Excerpt: How do you review a giant like Empire: Total War? Not only does the downloadable version take a good 15GB from your download limit, but also your PC or laptop will groan from the content, violence and graphical beauty.
Conclusion: So much of the strategy genre is concentrated. These compressed titles are no bad thing, offering you a refined sense of distilled gameplay. Empire operates on a different scale, and with its enormity comes a roughness.
Excerpt: Preconception is probably the greatest enemy a game designer has to defeat. When a game series becomes a 'franchise' and has reached its third or fourth iteration, people's expectations and preconceptions are always going to edge towards the principle of diminishing returns.
Excerpt: If advertising execs, cinema managers, a selection of ex-girlfriends and Russia frequently remind me, bigger is better. Why have a 9″ pizza when instead you can opt for the version with enough cheese to keep the mouse trap industry alive for the next twelve and a half decades?
Excerpt: The Good: Total War formula still strong. Colonial era setting engrossing. Naval battles are exciting. The Bad: If you play diligently six hours a day, every day, you might complete your first game in two weeks. Micromanagement is on the menu and it’s served piping hot. The Ugly: Nothing.
An RTS with Exceptional Depth and Historical Accuracy
22 September 2009
Conclusion: Concept: Conquer the 18th century by land, sea, and trade
Graphics: New animations make the epic battles between thousands of soldiers a blast to watch
Sound: Nothing is more rewarding than hearing the hull of a frigate ripped to splinters by a cannonball
Playability: Streamlined management frees...
Summary: Parents need to know that this game is the latest in a series of Total War games. The game features two types of gameplay, a turn-based section where diplomacy, resource allocation, and army building rule – and a real time battle mode for both land and sea battles.Some battle violence is shown...