History is as yet unwritten. Napoleon: Total War™ is the new chapter in the critically acclaimed Total War™ series and opens up a new narrative layer to the genre-defining franchise. From the early Italian campaign to the battle of Waterloo, Napoleon covers two decades of relentless battles, a backdrop of a world in flames against which...
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Release Date: Feb 25, 2010

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About This Game

History is as yet unwritten.

Napoleon: Total War™ is the new chapter in the critically acclaimed Total War™ series and opens up a new narrative layer to the genre-defining franchise. From the early Italian campaign to the battle of Waterloo, Napoleon covers two decades of relentless battles, a backdrop of a world in flames against which the story of an extraordinary military career unfolds.

Whether you play as the legendary general or against him, the outcome of war can never be guaranteed. The course of history relies on your ability to lead your troops through the most intense battles as never seen before in a Total War game.

  • The genre-defining franchise brings Napoleon to life —
    Napoleon: Total War defines a new standard within the genre with exciting characters and a cinematic narrative, mind-blowing battle sequences and an unrivaled mix of turn-based and real-time strategy.

  • Three new episodic campaigns —
    Take command and lead your armies on land and sea over three campaigns: Italy, Egypt and Mastery of Europe. The seamless mix of objective-based missions and sandbox experience makes this the most complete Total War experience to date.

  • Cutting-edge multiplayer —
    Napoleon features fully integrated multiplayer modes and a complete set of online functionalities: Steam achievements, gameplay bonuses, uniform editor and voice communications.

  • All new Napoleonic battles and units —
    Advanced weaponry enables new tactical options and even more exciting real-time battles on an epic scale, while the highly detailed environments and improved battlefield buildings guarantee a realistic recreation of famous historical battles.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS:Microsoft® Windows Vista®/XP®/Windows® 7
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz CPU with SSE2
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM (XP), 2 GB RAM (Vista®/Windows® 7)
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX® 9.0c shader model 2b compatible GPU
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 21 GB free space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Microsoft® Windows Vista®/XP®/Windows® 7
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM (XP), 4 GB RAM (Vista®/Windows® 7)
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX® 9.0c shader model 3 compatible GPU
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 21 GB free space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.8.5
    • Processor:2.0 GHz
    • Memory:4GB Memory
    • Graphics:256MB*
    • Hard Drive:26GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI X2xxx series, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and NVIDIA 8xxx series.
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.3
    • Processor:2.4 GHz
    • Memory:4GB Memory
    • Graphics:512GB*
    • Hard Drive:26GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI X2xxx series, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and NVIDIA 8xxx series.
Helpful customer reviews
175 of 179 people (98%) found this review helpful
42.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
The only flaw I see in this game is the fact that I cannot shoot my men who retreat.
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
71.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Can kill French with waves of attacking highlanders. 11/10.
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43 of 61 people (70%) found this review helpful
150.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
A la guerre, il n'y a pas de substitut pour victoire.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
76.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
An excellent game overall. Creative Assembly have redeemed themselves more or less from the disaster of empire with this. The AI is a little wonky at times, and the unit sizes are far too small, but the way to combat the negatives of the vanilla version of the game is to download darthmod from modb or the total war forums and it works beautifully. Darthmod increases smoke effects, unit sizes, number of units, campaigns...with this mod, Napoleon Total War is my most played game. The vanilla is good, darthmod make good become great ;)
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
279.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
This game is amazing, it is also the first Total War game I have bought, and it was an excellent one to start with...

The campaigns in general are very good alone, but you must download darthmod for this, it completely reinvents the game and makes the battles at least 2x as fun. The game is very simplistic and easy to follow and pick up, while still rewarding the strategic thinker and those who plan ahead. It is amazing to play as France and just defy everyone and steamroll Europe.
Only bad thing is that their is not much besides the grand campaign and Napoleon's battles, although you can't underestimate how fun the grand campaign is.

8.5/10 Perfect for newcomers and verterans of the series
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
133.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
fun game to play, spent a lot of time playing it and never got bored, although its world map is limited to europe and egypt, it makes up for that by having a lot of trading possibilities, and a lot of units, totaly what i would expect from a napoleon strategy game.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
119.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
Empire: Total War is a great in my oppinion, although it do have some elements that should have be done better. Average optimalization or many identical looking units for each country (i.e. line infantry) gave you that feeling that it could be done better. Fortunatelly, year after the release of Empire, Napoleon: Total War came out.

What does it offer?
- a lot of great looking units (including a lot of exclusives, of course);
- several well made campaigns presenting Napoleon's career in Italy, Egypt and in whole Europe; one campaign that allows you to play as one of the strongest countries among anti-French coalition: Great Britain, Russia, Austria, Prussia;
- a lot of historical provinces (with some errors like Warsaw as the capital city of the province of Great Poland, while the real capital of it is Poznań);
- a lot of nations that can be freed or can free themselves;
- more options after conquering a province (you can choose for example if you want to annex it or create a puppet if there is possibility)
- breathtaking naval battles;
- being Napoleon in one of his historical battles (i.e. Austerlitz, Borodino) including battle of Waterloo, which can be made historical (playing as Great Britain) or ahistorical, trying to win this battle by playing as France.

This game also allows you to play a multiplayer campaign with other players, Nice thing, especially when you can try to play as for example Ottoman Empire and try to beat your mate who is playing as France. Normal multiplayer battles allow you to play 2vs2, 3vs3 or 4vs4 games with a lot of maps: from classic grassy one to those that need good maneuvers to win. Some people who leave the game might be annoying, especially when it's ranked and you're winning, but in general it's a lot of fun.

Summarizing, Napoleon: Total War is a very good game that has got the things that weren't in Empire and adds some other improvements. If you like Total War series and Napoleonic age, then you're definitely going to love it! :))
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
50.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Very Good Game it is pretty hard to play as france and very easy to play as Britain
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
This game was one my very first Total War experiences. It provided me with hours of fun and enjoyment. Not to mention the excellent modding community behind this already great game (DarthMod,Napoleon Total War 3). It also has a excellent campaign and it provides a almost complete backstory for Napoleon. Though not many people play this game anymore. I would still reccomend it to my friends and to the Steam Community, *I had a disk version of the game outside of Steam before this.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
734.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
Best MP Game I have ever played
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
247.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Very good game, with some highly skilled players.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
318.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Napoleon: Total War was an interesting addition to the Total War series, created in hopes of improving upon the mechanics of Empire: Total War. On it's own, the game is not remarkable at all, but with the right mods, it suddenly becomes one of the best strategy games out there.

NTW obviously takes place in Napoleonic times and features prominently a series of campaigns that mirror Napoleon's wars from the 1790s to 1815. The main campaign of the game is his European war effort from 1805 to 1812, beginning with the War of the Third Coalition and ending around the time Napoleon was trapeezing about the Russian steppes. The campaign, like all Total War campaigns, features elements of economy, infrastructure, and regional control that bring about challenges to building your empire and maintaining control, as well as feeding, paying, and supplying your troops. In addition to this and the usual mess that is diplomacy, NTW features weather prominently, with zones of attrition existing across the map, in places where weather and terrain demoralize men while also killing them off. Spend too long in one of these zones, and you will have no army.

You can also play the parts of Russia, Britain, Prussia, and Austria, in this European campaign. It should be mentioned that without mods, you cannot play any other nation in this or any of the campaigns (which include an Italy-centered campaign and Napoleon's expedition to Egypt. In both of these, you can only play as the French). This totally take away from the fun of ETW, in which you can take any nation that existed at the time and turn it into a dominant power. And, because the game mechanics sevearly tilt the odds in favor of Napoleon (which is both fair and unfair), playing as any of the afore-mentioned powers can be a fruitless struggle in futility and swarms of French soldiers.

The battles themselves are where NTW, as all other Total War games, truly shines. commanding vast armies of a thousand soldiers on the field of battle in real time is exhilarating. NTW did a particularly good job with programming for soldiers (it is a step up from ETW, which is a relief to many), and especially with artillery. Spectaular graphics make the battles all the more incredible, but this has always been a hallmark of the Total War series. And of course, there are some problems with battles in NTW:
-1) You really can just sit there in a defensive starting position while the enemy AI bayonet-charges you. It's like Pickett's charge every ♥♥♥♥ing game.
-2) Shooting mechanics are not accurate for the period. There is no firing by rank, and light infantry, which have the same weapons as normal line infantry, can shoot as far and as acurately as most riflemen.
-3) AI controled soldiers are prone to fire towards you, no matter if there are three units of their own men in front of them. Again, it's not much of a fight.
-4) Battles seperate from campaigns have the added benifit of a complete lack of variety in maps, most of which seem to be geared towards tournament play.

NTW does offer compelling battles, when fought against other players in Multiplayer mode. They even tried to add in multiplayer mode for campaigns, which was a brilliant idea and could have been wonderful but instead is a poorly-programmed piece of ♥♥♥♥.

The only way to have fun while playing a campaign, or to add fun while playing multiplayer, is to use the mod known as DarthMod. There is a DarthMod made by independent sources for every Total War game, and in NTW it is almost essential to have this mod in addition to the game. The mode enhances the sound quality, texture quality (smoke lingers in clouds, and blood splatters when soldiers are shot), melee fighting programming, the number of soldies per unit (from around 160 to about 360!) and most importantly, AI programing. Soldiers now fire by rank, and the AI is a cometent and worth opponent, both in battle and in campaign. Additionally, you unlock every availible nation with DarthMod. I've gone on rampages as Hannover, Portugal, Bavaria, and many more.

In short, if you are looking for a good Total War game, this is probably not the one to get. However, if Empire was your favorite Total War game, or if you prefer guns and cannons to spears and arrows, then get this game and the DarthMod for it.

Without DarthMod, NTW is a 4 out of 10.

With DarthMod, I give Napoleon: Total War an 8 out of 10.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
166.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
The first Total War game I bought and my most favourite as this game has some of the best mods out there like The Great War Mod,Darthmod and Napoleon Total War III.The only slight negative is that the campaign map is a bit small as they could have added the peninsular campaign and and a few more playable grand campaign factions.Also there is great multiplayer as there are great maps and historical units. 10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
188.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 19
Better ship battles in this game than games about ship battles.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
70.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Napoleon Total War is a definite improvement over Empire, however if you are trying this game out right after playing Empire you'll be disappointed. Many players of this game consider it a glorified expansion of the previous game and in many ways it is. However it brings enough new content and gameplay tweaks to be its own game although not enough to justify its release immediately after Empire, Napoleon is pretty much Empire II. Still a great game (8/10), if you’re considering buying this game at this late of time and are new to the series, get Shogun II instead.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I think that Napoleon is a pretty nice step from Empire, even though they are both pretty good. Napoleon includes the ability to liberate nations and set up their protectorates, like Romania, Brittany, and Poland. The system of converting buildings and the nice tech tree are also pluses. Some things I don't like that much are the limits on generals. Also, no religious agents, although given the short campaign time, they would not be able to realistically and significantly convert populations. Finally, one of my favorite features carried over from Empire: national buildings. For example, the Kremlin Armoury in Moscow.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
Four Star Scottish General Kyle Kinnard was killed at the battle of Sardinia, 1806.
His forces, comprimising of only 500 or so Highlanders, tired and worn out after the beach landings a week earlier, were greatly outnumbered and outgunned by superior Sardinian forces led by an unkown general.
General Kinnard had arranged a defensive position similar to his 'semi-hexagonal' formation used at the brave and successful defence in England a year earlier. However, his luck was used up, and, under constant artillery fire and cavalry charges, his men, although fighting valiantly, were in the end routed and cut down. General Kinnard elected to stay in battle. He fought till the last man. He was struck in the shoulder by a musket round and fell off his horse, killing him.

---RIP General Kinard, 1778~1806, we will not forget---
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1,805.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
also my first total war game, realy fun to play as you can see from time playing I have a bit of experience
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
156.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
I would recommend this game as it is a very good game not only for the history nut like me but for those that just want to dominate the world with armys of redcoats, frenchies, austrians, prussians or tsarist russians. This game is mostly historicially correct with a few of the uniforms and other aspects being wrong. All in all a great game.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
201.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Possibly my least fav in the total war series, but can't knock a total war game! really good game overall, very worth the money, as all total war games, must buy, this total war game i give a 8/10
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