Command the seas, control the land, forge a new nation, and conquer the globe.
User reviews: Very Positive (4,992 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 3, 2009

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Includes 6 items: Empire: Total War™, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of America, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of the East, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of the West, Empire: Total War™ - Special Forces Units & Bonus Content, Empire: Total War™ - The Warpath Campaign

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Includes 9 items: Medieval II: Total War™, Rome: Total War™, Empire: Total War™, Napoleon: Total War™, Total War: SHOGUN 2, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai, Total War Battles: SHOGUN, Viking: Battle for Asgard, Total War™: ROME II - Emperor Edition

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Includes 28 items: Medieval II: Total War™, Rome: Total War™, Empire: Total War™, Empire: Total War™ - Special Forces Units & Bonus Content, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of the West, Empire: Total War™ - The Warpath Campaign, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of America, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of the East, Napoleon: Total War™, Napoleon: Total War - Heroes of the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon: Total War™ - Coalition Battle Pack, Napoleon: Total War™ - The Peninsular Campaign, Napoleon: Total War - Imperial Eagle Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Sengoku Jidai Unit Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - The Hattori Clan Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - The Ikko Ikki Clan Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Dragon War Battle Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2: Saints and Heroes Unit Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Otomo Clan Pack DLC, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai – The Saga Faction Pack, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai – The Obama Faction Pack, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai – The Tsu Faction Pack, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai – The Sendai Faction Pack, Viking: Battle for Asgard, Total War Battles: SHOGUN, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Rise of the Samurai Campaign

 

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
    • 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.
Helpful customer reviews
39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
27.6 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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17 of 21 people (81%) found this review helpful
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
this game made my pee pee three inches therefore contridicting my name
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
9,916.8 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
241.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Nice game!
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3 of 3 people (100%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
55.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Do you like Total War games? Do you find the 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
58.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I enjoy playing this game and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys good strategy and history at the same time. It is very enjoyable to read about a great historical battle and then be able to re-create it and lead your own army into battle.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
220.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
EXCELLENT GAME, BEST IN THE SERIES
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
110.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
After 100+ hours I have to stay 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
45.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
I loved the game. Totaly worth while and accurate both in technological advance and 17th-18th century warfare and battle tactics. I would recommend Empire total war over Napoleon Total war.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Favorite total war game to date. Only issue is not having the ability to click to see where your ports are being blockaded from the trade menu.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
181.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Best Strategy game ever!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
81.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
It was crap when it came out, but after darth mod, game was perfect!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Totally amazing game. Had to do a manufacture reset so I lost my campaign, but I still come back after a huge loss.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
155.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
i do recommend this game this game is ♥♥♥♥ing awesome
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
If you are playing this game and not wearing a Napoleon-esque hat and shouting orders at your men on the screen while a friend plays marching drums behind you... you need to take a long hard look in the mirror pal.

11/10 - Would not recommend, simply too excellent.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
288.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
As an avid total war fan I really like this game, however it has its fair share of issues, its loaded with bugs, battle influencing bugs which are quite the pain. The AI is absolutley atrocious, when you engage in a seige battle, for example, the enemy will at times not attack you, as you sit in your fort unable to do anything and have to wait for the battle timer to run out, and well, if you dont have any battle timer set, you better hope you saved the game before that battle so you can get lucky and win with an auto-resolve. Thats another thing, the auto resolve, it works just fine on land, but it is completely unusable in the water. You get a decent chance of winning the battle, however you will suffer massive casulties. For example, if I were to win a naval battle using auto resolve, I would have lost 3 of my Ships-of-the-Line, to a fleet of merchant ships, which is completly unrealisitic. I should probably start talking about the good stuff, first off its FUN, like really fun, like really really really fun! Especially if you are a complete history nut like myself. For the price of 20 bucks its awesome, I never bought the expansions, never thought it was neccassary the game is just fine without them and not worth the extra 15 bucks in my opinion. Highly reccomend, great for price, the only thing is that Napoleon Total War, the newer installment has much better graphics, and less effective muskets, which coresponds to the time period quite well. Napoleon is less broad however, focusing only on Europe, no American or Indian theatures are availible. Hope this helped, if you can get around the bugs then you will learn to LOVE this game. BTW, you need a powerful computer to run it at max settings.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
311.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Empire: Total War does have some bugs and minor crashes, But if you get DarthMod it makes the game alot better, And also adds in additional units and takes out the crashes and bugs. I really have to say this is a really good strategy game, Imagine your playing against your friend and his army is slowly marching towards yours your heart is beating 1,000 MPH per minute then when they raise their rifles your heart stops then BOOM, The fun just begins. The link for the mod that fixes bugs and adds additional units and fixes crashes and etc is DarthMod the link is http://www.modsaholic.com/forums/index.php/files/file/71-darthmod-empire/ Just click that link and hit download it is a big file 2.80 GB it does upgrade your graphics to make the units more realistic and adds gun sounds and just a all around great Mod. I really love the Total War Series, I recommend this game to everyone. It is history in the makings. It is actually a really fun game even without the mod though, It just fixes the campaign crashes other than that it is just an amazing game, I would say it is worth being in your library. I put so many hours and hard work into this game, It is cheap too. So grab yourselfs a copy and you will really enjoy it.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
156.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Empire Total War is a strategy game like I've never laid eyes on before. It has a brilliant mix between the turn based campaign that leads directly into real time battles. For every unit you can change their rank and file accordingly, change formations, even tell them to skirmish or fire and advance. The game can get repetitive if you don't challenge yourself though so I do recommend leaving normal difficulty as soon as you feel comfortable with the mechanics. Other than that the campaigns are varied with different units you can choose from for each category from elite infantry all the way to morter batteries. I highly recommend both this game and it's successor, Napoleon Total War. I will comment though that Napoleon is not NEARLY as varied when it comes to factions, and is a little lacking in the campaign department. It's a decent expansion though.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
220.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
empire total war if you compair it too the other titles of current , it has a lot to be desired , mods bring it alive , dont get me wrong its great to play sometimes but it just seems too.... out of touch overall 6/10
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