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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Mac OS X
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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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Tactical
1,213.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
This game for me was, paradoxically, one of the best and worst Total War games. Perhaps this is because I have played so much of this title, I've had a chance to see all the best and worst parts of it. I love the time period and trans-continental features of this game, as well as the introduction of the naval battles to Total War. However, numerous small bugs and missed opportunities for improvement throughout the game, which could easily have been fixed if the game hadn't been rushed to realease so quickly, linger on and multiply to detract greatly from what could have been the best Total War game of all time.

Sadly, I find the vanilla game to be essentially unplayable due to the numerous issues and inaccuracies. However, with the addition of Darthmod (which you can find on the Total War Centre forums), you'll be able to experience a decent improvement in gameplay, but perhaps only a fraction of what the game could have become if the development had not been so rushed.

This title had so much potential, but the lack of development meant an unfinished game was released. Mods have partially offset this issue, but I can't help but imagine how amazing this game could have been if more effort was invested during development. I still recommend this game, dispite it's faults, as with Darthmod it is really a game worth having.
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scuhby
49.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Product received for free
I really enjoyed playing as Spain and uniting Europe under the banner of Catholictism, then luanching a Crusade against the TurkRoach Empire and the Muslim Horde. 10/10 would crusade again
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chazz0715
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I hate to say but most likely the worst Total War. Most epic scale but poorly optimized from my experiance.
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kaburuedwin123
111.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Empire Total is a good game that makes you decided on critical issues relating to you empire, what would have made the game better is only they had a more countries or empire you can rule over, other than that out of 10 I would rate the game at 9.5,
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drake_menace
708.1 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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NoNameJackass
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
- Plays as Britain
- Is British and stuff
- Does the sciencing
- Is a pacifist
- Hangs out with the French
- The French invade
- Science means nothing to bullets
- Much Democracy Such Death Everyone Ded
- 8/8 would get trampled for being a pacifist in a Total War game again
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trollface38
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
The best game of the saga total war.

I lovo that period of the history, and the game has got a lot factions.

The best thing are the combats.
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orefer
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
What can i say...? A total mess. City and economy building is nearly neutralized (nice addition are the oceanic trade routes) and the biggest plague is the AI. Dumber than a rock. I won unbeatable battles because the AI danced around. Overall, the graphics are nice and the units are well designed in an extend. The peak of this game are naval battle but even these become boring. Its sad because the setting is very interesting and with some resourcefulness it could become a great game. Even the mods cant fix it. Its unplayble. I do not recommend it.
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InkaTheKilla
114.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
it is inceredible
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funni monki
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
EVERYONE IS GONNA DISLIKE THIS REVIEW BECAUSE IT DOESN'T HAVE A LENNY FACE IN IT
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22 of 24 people (92%) found this review helpful
21 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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
114.0 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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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
Watching a line of infintry march down a field while cannon balls explode around them is awesome!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
12 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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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
5 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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
157.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
First Total War game, and still is my faviort after playing Napelon, Shogun 2, Rome II, and Attila. (Not saying those games are bad) The game just has somthing to it that is diffrent from every other Total War game. I would sugest to new Total War players.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
I've really enjoyed playing Empire: Total War.

It has the perfect balance between detail and size. Medieval II: Total War, for instance, has so much detail it's hard to look at.

But Empire is in that happy zone of size versus detail. It has great replay value, because of the level of gameplay details. At the same time, it doesn't get bogged down by virtue of being too detailed. This keeps the gameplay moving. I find it particularly refreshing in a Total War title, since I love playing them but get tired of the later-game level of nation management. In short, it doesn't drag you down with administrative tasks as the game gets into the later stages. You can keep conquering enemy nations, instead of keeping your nation afloat with never-ending building management, like in the original Medieval: Total War.

The level of advice in the game is perfect for newbies, or for players returning after a long hiatus. It really holds your hand and shows you the ropes, all without being too intrusive. After you've wrung all you can from the advice, you can turn it down or off.

The new battle mechanics of using largely gunpowder troops is a switch for Total War. Of course, previous titles were dominated by hand-to-hand combat with pikes, swords, and the like. Lining up blocks of infanty, by contrast, may get boring after a while since it has less detail. But that depends on the type of player you are.

Instead of concentrating all of a province's buildings in the region capital, there are now buildings spread throughout the province. For instance, farms, universities, and industrial buildings are spread throughout the province. This makes the game more interesting to look at, since it isn't a meaningless landscape dotted with region capitals. It also gives an added stragegic element to the game: you can pillage these buildings, and thus remove the benefits they provide the other nation. For instance, you can pillage a university and thus take it out of action. It then can't do research for the nation you're fighting. These buildings can be repaired for cash in one turn. But still it puts a monkey wrench in the works, especially if it's an advanced building which is expensive to repair.

The different strategic regions (Europe, The New World, India) feel very balanced. It's especially fun to be fighting in North America around the time range of the American Revolution. India feels very boring, since it's basically an inverted triangle. But still, it has a meaningful level of detail to it. It doesn't just feel like a sideshow, though you can ignore it if you wish.

I like that you can send trading ships, called Indiamen, to different places in the world to bring back valuable resources. So for instance, you can dispatch an Indiaman to the west coast of Africa to bring back ivory for your nation to sell to other nations. It's a good source of income, and I like the reliability and simplicity of it. It's a very nice touch.

Diplomacy has a good deal of detail. For instance, if you're allied to a nation, break your alliance with it and then attack it, you'll get a permanent negative rating with most of the nations of the world. They don't like treaty violators! It makes them think twice about engaging in any deals with you. So be careful who you ally with. Don't do it as a convenience which you intend to break 10 turns later. Additionally, there are "historical grievances" between different nations based on their actual history. So for instance, the United Provinces have historical grievances with Spain because of Spain's attempts to conquer the nation. It adds a nice amount of...landscape to diplomacy. It doesn't feel like you're all just a bunch of random nations dumped into an Earth-like arena with no background. It feels more like actual history.

Unfortunately, you can't play as the United States. I guess they thought that it would be impossible to make it into a meaningful power with any realism. Still, it would have been nice to try! So if you would like to have a part in American history, it will have to be secondary part. For instance, in my first campaign I was playing as Prussia and conquered Britain. This sparked the American Revolution by eliminating the Original Thirteen's rulers across the sea. So you can be involved, but only in a secondary way.

So if you like Total War games, and especially if you'd like one that moves a little faster than previous titles, give Empire: Total War a whirl!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
It's one of the best Rts games I've ever bought. Totally worth the $20
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 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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