War. War never changes.
But the time period does!
NAPOLEON: TOTAL WAR
Welcome to The Napoleonic Era
, a time when men weren't afraid to get slaughtered en masse just for kicks!
Napoleon: Total War
is the newest entry in the Total War series. Total War combines turn-based strategy on a large campaign map (similar to Civilization) with epic, real-time army battles between huge groups of people.
This is the Campaign Map.
This is a battle.
Napoleon: Total War adds new stuff to the familiar Total War formula, like drop-in multiplayer battles for fights from your single-player campaign, famous historical generals (some of whom wear top-hats), a small, more focused single-player campaign where you play as Napoleon, and despair for the people who wonder why Empire: Total War doesn't get all this cool stuff.
And there are naval battles!
Pew pew pew
Napoleon: Total War is available on Steam
. You can also buy the Imperial Edition which comes with 10 extra units to use in single player or multiplayer. If you're dumb.
EMPIRE: TOTAL WAR
Empire: Total War is basically Napoleon minus a lot of the character, plus a larger world map, minus a lot of gameplay changes, plus some bugs, minus some bugs, minus some cool graphics, plus some despair that accompanies owning it instead of Napoleon.
Luckily a patch is here. Details on the fixes, including AI changes, at this link
. So that's cool. Napoleon is still the better purchase.
This is where your saved games are hidden for E:TW:
XP: C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\The Creative Assembly\Empire\save_games
Vista: C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\The Creative Assembly\Empire\save_games
OLDER GAMES: TOTAL WAR
You can find a lot of people who will say that anything between Shogun (the first) and Medieval II (the last before Empire) is the best game. They all have their charms, their ups, and their downs, but it's generally agreed that Rome: Total War and Medieval II: Total War are the best. They both have absolutely stunning mods (something Empire and Napoleon unfortunately can't really have), and either or both are fantastic choices.
The best Rome mod is probably Europa Barbarorum
. It focuses on adding men without shirts.
The best Medieval II mods (most require the Kingdoms expansion) are probably Stainless Steel
, which greatly expands the main game and adds some AI tweaks, Broken Crescent
, which adds Islamic people who aren't terrorists (a first for videogames), and Third Age: Total War
which recreates the Lord of the Rings movies, minus the Hobbits and plus a thousand more battles.