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: Very Positive (325 reviews)
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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9 compatible sound
Helpful customer reviews
28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
30.8 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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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 11
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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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This game came out just before Rome Total War did due to that it was kinda overshadowed by a popular AAA turnbased strategy game. The best way to sum this up is this is essentially Napoleon: Total War with Romes graphics. This has Naval battles, land battles, a tech tree, different approaches to diplomacy. You can peacefully annex entire countries if you play it right. If you can look past the 2005 graphics and the limited playable nations this is a great game and a welcomed unearthed relic thats been added to steam.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
As a lover of Total War series and other strategy games I can confirm I love this game!
It's cheap, it has great strategy RTS battles, it's quick, it can be very easy if you know how to handle it.
If you are a newbie, or if you want to discover the great world of strategic games, I recommend that you start with this game. It's easier than the others, it's fast, like, if you are in college or something and you don't really have time, a battle would take like 10-15 minutes, and it's very cheap. However it is old and some mecghanics are outdated but it's a really nice experience. So, let me finish, if you are a newbie and want to try Total War Napoleon, Empire, Rome, Shogun, or Men of War and Company of Heroes series, I'd suggest that you should try this game first. It's easy to understand, not very complicated. I rate this game 8/10 because it's old and because of the well known issues (bugs).
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
131.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
This is basically Empires: Total War. I had never played any of the total war games until steam had a total war weekend, and although I definitely would choose to play a total war game before i'd choose to replay this one due to the wider maps and stronger gameplay, this game does not lag behind. I'm not sure who developed this, but when i play Total War Empires, there isnt a single element of the game that doesnt lead me to believe that Total war blatantly plagarized this entire game. For being made 3 years before Rome and about 6 years before Empires, Imperial Glory beat the Total War series to the punch in Naval RTS. I see no significant difference between the Naval element of this game vs Empires Total War's Naval battles, except maybe asthetics. Even at 5 bucks this is a bargain, but if u're pinching pennies, this goes on sale often at anywhere from .99 to 2.99.
Again, if ure a fan of the Total War games, grand and/or real time strategies, BUY THIS GAME.

Pros:
-Almost entirely Identical to total war empires minus injuh and amrika.
-Flawless integration of RTS in this Grand Strategy
-Fantastic Retail price
-up to 100, 12 turn years of game play
-Had Naval RTS 5 years before total war (Naval engine feels identical to that of Empires Total War)
-Graphics more than adequite
-Diplomacy is WAY more comprehensive than Total War games. In Total War Empires I felt like i could easily cheat the other nations with bribery and fake diplomacy. For instance, if i was at war with a nation, all it would take is a little cash to get a peace accord signed, which meant i could go and conquer a few territories of a nation and then afterwards i could get a peace treaty signed and keep the countries that i conquered, and generally, they wouldnt do ♥♥♥♥ about it as long as our diplomatic relations are set at "peace". In Imperial glory, I couldn't put anything past the AI and i had to genuinely practice good diplomacy to earn the trust of my fellow emperors, otherwise they reigned hell down on me. This, I think, is something Total war has never been able to master.
Cons:
-No india or america theatre
-RTS is somewhat limited by comparison to Total war, but not so much that u want to skip the battles. Here are my complaints of the RTS:
=limited map diversity
=less comprehensive defensive features
(The next one is sort of a pro as well)
=Occupation is a prolonged process. it takes many turns to annex a nation and requires a considerable amount of troops to do so. In retrospect, Total war adapted their own version of this by letting the people rebel throughout the game which i think makes it easier to play. So basically, this game is more challenging militarily speaking

EDIT
OH!!! and I have win 8.1 and it did crash a couple times, however the autosave is super frequent. i never lost my place the few times that it did crash, and furthermore, the crashes that i had in Total War weren't any less frequent. I've been reading a lot of the neg reviews, and it seems the only consistent complaints are the crashes. Seriously, dont let that prevent u from buying this game, especially if u like the Total war style grand/rt strategy genre at a really really really cheap price. Imperial Glory was the framework that TOTAL WAR based their games on. dont wait for the movie, read the book. Total war is the movie. Imperial Glory is the book.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 23
I have to say I love this game! If you have ever played old school strategy games its just like that. Its like Medieval one if you have ever played it. You get to play as five factions france,Britian,Prussia,Austria,Russia. there are many other smaller factions such as spain,ottomans,portugal,hanover,egypt,sweden and so on. I have to say though that I am kinda sad that you can't play as spain and the ottomans because they are two of the bigger small factions in the game. This game can be very hard in the early parts of the game because if you invade one of the smaller nations other nations will come in and fight you and you wont be able to hold all of them off because you don't have the military to fight them, So pick your battles carefully. The way you get allies is by throwing money at them and getting them into your alliance that way, Once you have reached 100% likeness then they will join your faction. they can get liberated by having a enemy nation take their capital back. The ingame battles are nothing to brag about, their okay but if you spam a lot of cav you will win the day, there still fun. The only thing that makes me mad is that I feel like the whole game is being rushed and that time flys way too fast! and smaller nations join bigger nations way too soon, but that is just what I think. I know that there is a bug where after you win a battle it crashes so I would look up the fix online before ♥♥♥♥♥ing about it here on steam. I would also like to say there are a few mods on the internet that help fix the OP militia who can just into hand to hand combat and destroy your whole army xD Other then a few of these things its a great game and I love it so much, I wish there was a world war one mod for this game because I feel like it would be so good. Last words though is this is totally worth the five dollars or less, Its like you got yourself a sub just try it out and see if you like it. But really someone make that mod idea, I will give you idea and ♥♥♥♥ just please....Someone take up the sword and do it!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
This game is like a Baby's first Total War. Very good to spend an afternoon or two on.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Good campaing and nice battle strategies but bad sea battles
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 14
Good strategy game !
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
Great fun
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
53.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 28, 2014
Very hard but fun
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 17
It may crash avery hour or so for me and the graphics aren't cutting edge though it offers great gameplay and quickly enthralled me. I am enjoting the game and recommend it to those who desire a total war game though don't want to spend all the money on it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Very fun game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
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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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
Awesome game!
10/10
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101 of 113 people (89%) found this review helpful
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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97 of 126 people (77%) found this review helpful
4.3 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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46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
11.1 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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43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
7.6 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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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
18.0 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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