Empire: Total War
+ Research tree which allows you to unlock additional technologies for your nation. These technologies directly affect income, military advancement and building options, fuelling your progress towards modern industrialisation with factories and steam mines.
+ Decent graphics.
+ Massive campaign map to play on, including the Americas, Europe and India which results in a lot of replayability and exploration.
+ Good selection of campaign map agents. Rakes honourably duel other rakes, sabotage enemy cities and carry out assassinations. Religious agents like missionaries, brahmin or imams convert the population, and gentlemen can steal enemy research from universities or speed up technology acquisition in your own.
+ Real-time tactical battles where you can command up to thousands of soldiers, cannons and cavalry at the same time. Naval battles also feature in this game and they're quite epic!
+ Realistic diplomacy system.
+ Good trading system. The 18th century was centered on lucrative trade operations with other countries and this is reflected in Empire: Total War. Export cotton, tea, cocoa and sugar from your plantations to other nations for gold.
+ Huge assortment of units at your disposal. With the addition of DLC packs (which aren't expensive) every nation has unique units and each playthrough feels different.
+ Multiplayer mode so you can play battles against a friend if they have the game.
+ Four difficulty levels that will match a player of all skill levels - very hard is a true challenge!
- Battle AI could be more intelligent. One who is skilled at land battles won't find themselves challenged at all. However, in the light of everything Empire: Total War does so well, this small problem can be overlooked.
Overall Score: 10/10
Empire: Total War has to be the best Total War game made to date. Released in 2009, it is still highly respected in the turn based RTS genre to this day.
Posted: February 25th, 2014