Posted: June 26
Empire: Total War is a rather fun combination of real-time tactics and turn-based strategy. Overall the Fifth game of the Total War series, this was the first Total War game I have played, and I enjoyed it a great deal. I started off with the tutorial, which covers both ground unit real-time tactics, and naval warfare. Following this fast-paced, easy to use tutorial, I began playing from the Settlement of Jamestown. The learning curve was very easy with this game, and it was surprisingly fun for a turn-based game. Normally, I don't find these types of games enjoyable, but there was something about Empire: Total War that had me wanting to keep playing.
Historical challenges are available, including several notable historic battles, The Battle of Brandywine Creek, Fontenoy, and so on. Conquest is the ultimate objective of the game and this can be done using not only military units, but Exploration, Trade, Politics, and founding other colonies. You have the option of playing almost a dozen different main factions. Campaigns allow you to play through American colonisation such as Establishing the colony of Jamestown, to the French and Indian conflict, and even the War for American Independence.
I really enjoyed the historical aspect of this game, and also how it is part turn-based and part real-time strategy. I think Empire: Total War does a good job of weaving the two separate game styles together into a seamless whole. I think based off my enjoyment of this game, I may enjoy some of the other Total War titles as well.