That dirty old Napoleon was a true son of a ♥♥♥♥♥.
For a game to choose such a narrow slice of history, the Napoleonic Wars, and do it so well is truly a hidden gem among strategy games. With one exception , this is a game you can pickup quickly and move into battle / conquest mode with minimal reading / tutorials. The tutorials are there and cover every feature in detail should you need them.
Pick your country wisely when you play this game. Starting off on the wrong side will test your patience and mettle for battle. I started as Great Britain and ruled the seas...but those pesky French kept drawing my ships and transports into battle. I would end up winning but these spoiler attacks slowed me down a lot. Enemy AI is competitive at the strategic level and in combat.
The one daunting task is understanding the military units. You can make upwards of twenty different types of land combat units in MoE. TWENTY. Knowing the difference between a Marine brigade and a Dragoons brigade is a must. Knowing that armies, during that time, needed supply trains as much as they need fighting brigades is a must. Knowing how to position your troops and their fronts for maximum effect is a must. Put too many troops in a single front and you incur an attack penalty!
Given the narrow slice of history involved, MoE is probably a niche strategy game. Still, I'm very, very happy with my purchase. If you play Hearts of Iron III, Crusader Kings II, and / or EV IV, you should add this game to your collection.
Posted: October 27th, 2013