It is a time of war in Europe. Driven by new ideas of Enlightenment, the hearts of men and women across the continent are inflamed with dreams of freedom and glory. This is the moment for a military genius to forge himself a name to be remembered throughout all eternity. This is your moment.
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Very Positive (596 reviews) - 80% of the 596 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 15, 2005

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“The turn-based portion of Imperial Glory is slow-paced, but enjoyable, as you try to conquer Europe.”
6.7 – GameSpot

“How could I ever refuse? I feel like I win when I lose.”
8.5 – IGN

“you're given the option of fighting the battle in exciting 3D-RTS-o-Vision.”
6 – http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/r_imperialglory_pc

About This Game

It is a time of war in Europe. Driven by new ideas of Enlightenment, the hearts of men and women across the continent are inflamed with dreams of freedom and glory. Antagonism between the Empires is at an all time high and war seems inevitable. Millions of men prepare for battle, while the finest strategists draw up their plans for the domination of Europe. This is the moment for a military genius to forge himself a name to be remembered throughout all eternity. This is your moment.

Key Features

  • Spectacular real-time 3D land and naval battles
  • Complex battlefields where units can gain higher ground, hide behind cover or use formations to their advantage
  • A comprehensive turn-based management model with over 50 provinces in Europe and North Africa

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7
    • DirectX: Version 7.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible sound
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Overall:
Very Positive (596 reviews)
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The Philosophating Phrog
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Bought it on sale for $0.99. Its a good game, but just play Napoleon: Total War. Its the same basic thing, but Napoleon is a lot newer so it has a better engine, better polish, better AI, better graphics and sounds, a more intutitive UI, and is all around a lot funner. This doesn't have anything Napoleon does not have.
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XxChildMolesterxX
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Bought this game and was extremely pleased for how little it costs, but there are definately a few bugs such as random crashes all the time that get very irritating when you do not save. Overall a good game with a few bugs.
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TheLegoCherokee(84th Regiment)
( 12.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 7
Honestly I love this game, it is an amazing strategy and I have actually played this before other strategy games and I just got more attached to this game. So here are some pros and cons.

Pros:
1. Graphics(For its time)
2. Sound effects.
3. The battles are amazing, especially in the campaign. All units fire at the same time.
4. Physics on cannon balls(I always order my cannons to fire as far as they can)
5. Naval combat is just amazing!
Cons:
1. Sometimes after a battle the game crashes(Please fix it, Im currently doing the same battle over and over again till it finally stops)
2. Nothing else!

All in all I would recommend this game to anyone!
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xXzXXXx_ph4t_(0(k_ZzXXZzzXZXZXZX
( 10.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
In today's grand strategy market, Imperial Glory is basically just a poor man's Empire/Napoleon Total War. However, when this game originally came out in 2005, those games didn't exist. At the time Imperial Glory was a pretty good grand strategy game set in Europe and northern Africa from the last 1700s to the early 1800s. Even today that is mostly true. Imperial Glory does suffer from some compatibility problems with newer operating systems, but for me those were all fixed by running the game in compatibility mode for Windows XP SP3.

Graphically the game does definitely look dated. That being said, that doesnt stop the real time battles from still being large impressive set pieces. The turn based campaign map lacks the realistic birds eye view from the newer Total War games but it still depicts the game world pretty well in my opinion. The player gets a "Risk" like map that looks like a real general's map in some army camp with little board game pieces to represent armies and navies (yes there is also naval warfare).

Gameplay should be very similar to those familiar with Total War games. It consists of playing as either Russia, Prussia, the UK, France, or Austria in a massive campaign to take over all of Europe. There are also smaller NPC empires such as Spain and the Ottoman Empire. The UI has aged well over the years. Though it might seem daunting, the game is actually quite simple and the tutorial teaches almost all that is required. This game is no Europa Universalis or Crusader Kings.

The real time battles are also basically what you would expect from a grand strategy game. It plays almost the same as a Total War game except for one huge missing factor which will turn off some players. For some reason Pyro Studios never thought that it was a good idea to include a unit morale system. Thus your units feel more like automatons than actual human beings. They will literally fight to the death when outnumbered 20 to 1.

There are also historical battles which follow the conquests and defeat of Napoleon and multiplayer/bot skirmishs.

So in conclusion, this is a game I recommend to anyone interested in a poor man's Total War game that has a somewhat humble presentation, yet does not have any game breaking bugs *cough* Rome 2 *cough*.

Lastly I love the soundtrack
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☭ Эранuz ☭
( 16.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Still a better game than TOTAL WAR
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LegoLink11
( 9.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Basically Total-War: Napoleon lite. If you're not sure if you'll like the total-war games, get this. It goes on sale for 90+% off pretty often.
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dualwave
( 20.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 24
If you position multiple lines of infantry on a hill, they can shoot over each other's heads.

Think the last battle in Zulu, only the Zulu's are french and running away
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The Vengeful One
( 50.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
The only downsides ARE CONSTANT ♥♥♥♥ING CRASHES and the friendly AI is cancer I swear to Allahu they are scuicidal everything else is ok tho 3/5
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
109 of 125 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
the game is a real gem. In my humble opinion its one of the best strategy games ever made. just ignore the metascore. many german magazines rated it higher than rome 1.
and i dont understand why people here think this game is simple. it is actually pretty complex and provides loads of statistics and data to the player - some of it maybe a bit "hidden" for the superficial players. like already mentioned, the land battles can be very challenging, even for experienced armchair-generals -but i dont consider this to be a bad thing...at all. Also this game had sea battles long before the tw-series and they still look fantastic. but the best thing about this game is still the music. especially the tracks that play during the map-mode are incredibly beautiful. check this one out guys, you won't regret it. for 3 euros its a steal.
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104 of 125 people (83%) found this review helpful
76 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2015
when I was a kid I couldn't afford this game; now it's on sale for less than a cup of coffee

thanks Gaben
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63 of 72 people (88%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2015
Definitely a classic stab at TBS and RTS by Eidos (those guys that did Praetorians). The gameplay is simpler than a total war game yet features an extensive research tree and exciting combat that, in my opinion, holds up even today. Austria is a total ♥♥♥♥ though. Always trying to defend Eastern Europe from my clutches... your time will come Austria! Your time will come O_O

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cisuDhajQxg
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100 of 131 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 11, 2014
this game is like a simpler version of total war. that being said, give this game credit. the graphics and battlefields are, in my opinion, better than empire, and the battles are much harder. cavalry is much more realistic and can tear your lines to shreads and wreak havoc, and the lines arent much easier. i think this game is definately at total wars level and can compete with the big dogs if it wants. well worth the money
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47 of 54 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 13, 2014
If you are a fan of the total war series, this game is for you, keep in mind that Imperial Glory was made in 2005, it's in my opnion on the same level as Empire, just much more simplar.

In Empire total war, made in 2009, navel battles were a huge new feature, Imperial Glory made in 2005 had already made a simple yet easily handled navel battle system.

I prefer the navel battles in this game compared to Empire or Rome II total War myself.

The land battles are nice, but unlike then new games, they don;t use bump mapping.

There only problem I have with the game is there is no moral system, every battle is a fight to the death, troops can not feel the field and regroup.

Otherwise if you're a fan of Empire tottal war I'd say give this game a show, and at the current price of £3.50 it's worth it.
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44 of 52 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Not An Imperial RTS Title, But It Works!

Before I went to purchase Imperial Glory, I have got to say, I did my fair share of research on it, as I didn’t really know what type of a game I was throwing myself into. When I did look into it though, the information was already enough to sway me into buying, hearing that it was a similar to the likes of Empire Total War. This however being a budget title, very cheap, and well did not take too much of a computer to run. That’s the basis of what convinced me to buy it, currently having quite a weak laptop to run games on, so I gave it a try.

When you first get into this game, it does take a while to progress through the campaign, its often very confusing at the start as-well. You can start to see the elements in which are similar to Empire TW, but do notice that its clearly not as good, which brought this game down for me. As I said earlier, it takes a while to actually do anything in this game, and so need to be patient, keeping it calm in the early stages. Im going to be honest, you attack anyone early on, your going to get f***ed up pretty easily. Once you have an army etc, it gets interesting, you can trade, form alliances, but that’s pretty much it. While playing this game it always felt as if I was playing a decent title though, graphics are good for the age, but you do have to realise that this game really is just for those who cannot run Empire. I would not purchase this game if I had Empire Total War there in my library, I just wouldn’t! Its for people who like a good RTS Strategy game, but may not have the option of good gaming rig to play them games on. But at least there is an option for players, a decent strategy title like Imperial Glory, requiring little to run really. Its ok for that set of aspects.

It takes a while to experience any kind of glory really, but its a great option for those who like a good rts game, its a game that can run on just about anything.
Overall:

+ Decent Graphics
+ Professional Look
+ Easy To Run
+ Gameplay Is Pretty Smooth

- Feels Like Second Best
- Lacks In Storytelling
- Not Going To Win Any Awards

Good 7.5/10

That goes it for my short Imperial Glory Steam Review

Thanks,

The-Sentinel-Gamer
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36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2015
Ok let´s make a proper review of this game. This title has about 10 years old and for a game made that long ago, is one of the best strategic games i ever played ! So, i got this game for free in some giveway from a retailer website. Got it cuz i already played alot of Total War series and i´m really into this historic and strategic games.

At the beginning it didn´t suprise me and was kind of boring actually, cuz i was used to other kind of game rules and gameplay (from Rome Total War mainly). After a couple hours playing i really got into the athmosfear of the game and i started to enjoy it.

If you compare this game with Total War series, you rly can even do more things in this game than in the Rome Total War ( I compare it with RTW cuz both were made/launched around the same year ).

Here you can have ships/nautic battles, while in RTW Battles like that are just automatic, while here, in the battle contact, soldiers mix themselves and you dont even know who´s dying if you don´t look at the number of troops, RTW has move battle consistency, better options and gameplay and a bigger map.

I must also freeze the map rotation issue, while in Total War series you get a different battle map every time you move, in this game, the map is only 1 per partition (region) what, in my opinion is not a big of a problem, just a small detail.

The graphics are pretty good for a game that was made 10 years ago, with nice details, what deffenitely provides you a good gameplay.
If you are thinking about playing this game online with other people forget it, you won´t find anyone to play with (i speak for myself cuz i live in a small country and in a +or- remote location but maybe you have lucky).

Once again, you can totally compare this game to Empire Total War due the historic timeline. If you ever played a Total War title and enjoyed it i totally recomend this game to you, its a rly good option to TW series, you should give it a try !

It is a really nice game and for 5eur it´s completelly worth, even tought you can it cheaper in promotions...

7/10

PS: Sorry about some english mistakes, i think everyone gets it
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
37.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
This is definitely worth $4.99. If you love strategy games, get this. Not the most graphically inpressive, but it's still a really fun game
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33 of 43 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
I would recommend for those who like empire. It is much simpler in terms of interaction with the game map. Diplomacy is essential: war, treaties and trade. Its better for those who like the battles. If you have a lower spec pc this is an ideal etw substitue as is less graphically powerful
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34 of 46 people (74%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 12, 2014
This is honestly more enjoyable that Napoleon Toyal War... One down side, crashed about 10 times since I got it
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