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Command the seas, control the land, forge a new nation, and conquer the globe.
Release Date: Mar 3, 2009
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Includes 6 items: 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

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Includes 8 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, Viking: Battle for Asgard, Total War Battles: SHOGUN

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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, Napoleon: Total War™, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of America, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of the East, Napoleon: Total War™ - Coalition Battle Pack, Napoleon: Total War™ - The Peninsular Campaign, Total War: SHOGUN 2, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - The Ikko Ikki Clan Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Sengoku Jidai Unit Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Rise of the Samurai Campaign, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - The Hattori Clan Pack, 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, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Dragon War Battle Pack, Napoleon: Total War - Imperial Eagle Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2: Saints and Heroes Unit Pack, Viking: Battle for Asgard, Napoleon: Total War - Heroes of the Napoleonic Wars, Total War Battles: SHOGUN, Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Otomo Clan Pack DLC


"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

About the 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.


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

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
71 of 77 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 products in account
3 reviews
3,469.4 hrs on record
For me still one of the best TW games ... after the "desease" at release with a bunch of patches solved most problems of the game during the following months. This was a hard time for many hardcore TW fans and many were really annoyed with it or still are. This is understand able, because many of the bugs were silly at least, as well some of the patches made things worse but did not improve problems. So players become feeling to be the beta testing object for CA for a still bought, but very bugged game and this is not acceptable.
Empire is now running very good, but in combination with Darth Mod which improves the game to a status, which normally should be delivered by Creative Assembly itself in my opinion. I don't know in detail how Darth and his modding team did improve, but the result is only great. For example, the AI was really improved - not that AI becomes a smart enemy in campaign, but the acting was put by Darth into good rails of logical issue. Some things were improved by simple overwriting, for example the masses of merchant ships build by AI insteed war ships with the simple solution to let recruit smaller war ships (up to 4th class) in merchant ports too.
I played Napoleon very often too and some of the the improvements here are missing in Empire. Napoleon itself is very interesting too, but for me too local and too small as campaign map.
To be honest, the following Shogun TW and RTW-2 brought further, very good improvements in game, but these games did not convince me to play further. RTW-2 has for me a very bad graphic and game hub design which did me more annoy as giving fun.
In conclusion, Empire is still my favorite TW game and still makes fun after nearly 3,500 hours game time!
Posted: December 26th, 2013
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40 of 44 people (91%) found this review helpful
160 products in account
9 reviews
25.0 hrs on record
For a Real Time Strategy game this one is one of the better ones I've played. It's a good system, smooth flowing and surprisingly good detail in graphics for having so many soldiers on screen at one time. It's focused on the late 1700s around the colonization of the Americas. It allows you to play as multiple factions in a type of free play. It's not an overwhelming story depth but for RTS games they are more for replay ability in my opinion. I've done several world domination games and it never gets old. Play as Britain, France, Spain, Sweden or somewhere else. You choose.

My only complaint in games like world domination where your goal is to take over the world (obvious right?) you can't play as small factions like the American Colonies. Personally I would like to train them and slowly build them to take over the world but it's not an option. This game thought is a pretty amazing Real Time Strategy and trust me I've play a lot of RTS games and this one is a great one. I loved it and if you give it a try you probably will too!

I give it a 90/100
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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35 of 39 people (90%) found this review helpful
161 products in account
3 reviews
80.3 hrs on record
My first ever dip into the Total War franchise, and what a plunge it turned out to be. I managed to pick it up for £3.75, and seeing the high scores it was achieveing on metacritic on fueled my purchase. And for what it turned out I bought, £3.75 was a steal!
The game itself may seem a little daunting at first as you meet the gigstntic map, and play your first RTS battle, but as you begin to gain experience, and attempt to control the world, you pick it up very quickly and easily.
The whole turn based strategy map that you control is fantastically done, as you feel almost god-like when peering down at the continents. The AI may not be the smartest, but with a few simple mods, you can almost feel them breathing down your neck everytime you make your move. The Technology tree has to be one of the best I've had the privilege to play around with, as I could instantaneously feel the effects of my chosen advancement.
The RTS is the best I have ever played, with the vastness of iit all taking your breath away. Controlling 100s if not 1000s of troops with just a click of your mouse is always a joy to play, and I have taken many screenshots of my epic moments on the battlefield. Like X-com, you'll forge stories foy ur troops as you valiantly defeat a far superior army, or cumple under an army of only 300.
The era is also very interesting with the use of muskets. This adds an interesting dynamic to the battles, and requires quick thinking to ensure your men are set up correctly to take down the opposing line. For this reason, cavalry are of upmost importance and requires that little edge to out maneuver the opponent.
Empire: Total War has to be one of my most satuisfactory purchases, and has given me a bottomless well of enjoyment, and I would still be playing it if my life allowed me. Nevertheless I find myslef dipping in now and then often to match up against my brother, after a petty quaral. When a game can hook you, and keep you hooked like it did to me, you know it's something special.
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
117 products in account
58 reviews
369.2 hrs on record
Next to Medieval 2, Empire is the best Total War title. The era in which it takes place is perfect for the total war engine and CA definitely outdid itself. With the addition of naval combat comes a welcome expansion of the gameplay and ensures that hundreds more hours will be committed to the game. A must-have for any RTS fan.
Posted: December 4th, 2013
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
650 products in account
44 reviews
57.9 hrs on record
Empire: Total War is a strategy games and the next installment in the Total War series. So many changes in this game, yet more fun and more features to see. The game is set in the 18th century era and the style and art of warfare has changed since the last game. You know will command a troops of musketman with musket rifle supported with field cannon and howitzer. Troops now engaging in firefight line combat in which each unit has limited use of ammo, and if their ammo is depleted, they have to fight in melee battle which is a disadvantage if the enemy still have more ammo for their musket rifle. field cannons plays a very big role as artillery support here as they can break through defensive walls, forts and suppress incoming enemy infantry. There is also the new implemented naval battles, you can now engage in real ship to ship battles just like a ground battles. You can simply fire the enemy ship with your ship cannons or try to get close and board the enemy ship and try to capture them. This is a big feature in Total War series as this makes the game even more complete. The strategic maps has also even more changes and features. Settlements are now being managed in a new way, each region/province now has more than one location rather than focused on a central settlement, each type of building now has their own queue and even their own town, so you now can build a barracks and farms on the same time, as long as you have the money. This new type of managements also allow you to disrupt the enemy settlement ability without conquering it. Diplomacy now can be conducted without a diplomat. The campaign map now has 3 different theatre, the standard Europe map like in the previous game, the Americas and now India as well as several minor trading theatres. The graphics and effects is even more enhanced and improved. There is more to see, I recommend this.

Rating 8/10
Posted: January 24th, 2014
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