Command the seas, control the land, forge a new nation, and conquer the globe.
User reviews: Very Positive (9,540 reviews) - 92% of the 9,540 user reviews for this game are positive.
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 This Game

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.
Helpful customer reviews
638 of 700 people (91%) found this review helpful
830 people found this review funny
31.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
Plays as the mighty Prussia
*2 turns into the game Austria declares war
*Defeated Austria in 10 turns
*5 turns later Austria rises once again as a rebellion
*Destroys Austria
*2 turns later Austria rises again *facepalm*
*Destroys Austria again
*5 turns later Austria for some reason signed there independence
*note i still control their capital city
*loses Austria *rages*
*Captures Austria
*Austria rises again *rages harder*
*Hungary rebellion appears in the map
*Rages as hard as possible
*destroys both Austria and Hungary
*10 turns later Austria Rises once again
*Rages and sells Austria to Poland
*Poland couldnt handle Austria
*laughs
*Tries to ally with Austria 10 times
*Austria allied with me FINALLY!!!!!
*peace
*Austria declares war once again
*Rages and destroys Austria
*sells Austria to Venice

10/10 would destroy Austria again

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209 of 245 people (85%) found this review helpful
254 people found this review funny
92.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
Start game as Britain, intend to have sun never set on my glorious flag.
Begin beating up poor defenseless Cherokee.
Sigh as France tries to beat up on Thirteen Colonies.
Go to war with France.
Grumble as Iroquois jump on Colonies back.
Grind teeth when Iroquois conquer Albany.
Totally lose mind when American rebels kill Iroquois in New York and form the United States in 1710.
Sail entire colonial army to New York to crush the upstart rebel scum.
Rebel scum attack Iroquois.
Laugh.
Attack rebel scum in New York.
Rebel scum smack the ♥♥♥♥ out of the stupid Thirteen Colonies in Maine and Boston, who don't know how to war.
Rebel scum have instant army and nation.
Clench fists.
Stomp out rebel scum in Cayuga.
Make peace with Iroquois.
Iroquois now friends.
Ally with Iroquois.
March on Boston with intent to burn it to the ground if necessary.
Crush rebel scum army in Boston.
Wipe up rebel scum army in Maine.
Have annihilated United States.
Year is 1711.


10/10 would annihilate home nation 60 years before it should exist again.
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108 of 139 people (78%) found this review helpful
90 people found this review funny
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
>Becomes the Germans (Prussia)
>Invades Poland
>Austria declares war
>mfw I own Austria
>Every single main Europeon nation declares war
>mfw I own Europe

10/10 would invade Poland again
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
1,420.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2015
Basically, I'm addicted to this game. When I feel like some quick entertainment a little Road to Independence is in order. This is especially fun when you put it on the hardest setting and promptly cream the red coats at Bunker Hill. Watching them run away is completely gratifying.

Once in awhile it is enjoyable to sink a Spanish Galleon with an 18 gun sloop. It's nice to have guns that shoot farther than the big boy's guns. Layoff in the distance, knock out the masts with chain, and then have at the immobile hulk.

As far as campaigns, so far I've taken on England, Prussia, Austria, Maratha, and the United Provinces. The biggest challenge to date was playing the Dutch. They are badly spread out and there is too much to defend. However, on the 4th try I finally figured out that the road to success was to simply abandon trying to defend Ceylon. Milk it for the money while you can, but when Maratha invades it's time to pack up and leave. There will be a time to come back to get it later.

If you concentrate on the Dutch army at home, and play aggressively with small armies in the Americas it's possible to make headway in the Americas while you knock out France quickly and early. This breaks up their American colonies and you can pick them off one by one. The European army needs to work quickly. Once France is out it's time to take out Spain. Those galleons are big and tough and with Spain out, its colonies also break up.

With America firmly in hand (say 10 or so provinces) and with another 10 or so in Europe it's time to raise that army and go back and take Ceylon. Maratha is a lot easier target than Prussia and Sweden, and those elephants aren't nearly as tough as they look at first.

I've been playing the current game for a LONG time now. It's 1783, and the United Provinces control all of India, all of Europe except for Greece and 12 Ottoman provinces, and all of the Americas except for the northern Indian provinces, Quebec, and 8 US provinces. Austria just fell (Hungary, Austria, and Bavaria all fell on the last turn). I'm repositioning troops, and will invade Greece with 2 armies. These will be positioned for a quick attack on Rumelia, while individual armies go after the other two provinces the Ottomans have in Europe proper. Other armies will fall on the Middle Eastern provinces, and 2 armies will be ferried to Africa to take out their two African provinces.

I'm currently fighting in America with 3 armies, but will transfer armies from Europe as soon as possible to conquer 100% of the world before 1799. I'm also 4 turns away from researching all technologies, also a first for me. Great game, I'm thinking of trying either Russia or Poland next. Not sure I'll ever play the frogs. It's too much fun watching France get eliminated.

Another fun thing to do is to defend a fort against forces that badly outnumber you. Occasionally the computer sends my guys out the gates or over the walls at the enemy, but if you pay attention you can order them back inside so that they don't get wiped out. Nice to hold the fort at the end of a long battle with all of the enemy units broken and fleeing the field!

Definitely recommend the game. I save frequently so can always back up to a prior save if a glitch comes up. I've found that the glitches don't tend to repeat themselves.
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
I'm a big fan of all the Total War games! No other grand strategy war games takes on whole eras of combat with such a combination of respect and fetishism for the rules and wisdom of battle, and no series treats history like such a serious playground of possibilities. If you have the time and the dedication, all the Total War games will shower you with gaming glory and riches, Empire is no exception. http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=590501874 http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=590458520
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