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Empire Total War
Developed by: Creative Assembly
Published by: SEGA
Release Date: March 3 2009 Available on: PC 
Genre: Real-time Strategy
ESRB Rating: T for Teen  
Price: $14.95
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Once in a while whenever a historical game comes it can be worth your money and that’s saying a lot for my  review on Empire Total War. Created by the Creative Assembly and endorsed by SEGA, Empire Total War takes you into the colonial era and America’s revolution.  

The gameplay is a real time strategy game where you can control various arrays of soldiers from line infantry, to grenadier companies and cavalry units making the gameplay so memorable and it brings  you  to the edge of your seat making you feel like you’re part of the action.  You can play as any country you wish for the Grand Campaign, or play a scenario where you partake in a specific battle from the time period. There’s even a story mode campaign entitled “Road to Independence” where each episode tells the story of America as a British colony from the 1600s and finally towards the Revolutionary War and America’s final verdict of being freed from British Influence.    

The campaign Road to Independence as I stated earlier tells the story of the Colonization of America by British settlers, specifically the founding of Jamestown,  the French and Indian war with the ups and downs of the British and at last the final conflict between James Wolfe and Montcalm at the Plains of Abraham where it made Canada British, and at last America’s revolution. As for difficulty it can be adjusted to easy or hard as nails so be careful on choosing your difficulty; unfortunately you can't change it mid through the battle you have to do it before you start the conflict saves the player a bit of trouble.

Empire Total War
Highlights:

Strong Points: Good gameplay; top notch music and excellent storytelling in the story campaign. 
Weak Points: Minor glitches;  camera pans sometimes on its own; online players can be trolls or cheap. 
Moral Warnings: Violence; Eastern relgions and/or Native American religions. 

There is voice acting and narration. For example in the grand campaign you have a woman telling you on how to manage your income, try to satisfy the populace and managing your troops, basically it's like a giant interactive game of Risk the boardgame.  Narrating in the road to independence campaign is top notch with George Washington telling his account in the French and Indian war to finally becoming General in the Colonial army during the American Revolutionary War. 

   There have been some difficulty in Road to Independence for instance when I tried to get to Episode 3 of the  story it froze my computer I did try a few more times but gave up; but it’s a minor nitpick. In the options you can adjust your screen settings, sound and so on. 

The background music is  out of this world. One of the pieces called Bunker Hill keeps you at the edge of your seat and it builds suspense and makes you think “When will it end?” 

Empire Total War
Score Breakdown:
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)

Game Score - 90%
Gameplay - 18/20
Graphics - 8/10
Sound - 10/10
Stability - 4/5
Controls - 5/5

Morality Score - 82%
Violence - 5/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 6/10

As for graphics they are detailed and well done it’s pretty polished for a PC game and the soldiers are detailed even though they’re the same  meaning they have the same facial expression and face but that's just a minor nitpick.   For multiplayer you can play battles online against your friends not only on land but on sea as well. 

Another game mode is Siege mode where the player or computer takes the fort as its headquarters and it’s up to the player or computer to take the fort or hold off the invader which by the way is an excellent mode to play and it helps get you into the feel of the game. 

Morally speaking this game is safe to play although it doesn’t have nudity or language in the game.  It does however have  violence since it is a war game you got to expect to lose some soldiers in the process fortunately there’s no blood so when the soldiers are shot they fall over.   

 The game is a great way to introduce you to history specifically American history  and it might fill in the blanks that you missed if you were snoozing during history class in school; bottom line buy this game it’s worth your time and your money and trust me on this you won’t be disappointed.

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