Command the seas, control the land, forge a new nation, and conquer the globe.
User reviews: Very Positive (5,344 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 3, 2009

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December 9

Now on Linux!

Empire Total War is now available on Linux!

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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

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.
 

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.

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
778 of 957 people (81%) found this review helpful
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
The French retreated.

10/10 for realism.
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148 of 178 people (83%) found this review helpful
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Started as Prussia , made a Prussian Empire by invading india and making it German India. I have surpassed what other people couldn't do in history which is to invade Moscow during the winter, I blitzkrieg through Europe like there was no tommorow. 10/10 would India again with germans
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81 of 88 people (92%) found this review helpful
10,031.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
Really fun! Good blend of turn based strategy & active user battle field tactics. The game did crash often in the beginning (store bought version), but re-installing allowed me to recover my saved game & solved the freeze problems.
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48 of 53 people (91%) found this review helpful
136.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
In History you learn about how George Washington defeated the British Army under Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. Relive this battle in all of its splendor............................................... Or:
+Invade Sweden with Elephants
+Conquer the Carribean with Hordes of Ottoman Warriors.
+Launch an attack on Canada with Spanish Recruited African Militia.
with the exception of strange a.i. and some small bugs, 8/10.
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87 of 115 people (76%) found this review helpful
1,153.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
I think my hours say everything there is ti say,
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96 of 130 people (74%) found this review helpful
1,242.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 27
If this game was a potato, it would be a good potato.
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71 of 92 people (77%) found this review helpful
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
The Ottomans tried to overwhelm my army of regulars with a few farmers wielding pitchforks. We almost lost.

10/10.
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41 of 48 people (85%) found this review helpful
134.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Personally, i throughly enjoy this game. It has a greatly expanded campaign map, tons of factions, and a much better diplomacy interface. On the downside, the AI is rather difficult, and often borders on(and crosses into...) being incredibly dumb. Battle mechanics are great, with better UI, better graphics, and expanded options. I like the "take cover" selection that allows units to hide in buildings, or next to fences. They handled the change from melee-based combat, with little "ranged combat", to a system with very nearly soley "ranged" combat mecanics very, very well. The addition of Naval Battles is an extrordinary change, as all previous games had the "autobattle" for sea combat(or in the case of med 1, random battles popping up as 'events' against the primarily land-based campaign), and i throughly enjoyed learning how to command such a sea battle. If you're looking for a TW game, or even just a nice game to play, and one that will not be a "short play-through", then i heartfully recomend ETW.
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
55.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Do you like Total War games? Do you find the American Revolutionary War midly interesting? Do you like seeing hundreds of men line up and take turns firing deadly lead pellets at each other? If you said yes to any of these questions then this game may be for you!
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
114.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 10
My wife left me because of this game! 10/10 it saved me from killing her instead.
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36 of 51 people (71%) found this review helpful
82.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
It is rather amusing to watch volley after volley of bullets mow down your enemies.
I should seek help

8/10
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
175.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 9
Started an Austrian campaign with the intentions of using their light infantry to skirmish my way to to an Austrian empire in western Europe.

Despite my best intentions of leaving the mighty Ottoman empire alone I was eventually drawn into a war with them while my armies were busy in France.

I got steamrolled pretty badly and it was clear that I couldn't hold out on two fronts.

Taking inspiration from another famous Austrian I decided to Boys From Brazil the ♥♥♥♥ out of it. Fully half of my forces were left to turtle up around my strongest city, defending a bunker as it were, and hold out as long as possible before the inevitable. The rest were piled into what naval strength I had and sailed for the New World.

Several turns later they arrived and took over a South American province just before my last one in mainland Europe fell (thus knocking me out of the game) and the rest of the South American provinces fell shortly afterwards.

Eventually the Austrian Empire Reborn was able to conquer most of the Americas and return to Europe to dish out some extremely righteous vengeance.

10/10, would proto-Hitler again.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
200.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
First, I need to say I am a fan of history. I love history. I also enjoy video games. So when these two things are combined, they make something awesome. This game is amazing! The graphics are a little dated but still are pleasible. Other than that I have no complaints. If you enjoy history, get this game. Trust me.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
110.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
After 100+ hours I have to say for anyone wanting a good strategy game it's well worth * what are they listing it for now * the price.

Pro's
-Combat requires some strategy you dont just auto win.
-Long campaign

Con's
My navy ships never really worked the way I wanted
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
The Second-Best Strategy game that I have played! Empire: Total war let you go into the past time and control armies. That include the French, the Indians, America, and English Red Coat army! The graphics are excellent, and the gameplay is smooth, no errors !The game is totally epic! I reccomend playing this ultra awesome game.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
28.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Play as glorious Holland
Take all Western Europe and then all of India
10/10 would VOC again
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Excellent and wonderful game. Not my first Total War, but by and by my favourite. Easy enough for casual players to pick up but offers a great depth of play for veterans of RTS and TBS games, whether you're into commanding an army in the battlefield, or if you're more into the politics of war.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
141.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
For this game, the question of recommendation is difficult. It's target audience is narrow, but chances are you're interested in this genre if you bothered to scroll down to the reviews.

The biggest point on this game is that it's time consuming. VERY time consuming. With a schedule like mine you can't get much done within one sit-down, but that keeps making me come back for more, for better or worse.

As for historic accuracy, I'm moderately educated on the time era of this game, but some events don't really add up. The AI's don't really act in accordance to actual history. For instance, Sweden likes to destroy Denmark within 15 seasons. I've also run into the problem with my closest allies suddenly declaring war on me, even though we're in "very friendly" relations.

Aside from those problems, this game has great complete features. The armies and naval battles play out well, and the detail is good for an older game. I'd recommend this to anyone that actually bothered to dig into the recommendations.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
60.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
Naval battles are the best part of this game!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
81.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
It was crap when it came out, but after darth mod, game was perfect!
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