Empire: Total War
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  • Aside from the graphics and level of detail, the best feature is the combat and how you control your units
  • The turn based strategy aspect of the game is definitely not as fun or intense, but fighting to gain that new territory or defeat that dreaded enemy that is pushing along your borders can be really fulfilling

    • by misterx
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      Empire: Total War is one of the greatest real time strategy games to be released to date. It is actually not only a real time strategy, that is just the combat, but also a turn based strategy between battles. It takes place from around 1700 to 1800.

      I’d like to start by saying the graphics in this game are absolutely unbelievable. It is seen from far above, but as you look down on your soldiers in the midst of battle, the detail is incredible. You can see smoke flying out of their guns, each soldier has a unique reload form that looks different. And they always look different when they get shot or die. The hand to hand combat is also a beauty to watch. You could swear you are watching a real battle from above, as they attempt to bayonet or beat their opponent to death. The cavalry has the same


      feeling. As you command your cavalry to charge into a group of enemy, the presentation as they do so is so great you could swear you are observing an actual battle as this takes place. Although the graphics are fantastic, to run them at such a beautiful level does require quite a fine machine, though.

      Aside from the graphics and level of detail, the best feature is the combat and how you control your units. Your basic layout for a battle is a group of line infantry(your basic gun units), a general(raises moral of your units), your artillery(canons etc.), and your cavalry(smashes and flanks the enemy at high speeds). The use of all of these units to counter your enemy can be difficult. A good player would be able to beat his enemy even if very outnumbered by simply playing to their opponents weaknesses, if their opponent does not respond quickly enough.


      • I’m not going to go into to much detail, the basics of battle include getting the higher ground or cover, maintaining that ground, flanking your enemy, and killing their general. The combat in this game is supposed to be as realistic as possible, and it really is. If you largely outnumber your enemy simply by advancing on them very quickly or eliminating their general, can lower their morale, and cause them to flee, which is your victory. There are quite a few strategies that can be used to defeat your enemy, and an even larger number of units, I just covered the basics above, but I will leave it to you to discover how those function.

        If you do the grand campaign, which is the way the game is meant to be played, you have to manage more than what is just in combat. This is the turn based strategy. You have

        a capitol for your country and are able to adjust taxes, upgrade your economic things that make you money, and attack enemy cities to expand your empire. The turn based strategy aspect of the game is definitely not as fun or intense, but fighting to gain that new territory or defeat that dreaded enemy that is pushing along your borders can be really fulfilling. It also adds meaning to your battles. Your goal is to make money and basically capture as much territory as you possibly can.

        I loved this game and all of its aspects, especially the combat, and thought it was definitely worth the cash. Even after you finish the main campaign you are able to battle others online to, so this game definitely won’t bore you quickly either. I’d say give it a shot, or youtube it to check out what the gameplay really looks like if you are hesitant.




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