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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2012
I am not normally a games player but when I do I like to have a challenge.
When I read the review from Critics Critic, who gave it 1 star I was a bit dubious but still went ahead an purchased the game.
Certainly not disapointed. The game is awesome, will probably keep me busy for months.

I have a Mac Book Pro with the basic configuration to run the game. This is more than adequate, the gameplay is smooth, the graphics excellent.
As an experiment I set the graphics at the best setting for most options and still everything worked fine.

Just check that your Mac has the correct spec, then follow the instructions for loading and registering and away you go.
Easy to follow instructions and guides while playing which can be turned off when not needed.
Dont wait, by it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 25 November 2012
Does what it says on the tin.. Better than any previous total war games.. Love it. The ship battles are brilliant
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2013
Despite the negative reviews I had read I was always going to buy this on the strength of the name - Total War. In hindsight I should have stuck with TW Rome.
Having said that, I do enjoy the naval battles on the "Play Battle" option, and the land based battles are OK.
The main problem with the campaign game (unless I have missed something) is that you need to follow a pre-determined campaign plan. You are set objectives which you need to accomplish. There seems little scope for deviating from this plan (for instance if you are required to build a fleet and then transport troops to capture an enemy city, you have to do just that, even though your troops could take a land route and capture the city. The program seems unable to cope with the fact that you have captured a city by other means. Similarly, you cannot attack factions/nations which the game plan has decided are already your allies.
The other really tedious thing is that when you end your turn, you are treated to sitting around and watching whilst every other nation (played by the computer) has its own turn. So you see lots of little men being moved around the map, ships sailing off, diplomats doing what they do etc. Perhaps this is to keep you aware of what each nation is doing? But frankly I just want to get on with the game.

I think that the developers have taken a lot from another game - Sid Meyers Civilisation. It certainly is not Total War as I know it (think Shogun and Rome). Personally, within a day or so I was actually bored by the game. Now perhaps I just haven't given it enough time, but I think the developers have really missed an opportunity, and what could have been an awesome game, following the tried and tested (and trusted) Total War format is, at best, mediocre, and at the price for the MAC version, is not money well spent.
Oh yes, one of the other reviewers wrote about the text being hard to read. Its true, it seems the text is deliberately blurred. A small point, but another little annoyance which detracts from the game.

I'll finish there before I write anything else and totally depress you. The thing is, you love Total War don't you? You know you want this game. Despite the negative reviews you still want to buy it. That's what Total War does. But this game simply does not deliver. If I could have read my own review, I would have kept my money safely tucked away.
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on 8 August 2014
Some serious problem with this game it will keep crashing on the skirmish mode a shame really because other than this frustrating quality it is actually a good fun game :( I checked it out on a few game websites so i know its not just my disc. I couldn't tell you whats wrong with it, Im not that good with computers to be fair apparently you can rectify the fault by rewriting one of the texts ( way beyond my level ) so if you're going to buy this game do some research and if you can explain how to fix it in layman's terms hit me up!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2012
So, I played this on the PC a couple of years ago a couple of times... And I though it was good...

Now I can finally play it properly, which allowed me to experience the awesomeness this game has to offer! Ok, so the graphics might be slightly outdated, but the game play itself is excellent, the battles are like an epic feature film and the campaign game is frustrating, yet exciting.

Only issue is the length of time to wait between turns, this can get rather annoying.

On the whole I would give these marks.

mac suitability - 5/5 (use a mouse if possible - the trackpad works, but isn't as sleek as a mouse)
Graphics - 3/5 (2 years ago it would have been 5 - but we have moved forward)
Campaign Gameplay - 4.5/5 - It is great fun, but have to wait too much between turns.
Battle Gameplay - 5/5

This may be biased, as this is one of my all time favourite game series, but I believe this is worth the buy. I just wish they could release new total war games on mac and pc at the same time.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2013
I am a huge fan of all the total war games, played on every single one.
However empire total war is by far the best total war game to date.

I have played it on my iMac and I have never played such a detailed, challenging and exciting game in my life. I just can't seem to get bored of the game, to much to do on it. Love the land and sea battles. Brilliant graphics.

This is defiantly a must have game!!!
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on 1 September 2014
Gets played a great deal. Must be good.
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on 1 July 2015
great game
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