Every real time strategy fan knows the Total War franchise. The latest name from this franchise, Empire: Total War takes the player into 17th-18th century warfare with complex battles on the ground and seas. The player will have full control over economical, cultural and expanding options. In the same time, he will control vast ground armies and powerful fleets over the seas. The camera can be moved in any possible way using either the keyboard or mouse and the command interface is clean and easy to use and understand (even for new comers). A nice point to start from for new players is the "Road to Independence" campaign. This campaign follows the historical events that leaded to the US Independence, beginning with the settlement of Jamestown. The most important thing here is to possibilit
y for new players to practice their managerial and colonial skills. He can learn the basic principles of taxes (which can bring some important sums of money) and he will have the chance to stop some rebellions inside his settlements. In this campaign you will learn how to build and upgrade various constructions and how to recruit your army. The "Road to Independence" campaign will offer plenty of chances to practice your leadership skills in battle (ground and naval battles). Basically, this entire campaign is a massive Tutorial well designed and implemented into game.
The most important part from Empire: Total War is the main game mode where players can choose a major power (18th century) in order to conquer and colonize distant places. Here, you will understand that brute force is not everything and sometimes you need to "backstab" your allies in order to succeed. The academy is full with technologies that are waiting to be researched, technologies that will offer you the advantage over your enemies. Use your alliances wisely and you will gain some excellent invading positions or strategic zones.
Empire: Total War is a turn based strategy and you will want to do as much as possible in every turn. However, some financial restriction may be an impediment (at least during the early phases of the game) and the player may be forced to wait several turns for financial income. Each national campaign has different objectives and levels of difficulty and that is giving large replay ability for Empire: Total War.
The sound in Empire: Total War is amazing. The music is well chosen and in perfect harmony with the game atmosphere. Sound effects are also very good, from cannons firing up to water sounds. Graphical details are outstanding (especially the water) with and extremely high mobility of the camera.
Empire Total War is not perfect but it brings everything that we would want from an turn based strategy game.