Empire: Total War (PC DVD)
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- 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. You can also compete online in epic multiplayer war.
- Choose from 12 factions and govern your fledgling Empire across a massive campaign map.
- Become a founding father. Starting in 1700 -T he era of warfare across oceans, revolution and the founding of the United States.
- 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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Command the seas, control the land, forge a new nation, and conquer the globe. Empire: Total War takes the Total War franchise to the eighteenth century Age of Enlightenment -a time of political upheaval, military advancements, and radical thought captured in stunning detail.
The year is 1701. Fuelled by gunpowder, an escalating arms race between the world's superpowers will see gigantic warships bristling with cannon take to the oceans, while ranks of musketeers and field guns line up across the battlefields of Europe, America and India.
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I am no lover of Steam what so ever. I get the anti piracy part but i don't understand why you have to download the game first to install it... it's nuts.
That said i finally decided to take the plunge as it was going for less than a fiver.
I'm glad i did.
Installation was easy enough. It did download and roughly took an hour or so to download, install and update. As i have no internet connection at home i took my laptop to my parents to do the installation. Fearful that it might not play once disconnected from the net i quickly tested to see if offline mode really worked... It did and has done ever since. That was 3 weeks ago.
So installation was a bit of a faff but was not as bad as expected which was a bonus. So armed with that knowledge and a little patience the installtion shouldn't be too bad for you.
The game itself then... so far I LOVE IT!! There is a rather annoying bug that randomly reloads the map in campaign view but i think that could be because i'm on Windows 8. That aside i think this is the most indepth TW yet, politics, trade the works and the battles are fantastic. i found myself skipping battles in Rome and Medieval 2 as i found them a bit reptative after a while but not Empire. Tactics IMO seem to play a bigger role and there is an element of using a ruse to trap the AI which i find fun. AND if thats not enough then you could always sink your teeth into the naval battles. I haven't mastered these yet but I love them all the same.
My only gripe really is that there aren't many small nations to play.Read more ›
Incredible graphics, game play, and sound - this IS without doubt one of the best if not THE best war game available - watching over 3 thousand individual 18th century troops and storming the battlefield with full sound - stunning !
Oh and you CAN play it without internet connection once you've registered it with Steam - so ignore the other reviews that say you can't - you'll need to log onto Steam and access your account and select Play Offline.....simple......and enjoy
Anyway, set Steam to run off-line and played the game, worked fine, there's tutorials on how to manage armies and navies, two campaigns, and various scenarios of battles to play. Works very well over the couple of weeks I played it, there doesn't seem to be any major problems, does seem to run slow very occasionally but otherwise it runs very well, did crash once, but then what game doesn't crash nowadays!
Its a very even tempered game in that there's no frantic button pressing to stay in the game, there are sliders to adjust speed of the battles, able to zoom in very close although a speed drop off does happen depending on number of units. Very playable, should keep me going for the next few months.
The battles themselves have a lot of detail, especially the sea battles. The sea looks real and the ships look beautiful. The town detail is impressive and the troops climbing over fences gives it that little bit extra. The only downside is that the camera is a bit jumpy, but you'll probably son get used to it.
It did take a couple of hours to download because if Steam but overall, I would recommend it for those people who are waiting for Rome Total War II to come out and have some time to fill in.
The biggest difference in ETW is the wide scale use of firearms as the primary weapon. We got a taste of this with the Spanish in the Americas campaign in Medieval II TotalWar Expansion. But, ETW is all about getting your lines of infantry formed up and firing at the enemy. I found it very satisfying watching the volleys exchanged back and forth especially in large battles. The other game changer is the cannon. The cannon is now reasonably accurate and especially when fired with canister shot a deadly weapon. Battles will be settled by properly locating and applying your cannons.
If musket balls and cannon shot isn't enough, ETW offers many other upgrades and changes. One of the most desired upgrades is the addition of player controlled naval battles. You no longer have to auto resolve your naval battles. There may be better naval battle simulations out there, but I found ETW to be excellent. The ship graphics and animations during combat are top notch.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this game when it was released, but I did find it a bit buggy. So ended up putting it on the shelf to gather dust. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mark Sharpe
It should be be mentioned in the game description that the game needs to be DOWNLOADED (again) from internet. So why buy the dvds if the game cannot be installed from there?!Published 7 months ago by xandy
I have successfully played one campaign and it is a very good game but.... on my next campaign, very close to the end of hours of play, it refused to continue the campaign on... Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Dalton
The game came really quick!!! The product was packaged nicely and the price was FAB. Defo recomend this buyer :) Plus do not be put off by "White label version". Read morePublished 13 months ago by THE REAL DEAL