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Empire: Total War - Special Forces Edition (PC)

Platform : Windows XP
2.9 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews

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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 16 and Over Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B001JJBE5G
  • Release Date: 4 Mar. 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,384 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Special Forces Edition
The following elite units are included as part of the Empire: Total War - Special Forces Edition. This premium packaged edition for aficionados of the Total War series comes complete with an illustrated campaign map and unique Steam unlock code. Once the game is installed and verified by Steam, players can enter their code and unlock these elite units which will then appear in the single-player game:

  • HMS Victory
  • Rogers' Rangers
  • Ottoman Organ Gun
  • Ghoorkas
  • Corso Terrestre Guerillas
  • Bulkeley's Regiment

    Empire: Total War introduces a host of revolutionary new features, including true 3D naval combat. For the first time in the Total War series, you will be able to intuitively command single ships or vast fleets upon seascapes rich with extraordinary water and weather effects that play a huge role in your eventual glorious success or ignominious defeat. After pummeling your enemy with cannon fire, close in to grapple their ship and prepare to board, taking control of your men as they fight hand-to-hand on the decks of these wooden behemoths.

    In addition, Empire: Total War will see further enhancements to the Total War series' signature 3D battles and turn-based campaign map. Real-time battles will pose new challenges with the addition of cannon and musket, challenging players to master new formations and tactics as a result of the increasing role of gunpowder within warfare. And the Campaign Map - for many, the heart of Total War - introduces a variety of new and upgraded elements, including new systems for Trade, Diplomacy and Espionage with agents; a refined and streamlined UI; improved Advisors; and a vastly extended scope.
  • Take command on the high seas. New real-time 3D naval warfare takes Total War's unparall

    Manufacturer's Description

    Empire: Total War Special Forces Edition.

    In a time when a soldier’s life could be given easily and quickly, it took extreme courage and determination for a true hero to forge a reputation for themselves.

    Whether through harsh and highly disciplined training, generations of successful military tradition or world-leading technology, the units available as part of the Empire: Total War Special Forces Edition are among the very best of the best.

    The Special Forces Edition introduces six of the most influential military forces of the 18th Century. True to the period, these exclusive elite units become available on the campaign map via a certain faction or once a specific geographical region is under control.

    Each elite unit brings with it the potential to open up dramatic new strategies and turn the tide of your campaign. A cornerstone of your Empire’s land or naval forces, each has the potential to be used to decisive and devastating effect.

    The following elite units are included as part of the Empire: Total War Special Forces Edition. This premium packaged edition for aficionados of the Total War series comes complete with an illustrated campaign map and unique Steam unlock code. Once the game is installed and verified by Steam, players can enter their code and unlock these elite units which will then appear in the single player game.

    HMS Victory:
    The Royal Navy’s most distinguished and formidable first rate ship of the line; Lord Nelson’s 104 gun flagship is one of the most heavily armed ships of the 18th Century.

    Rogers’ Rangers:
    Major Robert Rogers’ company of rangers are highly trained elite light infantry, specialising in reconnaissance and special operations. They are extremely mobile in even the most challenging environments.

    Ottoman Organ Gun:
    A viciously powerful field gun, able to inflict incredible damage on the opposing army. Emphatic proof of the Ottoman Empire’s advanced knowledge of gunpowder and firearms technology.

    Ghoorkas:
    "Better to die than be a coward" has been the motto of these elite Nepalese soldiers for centuries. Disciplined, tough and courageous, they carry a deadly 18-inch long, curved knife known as the kukri.

    Corso Terrestre Guerillas:
    An independent light infantry guerrilla regiment, experienced in skirmish and stealth tactics. Surprise raids and ambushes are the guerillas’ favoured tactics, a way to compensate for their limited number and light armour.

    Bulkeley's Regiment:
    A French unit of Irish mercenaries with a fearsome reputation for hardiness. Exceptionally tough and resilient, they make for a highly flexible and dependable regiment.


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As I am growing up, there is only a handful of games that are worth dedicating precious free time. There are some golden oldies (like Max Payne 2, Call of Duty, Hitman(s)), and one or two new ones; but only one franchise that from start to finish remains on my computer. This last installment of the Total Was series seems to have it all. Seems to... So, as for it to not be misleading, and to remain relatively balanced, I will state the more obvious good things first, and the more obvious bad things (most of them) in capitals.

Good things.

(1) Good graphics. The tradition continues, the first step within the series having been made with Rome TW. Yes, the graphics are better, although you have to have enough video memory to truly savor them. On medium options you'll get something similar to Medieval 2. On high, however, you will be very pleased.

(2) A (little) more advanced AI. At least it will flank now in land battles, and will not stand idly when you shoot at it. Well, there are a few more good things here, but let there be some suspense. In essence the AI will not be "bloody marvelous", but will operate with a fair amount of logic, will maneuver, and WILL catch you off guard. The days of winning a major battle with very few casualties are in the past.

(3) Tactical warfare. Sure, you can create a huge mob of the toughest units and send it charging, but few real TW players ever try it - kills the point of playing the franchise. So, the tactical bit is present. And relatively accurate too - you will have to make some traditional tactical decisions, and ones that were historically present as well.

(4) Naval battles. The major good thing - they now exist, and are graphically quite nice. The major bad thing - the AI is not as good as in land battles.
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O.k first things first, this is a review based mainly on the game and not Steam or other issues. If you are having trouble running the game you have my sympathies and you are indeed entitled to vent your rage on this site. However I am one of the (seemingly) lucky few, who has not encountered too many problems so I feel like I'm in a good position to rate the game for what it is. So here goes.

My mother always taught me that first impressions are essential, and Empire: Total War certainly sets a good one. The presentation of the intro movie and the first menu screen are nothing but spectacular, with special mention to the beautiful music and sound. From the first menu, Total War virgins may struggle to decide which path to take as there are so many different options (i.e Grand Campaign, Battle Scenarios) but I would suggest doing the battle tutorial first and then challenging The Road To Independence episodes. These episodes work as a long tutorial which anyone whose played previos TW games will have no trouble in completing, and which I found a little too easy and patronising to be honest. Once you've succesfully freed yourself from the British rule it is finally time for the Grand Campaign.

Now this is the main part of the game and where you'll be spending most of your time. The choice of which nation to control is very impressive and vast, honestly it took me nearly an hour to decide which one I wanted to take to world domination, finally deciding upon Austria. So with Vienna and Zagreb under my control I set out on my journey to make Austria the dominant nation of the world. The first thing I noticed was the great improvement to the Diplomacy aspect of the game.
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I will try to keep this brief, otherwise there will be a real danger that it might turn into a full rant.

The game is beautiful, the screen shots are divine and the promises of so many units and scenarios within the game are outstanding. However all of this is left on the packaging and might never make it onto your screen.

The installation method is terrible. You will have to sign up (for free) to a Steam account, being the client from which the game is organised, run and modified. This in itself is quite a hit-and-miss affair. Don't be surprised if the installation of Steam quits for the first time, or the second.... etc. just keep trying and you will succeed (can you see where the rest of this review is leading?). Did i mention that you also have to be online to install the Steam client.. oh yes. Let's leave the old concept of purchasing a disk and installing from said disk at the door. Welcome to a world of pain!

So you've installed Steam, congratulations. Now you're probably being informed via the commercial purpose of Steam, just what other games are available and why you should purchase them. Strong will power is required here as you navigate along the top tabs to the games window. Here listed alone will be your Empire game..... .or so you think.
First of all you need to install it (of course you do, why else have the decent chaps at Sega provided 2 disks?). Highlight the game and select the install option from the bottom right and you might think that the disk will spin into life and the installation will begin... ermm wrong. Steam will ponder your request for a while and if you're lucky it might tell you how long the game will take to download and install. That's correct I did say download. but why 'download' I hear you say, well that's how Steam works.
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