Command the seas, control the land, forge a new nation, and conquer the globe.
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Very Positive (176 reviews) - 85% of the 176 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (11,148 reviews) - 91% of the 11,148 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 3, 2009

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Includes 27 items: Medieval II: Total War™, Rome: Total War™ - Collection, 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: 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

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

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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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Mr. Needful
346.9 hrs
Posted: August 29
> Be Sweden
> Hated by Russia and Prussia
> War with Russia
> Conquer half of Russia
> Drain their coffers in exchange for peace
> Most of Europe thinks I'm a warmonger
> Prussia declares war
> Poland-Lithuania already at war with Prussia
> Enemyofmyenemy.jpg
> Conquer most of Prussia, let P-L get a territory or two
> Take over their trade routes
> Russia mad
> Russia conquered
> Take over their trade routes
> Pirates sack my trade routes
> Expand into New World, taking out Pirates
> Seas are safe
> French and Spanish decide this is a bad thing
> Take over their New World colonies
> Win game as undisputed master of Baltic and Carribean
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PoisonDiego
11.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
Very fun to play, you get sucked into the "lore" politics and grudges. You get a descent idea of how brutal and chaotic these battles were and how quickly they could change if one flank would break or even if an artillery unit would run out of amunition.

I love the sounds during battles, especially the from the fire-arms. CA get real props for that! absolutely barable graphics and since I am a huge musket, civil war, colony war fanboy I would recummend this game without a doubt.

p.s I know it says that I have only played 11 hours but I played a whole lot on a "borrowed" copy. And appreciate the game to much to not pay the developers for it.
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Somanyaugsyourbodycanthandleit
3.9 hrs
Posted: August 28
i wipe my ♥♥♥ with this game
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Private Pothead
26.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
Addictive, a good way to spend the night, great for people who want to relax and great for people who like humungeos fire fights with friends, although this costs a little too much, i would say wait until steam summer sales or christmas.
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scotttaylor66
349.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
The best game, really enjoed the many hours playing Empire, Total War.
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Mk Foxbat
236.4 hrs
Posted: August 28
Empire total war was the first game I played in the total war series. It was a good step I don't regret.

Buy this game and it's DLC's on sale and you will be very impressed. If perhaps giving you a few over powered units (ahem, America goes from a milita to op army) The campaign is either a play through of the birth of the US, the leading of the major tribes in North America against colonial powers, or attempting to conquer the world as an empire as your choice.

The game is a solid build with my cheap computer able to handle it well. Upgrading your pc will only upgrade your experience. modding is strong in the community. Many hours of your life will be rewarded with your armies marching through out the old and new world. There are a few glitches here and there that come with a game trying to manage a few thousand troops moving around but nothing game breaking or rage inducing.

A splendid way to enter the world of Total War. 9.5/10
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Max
150.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
Good
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DodgyHagrid
13.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
Just buy Shogun 2 Fall of The Samurai. So much better executed as a game and is quite similar to Empire.
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Lobo01230
456.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
EPIC
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PupperWithSmolBorks
152.5 hrs
Posted: August 26
America rules the world
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
31 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
"Your general is dead"
k rip thx

Oh yes, oh yes.
Now for my pros and cons list
Pros:
Lots of Units
Lots of Countries
Lots of Annexing
Lots of Capturing
Lots of British
Lots of India
Lots of Trade
Lots of Negotiating
Lots of Generals
Lots of Boats
Lots of Horses
Lots of cannons

Cons:
A lot of the countries, when trying to negotiate with them, are either big jerks or ♥♥♥♥ing stupid.
Ex:

Me
Offers:
All Tech
5000 Dollars
4 Regions
Indefinite Military Access
Access to Trade Routes
Demands:
Military Access: 5 turns

NPCs:
No
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
22 people found this review funny
Recommended
130.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 5
Took over the entire world with Russia.
10/10 Would create my own Soviet Union again
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
George Washington died of old age during Act Two of Road to Independence.

10/10 for historical accuracy
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,510.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
I played it a little bit, it was ok.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
261.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
Took over the whole world playing as the Russians.
10/10 Would make my own Soviet Union again
Stalin would be proud.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
709.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
This is probably the best Total War game there is. It seems like no matter what I do, I keep coming back to this game. If you're new to the Total War franchise, I would recommend staring with this game. Seriously if you're looking for a good time, this is the game for you. So buy it already.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
54.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Amazing game, basically allowed me to turn Isaac Newton into a scholar assasin.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
906.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Despite the terrible ai, the game is pretty great. It was amazing for its time and it is pretty good for todays standards as well. I would even go as far as to say some features in this game surpass some other Total war games recently released. I've never really had that much fun with trading as i had in this game as of late.

Dont buy this as your first Total war game though. I think the newer titles are better for that. Unless you are particulary interested in the time period this game offers.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
20 vs 20 battle is epic.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
346.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
> Be Sweden
> Hated by Russia and Prussia
> War with Russia
> Conquer half of Russia
> Drain their coffers in exchange for peace
> Most of Europe thinks I'm a warmonger
> Prussia declares war
> Poland-Lithuania already at war with Prussia
> Enemyofmyenemy.jpg
> Conquer most of Prussia, let P-L get a territory or two
> Take over their trade routes
> Russia mad
> Russia conquered
> Take over their trade routes
> Pirates sack my trade routes
> Expand into New World, taking out Pirates
> Seas are safe
> French and Spanish decide this is a bad thing
> Take over their New World colonies
> Win game as undisputed master of Baltic and Carribean
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny