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Command the seas, control the land, forge a new nation, and conquer the globe.
Release Date: Mar 3, 2009
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Includes 6 items: 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

Buy Total War Master Collection

Includes 8 items: Medieval II: Total War™, Rome: Total War™, Empire: Total War™, Napoleon: Total War™, Total War: SHOGUN 2, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai, Viking: Battle for Asgard, Total War Battles: SHOGUN

Buy Total War Grand Master Collection

Includes 28 items: Medieval II: Total War™, Rome: Total War™, 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, Napoleon: Total War™, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of America, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of the East, Napoleon: Total War™ - Coalition Battle Pack, Napoleon: Total War™ - The Peninsular Campaign, Total War: SHOGUN 2, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - The Ikko Ikki Clan Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Sengoku Jidai Unit Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Rise of the Samurai Campaign, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - The Hattori Clan Pack, 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, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Dragon War Battle Pack, Napoleon: Total War - Imperial Eagle Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2: Saints and Heroes Unit Pack, Viking: Battle for Asgard, Napoleon: Total War - Heroes of the Napoleonic Wars, Total War Battles: SHOGUN, Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Otomo Clan Pack DLC

Reviews

"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 the Game

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.
 

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.

PC System Requirements

    • 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

Mac System Requirements

    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.
Helpful customer reviews
163 of 174 people (94%) found this review helpful
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15 reviews
39.7 hrs on record
Have you ever wanted a fresh cup of tea made with the freshest and finest of Indian tea?
Maybe you wish to invade India and create an empire of tea and corruption?
Maybe you just hate the French with such an unreasonable passion that you want to invade them for nothing?
Or becuase they are French?
Have you ever hated freedoms and liberties?
Maybe you just want to crush the American Revolution and Tax the ♥♥♥♥ out of them for high quality tea?
Ever wanted to sink a Spanish Armada just becuase its too Catholic for its own good?
Or maybe, just maybe you want to demonstrate the beauty of gunpowder to the savages of the Americas?
Maybe you want to murder a people in order to force them to grow you opium? Maybe you want to murder a people in order to force them to buy said opium? Either way the Chinese and Indians won't mind another Opium War...

At the end of the day, if you are a war mongering, tea drinking, bayonet using, people oppressing, gentleman of Her Majesty's finest of British Empires then this is probably a good game for you...

And if you like RTS's then this is a good choice... Worth every penny... every penny you made selling opium you sold to the Chinese...
Posted: May 2nd, 2014
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134 of 169 people (79%) found this review helpful
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40.0 hrs on record
Killed my own general with a mortar.

10/10.
Posted: February 22nd, 2014
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
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372 reviews
7.7 hrs on record
The simplified interface elements, great campaign, and much-improved map and information screens make this the most accessible Total War yet, and a great place for those unfamiliar with the series to get started.Empire: Total War is a masterful combination of all the things that I love about strategy games -- a great setting, a first-rate presentation, tactics that reward maneuver, and a strategic layer that requires flexibility in your plans...Simply put, if you're a fan of strategy games, this is one game you must have in your collection.Empire: Total War is breathtaking in its scope, enthralling in its detail, and staggering in its execution. Despite one or two minor flaws, it should be considered one of the very best strategy titles available on any platform.Looking for errors in this game is pretty hard, but the sluggish controls and small AI quirks prevent Empire: Total War from scoring perfect. Still, it’s a feast for every strategist.This is one of the most sophisticated, entertaining, and historically accurate strategy games ever made.
Posted: May 9th, 2014
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
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Empire: Total War

Positives:

+ 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!

Negatives:

- 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
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fun
Posted: March 11th, 2014
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184 of 201 people (92%) found this review helpful
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For me still one of the best TW games ... after the "desease" at release with a bunch of patches solved most problems of the game during the following months. This was a hard time for many hardcore TW fans and many were really annoyed with it or still are. This is understand able, because many of the bugs were silly at least, as well some of the patches made things worse but did not improve problems. So players become feeling to be the beta testing object for CA for a still bought, but very bugged game and this is not acceptable.
Empire is now running very good, but in combination with Darth Mod which improves the game to a status, which normally should be delivered by Creative Assembly itself in my opinion. I don't know in detail how Darth and his modding team did improve, but the result is only great. For example, the AI was really improved - not that AI becomes a smart enemy in campaign, but the acting was put by Darth into good rails of logical issue. Some things were improved by simple overwriting, for example the masses of merchant ships build by AI insteed war ships with the simple solution to let recruit smaller war ships (up to 4th class) in merchant ports too.
I played Napoleon very often too and some of the the improvements here are missing in Empire. Napoleon itself is very interesting too, but for me too local and too small as campaign map.
To be honest, the following Shogun TW and RTW-2 brought further, very good improvements in game, but these games did not convince me to play further. RTW-2 has for me a very bad graphic and game hub design which did me more annoy as giving fun.
In conclusion, Empire is still my favorite TW game and still makes fun after nearly 3,500 hours game time!
Posted: December 26th, 2013
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