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Empire: Total War (PC DVD)

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Platform : Windows XP, Windows Vista
391 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: CD-ROM
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  • ASIN: B001ASREGO
  • Item Weight: 163 g
  • Release Date: 4 Mar. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,105 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

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 pummeling 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.

 

  • 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. Control the fate of the United States of America, from its revolution against the British to overcoming the challenges of a young independent nation.
  • Brand new multiplayer component includes player rankings, leagues and ladders, and completely new gameplay modes.
  • All-new graphics engine and technology features staggering real-time seascapes, new advanced landscape and flora systems, and dynamic weather.

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2.6 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pithyoneliner on 21 Dec. 2011
First of all, I have to say, the Amazon aggregate 'stars' is highly misleading, reading the comments attached to the negative reviews the majority of '1 stars' are due to the (admittedly high) number of bugs when this was first released. THESE HAVE NOW BEEN ADDRESSED. Gripes about Steam are fair enough, but it's here to stay if you want online play (I do!) the alternative is Microsoft's Live platform... for which you pay.

On to the Game

It's brilliant, life consumingly addictive. No other franchise intersperses careful and considered strategy with moments of real time manic excitement.

The game starts in 1700 at the start of the most frenetic period of empire building by the European Powers, players are able to chose one of the major European powers (France, GB, Prussia, Poland, Austria, Spain, Russia, United Provinces, Ottomans, Sweden) or one Indian power (Maharathan). Each having a varied objectives and different units, your choice will profoundly affect your game experience. For the first time in the franchise, Empire has three 'theaters' to operate in, Europe, North and Central America and the Indian Subcontinent including a good portion of the Middle East.

The Atlantic powers are already mid squabble for the Americas and this is likely to be the major focus if you are playing France, Spain or GB. While if you play a central European power your efforts will focus on the European continent.

In the strategy phase you will manage your government ministers, research priorities, tax rate and diplomacy, each profoundly influencing the other. For example tax your peasants too much and you will face rebellions and even revolution (you may chose to 'induce' a revolution if you wish to change government type).
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178 of 191 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Thompson on 27 Mar. 2009
I'm a Total War addict. Empire had me hot under the collar for months in anticipation because of the glorious and authentic way Creative Assembly have built their games year on year. Empire doesn't disappoint... but. If you're new to the series, Empire will undoubtedly blow you away with its truly honest adaptation of 18th century history. The feel of the piece is lovely, seamless, rich in tone and anecdote, all helping one not just have a great game but also understand the era. Making decisions is not easy, because when you rouse even the smallest nations to wrath it's kind of permanent. Alliances fall, defeats are inevitable, battles long and punishing. Dominate trade theatres as well as pound Empires into submission with your 12lbr cannons, grenadiers, and ships of the line. Vast, engrossing, turn-taking.

But... for us old hands, there isn't much new here, and they've taken out some of the best bits of the old. The basic mechanics are the same - raise armies, fleets, and spies, trade and make alliances, and eventually march across the land to the cound of cadenced marching drums and burn, baby, burn to expand your Empire and win. For me as a gamer I would have wanted something a little different out of this iteration of a monumental series. Example - Ottoman Empire plays exactly like the Russian Empire. Same tech, same units by and large (names and facias are different, but capabilities and results are the same), fighting over the same ground. British and Spanish the same. You can't recruit agents when you please but must build churches or schools and hope against hope that Gentlemen, Scholars, or Missionaries emerge. You can't play as a minor nation or an American Indian nation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Tyler on 17 Dec. 2009
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I bought Rome: Total War (PC) and Medieval II: Total War - Gold Edition (PC DVD), and loved both. With all the hype surrounding Empire TW I though this was going to be the game of the decade, but something went wrong somewhere...

I can't really improve much on what reviewers before me have said. Suffice to say if you check the Amazon star ratings of Rome TW, Medieval TW 2 and Empire TW you will get the picture (4.5, 4 and 2.5 respectively).

The game was terribly bugged when it came out - there were some problems common to everyone and then there were many, many bugs applicable to particular OS and or hardware configurations. Creative Assembly didn't sort the problems out very quickly either - gradually releasing patches that didn't actually help most people and should have been implemented during beta testing, not months into release. As far as I'm aware the most recent patch, 1.4 (!), has most people's issues covered, though I suspect not all by any means.

Although the bugs have been a huge problem throughout my Empire TW experience, they're not the only thing that lets the game down. The campaign just doesn't feel right any more - there are little niggles that add up to tarnish the fun. For example, the AI of your generals has taken a nasty turn and even experienced, top class generals are nowhere near as good as the average player, particularly in small engagements. This means that you basically HAVE to fight every single battle unless you're willing to lose troops unnecessarily.
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