Any game review site that gave above a 75 for Empire: Total War must have been paid by Sega. I’m questioning if the game was even made by the same developer as the priors in the series, or just farmed out to Indians. While the game has promise, it’s unplayable due to bugs and horrible AI. The AI was never meaningfully updated from the prior games, which didn’t have guns, barricades, or cannons on walls. So a large part of the time your units are just standing around, trying to get into formation, while being shot in the meantime. The cannons on walls are almost never used. Your calvary just run right into barricades through normal speed movement. And the AI is way worse than in prior games. I can easily win with a 6-1 or 8-1 kill ratio just because 1/4 of the AI force is just standing around rather than attacking, or stuck walking up the ramps for the walls.

The performance is also bad. On my top-of-the-line system with dual 280’s I still can’t run at even medium settings without chugging.

Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 based on 281 user reviews.

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