Top positive review
31 people found this helpful
on 17 May 2011
I first bought Empire Total War on it's day of release. Back then, it had great potential, but was riddled with game breaking bugs and annoying AI.
Thankfully after numerous patches and improvements, the game is much more polished. With the Napoleon expansion, it get's even better.
It was always going to be difficult for the devs to create a Total War game involving predominantly ranged combat. The AI mechanics and strategy are much more complex when you line up 10 musket units, 2 cannons and a load of cavalry against each other. But Empire/Napoleon does a good job on the whole (though it's very easy to kill Generals with cannons from miles away).
The navel battles are enjoyable, though they can be a little complex when dealing with a large group of ships. I find it easiest to concentrate on controlling just the flagship or maybe two of the bigger ships of the line when you have a fleet of 10 or so.
Diplomacy was poor on release but operates much better now, especially in Napoleon.
Graphics are good and there are some amusing lines/animations when you zoom right into units.
Empire probably has the longer gameplay of the two games, with more scope for... well.... an empire. But Napoleon is the more dynamic and action packed.
Well worth purchasing for returning players who were put off by the glitches when first released.