Command the seas, control the land, forge a new nation, and conquer the globe.
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Release Date: Mar 3, 2009

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"This is one of the most playable, important and accomplished games ever created." 94% PC GAMER
"...deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as the greatest names in gaming history." 9.5/10 IGN

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ABOUT EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR


Dominate the 18th century on land and sea. 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 in Empire: Total War.
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 pummelling 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, taking in the riches of India, the turbulence of Europe and, for the first time, the untapped potential of the United States of America.
  • 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.
  • Become a founding father. Starting in 1700 — The era of warfare across oceans, revolution and the founding of the United States.
  • All new graphics engine and technology features staggering real-time seascapes, new advanced landscape and flora systems, and dynamic weather.


March 31, 2010 - Update
Update 1.6 for Empire: Total War is available today. The update introduces a large number of revisions to the Artificial Intelligence in real time battles. Amongst many other improvements, the Battle A.I. now maintains its lines more rigorously, has better army movement and engages in melee more tactically. It is also better at protecting its own advance and engaging opponents with flanking attacks.
 

October 5, 2009 - Update
Performance and other general improvements to Empire: Total War have just been released, in conjunction with the new Warpath Campaign DLC. Read on for a full list of features included with this update.
 

September 22, 2009 - Update
This update, now available on Steam, adds two new historical battles: Battle of Rossbach and Battle of Fontenoy. Both are available in single player and multiplayer game modes. Read on for a full list of features included with this update.
 

June 22, 2009 - Update
Empire is expanding. With its latest update now available on Steam, Empire: Total War adds 14 free new units along with numerous updates and game enhancements. Read on for a full list of features included with this update.
 

System Requirements

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    • Supported OS: Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or Windows Vista™
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel® Pentium® or greater or AMD® Athlon® equivalent CPU
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM (XP,) 2 GB RAM (Vista™)
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible hardware accelerated video card with shader version 2.0 support, 256 MB video memory
    • Display: Minimum screen resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels
    • Sound: Directx9.0c compatible sound card
    • Hard Drive: 15 GB free hard disk space formatted as NTFS
    • Peripherals: Windows compatible mouse and keyboard
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8.5
    • Processor:2.0 GHz
    • Memory:4GB Memory
    • Graphics:256MB*
    • Hard Drive:20GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, Intel GMA series and NVIDIA 7xxx series.
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.3
    • Processor:2.4 GHz
    • Memory:4GB Memory
    • Graphics:512GB*
    • Hard Drive:20GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, Intel GMA series and NVIDIA 7xxx series.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Steam OS or Ubuntu 14.04.1 (64 bit required)
    • Processor: 2GHz
    • Memory: 4GB Memory
    • Graphics: 512MB*
    • Hard Drive:18GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: Nvidia 600 series+, AMD 6000 series+, Intel Iris Pro.
    • IMPORTANT: Requires 64bit OS to play.
    Recommended:
    • OS: Steam OS or Ubuntu 14.04.1 (64 bit required)
    • Processor: 3 GHz
    • Memory: 8GB Memory
    • Graphics: 1GB*
    • Hard Drive: 18GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: Nvidia 700 series+, AMD R7 series+
    • IMPORTANT: Requires 64bit OS to play.
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jacob_keeter
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
This is on of my favorite games to play on the PC

I give this a 10 out of 10
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7feenyo
( 115.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
The best in the Total War series. The terrian in the battles are too bland and doesn't change the outcome of battles.
8/10
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LoKo_Ape
( 51.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
-Started the grand campaign as the glorious Königreich Preußen (Kingdom of Prussia)

-Allied with Britian and Austria-Hungary

-Put in motion my master plan of conquering Poland without ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ off Russia

-attacked Saxony and Poland declared war on the heroic Prussians

-Austria pulls a ♥♥♥♥ move and breaks military alliance for no reason, I capture both West Prussia from the evil clutches of the Poles and destroy the Kingdom of Saxony

- Austria declares war on me bringing 3 small Germanic nations into arms against me

- I steamroll through Vienna and the first king of the Prussian state dies of natural causes and Fredrick II arises to lead Prussia to greatness!

- I capture Warsaw thus ending the war with Poland and Sweden declares war because they dont like Fredrick II

- The 3 small Germanic states fall to a joint attack of English and Prussian swords I ally with the United Provinces

- Sweden gets absoloutly destroyed when Russia attacks the swedes and I capture Stockholm

- The Ottomans, French, Spanish, and Russians all delcare war on me

- I valiently put up a fight but am ultimatly crushed by a French Army

10/10 would annex most of Europe again!
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BloodWar27
( 27.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
I thought this game was going to be funner but it sucked from my point of veiw
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jpbegin
( 281.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
good game I love the different units I would also recomend Europa Universalis 4
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D3aye
( 56.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Great game has some lag at times but it is a good game over all only 54 hours in it but i know i will play it alot
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Mjavery9
( 154.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
First Total War game, and still is my faviort after playing Napelon, Shogun 2, Rome II, and Attila. (Not saying those games are bad) The game just has somthing to it that is diffrent from every other Total War game. I would sugest to new Total War players.
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Compte De Vegas
( 62.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Empire Total War is the game in the Total War series which appears to receive the most hate. Having played the game itself, I can safely say that it is decent. As a game it does what it does but no more no less. There are a limited number of units which are available to all sides save for the Indian, Ottoman, and Maratha factions. The gameplay itself can get repetitive overtime but still follows the format seen in all Total War games. Creative Assembly had done a good job in terms of historical accuracy and introduced me to different variations of troops seen during the 1700s. Compared to the other games, I can see where the hatred is coming from and I can see it for it's flaws but it does do what it is meant to do correctly. There are also minor inconveniencies such as the tax system of having to travel from region to region just to access it's stats which gets tricky once you have occupied lot of them and that unrest is hard to quell. I will give this game a 7/10.
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
Recommended
60.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
-Playing as the United States
-A prussian army lands and tries to invade America

11/10 for realism
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Without mods: 6.5/10
With mods: 9/10
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
203.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
Start as Russia
Kiev is already mine? Putin would be proud
Start war with Sweden, this shouldn't be hard
Ottomans say "we want your land" Still should be easy, even Russia is more industrialized then them
Capture St. Petersburg and Crimea, build a fleet in the north and south
Ottomans and Swedes destroy both fleets after one turn...
Ottomans and Swedes start taking land, where is General Winter when I need him?
I push back, now contol all my original territory plus Dagistan and Norway
Notice Maratha Confederacy is in Europe "Hey, wanna help me with the Ottomans?"'
Maratha Confederacy declares war, takes Dagistan, then three more territories
Dagistan rebels, forms an alliance with Maratha Confederacy
Sweden gets Superior Line Infantry, and the Ottomans get Organd Guns, my armies are obliterated
I finally take my old territory in the east, Greece and Bosnia in the south, and Sweden in the north
End turn, com♥♥♥♥r crashes on Maratha Confederacy's turn

10/10 would annex Sweden and Greece into Russia again
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
279.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
One of the better Total War games and the first to allow you to take direct control of naval combat, which is well realized. It's also a game that doesn't take that long - you could breeze through even a 'world domination' campaign in just a day or two with most of the playable factions.

The modding scene is very strong with numerous gameplay-tweaks and overhauls available to spice things up a bit. My main gripe is that, outside of the Shogun TW games, the unit rosters are among the least varied - most of the European factions have near-identical unit rosters, and their unique choices are all too often functionally identical to eachother. Only the Ottoman empire and the Maratha Confederacy really buck this trend significantly, though the Russians have a few gimmicks too.

The game offers a tangible way of winning without conquering absolutely everyone through prestige victory, which is nice in principle, but in reality is still best achieved by conquering everyone. It's nice if you want to role-play a bit though.

Excitingly, the game takes place in three theatres, Europe, the Americas, and India, which gives you multiple avenues of conquest.

My main gripes are that Agents don't seem to grow very much. Gentlemen don't become better scholars while they are researching in a school, missionaries don't seem to improve much while they are preaching. The diplomacy AI is maddeningly stupid and thinks it is winning wars even if it is being crushed, and will often refuse to aquiesce unless you have their final settlement under siege (and even then it might deny demands, or even requests for peace!). Lastly, there is too much bias on things playing out a certain way - in every campaign I've done Prussia ALWAYS stomps over central Europe. The Maratha Confederacy ALWAYS gains full control of India. The Thirteen Colonies NEVER rebel against British Rule. Part of the joy of Total war is creating and witnessing alternate history, and seeing the same things happening time after time gets a bit stale. Too much is engineered to happen or not happen. I'd love to see a game where the Mughal Empire actually manages to resist the Maratha Confederacy, or one where France and Spain actually do something over in the Americas.

That's not enough to really ruin my enjoyment of the game. There is something very majestic about watching regiments of line infantry shoot the living hell out of eachother. Watching cannonballs rip through cavalry units in slow motion never gets old, and nor does mowing down foot soldiers with cannister shot. This game also has the best research tree of any of the total war games that came after. I enjoyed the way that scholars worked with schools, allowing you to really take control over how research-focussed you wanted to be.

Overally I really enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, this game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
274.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Empire was my first Total War game and still is the one I play today. With other 250 hours in single player its a game with immense re-playability. For players new to Total War or Turn based stategy with a real time element I would recommend picking up this game alongside its DLC.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
902.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
This game was one of my first steam games ever. I wouldn't call it an work of art, but the huge campaign map, the beatiful (for it's time) textures and the textbook correct nations are absolutly wonderful. The variety of nations you can playas, from the OP island nation of Great Britain, to the rebelling colonists in the American theartre, and the Rebelling Maratha faction in India, this game's wide, unique and colorful blend of nations and maps are truly something worth buying this game. This is one of the best total war games out there, especially if you love 18th century history. Works perfectly with Dathmod. I highly recomend you play vanilla first, however, just to get the feeling of the great game you just bought. The battle AI could use some improvment though, other than that, great game Sega/ Total War!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
147.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Rule the World Simulator

This was my first Total War game, so it was a world apart from anything I'd ever played before. And despite playing every Total War title ever since, this one still stands up. The game does feel a little dated as compared to the latest titles, but the map size and faction variation is still the best of all of them. This game also marks the last time I really enjoyed a sea battle.

Of course, conquering Europe as the Maratha Confederacy was one the toughest and most rewarding things I've ever done in a videogame.

CA usually takes a few tries to get each game right, so I'd recommend the Darthmod for this one, otherwise the AI is ridiculously stupid.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
74.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
empire total war is a cool and fun game where you fight nations and grow and conquer , the game is awesome the battle on land is amazing fun and stratigic with alot of replayability , however the thing that is most disappointing about the game is that sea battles are not fluid and fun , the reason i bought the game because i thought it is the best age of sail game but its not what i expected but it is playable and you might like it
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
351.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
This game was my first Total War experience, and I must say, I was quite lost at the start of my journey. The grand strategy and RTS genres were probably the ones I had the least experience with, but playing around with this for 340+ hours was both an enlightening and rewarding experience. Even though this game is old and outdated by todays standards, that doesn't mean it isn't worth trying. I have completed around five grand campaigns, and as expected, are very similar to one another. The three 'superpowers' of the time period (Britain, France and Spain) are the only factions that have missions, one for each of them. The game does little to encourage more playtime apart from these three faction specfic missions and the initial goals of conquering a set amount of regions, making the mid-game quite tedious. One thing that needs to be addressed (and probably never will be by CA) is the fact that the Maratha Confederacy is ridiculously unbalenced. I've seen them field between 10-15 armies (a few of them full stacks) just in one region. I'm not sure if they're supposed to act as an invasionary force much like the Chaos Warriors in the newly released Total War: Warhammer, but if they are, it hasn't been done right. I've noticed that the aggressiveness of the Confederacy may be due to a patch made by CA due to complaints about factions not being offensive enough and is frequently mentioned in old posts found on the Total War Forums for this game.

Apart from this, the battles are entertaining and sometimes (perhaps rarely) even challenging, depending on the troops you field (to this day, I still haven't mastered Cavalry units). The siege variant of these battle can be boring, unless you take the fight straight to the enemy, unlike the historical methods of these situations. Sea battles are initially confusing, but are actually quite simple and easy to master. I recall that there is a guide someone wrote regarding this.

Overall, the game stands as a great acheivement and a welcome first step into the world of the RTS and grand strategy. It may trip over its own feet at times, but the entertainment value found in the game is ultimately up to the player.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
just another well done total war game
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