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11 years ago

Empire: Total War, An Interview

Not all empires are built in intergalactic space, you know. Some are built in history, and that's the subject of this latest interview: matters pertaining to the latest strategic behemoth from the British studio, Creative Assembly. We chart some of the major differences between this and previous games, with particular attention paid to the turn-based campaign map and the radical changes brought about by the…

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Empire: Total War: Land Battles Trailer

Oh boy, this is the big one for strategy types. The land battles trailer for Empire: Total War shows those 18th century musketeers in action, with the ultra-detailed new battle maps that allow proper use of terrain, and of buildings. The game is coming up in February 2009 and I'm already writing off most of the month's potential productivity... We should have more detailed info…

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12 years ago

Games for 2008: Empire: Total War

Creative Assembly's Total War strategy series seemed like an anomaly when Shogun turned up in the summer of 2000, but now it seems like one of the defining PC games. While the previous generations have focused on ancient or Medieval battlefield combat, with a touch of castle-cribbing, Empire is set to deliver something a little more modern: the European Wars that centered on Imperial France…

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Eurogamer: Total War Kingdoms

Following on from Jim's review, Eurogamer have published my piece on Total War Kingdoms. Which mainly exists as a glorified referral post to my previous first-impressions piece which almost warped into a full review. To avoid repeating myself, I wander into increasingly esoteric terrain. For example... This is kind of one of the problems running through Total War games. You don't really get to change…

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Kingdoms Review On PC Gamer

PC Gamer UK have posted up my review of Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms. I say things like this: These four campaigns represent a gigantic amount of new material. It's all presented brilliantly - new animations and cinematics for each of them, and a unique front end and rack of options. This feels like four expansion packs rather than one muscular bundle. The smaller changes…

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The Five Napoleons

Empire: Total War enthusiasm is totally understandable, but also horribly plebeian. If you really want to stand out during a forum discussion/pub chat/job interview/speed-dating event, try enthusing about one of the other Napoleonic strategy games currently in production... HistWar: Les Grognards If lone French developer Jean-Michel Mathé ever gets around to finishing this groundbreaking tactical wargame then it should make ETW look Fisher Price in…

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Imperial Glory

Surprise! Well, not really - though Medieval II: Total War was yer bona fide critical and commercial smash hit, most of the flak it did take was for being too similar to its forerunners and being a bit crap at boats. The smart money, then, was on the next Total War including fully-realised naval combat and gunpowder. And it does - Empire: Total War is…

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Getting Medieval

I meant to post this before I jetted off to the US for a while. It's a report on my initial impressions of Medieval: Total War - Kingdoms, which may be of interest to humans. I'll confess that I didn't actually give the original game as much of my attention as I'd have liked. I wasn't commissioned to review it, so couldn't give it any…

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