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This review is from: Imperial Glory (PC DVD) (CD-ROM)
Imperial Glory is an obvious copy of Total War but is now available at a bargain price, and I even got it to run quite easily on my laptop. The graphics are very impressive and easily as good as you can find in Total War, however it does have a few faults.
In the campaign play the game mixes ecomonic and technological advances with your military campaign. So you can end up with some very unusual battles far removed from written history - having no heavy cavalry or no artillery for example.
There are about half a dozen historical battles which can be played as one off's outside the main campaign as well as quick play battles of your own design. The historical battles are small scale representations of the real thing. These are great fun and look fantastic, but I found the troops move too quickly even on the lowest speed settings and its hard to control your men as effectively as you might like. Most battles are over in minutes and without any simulation of moral often result in mass slaughter on both sides, with you as the general frantically rushing to move your units where you want them with little time to sit back and watch the show.
That said on those occasions you do get a chance to relax and watch your men decimate the enemy (usually by hitting Pause first) it does look great. The different unit types are well defined and you can order simple formations of line, column and square to simulate basic Napoleonic tactics.
So no, its not a great game but for such a low price it can provide several hours of entertainment. Its also quick and simple to play, unlike some more advanced wargames. Well worth giving it a try, what have you got to loose?