|Empire: Total War|
Empire: Total War was the seventh main installment in the Total War franchise. It was released on Windows in 2009 and Mac OSX in 2012. The game is set in the 1700s.
As with the other entries into the series, the game is divided into two distinct parts: the campaign map, an overview of the world where the player run their selected faction, including building projects, recruitment, and directing troop movements. The battle map is where most combat takes place -- multiple players, or players and AI, take control over armies involved in the fight.
The Main Campaign of Empire: Total War has 4 parts. There is also a Grand Campaign option that allows you to play as a country of your choice.
Part 1 is the landing and settling of the Jamestown Colonists. As the colonists, you fight the Powhatan Nation to establish safety for Jamestown.
Part 2 is the French and Indian War. You play as the Thirteen Colonies. Your goal is to take Montreal and Quebec. Once that is done, part 3 is over.
Part 3 is the American Revolution. You play as the American Patriots. You start at the Battle of Bunker Hill. You have 1 province, New England, and you must liberate all of the 13 colonies, from Maine to Georgia.
In part 4, you take control of the newly established country, the United States. You start in the year 1783. Once you complete the campaign objectives, you complete the main campaign and you unlock the United States as a nation to play in the Grand Campaign.
- Great Britian
- Ottoman Empire
- United Provinces
- Maratha Confederacy
- Mughal Empire (not playable)
- United States (must complete Main Campaign first)
- Barbary States
- Cherokee Nations (playable in the Warpath expansion)
- Crimean Khanate
- Huron-Wyandot (playable in the Warpath expansion)
- Inuit Nations
- Iroqouis Confederacy (playable in the Warpath expansion)
- Italian States
- Knights of Saint John
- Plains Nations (playable in the Warpath expansion)
- Pueblo Nations (playable in the Warpath expansion)
- Gran Columbia
- Naples & Sicily
- United States
Battles are very different in Empire: Total War compared to other TW games, due to the addition of firearms and also that artillery has unlimited ammo. Units have range and reloading abilities, the former was included with archers in previous games, but the latter is brand new. This, combined with the new technology tree make the game very different from older titles in the franchise.
- Empire: Total War - Elite Units of America: Adds several elite units to factions in America.
- Empire: Total War - Elite Units of the West: Adds several elite units to factions in western Europe.
- Empire: Total War - Elite Units of the East: Adds several elite units to factions in eastern Europe, Africa, and India.
- Empire: Total War - Special Forces Units & Bonus Content: Adds Special Forces units to several factions, along with 3 other units.
- Empire: Total War - The Warpath Campaign: Adds all Native American factions for play, with the objective of fighting back against European invaders.
Empire: Total War recieved strongly positive reviews, with an 88 from GameRankings and a 90 on Metacritic. However, some reviewers noted inconsistent behaviour with the campaign artificial intelligence, with the AI being inconsistant and making illogical choices throughout the game.
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