It is a time of war in Europe. Driven by new ideas of Enlightenment, the hearts of men and women across the continent are inflamed with dreams of freedom and glory. Antagonism between the Empires is at an all time high and war seems inevitable. Millions of men prepare for battle, while the finest strategists draw up their plans for the domination of Europe. This is the moment for a military genius to forge himself a name to be remembered throughout all eternity. This is your moment.
Negotiate, trade, innovate, dictate - do whatever it takes to build your empire.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Violence. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2009-09-30 05:12:54 bydarth_careful:
It's interesting to see a previous reviewer saying that if you have Empire:TW, you needn't trouble yourself with IG. I agree totally. Well said, that man.
But, while Imperial Glory looks, feels and plays like a Total War game, it's a subtly different beast. It was released just after Rome: Total War, so hardly anyone played it. And that's a shame, because the game has a ton ofread more neat features.
First off: the campaign map is simply gorgeous. It might sound like a minor point, but it conjours up a rich atmosphere: think of generals sitting in leather chairs, poring over campaign maps in a dusty study. Since you see this screen a lot, this matters. And it feels just right.
The gameplay has some nice innovations, too. The strategic game has a reasonable research tree and some wonderful diplomatic options, while the RTS phase introduced naval battles years before Creative Assembly got it right.
So far, so Empire. Where the game differs is that it's much easier. As a merely average gamer, I found that the initial tactical map decisions were agonisingly tense, and that the whole campaign was perched on a knife edge. This was a Good Thing. The tension lasted until for about two-thirds of the game, when things became a bit of a mopping-up exercise. There are also restrictions on the number of troops that can be stacked in a territory, RTS battles that are slightly-too-easy, and naval battles that are hard as nails. These things are Not So Good.
Put simply, the AI just doesn't have the ruthless edge that the TW games exhibit; your bad decisions are rarely punished, and the game is much less hardcore as a result. So, if Empire is Total War, IG is probably only about 96% War.
It's a great game, nontheless. If you don't have Empire, or you just fancy a historical wargame which is beautiful, accessible and playable, I'd urge you to give it a go.
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Posted on 2009-10-30 22:28:00 byMasterCowz:
I have read other reviews for this game, and that is what lead me to purchase it.
First look: When I first looked into it by screenshots and gameplay videos. I saw it as risk, but instead of dice, you control the battles. I like Risk, but did not care to have another game like it from one difference. Yet the reviews made me curious.
During: When I downloaded the game, installed,read more and played, I enjoyed how easy it was to start a game. I choose England and took a moment to explore the game, and was quite impressed. The strategy is up to your chest in detail. I loved the research tree and the unit creation. The combat is top notch! It really made me thing about strategy and how I had to play out the battle to win. Diplomacy was the topping to the best cake I have had in a long time. It was clear this was not a knock off from Risk, but it's own creation!
Aftermath: Well I saved the game and exited to write this review, can't wait to go back and play some more!
This site has impressed me so much, easy payment, quick download, and fun games.
What else could you ask for?
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Posted on 2009-10-31 20:49:28 byZilken:
I enjoy this game greatly, and I don't think that one can compare it to Empire:Total War, as it was released before ETW was. For what it is, it tends to take from the previous Total War games, but they take the aspects in the right way. I don't find this to be an exact knock-off of those titles, but a stand by on its own.
The graphics are well done for a 2005 RTS, and Iread more find the environments very nice to look at. I love the campaign screen, which would be the 'game board' type screen. I think it works beatifully and it adds a nice touch to the game, being that you spend most of your time there as it is. The sound isn't the best, but it still sounds good for what it is. There can be hundreds of people on screen at once and this title can run on almost every computer out there, with great FPS and replayability.
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