My first ever dip into the Total War franchise, and what a plunge it turned out to be. I managed to pick it up for £3.75, and seeing the high scores it was achieveing on metacritic on fueled my purchase. And for what it turned out I bought, £3.75 was a steal!
The game itself may seem a little daunting at first as you meet the gigstntic map, and play your first RTS battle, but as you begin to gain experience, and attempt to control the world, you pick it up very quickly and easily.
The whole turn based strategy map that you control is fantastically done, as you feel almost god-like when peering down at the continents. The AI may not be the smartest, but with a few simple mods, you can almost feel them breathing down your neck everytime you make your move. The Technology tree has to be one of the best I've had the privilege to play around with, as I could instantaneously feel the effects of my chosen advancement.
The RTS is the best I have ever played, with the vastness of iit all taking your breath away. Controlling 100s if not 1000s of troops with just a click of your mouse is always a joy to play, and I have taken many screenshots of my epic moments on the battlefield. Like X-com, you'll forge stories foy ur troops as you valiantly defeat a far superior army, or cumple under an army of only 300.
The era is also very interesting with the use of muskets. This adds an interesting dynamic to the battles, and requires quick thinking to ensure your men are set up correctly to take down the opposing line. For this reason, cavalry are of upmost importance and requires that little edge to out maneuver the opponent.
Empire: Total War has to be one of my most satuisfactory purchases, and has given me a bottomless well of enjoyment, and I would still be playing it if my life allowed me. Nevertheless I find myslef dipping in now and then often to match up against my brother, after a petty quaral. When a game can hook you, and keep you hooked like it did to me, you know it's something special.