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.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (552 reviews) - 79% of the 552 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.”
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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
Helpful customer reviews
33 of 37 people (89%) found this review helpful
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.

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...

7.7/10

PS: Sorry about some english mistakes, i think everyone gets it
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
43.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2, 2015
"I've annexed Poland!"
That's what I said to my friend with my face full of idiotic happiness! The game's not perfect, but if it made me to spend more than 24 hours for it, it is a damn interesting game!

Advantages:

1) Huge map of Europe including a small part of Asia and northern Africa
2) Different types of strategy mixed in one game: TBS for political and economical desisions and RTS for war
3) Many different types of tactics, which depend on battlefield and armies
4) Good graphics quality (as for 2005)

Disadvantages:

1) Historically wrong setting (for example Poland was excluded from Russian Empire)
2) Some useless things you' never use (like cannons: they are really useless in this game)
3) Multiplayer is exesting, but there are no servers to support it anymore (but still you know, how to play online with other means, ha?)

9/10

A perfect game to spend a weekend!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27, 2015
Imperial Glory is not at all what i expected. A friend got this game for me, while it was on sale for 59p. For it's age, Imperial Glory can still compete with other, more modern games of its type. Though the graphics are not the best, the game mechanics are in many respects better than the likes of Empire and Napoleon Total War. If you have played either of these, you will be well aware than when two units clash in melee, it is not uncommon for several men from each unit to be doing nothing while a few others fight and the rest get in the way looking for an opponent. Well Imperial Glory, now 10 years old, actually doesn't do that. It was really good to watch the intense melee with everyone taking part. Though indeed the kill moves, and graphics cannot compete with the likes of Empire and Napoleon Total War, it was a nice part of the game that i really enjoyed.

The sound effects and general playstyle is very similar to that of Napoleon and Empire too, but from my short playtime, it is a lot faster and seems a lot less buggy. I like how the lines all fire pretty much at the same time, but the reloads are a bit too fast. I found the interface a bit tricky to work out, but i soon got the hang of that and everything was fine. Formations cannot be changed merely by right click and dragging the unit across the map, as you can in Empire and Napoleon, at least i couldn't get it to work like that.

Unit sizes are pretty small which realy is the bggest downside to the game, and it kinda kills the realism, but really its fast paced and relatively easy playstyle really does make it a game still worthy of some respect, in many ways better than most games from the Total War series.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 9, 2015
CAMPAIGN MAP

Imperial Glory takes aspects from the early Total War game Shogun, using the exact same troop movement and province control on the campaign map. The unique feature of moving your troops anywhere in a province as long as you only move to one province per turn. Moving a unit stack to a new province will simulate your men gathering supplies and getting ready to move out, thus you cannot interact with that unit again until next turn. That includes the transferring of units from barracks to armies, or armies to armies. In order to take over provinces you must move your army which consists of 3 units to the target area to immediately take it over. If an enemy army is stationed in that province you will begin a battle at the beginning of the next turn. If the targeted province is the capital of the country that you are at war with, you will begin seiging that province for however many turns depending on the quality of units you have.

RESEARCH TREE

The research tree is mandatory to advance in the campaign, without any technologies you will only be able to recruit Militia, which is the most basic melee based infantry unit. Advancing in the research tree allows you to build barracks, cavalry stables, cannon depots, and other economic/cultural buildings. In order to gain a constant flow of incom you must research the trade technology to unlock trade routes to friendly countries. It is a pretty standard research tree compared to any other TW game.

DIPLOMACY

Diplomacy is kinda limited to the research tree as well as everything else at the beginning. You only start with 4-5 options for diplomacy until you advance further into the campaign. I'm not a big dimplomatic player anway, so I won't go further into detail.

OPTIONS

The options have some variety to the graphics and sounds, the only thing I really consider not up to my standards is that the resolution doesnt go up to 1920x1080.

BATTLE MAP

The battle map is very similar to a Total War game, you play as the commander using a birds eye view of the battle field to direct your troops. The troop deployment is more similar to Shogun and the actually troop manuevering is more alike Real Warfare. The combat is a very simple representation of early 19th century warfare. The front rank of line infranty are the only sprites to actually fire their weapons, while the rear two ranks sit in reserve. Obviously this would not really be the case but due to game limitations its understandable. Militia units are the most basic units that are recruitable from the very start of the game. They are only limited to melee and are sometimes very over powered, because they have more melee strength than line infantry, probably to simulate the larger numbers. The UI in the combat map makes it so you do not have to use any hotkeys if you do not want to and that is fine with me. The AI is pretty... not good to be honest. The Infantry would rather engage in melee than engage in ranged combat which can make things a little iffy strategy wise.

More will come when I continue to play the game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Here's how it all went down:


I started off as Great Britan. The people needed a good, strong leader, and because of reasons, they thought that I would fit the bill.

I started doing what any person would do, spending all the money on a military, opening up trade routes, and scamming other countries into buying my "quality" materials that I was only to happy to get rid of. (we were a bit overstocked on them)

In attempts to increase government/military quality, I decided it might be best to forget about educations and hospitals to focus on more important things. Trading and Diplomacy.

As my diplomacy skills went up, I wanted to be better friends with the surrounding nations, so I gave France ten bucks to strengthen our relationship. They were not amused, and it backfired on me.

With that out of the way I decided that the best move from here was to wipe Denmark of the face of the map, for the sole reason being that it was there. I put my troops on a ship, and once I could convince them to swim to shore, I had to make a bunch of allies so I could march across other peoples land on my way to Denmark.

I attack. It was a hard fight in the mountains, and we sustained heavy casulties, but we drove them back. VICTORY......until they brought in a bigger, meaner army for reinforcments and then gave me a whoopin.

With my army crippled, and thus my country, I threw in the towl. Well played Denmark, well played.





In all seriousness, I bought the game on sale for 49 cents. I don't think it's quite as big, detailed or complex as some of the newer Total War games, but it seems easier, which is good for RTS newbs like me. With that in mind, and you don't mind outdated graphics, then you might consider giving this a try. You could go on adventures like the one above.... :)
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