Empire Total War

Game review by
Jeff Paramchuk, Common Sense Media
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Historical battles on land and sea done right.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Within the game you take control of armies consisting of famous people, such as George Washington, and with him can lead a group to battle. While some of this can be historic, the deaths of famous people such as this can and will happen within the title.


Battles are fought in real-time with realistic human characters. While the action isn't shown up close, the death animations can be quite realistic. Plus video cutscenes show more realistic violence with dead soldiers shown with pools of blood.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Players use tobacco as a prime money making crop. Alcohol also plays a role in the development of the game.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game is the latest in a series of Total War games. The game features two types of gameplay, a turn-based section where diplomacy, resource allocation, and army building rule – and a real time battle mode for both land and sea battles.Some battle violence is shown including seeing dead soldiers surrounded by pools of blood, but most battles occur far away.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMikalinh October 28, 2019

This game is the best.

fireboy and watergirl top my list of favorite games from hudgames
Adult Written bylastjedi5 July 20, 2016

I love total war

this is one of my favourite games of all time.
Teen, 15 years old Written bymallet6 June 25, 2016

Fun, Interactive, Educational

I think this game is an overall great game very immersive and educational.
Kid, 12 years old February 1, 2012

There's no blood

Maybe in a mod there's blood but I've played this since I was 10 and <3 it. privacy may be a problem if you play online but only what you put i... Continue reading

What's it about?

EMPIRE TOTAL WAR is a historic strategy game that allows players to follow the rise of the United States and its road to independence. The game also offers a grand campaign where you take control of one of many historical empires and attempt to lead them to greatness. Players will experience both turn-based section where diplomacy, resource allocation, and army building rule – and a real time battle mode for both land and sea battles. Not just an extension of the Total War series, EMPIRE TOTAL WAR adds an entirely new dimension to the game with the introduction of full scale naval battles and some battles from American history. New to this version is the ability to influence the outcome of the game.

Empire features a lot of choice when it comes to playing the game, so you can chose to take the diplomatic route, or you can go for the route of pure domination victory. Even the Road to Independence mode allows for alternate history to take place thanks to the guided, yet still somewhat open ended gameplay.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the colonization of the New World and it's affect on the native people who had lived here. Were they treated fairly and justly? Or were they exploited for land and forced to fight in battles that didn't concern them? Even though this happened only a few hundred years ago, is it difficult to believe that the world operated in such a fashion? Do the families think that this style of living was better or worse than what we have today?

Game details

  • Platforms: Windows
  • Price: $49.99
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Sega of America
  • Release date: March 3, 2009
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: T for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Blood, Language, Violence
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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