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Parents' Guide to

Empire Total War

By Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Historical battles on land and sea done right.

Game Windows 2009
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 17+

This game is the best.

fireboy and watergirl top my list of favorite games from hudgames
age 12+

I love total war

this is one of my favourite games of all time.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (4 ):

The Total War series has been very solid since its inception, and Empire is even a few steps beyond Rome Total War in execution. While the title has a tendency to pile on a lot of information, patient gamers who take the time to learn the strategies and intricacies in the game will come away very satisfied with the game. People new to games which involve micromanagement of cities for things such as taxation and research could be slightly overwhelmed with the vast amount of information presented. But the turn-based style of the game during these sections lends itself to players taking their time to learn and fully understand the impact of each move; haste is not always rewarded.

Game Details

  • Platform: Windows
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Sega of America
  • Release date: March 3, 2009
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Blood, Language, Violence
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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