Empire Total War

Common Sense Media says

Historical battles on land and sea done right.





What parents need to know

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.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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.

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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.

Families can talk 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

Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sega of America
Release date:March 3, 2009
ESRB rating:T for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Blood, Language, Violence (Windows)

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Teen, 16 years old Written byDoctor Quackery August 23, 2011

I speak the truth of this mind blowing game!

Yeah... the game has no blood or gore unless you have the certain mod...so...yeah, change that in the "What Parents Need to Know" passage. My brother is 9 and he plays this, and is lively as ever. I love this game.
Adult Written byBeats June 22, 2009

You need to play this

This is, quite literally, the best thing ever. Everyone needs to experience this for themselves. Any student of history needs this.
Adult Written byReviewr September 27, 2009

Cool game

This game is awsome i recomend it 12+, it's a game where you can learn about History after around an hrs play i got stuck into it, it took me 30 mins to get to know the basics, i rate it 15.9 / 20.00 It doesn't cost much, i got mine at: www.rewards1.com/index.php?referrer_id=1116923 Just make an account and do the offers, it should take 20 mins to get the points to buy the game, it's a trusted website mcaffee knows about this website. And even they support it. What are you waiting for?
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