13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Non non non! Zoot alors!,
This review is from: Napoleon: Total War (PC DVD) (DVD-ROM)
I really wanted to like this. Others in the series have been briliant, but since the move to Steam, Total War has nosedived just when they are starting to tackle even more interesting points in history.
First, Steam. The online 'technology' for games. Read into that the fact that when you first put the disc in you could be waiting anything around an hour for any chance of gameplay. Why when you have the discs - the genuine game - do you have to mess about so badly?
It checks your game as genuine, it then allows you to install the game and then immediately starts downloading updates (whether you want them or not), and anyone who has installed Total War updates will know they are serious on the Gigagbytes and timescale. Broadband speed seems to have little effect on speed so I can only guess the Steam servers are run on............steam.
So an hour in, you finally get to start and a terrific depiction of Napoleon (shoulder up) who appears to talk to you through the mist of battle.
But after all that the game itself is a slow moving let down. You will really need a high end machine to get anything out of this. On others you will be constantly dropping something to get a playable game. Even then the whole thing seems to be missing the point or what the other games brought to the arena.
I felt this series peaked at Medieval Total War 2 and since then has been pushing to machine boundaries that most gamers will never reach.
The fun next starts when you try to play again the next day. My PC simply fixed on the front screen for over 20 minutes before it started and it runs Call of Duty silky smooth. No idea why but the wireless light was running like a blinker so I guess we were 'talking' to Steam again!
Battles look fun, but you never get the experience anything other than a limited scope of what there is and with long loading delays it really starts to feel like a lot of fuss to achieve little more than you already have.
Please Sega go back to basics. Throw out Steam, it's a steaming pile of stuff we do not want. Total War - please get it right NEXT time.