Posted: April 16
First I want to start with some baselines.
I haven't done 5.0 hours like steam has recorded, that is a load of b******t. In fact I've done about 40 offline and get this game fairly well.
Empire: Total War is much like it's previous games, start with a small empire, conquer land and build a mighty empire. Now I put it out there that Empire does have it's flaws, I am unable to play it now thanks to my current graphics card and ATi Catalyst Control Centre (beware ATi card owners), however I enjoyed this greatly. It builds upon what was last seen in Medieval 2 removing but mainly adding many great features such as sea warfare. The graphics are also greatly improved and suprisingly need a pretty decent PC compared to it's time (hint 2011 gaming PC) to run at maximum graphics which is fine.
The grand campaign oh how's it's improved for the better. You now can manage your government, research new tech and ultimately do quite a bit more with what is done in your empire. However some things have been dumbed down a little. Cities have less buildings and are a bit less interesting when it comes to benefits of having them. Other aspects have improved though over predeccesors.
The battles, what Total War is also renowned for has improved, adding sea battles which are mind blowing how detailed they are. Empire has done well with the land battles too, adding cover systems, buildings to hide your troops in and many great details that improve ways that battles are fought.
Now on a less positive note, as noted before, this is glitchy, has problems with ATi cards and can have random stutters and crashes. Nevertheless these are completely random and could just be for random PC's. However beware and be prepared for such issues. This is graphically a masterpiece and ultimately a game that will always provide enjoyments for hours to come.
- Revamps battles and add sea battles.
- Upgraded the campaign with new features.
- Incredible graphics.
- Bugs and Glitches, random crashes.
- ATi card issues.
8/10 Gracious considering my issues with my graphics card otherwise would rate 9/10.