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.
-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.
-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
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.