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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"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 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.
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tacoslead
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
11/9 would be bugged for land every turn by Russia again
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BenTheBoss
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
WE NEED MORE PEOPLE PLAY THIS GAME PLEASE THIS IS THE BEST GAME OF 2020!
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Sandman
( 49.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Well made strategy.
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maberg
( 124.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
>Select Poland Lithuanina
>Build up Army
>Invade Ottoman Empire
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>Completely annex them
>Attack minor German States
>Prussia falls
>Invade Indian (Native American) Countries
>USA doesn't help so Invade them
>Invade India
>Take out Sweden and France
>Theraten Russia they give Half of there Land
>Inavde all other Muslim countries
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>World 90% Roman Catholic
>Alliance with Austria
> 60% of North America is Under Polish Control
>Invade Spain Invade Former Spanish Colonies
>War On Mexico
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>Mexico falls in two days
9/11 Poland Can into space Again
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www.nawaf.the.great
( 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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Vlad2751999
( 9.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Very good game, like all the others in the series Total War. I'm your big fan.
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V.S
( 238.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Choose Prussia, First time I get Loyal Ally.

God Bless Hannover

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TheFabledOne
( 349.2 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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Kanadian Kanone
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
-installs game
-plays as Britain
-sets enemy as India on hard AI
-beats enemy easily
10/10 history simulator 2016
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harmsway666
( 169.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
With Darthmod, this game is a gem that will keep you busy for many hours to come. It's one of them that's still being played to this day, if you dont own this buy it.
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72 of 79 people (91%) found this review helpful
70 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
> Pick Russia
> First mission: Capture Crimea
9/10
Too realistic
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
637.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Empire Total War (ETW) is by far one of the greatest turn-based strategy games I've ever played. In my opinion, ETW takes place in one of the most fascinating centuries in history. I love learning about certain eras of history, and the 18th century is one of them. Anyone that is new to the Total War series, ETW is a definite must have game.
This is no game for the faint of heart or some chump looking to pacify his or her ADD for a measly thirty minutes. Empire is all about micromanaging every aspect of your country. For those who don't have the balls to handle everything that's thrown at you, there is hope. You can opt to have the computer manage the economy and construction for you. However, in doing so you will only cheat yourself by reducing the game to a cheap simulated version of Risk. At the very least, I'd recommend a sold hour of gaming time, so plan accordingly.
I'm a pretty hard-core gamer, which means I love playing games on the hardest settings. For better or for worst, my satisfaction can only be quenched by conquering a game while the odds are stacked against me. If you have a top-shelf gaming machine with all the bells and whistles, I recommend maxing out all the graphic options. In doing so, you'll truly appreciate all the fine visual details this game has to offer.
Lets get down to what really matters. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly:

The Good:
* ​​One of the most immersive strategy games available in the gaming market. In-fact, any stand alone game in the Total War series is worth its weight in gold.

* ​The replay value of this game is off the charts. Each playable country offers slightly different types of challenges. Although the overall objectives are still the same: Manage resources. Build-up your military. Go kick the sh*t out of people. You'll quickly realize the road to success is not identical for each country.

*​ This game is cheap as hell! Seriously, $9.99 + tax! That's nothing less than highway robbery!

*​ Spending your Friday night playing this game with a full rack of your favorite beer and snacks is going to = one hell of a good time. You'll be bewildered at the countless hours that just fly bye.

​The Bad:
* ​The load times can seem very tedious.
* ​You not owning this game is bad. It's more than bad, it's an f'ing tragedy! What are you waiting for?! Go buy this game!

​The Ugly:
* ​There is no ugly, there's only you still reading this instead of playing this epic game!
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
205.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
It's been a while since my first review of this game, so I felt it would be time to give out a more proper one. It's a good game, but not without several problems.

Empire: Total War, set in the 18th century, is a game I reccomend to the player who likes the idea of massive, 18th century-style land and naval battles. The game also has a very large campaign map, including India, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. There's also a lot of colonialism involved as well, so if you like all of these things I mentioned, you'll probably like this game.

However, don't expect multiplayer to be a fun experience. It's still active, but there aren't many people playing. There's a good number of players here that will mistakenly or purposefully break the rules set by players hosting their games. Even hosts will break their own rules.

You also need to consider the fact that there are many players on here that have adopted the use of specific units that are simply OP, which therefore ruins the historical atmosphere of this game. Historically, most 18th century infantry were armed with highly innacurate guns, so they gathered in very large formations and fired at each other. They were called line infantry. This type of warfare was in no way meant to prolong the life of an individual soldier at all. The entire point of this type of fighting between infantry units was to use overwhelming force and numbers of troops and firepower to overcome the other side, which meant that line infantry would have to have some serious discipline and toughness. You'd rarely ever take cover, and if you were in the front lines, your slim chances of surviving the battle depended on how fast you could reload your gun and if you could make your shot count before the other side did the same thing you were meant to do.

Now, you'd think line infantry would be the staple unit on this game, and therefore they'd be pretty effective in this game. However, their historical use as the essential staple unit for 18th century armies can easily be rendered useless on this game with just three types of units: Riflemen, skirmishers, and light dragoons.

The sad fact is that on multiplayer, the only three types of effective ground units that have any form of effectiveness on this game are the three units I stated above, aside from artillery. You see, the problem here is that skirmishers and riflemen have guns that can shoot farther than the muskets used by your line infantry, and they are unfairly accurate, meaning that your line infantry will be dropping like flies just trying to close the distance to take on the skirmishers and riflemen. They also reload their weapons incredibly fast. This is in no way historically accurate, because the guns used by lighter infantry forces at the time, no matter how far they shot, were still incredibly accurate and would have taken a long time to reload. Not only that, but we're talking about guns that weren't easy to aim with.

I could understand how lightly armed riflemen and skirmishers could give line infantry some serious trouble in, say, a bunch of forests, but they are so overpowered on this game that they can easily take out line infantry on an open battlefield.

Then there are light dragoons...

Light dragoons are soldiers riding on horseback, equipped with modified muskets that have shorter barrels. Therefore, they'd be less accurate, right? In real life, yes, but in this game? Wrong. Would it be easy reloading these guns on horseback? No, because muskets need to have the projectiles loaded with ram rods, primed, blah blah blah, shoot, repeat. It's difficult enough to do all of this while standing on your own two feet, but on horseback? That's bound to take longer.

Light dragoons can be incredibly dangerous to line infantry due to their superior speed, and because this game has overpowered them, every single soldier in a unit of light dragoons fires his gun, even the ones in the back. None of the troops in the front ranks of the dragoons die, and for some strange reason, a good number of the shots fired hit their mark. Sometimes, This means that you'll be having large numbers of line infantry dying all at once, which can cause a morale shock.

So unless you make rules against the use of light dragoons and skirmishers on the games you host in multiplayer, you'll be seeing these units being used on a constant basis, throwing all of the great historical accuracies of 18th century warfare out the window.

Now that's been explained, I should tell you about a few problems with other aspects of this game:

1) Despite the fact that Empire has a very large campaign map, you will be disappointed to find that almost every single battle map looks the same. Same texture, same everything. Yes, some buildings will look different depending on what part of the world you're in on the campaign, but you will quickly realise how bland the atmosphere of the maps are when you fight battles. Building detail in towns is also severly lacking.

2) The AI is incredibly dumb at times, so dumb that the developers decided to buff up the stats of the AI's units to compensate for their stupidity in the higher difficulty levels.

3) Individual troops in your army lack spatial awareness when they enter buildings or defend/attack fort walls in a siege battle. It's a horrid sight to see at times. Troops just move through each other in a frantic motion. Path finding on walls is also terrible.

4) Some sound effects for this game are awful, especially for muskets. For example, when a unit of line infantry fire a volley at the enemy, you only hear a 'poof' sound. These are primitive gunpowder weapons. They should be noisy and make a loud 'bang' when fired. Instead, the muskets used by your line infantry sound like fake guns used for movies in Hollywood.

5) You won't hear any general's speech before battle like you used to in Rome I and Medieval II.

6) There isn't much voice acting. You won't get to hear any voice acting at all when you initiate diplomacy, and the few bits of voice acting that you do here on this game tends to be subpar.

7) Melee combat between infantry units looks decent, but not amazing. The combat animations are too drawn out and look more rehearsed than realistic. Some of the combat animations are so terrible drawn out that everything looks unrealistic.

8) Because of the way the death animations work on this game, cavalry takes forever to take out a routing unit. Many times, an unnecessarily long combat animation has to be so terrible drawn out that it takes longer than needed for the cavalry to take out the routers. It'd be more convenient if the cavalry just swing their swords at boom, the routing units die faster.

9) Artillery units can be glitchy, even in multiplayer. Sometimes, they won't fire their guns no matter how many times you order them to.

10) On the campaign map, the AI controlling Britain, the United Provinces, and France tend to ignore India for some reason, so almost every single time you play this campaign, the Marathas end up becoming an OP faction.

11) There are no marching tunes with fifes and drums on the battlefield for any of the factions. This feature should have been implemented by the developers. I can understand that some players might find them distracting, but an option could be made to just turn off those marching tunes in the game.

12) Naval battles can sometimes be a little glitchy. Ships will sometimes move unnecessarily slow even when you order them to move faster.

This game can still be enjoyed despite all of these problems I mentioned. However, the it will never be as great as it could have been. There are, however, a few mods for this game that you can use to make this game more enjoyable. Keep in mind that the mods are, unfortunately, not supported for Steam as there is no workshop.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
126.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Extemely good. Total War with guns.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Great game, classic. Better if you add Darthmod.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
I still remember the time when the French army steamrolled Western Europe and India while it's closest ally, Great Britain, ruled the continent of North America. Today, both parties coexist in peace.

10/10 Would change history again
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
It's just like a little, handicapped puppy - it's not perfect, but it's trying so hard to satisfy your expectations.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
132.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
The base game is good, but darthmod makes you duck at your desk as shots flys by your head. I even hit my head on the back of my chair.


10/10
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Multiplayer is amazing. Nothing better than multiple armies firing muskets at each other, while cannon shots whizz overhead, and mortar and rockets blast the ground around them to shreds. 11/10
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,400.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
This was the first game I got on Steam, when it first came out. Since then I have grown to love Steam but I can NOT understand why I cannot stop playing this game, it's aweful! Yes I am aware that MODs exist but none of them can fix the things wrong with this game.

I love the setting and the music.
I love the map , a great big epic sized map
I like the ground units, simple and upgradable
I like the Naval combat

I hate unit balance( naval and ground) as they balance for multiplayer battles and not the campaign ( a first rate has a shorter range and accuracy than a sloop?)
I hate the broken auto resolve for punishing the player who doesn't want to fight out the same tedious battles over and over agian.
I hate the research mechanic that the AI clearly can't manage as well as a player
I hate the clunky building scheme that the AI clearly cannot manage
I hate the campaign AI that spam recruits and zergs the human player with stacks of crap units with no consideration for what's going on.
I hate the clearly unbalanced factions ( Marathas and Poland do extremley well in at least 90%+ of games I have played).
I hate that there are few playable factions, none in the Americas and only one in India.
I hate how melee units clump up and also "stick" to enemy units (particularly calvary).
I hate how bad the battle AI is.
I hate how bad diplomacy is.

I hate that I have played nearly 1400 hours since 2009 and I still keep on playing
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