Command the seas, control the land, forge a new nation, and conquer the globe.
User reviews: Very Positive (5,875 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 3, 2009

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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, 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 Battles: SHOGUN, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Rise of the Samurai Campaign

 

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December 9, 2014

Now on Linux!

Empire Total War is now available on Linux!

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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

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.

System Requirements

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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.
Helpful customer reviews
1,058 of 1,264 people (84%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 17, 2014
The French retreated.

10/10 for realism.
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224 of 259 people (86%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Started as Prussia , made a Prussian Empire by invading india and making it German India. I have surpassed what other people couldn't do in history which is to invade Moscow during the winter, I blitzkrieg through Europe like there was no tommorow. 10/10 would India again with germans
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127 of 136 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
10,212.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Really fun! Good blend of turn based strategy & active user battle field tactics. The game did crash often in the beginning (store bought version), but re-installing allowed me to recover my saved game & solved the freeze problems.
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104 of 112 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
136.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
In History you learn about how George Washington defeated the British Army under Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia. Relive this battle in all of its splendor............................................... Or:
+Invade Sweden with Elephants
+Conquer the Carribean with Hordes of Ottoman Warriors.
+Launch an attack on Canada with Spanish Recruited African Militia.
with the exception of strange a.i. and some small bugs, 8/10.
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144 of 170 people (85%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
The Ottomans tried to overwhelm my army of regulars with a few farmers wielding pitchforks. We almost lost.

10/10.
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148 of 185 people (80%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
1,153.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
I think my hours say everything there is ti say,
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61 of 66 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
175.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
Started an Austrian campaign with the intentions of using their light infantry to skirmish my way to to an Austrian empire in western Europe.

Despite my best intentions of leaving the mighty Ottoman empire alone I was eventually drawn into a war with them while my armies were busy in France.

I got steamrolled pretty badly and it was clear that I couldn't hold out on two fronts.

Taking inspiration from another famous Austrian I decided to Boys From Brazil the ♥♥♥♥ out of it. Fully half of my forces were left to turtle up around my strongest city, defending a bunker as it were, and hold out as long as possible before the inevitable. The rest were piled into what naval strength I had and sailed for the New World.

Several turns later they arrived and took over a South American province just before my last one in mainland Europe fell (thus knocking me out of the game) and the rest of the South American provinces fell shortly afterwards.

Eventually the Austrian Empire Reborn was able to conquer most of the Americas and return to Europe to dish out some extremely righteous vengeance.

10/10, would proto-Hitler again.
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50 of 58 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
55.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Do you like Total War games? Do you find the American Revolutionary War midly interesting? Do you like seeing hundreds of men line up and take turns firing deadly lead pellets at each other? If you said yes to any of these questions then this game may be for you!
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76 of 101 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
114.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2014
My wife left me because of this game! 10/10 it saved me from killing her instead.
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55 of 76 people (72%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
88.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
It is rather amusing to watch volley after volley of bullets mow down your enemies.
I should seek help

8/10
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
203.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
First, I need to say I am a fan of history. I love history. I also enjoy video games. So when these two things are combined, they make something awesome. This game is amazing! The graphics are a little dated but still are pleasible. Other than that I have no complaints. If you enjoy history, get this game. Trust me.
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
441.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
This review is written with Total War players in mind. As such, it will not adress basic gameplay that is inherent in all Total War games, such as turn based production and real time battling, but rather will compare Empire: Total War with other Total War titles.

As a Total War fan, my personal preference goes to this title, Empire. I like most Total War games, but Empire stands out to me. For one, I enjoy the historic time period. For two, it plays the most 'different' from the other titles.

Older titles, such as the first Rome: Total War game and Medieval II, heavily favour an agressive play style, with a lot of chaotic melees. Later games, such as Rome II and Shogun II, lean more towards a balanced stance between agression and response, depending on how superior your battlefield position and force is.

Empire: Total War, in contrast, is a game of patience. Instead of charging into melee, the gameplay entails meticulously positioning lines of infantry and laying down volleys of fire. Mirorring the idea of the age, it is the 'gentleman's edition' of Total War. The Fall of the Samurai expansion to Shogun II comes closest to the Empire style of play, with rifle armed infantry and gatling guns, and keeps the option to go into melee samurai charge mode, but Empire remain the only edition (excluding Napoleon: Total War) to favour a line to line exchange of fire.

Another difference is the naval battles. Granted, later editions in the Total War series incorporate these as well, but Romans or Edo era Japanese boats firing on one another with arrows pale next to the awesome power of a multiple deck ships of the line wailing away at one another. Again, Fall of Samurai introduces ironclad ships that approach this somewhat.

Of course, later titles have more recent, better developed versions of some of the aspects of Empire, and there are some other downsides to Empire. As usual with a Total War title, Creative Assembly has a tendency to leaving things not as smooth as they could have been. Most bugs have been smoothed out after release, as they usually are, but some small problems remain here and there (such as batteries of cannon simply not firing unless directed to do so in a very specific way).

Additionally, while the battles themselves offer some of the most unique Total War battle experiences, the map campaign improves little on previous editions. Not that this is necessary, because the region based resources and capture cities work well for the entire series. However, there is one significant improvement to me here, and that is that the map spans the most territory of any Total War game. Where Rome II limits itself to Europe and North Africa, and Shogun II is set in Japan, Empire scopes the entire Western dominated world of the Elizabethan age: Europe, North America, Africa and the Indies. The later release Napoleon: Total War does not nearly reach the score Empire does, and its campaigns are focused on smaller scale conquest rather than the world theatre of Empire.

As for the research system, it seems that the Empire title marks the start of an overhaul, where the series starts mimicing the more traditional 'tech tree' idea that prevails in many strategy games. This is not a bad thing, but it is an addition that was perhaps not entirely necessary. All the more so because sometimes it seems like a shoehorn to introduce the game's traditional late game obstacle. Every Total War game has some sort of hindering mechanic that makes the game prgressively more difficult as time advances. In Empire, research (which you need to keep up with your modernizing rivals) introduces squalor, which makes for an unhappy populace, which makes you either have to sink money into keeping them happy or have to deal with rebellions.

If you prefer a more agressive slugfest in a game, I would suggest Rome II, Shogun II, or if you don't mind some more antiquated aestethics and graphics, Medieval II.
If you like your games new and crisp, the more recent titles are sure to be your thing as well. If you want a more modern game that still uses line infantry and gun batteries, Shogun II's Fall of the Samurai expansion is your ticket.

But if you want a true, professional standing army of line infantry that knows how to hold under fire as well as deliver it, if you want to be a gentleman general of standing, if you want an 18th century battlefield, then this, my friend, this is the game for you.
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
110.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
After 100+ hours I have to say for anyone wanting a good strategy game it's well worth * what are they listing it for now * the price.

Pro's
-Combat requires some strategy you dont just auto win.
-Long campaign

Con's
My navy ships never really worked the way I wanted
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
131.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
Played as Britain and slaughtered every American Tribe

10/10 Would genocide again
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
556.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
If sex were anything like the pleasure I get when I watch my battle lines open fire upon enemy formations whilst cannon shells fly all through out the air bursting and exploding as well as forcing my enemy to surrender. Wait. What was talking about? Was I really trying to compare this game to sex? Gosh im so stupid. This game is obviously way better than sex.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
186.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Fire by rank is one of the most satisfying things you can possibly experience.
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23 of 32 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
Play as glorious Holland
Take all Western Europe and then all of India
10/10 would VOC again
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Excellent and wonderful game. Not my first Total War, but by and by my favourite. Easy enough for casual players to pick up but offers a great depth of play for veterans of RTS and TBS games, whether you're into commanding an army in the battlefield, or if you're more into the politics of war.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
The Second-Best Strategy game that I have played! Empire: Total war let you go into the past time and control armies. That include the French, the Indians, America, and English Red Coat army! The graphics are excellent, and the gameplay is smooth, no errors !The game is totally epic! I reccomend playing this ultra awesome game.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
141.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
For this game, the question of recommendation is difficult. It's target audience is narrow, but chances are you're interested in this genre if you bothered to scroll down to the reviews.

The biggest point on this game is that it's time consuming. VERY time consuming. With a schedule like mine you can't get much done within one sit-down, but that keeps making me come back for more, for better or worse.

As for historic accuracy, I'm moderately educated on the time era of this game, but some events don't really add up. The AI's don't really act in accordance to actual history. For instance, Sweden likes to destroy Denmark within 15 seasons. I've also run into the problem with my closest allies suddenly declaring war on me, even though we're in "very friendly" relations.

Aside from those problems, this game has great complete features. The armies and naval battles play out well, and the detail is good for an older game. I'd recommend this to anyone that actually bothered to dig into the recommendations.
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