features:

  • Two distinct gameplay modes: Turn-based imperial management model and real-time land and naval battles in full 3D.
  • Spectacular land battles: Striking environments provide the backdrop for gruesome scenes of combat. Fully interactive battle maps allow you to gain a defensive advantage by occupying buildings, forests, boulder fields and more. The varying climates and terrains of the 50 plus maps dramatically change the look and feel of battles.
  • Breathtaking naval battles: Varying classes of ships are manned by crews with differing skills and abilities. Choose to sink your enemy, or immobilise, board and capture their vessels.
  • Historically accurate units and weaponry: Faithfully reproduced units, which differ from Empire to Empire, reflect the color and splendor of the era. Authentic period formations and manoeuvres provide great tactical depth.
  • Choice of Empires: Choose from the five Great Empires of the period - Great Britain, France, Russia, Prussia or Austro-Hungary, in your struggle for domination. Each Empire has its own strengths and weaknesses that can change as play progresses.
  • In-depth management model: Provides challenging, rewarding gameplay encompassing war, diplomacy, politics, commerce and technology. Develop and expand your Empire throughout Europe and North Africa, across 51 provinces and 29 maritime regions.
  • Comprehensive development model: Featuring over 70 advancements, with separate military, political/diplomatic, resource and commercial branches and a unique system of historical quests.
  • Multi-player: Head-to-head real-time battles allow you to pit your skills as a Commander against your friends.

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    3.7 out of 5 stars

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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paranoid on 4 Oct. 2007
    I can't agree with other reviewers that this game comes off badly compared to Total War (Rome & Mediaeval 2). I've tried the Total War games and find the strategy side strictly for children and the battles neither here nor there compared to IG.

    With Imperial Glory the strategy side is much more absorbing and I find the battles fascinating and visually impressive. People have complained about the AI of the units, but I think they miss that you can set units to automatic attack, so troops of lancers won't just sit quietly on their horses while an enemy line of infantry mows them down!

    I leave the sea battles to the AI - I tried learning how to fight these but couldn't get to grips with it.

    When this came out, the gaming mags said it was a few improvements off being a truly great game. I think its fine as it is, but it is a shame the developers didn't stick with this and release an update. There's much more you could do with this in addition to redesigning it for other periods. Increase the detail of the strategy side, add different units, add the ability to play as countries apart from the five empires, etc.

    My only complaint would be that, as an inexperienced (and older than average) gamer, it took me ages to work out how everything was done. The manual and tutorial, as is common, tells you WHAT you can do but rarely do they tell you HOW to do it.

    That aside, this and Football Manager are the only two games I deem worthy to spend great swathes of my spare time on.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Ashby on 27 Jun. 2005
    Yes I love the period. Yes the graphics and sound/voice effects are nice (I especially like that orders are given in the language of each army). BUT, as several reviewers have pointed out there are some major problems with game play. I found the tactical system a complete abomination. Virtually unplayable. Total War systems are vastly superior to this in terms of playability and realism (although they haven't done Napoleonic yet). The strategic level also lacks the personality (figuratively and literally) of Total War games.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hoddy on 9 Oct. 2007
    Having bought and played this game well before the Medieval II and Rome: Total War epics charged about the gaming shelves, I was not disappointed and nor did I have expectations in comparison with Total War. Personally I find Total War to be a more satisfactory RTS; the scale and detail is what clinches what I think is a close match. Now with Total War: Empire on the horizon I foresee many a Total War fan flocking to the stores to purchase IG whose naval battles I suspect will be similar to those Creative are preparing for their RTS. Indeed..I could be so bold as to say Creative will be making a sharper IG, giving it a "Total War" makeover.

    And so for this reason I think the game for fans of Total War is a must buy. For those who have not played Total War because you simply do not wish too or the system requirements are too high then IG is a perfect choice and will provide you with as much depth in construction as Total War would.

    Despite the engagements on land being far smaller in scale the tactical nowse required IS more challenging. Casualties occur far more easily meaning your forces must be balanced and used appropriately. The ability to hold key buildings on the Battle Map is particularly pleasing and is something which Medieval II lacks (unless you are assaulting a castle, settlement or fort) though this is more to do with the tactics at the time.

    The Campaign Map provides a few frustrations, particularly when attempting to trade using built trading vessels which can only be viewed using the "economic" overlay.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By BryBo on 26 Feb. 2007
    This is a game I bought on Spec as I am interested in the Napoleonic era. Since my last game of that period was Battleground Waterloo, I thought this was a fun game to play. From a gamer's point of view, you might not enjoy the game, but for me it was fantastic. It is in the same style of Total War but set in the age of Napoleon which was great for me. I got well hooked on it and am now starting to play Total War Rome and Shogun again. You have your 3D battlefield, 2D campaign interactive map and 3D Naval battle with the tutorial, quick battle and campaign etc.

    It is a 3D strategy game set in a virtual world with views above the battle or at soldiers height and a above (satellite map) view of the battlefield with your army in one colour and the enemy's in another. You have to keep your eyes peeled on a map in the top left corner of the screen as you can get attacked from different points, so if you concentrate too much on one side of the battle, you can lose your men on another flank or centre.

    From a detailed point of view, the uniforms are limited to one type of uniform for units like, sharpshooters, guards, Hussars, Light Cavalry etc and the Artillery units can unlimber and limber very quickly as well as turn etc. Also you have to physically click to attack etc, so if you don't see them attacking you from behind, you miss the action. The guns from the ships are not accurate either as it was hard to sink ships during this period (and would not make sense to sink ships or they would not get their bounty) in the game, however, it is easy.

    It has it's faults in this area but no game is like real life or no one would play it.

    Despite this, I found it fun to play and addictive.

    Well worth buying and playing-if you love Total War, you will love this game.
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