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Napoleon Total War Limited Edition - PC

by Sega
Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP
Rated: Teen
3.2 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews
Metascore: 81 / 100

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  • Completely separate from Empire: Total War, Napoleon immerses players in a concentrated, gripping wartime experience with exciting battles, memorable characters and Total War's award winning signature mix
  • Players can alter the course of history in objective-based missions across Europe. How they manage their troops across both land and sea can change the outcome of the war
  • For the first time, two players battle head-to-head online utilizing three new main campaign maps. A new avatar system, achievements, gameplay bonuses, uniform customization and voice communications enhance the multiplayer experience
  • 15 exclusive in-game units with Napoleon Total War-The "Elite Regiment" is a collection of five of the most Elite Forces of the Napoleonic Wars, from all the major European factions.
  • The "Heroes of the Napoleonic Wars" is a 10 unit pack that gathers the most superb infantry and cavalrymen who fought during the great Napoleonic battles. Includes line infantry and calvary units from Prussia, Austria, France, Russia and Great Britain
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Platform: PC | Edition: Limited

Napoleon: Total War is the newest chapter in the critically acclaimed Total War series from The Creative Assembly. In a vividly detailed, war-torn world, players assume the role of Napoleon during his extraordinary rise to power or play as his enemies in an attempt to rewrite history. This epic RTS adventure follows Napoleon’s devastating path of conquest and victory through nearly two decades of warfare from the early Italian campaign to the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon: Total War also marks the single biggest innovation in the history of the franchise with an integrated multiplayer campaign that allows two players to fight for control of the campaign map and the fate of Europe.

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Platform: PC | Edition: Limited
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  • ASIN: B002RD6MV4
  • Item Weight: 4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,776 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Platform for Display: PCEdition: Limited
I am a big Empire: Total War (hereinafter referred to as ETW) fan, and a few months ago, was wondering whether to get Napoleon: Total War (NTW). $39.99 for an "expansion pack" seemed rather exorbitant. However, since I am a huge fan of Napoleonic history (I read David Chandler's "Campaigns of Napoleon" front to back) I decided to take the plunge and pre-order off of Steam.

I would also like to address the oft discussed topic of Steam. This review will NOT solely discuss the criticisms of Steam; if you want to do that, start a topic in Amazon's discussion forums. This is a review of the game itself, not of the distribution system. That being said, I would like to add that I'm not sure why there is such furor over Steam. I've used it for the past four years, and never had a problem with it. Anyone who's played Counter-Strike, the Half-Life series, or Day of Defeat Source will agree that Steam is a very convenient content distribution system. I prefer not having to physically store my game CDs; Steam is a popular system, and I don't see Valve suddenly folding up shop over the foreseeable future.

Back to the review, installation from Steam took a few hours and 20 GB to download. The game requires Steam, so even if you purchase the physical DVDs from Amazon, Steam will be required for activation. Happily, the game is rock solid so far, no crashes of any kind. For comparison, here are my system specs:

Core i7 920
4 GB Ram
Single Nvidia GTX 260, Core 216

I'm running all settings on ultra, with the exception of a few token details. HDR is turned off, because frankly, I never liked the look and it unnecessarily burdens my system.
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Well I can't help it, that's exactly how to describe this game.

It's a stand-alone, meaning you don't need Empire Total War to play it.

However, if it weren't for Empire Total War's greater scope, in terms of a 200 turn campaign, more playable nations, and larger maps and starting in 1700, this could possibly replace Empire Total War.

Aesthetically, this game is beautiful. The battle map UI has been changed dramatically from the standard RTW/M2TW/ETW standard to something different, with the map on the upper-right hand corner. But the units have gone back to the Medieval II Total War system of randomizing them, so rather than the identical clones of ETW, people have a wide variety of faces, complete with distinct features, mustaches, beards, etcetera, uniforms vary differently. At one point, I saw a man dressed in red alongside my Napoleon Bonaparte unit, and thought HE was Napoleon, so I understandably freaked out when he died in the first artillery barrage. He was the ONLY guy dressed in red, too.

Reflecting the technology of the age, muskets have greater range, and shoot slightly faster. What I thought a rather odd change was that the UI cards (as in, the little pictures of the soldiers on the maps when you select them that show you what they look like and how many of them there are) are changed in style, in a way that is less like a pre-rendered CG creation, and more an actual in-game representation, all uniformly standing forward, which makes them look rather like childrens' toys.

Perhaps this is good, but generals now have actual historical portraits for their UIs.
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I have been a fan and purchaser of the Total War series of games since they were first released.
Napoleon Total War is the best, bar none.

It is hands down the best historical strategy game I have ever played and I have played them all.

I cut my teeth on the old map and counter board games, graduated to computer games first on the Apple Macintosh MkI. Then to an IBM Clone 486 with a whopping 1 meg of memory.

Those are my bonifides. If you are a first person shooter fan, read no further.
If you like the mindless produce them as fast as you can type of "strategy" games go get a coke or latte'.

We are talking strategy game here. You gotta run an economy, build an army, maintain political relations, and a viable trade network to achieve your goals. Fail one and you fail completely.
No money means no army.

This all sounds familiar if you know the series. But what I never had much passion for is online gaming.

What they have brought to the table with NTW is the game drop in concept. If you are playing a campaign game and you have it set to allow it, an anomymous or not so anomymous gamer can drop into your othewise private campaign and play the part of an opposing general, replacing the AI opponent for just that one battle. This is way cool. One con to balance the pro. Some pantie waist, egg shell egoed little twits will drop into your game and instead of being men, when the going gets tough, drop out of the game, tanking the recent battle. You will have to refight it. I have encountered more than a few momma's boys who suffer from too much self esteem building in grade school to take a good ass whipping in game land. Poor diaper wearers. I fear for their future in the real world.
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