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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard
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  • ASIN: B0047DX45O
  • Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)
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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard

From the Manufacturer

    • Take command on the high seas. New real-time 3D naval warfare takes Total War's unparalleled battle action to the high seas, with players commanding single ships or vast fleets.
    • Become a founding father. Starting in 1700 - The era of warfare across oceans, revolution and the founding of the United States.
    • Brand new multiplayer component includes player rankings, leagues and ladders, and completely new gameplay modes.
    • All new graphics engine and technology features staggering real-time seascapes, new advanced landscape and flora systems, and dynamic weather.
  • Command the seas, control the land, forge a new nation, and conquer the globe. Empire: Total War takes the Total War franchise to the eighteenth century Age of Enlightenment - a time of political upheaval, military advancements, and radical thought, captured in stunning detail in Empire: Total War.

    Empire: Total War introduces a host of revolutionary new features, including true 3D naval combat. For the first time in the Total War series, you will be able to intuitively command single ships or vast fleets upon seascapes rich with extraordinary water and weather effects that play a huge role in your eventual glorious success or ignominious defeat. After pummelling your enemy with cannon fire, close in to grapple their ship and prepare to board, taking control of your men as they fight hand-to-hand on the decks of these wooden behemoths.

    In addition, Empire: Total War will see further enhancements to the Total War series' signature 3D battles and turn-based campaign map. Real-time battles will pose new challenges with the addition of cannon and musket, challenging players to master new formations and tactics as a result of the increasing role of gunpowder within warfare. And the Campaign Map - for many, the heart of Total War - introduces a variety of new and upgraded elements, including new systems for Trade, Diplomacy and Espionage with agents; a refined and streamlined UI; improved Advisors; and a vastly extended scope, taking in the riches of India, the turbulence of Europe and, for the first time, the untapped potential of the United States of America.

    System Requirements
      Minimum Specifications:
    OS: Windows XP / Windows Vista
    Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Pentium or greater, AMD Athlon equivalent
    RAM: 1 GB (XP) / 2 GB (Vista)
    Hard Drive: 15 GB
    Video Card: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible (shader 2.0)
    Additional Info: Unknown
Empire: Total War
Empire: Total War
Empire: Total War

Additional Requirements
Steam account required for installation and online play.

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479 of 536 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Empire: Total War = EPIC FAIL March 16, 2009
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
(For the most recent comments see the updates)
Let me begin by pointing out that I am a HUGE fan of the Total War series. I started with Rome, continued with the Barbarian Invasion, segueyed into Medieval II and the subsequent Kingdoms expansion. Needless to say, I was eagerly anticipating this game. I even bought a top of the line Mach V rig with all the bells and whistles and a 30in monitor to take in the beauty of it all. My machine has no problem handing the graphics settings on Ultra and I can tell you that visually, this game has the potential to be stunning (provided your computer is up to the task).

Now the negative. The game comes with Steam software which introduces its own complications to the process of enjoying ones game. Granted that the auto-patching feature is pretty sweet, but almost everything else about this system is not (See other reviews here for more details). But thats not even the meat of my beef.

Creative Assembly (CA) released this much anticipated game KNOWING that it was a beta version. After reading countless posts on various message boards, it is more than apparent that this game was not ready for release but for some reason they went ahead with it anyway. This in effect made everyone who bought it an unwitting beta tester (with all the frustrations and none of the salary). As I see it, Creative Assembly has spent all of its credibility capital from the prior installments on this piss-poor shell of a game. Thats not fair, it is 90% of a game but that missing 10% makes it unplayable (frequent crashes to desktop, white screens of death, and corrupted save files are the major issues with a few minor issues sprinkled in for good measure).
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By Skeptic
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
February 7, 2010 UPDATE: Darth Mod is soon to be 6.9 or 7.0 version and I can freely say that ETW should have been Vanilla 1.6 + Darth 6.9 at release. Again to re-affirm my opinion: now that the game can be had for a bargain, I believe it is one of the best RTS/Turn based hybrids ever to exist. We will see how Shogun 2 will do ;-)

April 9, 2010 UPDATE: Great day for ETW community. CA has released 1.6 patch which fixes most of Battle AI problems like instant melee charge, inability to form battle line or constant priority switching. I tested several campaign battles and AI behaves much more sensible and presents nice challenge on Hard/Very Hard settings.

February 17, 2009 UPDATE: With Napoleon Total War release five days away, community learned couple of sad news about new game:
a) It will not integrate with ETW, so any fixes to engine and AI will not apply to ETW.
b) There will be no mod tools. Modders might get some supporting documentation, but CA confirmed that game design will remain closed.
c) Theatre is limited to Europe (no Mid-East and North Africa).

OK, I'm late with my review, that no one will probably read. Oh, well...

Empire Total War (ETW), the game we love to hate. To summarize my review - I recommend this game to anyone, go ahead and buy it, download one of the free mods I mention below and enjoy hours and hours of fun gameplay. Let me begin by saying that I tried going back to Medieval II Kingdoms after all 1.0, 1.2, 1.3 mess and I got bored instantly.
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66 of 80 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why? April 18, 2009
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I started with TotalWar back with Shogun, did Medevil 1, Rome, and the new Medevil. I look forward to the new TotalWar Game every few years and I always buy a new computer at that time just to play the game. I did this for Shogun, Rome and recently for Medevil. This should tell you that I am a rabid fan.

I have been looking forward to Empire TotalWar for a few years. As much or more than I was waiting for Rome. BUT..........I hate to say this, and I can't believe I am going to write this, DO NOT BUY this game!!!!!!!!!!!

It is terrible. The worst part is, I do not have internet except at work. I do not want it at home. But if you do not have internet, you cannot play this game! You cannot even start the game. I like TotalWar game as I can take it with me anywhere, and play it on my laptop at my leisure. On a plane, train, or other. To download the damn game took me 9 hours!

Creative Assembly what the heck is wrong with you? Do not realize that a large portion of your audience is not the online gaming type? Many of us are old fashioned wargammer types that just want to buy the game and never see you again? I am 39 and not at all unfamiliar with technology but this is terrible.

The next issue....the bugs! The AI is terrible! How hard is it to beat an opponent that shoots its cannons into the backs of its own troops, or in a seige fires cannons to knock down its own walls? The thing that makes a game boring is when it is easy to win.

Creative Assembly, I am sad to say, but my 6+ year relationship, and automatic loyalty with you, to where I would buy every new TW game you release has now ended. It is sad, as I was hoping you would follow up this effort with a TW based on the Victorian Age. But I have no confidence you can pull off any new endeavors and that I won't have wasted $[...] on a game that will not work.

What is wrong with you? How can you destroy such a loyal fan base?

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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not that fun
Published 1 day ago by Zachary
5.0 out of 5 stars The War Continues
Empire Total War (ETW) takes place during the 1700s in the time of muskets, cannons, and ships of the high seas. Read more
Published 2 days ago by JH
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME! I love it
AWESOME! I love it, it came new, the only problem was that it took me a lot of time to download it that I nearly throw it to the trash but after a lot of research in the web... Read more
Published 4 days ago by CARLOS POSADAS
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 7 days ago by Machaon shoemaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Game
Published 11 days ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game and another great installment of the total war ...
Great game and another great installment of the total war franchise. Granted the AI can be a bit stupid sometimes but it's still great fun. No problems with the download. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Samuel
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Published 13 days ago by Lee Campbell
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Awesome if you can get it to work. Mine worked for like a week and the. Randomly stopped.
Published 20 days ago by Nave
1.0 out of 5 stars Lost a customer for life, CA
As a TW fan since Rome, a friend gifted me this game years ago and I finally broke down and slogged through the horse**** that is dealing with Steam. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Conquer the world!
A great game. Dated by now since Rome 2 came out, but this was the next generation of innovation. I could play tthis for days on end without tiring. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Majetich
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