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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Wi11iams1997
42.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
What can i say one of my favorite games
if u buy it get the minor factions revenge mod
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KiroRedYork
77.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
Very addicting game!!! It gives me the satisfaction of ruling the whole world...just had some difficulties with the russians and the marathan confediracy but besides that one of the best game ever!!!
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Hfar
135.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
I like this game, but I would not recommend it.

The game for the most part takes place during the mid 1700s to early 1800s, when muskets were weapon of choice for armies, when the golden age of sail was reaching its peak, and European nations had vast colonial empires that stretched across the globe. You control a major nation during this time and it's your job to lead it to glory, generally by crushing anyone who tries to pick a fight with you. The world is yours to conquer, and it is a very large world indeed.

And yet despite how awesome that sounds, this is not a good game. For a tactics game, the AI strategy for most games kind of sucks. Rather than take advantage of terrain like they did in previous Total War games, the AI will almost always charge you head on. And on my computer whenever there was a large battles the game would tend to chug like anrexic train going uphill. If you have a modern gaming rig, you *might* not have the same trouble I did but even then I wouldn't bet on it.

And the combat map designs are kind of lazy. It doesn't matter what part of the globe you're fighting on, because chances are you'll be fighting on the same square of 1700th century farm land with MAYBE a palette swap of the ground textures. This is real shame because in previous Total War games they had meticulous detailed combat maps.

However the one saving grace of this game is its naval combat. The ships in this game are gorgeous, with meticulous detail put into every ship model. And there are a lot of ships, from bomb ketches, to the first rates, and even steam ships later in the game. Naval combat revolves primariy around using the wind to your advantage and either destroying enemy ships with regular cannon balls or crippling so you can board and capture them. Here seems to be where all the brains for the AI went, because it will actually use tactics.

However even the naval combat will not be for everyone. For one thing it requires and intense ammount of micro managing. Every single ship will need to be repositioned at some point. And in order to use some the abilities that will turn the tide, you need to take control of each ship one at a time to activate them. Personally I liked the challenge, but I've heard from others that they found it to be a pain in the ♥♥♥.

So for me personally, I have a love hate relationship with this game (in that I hate that I love it) but I would recommend virtually any other Total War game over this one.
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siegereaper
2,439.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
Well done, sir, well done.
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gatormouth16
98.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
Product received for free
Grate game i only wish there were some mods i could use
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TheMightyTomato
593.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
I have got to say this game is hands down my favorite TW game. I am bias because I enjoy the time period, but it holds up after all these years.
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Chris
99.4 hrs
Posted: September 23
Long Rule Brittania
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Kotan
68.2 hrs
Posted: September 23
good
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keithstaniforth57
16.8 hrs
Posted: September 22
brill game ,love it,good sea battles even better land ones......... would recomend it
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
194.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
Although it has it's flaws, Empire: Total War, in my opinion, is the best Total War game ever made. It's historical accuracy in Campaign play is so accurate it can actually teach you a lot of history (especially if you read the in-game descriptions).

The content of the game is really diverse. The weaknesses and strenthgs of each individual faction in the game is set realistically & historically accurate. The unique units factions possess are also great & historically accurate (The British having the Blackwatch Elite Infantry, The Maratha with the Elephants, The Ottomans with the 64-iber Artillery and the fearsome Organ Gun). I also really like the fact that you can create your own alternate timeline/history via the use of revolutions and other new features intoduced that did not exist in previous Total War games.

Although minor, some flaws of this game are that the Campaign AI is sometimes stubborn af (they won't accept deals no matter what you offer them), Cavalry is very weak and have almost no effect in battles, and some minor limiting things, such as not being able to liberate a nation or a region without causing an intentional rebellion in the region, which takes 3 turns to onset. However if you play this game with DarthMod installed, it will basically make the game flawless.

This game was also the first Total War game to have a fully incorporated Naval Battle System which was a huge advance in the Total War series. If you are a dedicated Total War fan like me and if you like historical accuracy in games, then this game is a must have.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
307.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
I LOVE THIS GAME. My top two favorite games are Skyrim and Empire: Total War.
That moment when your general who has conquered most of Europe and finally dies is heartbreaking, and you may shed a few tears. However, when you meet a nation's most powerful army in the field and this battle will decide that fate of your enemy, nothing is as satisfying as seeing their entire army rout, pursued by your own loyal soldiers. Or when two large fleets partake in a fleet action, and you blow up several enemy ships, capture a few, and sink the rest, you truly feel like a genuine imperialist. Nothing could be more satisfying. Buy this game and give in to your imperialist desires.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
Product received for free
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Empire Total War is the fifth title created by Creative Assembly in the Total War game series. It was released in 2009 and it introduced a huge revolutionary engine at that period. With the new Total War engine the player could now play for the first time naval battles, move his armies and navies across the globe, use a deeper and more realistic trade, diplomatic and espionage system, make full use of the equipment the Victorian Era was bringing to the battlefield and research the technologies he needs.

The game begins at 1700 AD and expands until 1799. Your goal is to lead one of the eleven playable factions to World Domination by the end of the 18th century (the other factions can be unlocked with mods). There are 3 faction regions in the world: Europe, America and India along with 4 trading regions. You need to expand in all 3 of them in order to gain access to valuable trading resources which will provide you the valuable income for the growth of your Empire. The path to victory won't be easy as all factions share the same ambitions with you. In addition, nations who had been oppressed for centuries are now raising again and in their effort to gain their freedom and independence, they will be proved to be a worthy obstacle in your way.

In comparison to the previous Total War games, the battles have a whole new feeling. As you no longer fight with swords and bows, you are forced to change the old tactics you knew and adjust yourself to the needs of the era. While your musketeers are strong in formation, they are still vulnerable to attacks from the cavarly or the artillery. Furthermore, now that naval real time battles are available, you need to learn yourself how to manage a fleet on the battlefield. Which strategy will you choose? Will you rush against your opponents and crush them in a melee attack or will you play tactically and use the terrain to your advantage? Will you use the strong but heavy Frigates with hundreds of cannons on board or you will use lighter ships with less cannons?

The new important addition is the technology panel. Now, with the use of universities, you need to research the technologies you wish to use in your Empire. With the espionage you are also in position to steal them while through diplomacy you can trade them away. In the field of diplomacy, you no longer need to send a diplomat to the other factions in order to discuss with them as you can reach each of them at any moment through the diplomacy panel.

Empire Total War was the title that launched the amount and use of mods in the community. Although the new engine did not allow you to make deeps changes in the game, the amount of mods which were released for Empire is larger than the mods released for Medieval 2 and Rome combined.

I need to comment on the music of the game as once again the Creative Assembly has created some masterpieces! This along with Rome are the only Total War games which i did not want to use custom music during the gameplay.

All in all i would give Empire Total War a strict

7/10

as the new engine was not ready when they released the game. By playing the game you will realize that the Al takes some very stupid decisions, decisions which the Al in the previous games would have avoided. All the later Total War games use the same engine and unlike Empire, Al s do not overestimate the enemy nor send all their army abroad leaving the capital completely guardless. Even though these mistakes have been fixed in various mods, the vanilla game is not what it should have been. For instance, among all TW games, Empire is the one which fully allows you to make a blitz campaign. Nevertheless, i did enjoy it (as expected) and i liked it a lot! It feels unique in its own way in comparison with the other TW titles and after realizing how the Al thinks and adjusting the difficulty (very hard is the only way to play against a non-broken Al), i could relax and have fun with every single minute of it! Its replayability is moving to the standards of the previous titles making my return to it after a while a certain thing.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,230.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Played a little - liked it.
Played a little more - still liked it.
Played even more with mods - still like it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
398.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
This game was a long experince for me but i always tried to conquer the world becasue in this game there are no rules only the BLOOD OF YOUR ENEMIES!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
-Released Brittania from France because I thought it would hurt them
-Turns out they weren't greatful, and they started out with a mega army
-France bribed them/seduced them
-Brittania joins france in an alliance
-I declare war on Brittania with my allies, then france joins, then italy.
-I started the first world war.

10/10 would start a world war again
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
54.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
i bought this a few years ago but i still find this really fun to play. 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
77.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Empire Total War is a great choice if you have an itch for Age of Sail/Gunpowder Era game play. For those of you whom may never have played a Total War title this next part is for you.

Total War games are a mixture of 2 common Strategy Game mechanics. You have a campaign board and you have a RTS Battle Mode. For the camapign board think Sid Meyer's Civilization, you control the empires finances, build queues and unit movements in this mode. When you go to fight an enemy force you then go into a RTS mode where the armies involved fight on a map that represents your location on the campaign board. Example, if your forces engage the enemy in a forest then expect the battle mode map to be a forest. If you attack an enemy that is blocking bridge access to the other side on the campaign board you will have to fight accross that bridge in the battle mode map if you want to win. The opposite is true if you are defending.

You can choose to automate nearly everything in this game, wether it be taxes, building queues or even land and sea battles. This makes it somewhat easier to learn the ropes of the game as it can be a bit overwhelming at first but I would suggest going straight for the deep end and learn how to do it all yourself.

Graphically the game looks great with maxed settings.

Audio seems legit most of time but every now and again i notice that some sounds vanish only to return later just as quickly as they left.

Quick note on pacing in the game, if you are new or just havent played in a while it can seem slow to start and in some ways it truly is. Trust that patience is a virtue in the early game because when the shiiyat hits the fan it will test you.

All in all i think Empire Total War is a great game and can certainly offer you many hours of enjoyment. I recommend this to anyone who likes strategy games and wants a colonial era setting in which to strategize.

10/10 would handle the American Revolution properly again
10/10 would watch thousands and angry axe wielding natives vanish in a charge on my lines again
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
20 vs 20 battle is epic.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
266.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
One moment you're strugling to fight off the british as try to gain America it's independence. Next moment you're Invading India to conquer the last bit of land not flying the Stars and Stripes.

Solid 8/10 would freadom the world again.
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