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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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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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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( 21.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
I've really enjoyed playing Empire: Total War.

It has the perfect balance between detail and size. Medieval II: Total War, for instance, has so much detail it's hard to look at.

But Empire is in that happy zone of size versus detail. It has great replay value, because of the level of gameplay details. At the same time, it doesn't get bogged down by virtue of being too detailed. This keeps the gameplay moving. I find it particularly refreshing in a Total War title, since I love playing them but get tired of the later-game level of nation management. In short, it doesn't drag you down with administrative tasks as the game gets into the later stages. You can keep conquering enemy nations, instead of keeping your nation afloat with never-ending building management, like in the original Medieval: Total War.

The level of advice in the game is perfect for newbies, or for players returning after a long hiatus. It really holds your hand and shows you the ropes, all without being too intrusive. After you've wrung all you can from the advice, you can turn it down or off.

The new battle mechanics of using largely gunpowder troops is a switch for Total War. Of course, previous titles were dominated by hand-to-hand combat with pikes, swords, and the like. Lining up blocks of infanty, by contrast, may get boring after a while since it has less detail. But that depends on the type of player you are.

Instead of concentrating all of a province's buildings in the region capital, there are now buildings spread throughout the province. For instance, farms, universities, and industrial buildings are spread throughout the province. This makes the game more interesting to look at, since it isn't a meaningless landscape dotted with region capitals. It also gives an added stragegic element to the game: you can pillage these buildings, and thus remove the benefits they provide the other nation. For instance, you can pillage a university and thus take it out of action. It then can't do research for the nation you're fighting. These buildings can be repaired for cash in one turn. But still it puts a monkey wrench in the works, especially if it's an advanced building which is expensive to repair.

The different strategic regions (Europe, The New World, India) feel very balanced. It's especially fun to be fighting in North America around the time range of the American Revolution. India feels very boring, since it's basically an inverted triangle. But still, it has a meaningful level of detail to it. It doesn't just feel like a sideshow, though you can ignore it if you wish.

I like that you can send trading ships, called Indiamen, to different places in the world to bring back valuable resources. So for instance, you can dispatch an Indiaman to the west coast of Africa to bring back ivory for your nation to sell to other nations. It's a good source of income, and I like the reliability and simplicity of it. It's a very nice touch.

Diplomacy has a good deal of detail. For instance, if you're allied to a nation, break your alliance with it and then attack it, you'll get a permanent negative rating with most of the nations of the world. They don't like treaty violators! It makes them think twice about engaging in any deals with you. So be careful who you ally with. Don't do it as a convenience which you intend to break 10 turns later. Additionally, there are "historical grievances" between different nations based on their actual history. So for instance, the United Provinces have historical grievances with Spain because of Spain's attempts to conquer the nation. It adds a nice amount of...landscape to diplomacy. It doesn't feel like you're all just a bunch of random nations dumped into an Earth-like arena with no background. It feels more like actual history.

Unfortunately, you can't play as the United States. I guess they thought that it would be impossible to make it into a meaningful power with any realism. Still, it would have been nice to try! So if you would like to have a part in American history, it will have to be secondary part. For instance, in my first campaign I was playing as Prussia and conquered Britain. This sparked the American Revolution by eliminating the Original Thirteen's rulers across the sea. So you can be involved, but only in a secondary way.

So if you like Total War games, and especially if you'd like one that moves a little faster than previous titles, give Empire: Total War a whirl!
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( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
this game is awesome. I do not know why there is so much hate for it.
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Mr. Konnov
( 39.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Medieval 2 and Empire are the best total war games ever made
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Rising Drift
( 10.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Enemies just run around in front of my firing lines, getting shot over and over again until they finally charge at me, problem is they have guns so why are they charging? 10/10
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The Dark Soul (#TeamPyro)
( 312.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Its a fun time killer and can be historical at times
Rewrite history
United Provinces
United States
Realistic Diplomacy (to an extent)
Fun and engaging Real Time battles on land AND sea
Plenty of countries to free from tyranny
Wide range of units to use in battle
Wide range of technology to gain an advantage over the enemy
Wide range of mods to make the game better
Three theaters of war
Ship AI better than infantry AI
Not too expensive.
DLCs add new troops which adds new fun
Online play

Stupid AI
♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ AI
Mughal Empire
Melee combat is completely one sided
Melee combat can take a long time (I actually fell asleep for two hours while playing this game and my army was in Melee combat. I awoke and my army was still in melee)
Real easy to go bankrupt
Religion not a big factor
Brigs can't beat Galleys. Brigs cant beat anything.
Can't retrieve sailors in the water during ship battles
DLCs cost money
Online play is terrible
Historically inaccurate

Will continue to play!
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Can I get a Ho Ho Ho?
( 68.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
This game is freaking bae. Biggest all round map, all those trade ports means naval superiority is amazing. (Spanish OP early game) prefer british personally. Played and won the game on the highest difficulty.
My favourite Total War game.

Obviously many bugs but hey you have mods and just awesome community for that 👍👍👍
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( 38.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
I love how real this game sets for that particular period in time. It is quite unique and enjoyable. I do highly recommend it to anyone who wants a fun game, and is willing to enjoy a little history along with it.
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( 20.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
I would really love to play this game. I have before, and it was quite fun (at least with Darthmod). Unfortunately, CA and Sega are both cash grabbing, dlc-whoring scumbags who have decided that their fans are expendable, and that they are obliged to completely cut off support for anything before rome 2. Do not buy Empire, or any future game - CA/Sega will not support them for longer than a year, and if they do it will be barely a game without the all new 'Content packs' that cost £4.99 to add essential factions, such as Sparta in Rome 2, the Chaos Warriors in Warhammer or the Slavs in Attila. Don't support the scum♥♥♥♥s who want to fleece every last penny they can out of you. Instead, buy Rome 1 or Medieval 2, where the modders have succeeded where CA has failed to, adding all new campaigns such as a Lord of the Rings one for M2, or (ironically) the Warhammer mod for M2. It says a lot when the best mods of the older games delve into fantasy and total conversions, while with the newer games and with Empire especially, the best mods are the ones that make them functional. ♥♥♥♥ CA and ♥♥♥♥ Sega for becoming such scum and deploying such deplorable buissness tactics. Well and truly, they do not deserve even a single penny, from anyone at any time.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
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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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Without mods: 6.5/10
With mods: 9/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
199.2 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
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
901.0 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
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
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
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
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Love this game and tactics involved in battles!!
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