Empire: Total War (PC)

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Empire: Total War (PC)

With every new game the Total War series has been getting bigger and better, until now it's ready to take on the whole world. For the first time you c...

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published 24/04/2014 | pdoyle007
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"For the Empire!"

Empire: Total War was a natural progression for the hugely successful 'Total: War' series.

The series has involved taking over factions during historial conflicts and micromanaging their Empires, from the fighting to trade, internal developments and character progression and skills. This spanned out over hundreds of years, so characters are born, develop and die, making room for new ones with new skills and vices, all of which affect your progress and success.

Previously the periods covered have been Feudal Japan, Rome and Medevil Wars. All rooted in the dur of swords and simple projectile weapons. Empire is the most 'modern' in the series and the first to deeply involve firearms, which involves a change in mindset and tactics (I think they have been waiting for computer capabilities to do this justice).

The start point is in the 1700s and you can pick from one of 8 factions (more are available later). They each have slightly different strengths and pre-set allies and goals, however almost right from the beginning the directions you can go in are limitless. No two games play the same as you make alliances, research different technologies for war, economy or social benefits, or have family members meet random and tragic ends. Real world events come and go, for instance the French Revolution comes into play and it is possible to discover the Americas, and reap all of the benefits associated.

This is the first in the series that allows naval combat, which is a new system to explore and master. The protracted use of firearms is also new and setting up fields of fire and monitoring morale becomes vital, rather than the 'hit them in the flank' fail safe from the earlier games.

The game involves downloadable content to allow you to control famous regiments and characters and add another layer of depth of the experience. You can also play 'historical battles' and test yourself against the impossible situations that real generals conquered in.

The main strength of the series is that the way it becomes totally immersive. Hours fly by as you hatch plans, develop your Empire, or take minute pleasure in seeing one character or unit develop through the levels. I studied this era of history as part of my degree and so was very excited for it to come about. The gameplay doesn't disappoint and it's the biggest game in the series so far.

The only slight disappointment is that the specs for your computer are needing to be a notch above for this to fully enjoy it. My computer is quite old so in big battles with thousands of bullets flying you can get quite a lot of slowdown and some of the sharpness in the graphics are lost. This is more to do with my machine than the game, but worth looking at if you want to enjoy it fully.

As the game has been out for a while you can easily find it for less than £10 at the moment and I would reccommend having a look at it.

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  • mumsymary published 05/05/2014
    good review
  • Viborg published 25/04/2014
    Well reviewed.
  • pumfster published 24/04/2014
    Good game this one.
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With every new game the Total War series has been getting bigger and better, until now it's ready to take on the whole world. For the first time you can build an entire global empire, with up to fifty factions available, from the British and French to American revolutionaries.Large doesn't even begin to describe the scale of this game The naval battles feature an astonishing amount of detail The world map is where all the strategy and diplomacy goes on Expand the British Empire or destroy it - the choice is yoursLike the previous Total War titles the gameplay is split into two main parts, with overall strategy, diplomacy and resource management taking place on a turn-based world map. Actual battles are controlled directly by you though.The strategy elements are more engrossing than ever, but it's the battles that really steal the show, with incredible graphics that may be the most detailed ever seen. For the first time you can control naval combat hands-on, while rifles and artillery play a much more central role than ever before. If you thought strategy games were boring and slow, this is the game to change your mind.Key Features Imperial power: Take control of the empire of your choice in a worldwide quest for territory that runs from 1700 to the early 19th century. A sailor's life: For the first time you can control naval combat yourself, with authentic ships, weapons and tactics that evolve as time goes on. Century of change: As the 18th century progresses the art of war evolves, with more modern style battles involving artillery barrages, snipers and riflemen. Pretty face: With an incredible eye for detail and historical accuracy, the amazing new graphics also allow for factors such as the weather to be properly simulated. Online empire: For the first time in a Total War game you can compete in a full campaign multiplayer mode, not just one-off real-time battles. About the Developer: The Creative AssemblyWith a history dating back to 1987, this developer came into their own with Shogun: Total War in 2000. Based in Horsham, West Sussex the studio has also dabbled with action games such as Viking: Battle for Asgard and their first Sci-Fi strategy game Stormrise. They were bought by Sega in 2005.

Product Details

Age: 18+

Publisher: Sega

Genre: Strategy, Action/Adventure

Release Date: 4th March 2009

EAN: 5060138440012; 10086852295; 5060138440036; 5055277004454, 5060138442658, 5016488123181

Operating System: Windows Vista

Manufacturer: Avanquest Software

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