Having purchased this game in the glorious year of 2010, it marked my true entry into the world of PC Gaming. And for that, I thank Napoleon: Total War.
It was early in 2010, and a friend of mine had brought a Game Informer Magazine into school one day, we were in 8th Grade at the time. I was flipping through it in our Computer Class, when I noticed "Napoleon: Total War" in there. I had never heard of Total War before, but I sure knew I wanted it as I was in a bit of a Napoleon craze at the time. Of course, my teacher noticed me not paying attention on how to type with the home row keys (77 WPM without it, suck on that Home Row!) and took the magazine away from me. I swore on that moment to buy Napoleon: Total War, and to play the living hell out of it.
And I did. I bought it on Friday, August 27th. The day I joined Steam. Got home from Target with my brand new copy of N:TW and a twinkle in my eye. "What the hell is this Steam stuff?". So I spent the night getting Steam set up. Then came the instiliation. It wanted to download it, but I was getting roughly 30KB/S at the time, and that would take a long, long time. So I went to sleep frustrated. The next day I learned how to install with the disks. A useful tip. Then came the patches.
Most of Saturday, and for the morning of Sunday I waited for the patches to finish installing. They finally did. I hopped into the computer chair with glee, the moment had finally arrived. *Click* and I hit the "Play" button on Steam for the very first time.
I still remember that music in the intro, and the intro itself "My enemies are many, my equals are none". The main menu appeared before my eyes, was I really playing this? I hit custom battle - I don't remember my army composition but I was just escatic I finally got to play it. I only got to play that battle though, I had to go to my youngest brother's Football game. For the rest of my Freshman year, it was nearly all I played. Day in, and day out I was commanding armies. I didn't even have an exceptional computer. It was still like a dream come true for me.
That my friends, is just the beginning.
Napoleon: Total War is the 6th main entry in the Total War series of Turn Based Strategy and Real Time Tactics game. It takes us back to a simpler time, when the French were ruled by an Emperorer. Having the experience of the failures of Empire: Total War under thier belt, CA was able to fix many of the issues that plagued Empire. It feels much more coherent and fluid. It's a better game, with the exception of the scope to some.
The map, unlike Empire: Total War, is limited to Europe for the Coloalition Campaigns, and a few smaller maps for Napoleon's Campaigns. For some, this loss of scale is a detriment. To me, it's a plus. The campaigns feel tighter and more worthwhile, and less daunting.
The game's score is wonderful, and takes you back to the time period. With memorable pieces, you'll be sure to remember some of these tunes for time to come. It is truly a highpoint for the score of Total War.
The units are well done, and represent the uniforms of the period accurately and beautifully, The graphics, especially for 2010 are great, and have a nice feel to them.
The game is also extrememly moddable, and there are many mods for many tastes. From small mini mods, to large overhauls like The Great War mod, you'll never be bored with the game.
Overall, I give Napoleon: Total War a 10/10. It truly introduced me to the world of PC gaming, and is a real highlight in the Total War Catalouge. It is by far my favorite Total War game, and one of my favorite games that I have played.