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 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

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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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breadedbuttmonk
( 40.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
really good simulation
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Vash the Stampede
( 174.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
TL,DR: If you like early modern history, or RTS games, you should definitely buy this game.

REVIEW

Empire: Total War was released in 2009 and I've been playing it since. It's an 18th-century grand strategy game similar to other games in the Total War series. This title focuses on rifle combat and line infantry; naval battles and trade and colonialization. Empire: Total War is truly a global experience as the game takes place in Europe, India and the Americas. Large battles between thousands of soldiers on land, naval battles with dozens of ships at sea and an enormous grand campaign map are the hallmarks of this game.

PROS

-Great graphics, even for today's standards
-Balanced difficulty (Very Hard is quite a nearly impossible challenge; while Easy and Normal is not too difficult. I would recommend the "Hard" difficulty setting)
-Tactical gameplay is quite fun and engaging, especially at harder difficulties. The AI often notices your blunders and can counter them
-Expansive game map provides hours of conquest and city-micromanagement opportunities
-Diverse choice of countries to play as: For instance, Sweden and Spain provide completely different campaign experiences against different foes. The United Provinces (the Netherlands), for example, has a very strong navy and trade system but has only one province in Europe. The Ottoman Empire is probably the most fun to play as due to hardships in perhaps every category and the uniqueness of their units

CONS

-The AI is too stupid at times and they sometimes can't even respond to your attacks
-The AI loves to troll you by just standing still immediately outside your cannon range. You cannot approach them without taking losses
-Armed fortification battles can often be very buggy or against the player's favor, as the defending enemy will take very little losses unless you have a way to outsmart them
-Almost useless Diplomacy at times. Very few opposing states will ever accept any agreement if you are at war with them, even to make peace on terms beneficial to them
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[WHG] CloX
( 16.6 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 26
Legendary!
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General Charles de Gaulle
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
INTO THE BREACH MEN!!
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Nikolai Ezhov
( 343.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
10/10 for game playing.
1/10 for no Empire Total War 2.
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|X|D| #JeHaD#
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
good game 15$ :3
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Ramos XD. gEt rEkT
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
If you are thinking to buy this game or not, I will tell you, buy it!!, just buy it!!
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UnafraidBuffalo
( 258.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game on sale for $4.99?

Best thing $5 can buy.
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Last_templar24
( 147.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
This game is no doubtably one of the best strategys ive ever played.
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joshagee101
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
The Graphic are like you`re in 1990's
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
77 of 83 people (93%) found this review helpful
72 people found this review funny
Recommended
55.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
>Prussia conquered Europe
>I was a king of Prussia
>I was a tyrant
>People wanted democracy
>I sparked a revolution
>I sided with rebels
>I overthrew my ex-government
>Now I'm a dictator
>Now Prussia has true "DEMOCRACY".


11/10 would democratize again
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33 of 35 people (94%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
> Pick Russia
> First mission: Capture Crimea
9/10
Too realistic
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
636.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Empire Total War (ETW) is by far one of the greatest turn-based strategy games I've ever played. In my opinion, ETW takes place in one of the most fascinating centuries in history. I love learning about certain eras of history, and the 18th century is one of them. Anyone that is new to the Total War series, ETW is a definite must have game.
This is no game for the faint of heart or some chump looking to pacify his or her ADD for a measly thirty minutes. Empire is all about micromanaging every aspect of your country. For those who don't have the balls to handle everything that's thrown at you, there is hope. You can opt to have the computer manage the economy and construction for you. However, in doing so you will only cheat yourself by reducing the game to a cheap simulated version of Risk. At the very least, I'd recommend a sold hour of gaming time, so plan accordingly.
I'm a pretty hard-core gamer, which means I love playing games on the hardest settings. For better or for worst, my satisfaction can only be quenched by conquering a game while the odds are stacked against me. If you have a top-shelf gaming machine with all the bells and whistles, I recommend maxing out all the graphic options. In doing so, you'll truly appreciate all the fine visual details this game has to offer.
Lets get down to what really matters. Here's the good, the bad, and the ugly:

The Good:
* ​​One of the most immersive strategy games available in the gaming market. In-fact, any stand alone game in the Total War series is worth its weight in gold.

* ​The replay value of this game is off the charts. Each playable country offers slightly different types of challenges. Although the overall objectives are still the same: Manage resources. Build-up your military. Go kick the sh*t out of people. You'll quickly realize the road to success is not identical for each country.

*​ This game is cheap as hell! Seriously, $9.99 + tax! That's nothing less than highway robbery!

*​ Spending your Friday night playing this game with a full rack of your favorite beer and snacks is going to = one hell of a good time. You'll be bewildered at the countless hours that just fly bye.

​The Bad:
* ​The load times can seem very tedious.
* ​You not owning this game is bad. It's more than bad, it's an f'ing tragedy! What are you waiting for?! Go buy this game!

​The Ugly:
* ​There is no ugly, there's only you still reading this instead of playing this epic game!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
205.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
It's been a while since my first review of this game, so I felt it would be time to give out a more proper one. It's a good game, but not without several problems.

Empire: Total War, set in the 18th century, is a game I reccomend to the player who likes the idea of massive, 18th century-style land and naval battles. The game also has a very large campaign map, including India, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and the Americas. There's also a lot of colonialism involved as well, so if you like all of these things I mentioned, you'll probably like this game.

However, don't expect multiplayer to be a fun experience. It's still active, but there aren't many people playing. There's a good number of players here that will mistakenly or purposefully break the rules set by players hosting their games. Even hosts will break their own rules.

You also need to consider the fact that there are many players on here that have adopted the use of specific units that are simply OP, which therefore ruins the historical atmosphere of this game. Historically, most 18th century infantry were armed with highly innacurate guns, so they gathered in very large formations and fired at each other. They were called line infantry. This type of warfare was in no way meant to prolong the life of an individual soldier at all. The entire point of this type of fighting between infantry units was to use overwhelming force and numbers of troops and firepower to overcome the other side, which meant that line infantry would have to have some serious discipline and toughness. You'd rarely ever take cover, and if you were in the front lines, your slim chances of surviving the battle depended on how fast you could reload your gun and if you could make your shot count before the other side did the same thing you were meant to do.

Now, you'd think line infantry would be the staple unit on this game, and therefore they'd be pretty effective in this game. However, their historical use as the essential staple unit for 18th century armies can easily be rendered useless on this game with just three types of units: Riflemen, skirmishers, and light dragoons.

The sad fact is that on multiplayer, the only three types of effective ground units that have any form of effectiveness on this game are the three units I stated above, aside from artillery. You see, the problem here is that skirmishers and riflemen have guns that can shoot farther than the muskets used by your line infantry, and they are unfairly accurate, meaning that your line infantry will be dropping like flies just trying to close the distance to take on the skirmishers and riflemen. They also reload their weapons incredibly fast. This is in no way historically accurate, because the guns used by lighter infantry forces at the time, no matter how far they shot, were still incredibly accurate and would have taken a long time to reload. Not only that, but we're talking about guns that weren't easy to aim with.

I could understand how lightly armed riflemen and skirmishers could give line infantry some serious trouble in, say, a bunch of forests, but they are so overpowered on this game that they can easily take out line infantry on an open battlefield.

Then there are light dragoons...

Light dragoons are soldiers riding on horseback, equipped with modified muskets that have shorter barrels. Therefore, they'd be less accurate, right? In real life, yes, but in this game? Wrong. Would it be easy reloading these guns on horseback? No, because muskets need to have the projectiles loaded with ram rods, primed, blah blah blah, shoot, repeat. It's difficult enough to do all of this while standing on your own two feet, but on horseback? That's bound to take longer.

Light dragoons can be incredibly dangerous to line infantry due to their superior speed, and because this game has overpowered them, every single soldier in a unit of light dragoons fires his gun, even the ones in the back. None of the troops in the front ranks of the dragoons die, and for some strange reason, a good number of the shots fired hit their mark. Sometimes, This means that you'll be having large numbers of line infantry dying all at once, which can cause a morale shock.

So unless you make rules against the use of light dragoons and skirmishers on the games you host in multiplayer, you'll be seeing these units being used on a constant basis, throwing all of the great historical accuracies of 18th century warfare out the window.

Now that's been explained, I should tell you about a few problems with other aspects of this game:

1) Despite the fact that Empire has a very large campaign map, you will be disappointed to find that almost every single battle map looks the same. Same texture, same everything. Yes, some buildings will look different depending on what part of the world you're in on the campaign, but you will quickly realise how bland the atmosphere of the maps are when you fight battles. Building detail in towns is also severly lacking.

2) The AI is incredibly dumb at times, so dumb that the developers decided to buff up the stats of the AI's units to compensate for their stupidity in the higher difficulty levels.

3) Individual troops in your army lack spatial awareness when they enter buildings or defend/attack fort walls in a siege battle. It's a horrid sight to see at times. Troops just move through each other in a frantic motion. Path finding on walls is also terrible.

4) Some sound effects for this game are awful, especially for muskets. For example, when a unit of line infantry fire a volley at the enemy, you only hear a 'poof' sound. These are primitive gunpowder weapons. They should be noisy and make a loud 'bang' when fired. Instead, the muskets used by your line infantry sound like fake guns used for movies in Hollywood.

5) You won't hear any general's speech before battle like you used to in Rome I and Medieval II.

6) There isn't much voice acting. You won't get to hear any voice acting at all when you initiate diplomacy, and the few bits of voice acting that you do here on this game tends to be subpar.

7) Melee combat between infantry units looks decent, but not amazing. The combat animations are too drawn out and look more rehearsed than realistic. Some of the combat animations are so terrible drawn out that everything looks unrealistic.

8) Because of the way the death animations work on this game, cavalry takes forever to take out a routing unit. Many times, an unnecessarily long combat animation has to be so terrible drawn out that it takes longer than needed for the cavalry to take out the routers. It'd be more convenient if the cavalry just swing their swords at boom, the routing units die faster.

9) Artillery units can be glitchy, even in multiplayer. Sometimes, they won't fire their guns no matter how many times you order them to.

10) On the campaign map, the AI controlling Britain, the United Provinces, and France tend to ignore India for some reason, so almost every single time you play this campaign, the Marathas end up becoming an OP faction.

11) There are no marching tunes with fifes and drums on the battlefield for any of the factions. This feature should have been implemented by the developers. I can understand that some players might find them distracting, but an option could be made to just turn off those marching tunes in the game.

12) Naval battles can sometimes be a little glitchy. Ships will sometimes move unnecessarily slow even when you order them to move faster.

This game can still be enjoyed despite all of these problems I mentioned. However, the it will never be as great as it could have been. There are, however, a few mods for this game that you can use to make this game more enjoyable. Keep in mind that the mods are, unfortunately, not supported for Steam as there is no workshop.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
It's just like a little, handicapped puppy - it's not perfect, but it's trying so hard to satisfy your expectations.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
132.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
The base game is good, but darthmod makes you duck at your desk as shots flys by your head. I even hit my head on the back of my chair.


10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Multiplayer is amazing. Nothing better than multiple armies firing muskets at each other, while cannon shots whizz overhead, and mortar and rockets blast the ground around them to shreds. 11/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 20
Great game, classic. Better if you add Darthmod.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
126.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
Extemely good. Total War with guns.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
795.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Great game.
Lovely ship battles
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