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Imperial Glory (PC DVD)
- 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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- Platform: Windows 98 / Me / XP / 2000
- PEGI Rating: 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
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.
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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.
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.
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. And when attempting to land forces in hostile territories, if I remember rightly, you are only able to land troops onto enemy territories which have docks (while realistic) I find when attempting to drag my army from the boat to the territory it does not register and the troops remain on board (more likely my cack handed attempts).
But such things are easily overlooked once you get the hang of them and the game comes into its own. Well worth its price tag these days.
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