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Empire Total War: A Definitive Guide

If you are a fan of strategy games, you have probably heard of the Total War series, one of the most popular and acclaimed franchises in the genre. But have you played Empire Total War, the fifth installment in the series that takes you to the 18th century Age of Enlightenment? If not, you are missing out on a great game that offers a unique blend of turn-based strategy and real-time tactics, as well as a rich historical setting and a variety of gameplay options. In this article, we will give you a definitive guide to Empire Total War, covering everything you need to know about the game, from its features and gameplay to its tips and tricks. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran, this guide will help you get the most out of your gaming experience.

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What is Empire Total War?

Empire Total War is a turn-based strategy and real-time tactics video game developed by Creative Assembly and published by Sega in 2009. It is the fifth installment in the Total War series, which is known for its combination of grand strategy and epic battles. Empire Total War is the first game in the series to focus on the early modern period of the 18th century, a time of political upheaval, military advancements, and radical thought. The game covers the events from 1700 to 1799, spanning across Europe, America, India, and other regions of the world.

The game's features and gameplay

Empire Total War has many features that make it stand out from other strategy games. Here are some of them:

  • The game has a true 3D naval combat system, which allows you to command single ships or vast fleets upon seascapes rich with water and weather effects. You can use different types of ships, such as frigates, galleons, sloops, and ships of the line, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. You can also customize your ships with different upgrades, such as cannons, sails, hulls, and crew. You can engage in naval battles in real time, using different tactics and maneuvers to outsmart your enemies. You can also board enemy ships and fight hand-to-hand on the decks.

  • The game has a dynamic campaign map, which is divided into several theaters of war, such as Europe, America, India, Africa, and the Caribbean. Each theater has its own geography, climate, resources, trade routes, factions, and events. You can explore the map using different modes of transportation, such as ships, carriages, trains, and hot air balloons. You can also interact with other factions through diplomacy, trade, espionage, and war. You can form alliances, declare war, negotiate treaties, send spies, assassins, rakes, gentlemen, missionaries, and diplomats. You can also influence public order, religion, culture, technology, economy, and politics.

The game has a realistic combat system, which reflects the warfare of the 18th century. The game has a greater focus on gunpowder weaponry than earlier Total War titles. You can use different types of units, such as infantry, cavalry, artillery, and special forces, each with their own abilities, formations, and morale. You can also use different types of weapons, such as muskets, rifles, pistols, bayonets, swords, and grenades. You can fight battles in real time, using different terrains, weather conditions, and time of day to your advantage. You can also use different tactics and strategies to win battles, such as flanking, amb The game's historical setting and factions

Empire Total War is set in the 18th century, a period of great change and turmoil in world history. The game covers some of the most important events and conflicts of the era, such as the War of the Spanish Succession, the Seven Years' War, the American War of Independence, the French Revolution, and the Napoleonic Wars. The game also features some of the most influential figures and personalities of the time, such as Louis XIV, Peter the Great, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Napoleon Bonaparte, Horatio Nelson, and many more.

The game allows you to play as one of the 12 major factions that shaped the course of history in the 18th century. Each faction has its own unique strengths, weaknesses, goals, and challenges. The factions are divided into three categories: major European powers, minor European powers, and emergent factions. The major European powers are France, Great Britain, Prussia, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Poland-Lithuania, and the Ottoman Empire. The minor European powers are the United Provinces (Netherlands), Portugal, and Denmark. The emergent factions are the United States of America, Mughal Empire (India), Maratha Confederacy (India), Punjab (India), Mysore (India), Persia (Iran), Morocco, Barbary States (North Africa), Egypt, Huron Confederacy (North America), Iroquois Confederacy (North America), Plains Nations (North America), Pueblo Nations (North America), Inuit Nations (North America), Cherokee Nations (North America), Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Quebec (Canada), New Spain (Mexico), Thirteen Colonies (USA), Venice (Italy), Genoa (Italy), Savoy (Italy), Papal States (Italy), Knights of St. John (Malta), Greece, Norway, Scotland, Ireland, Bavaria (Germany), Saxony (Germany), Westphalia (Germany), Württemberg (Germany), Hannover (Germany), Courland (Latvia), and Dagestan (Russia).

How to play Empire Total War?

Empire Total War is a complex and challenging game that requires you to balance multiple aspects of your empire. You need to manage your economy, diplomacy, military, technology, culture, religion, and public order. You also need to fight battles on land and sea against your enemies or allies. The game offers different modes of play to suit your preferences and skills. You can choose from the campaign mode, the special campaigns, and the historical battles.

The campaign mode

The campaign mode is the main mode of Empire Total War. It allows you to choose one of the 12 major factions and guide it through a grand campaign that spans from 1700 to 1799. You can play the campaign in two ways: short or long. The short campaign requires you to achieve a certain number of regions and prestige points within a limited time frame. The long campaign requires you to achieve more regions and prestige points within a longer time frame. You can also customize your campaign settings by choosing your difficulty level, your starting year, your victory conditions, your turn time limit, your battle time limit, and other options.

Choosing a faction and a difficulty level

Before you start your campaign, you need to choose a faction that suits your playstyle and goals. Each faction has its own advantages and disadvantages, such as its starting position, its resources, its trade partners, its enemies, its units, its technology, and its special abilities. You can read a brief description of each faction and see its statistics on the faction selection screen. You can also see its victory conditions and its historical background on the faction information screen. You can choose any faction you want, but some factions are easier or harder than others depending on your difficulty level. The difficulty level affects the AI's aggressiveness, the AI's intelligence, the AI's bonuses or penalties, the public order, the income, the upkeep costs, the recruitment costs, and the research speed. You can choose from five difficulty levels: easy, normal, hard, very hard, and legendary. The higher the difficulty level, the more challenging the game becomes.

Managing your empire and diplomacy

Once you start your campaign, you will see the campaign map, which is where you manage your empire and interact with other factions. The campaign map is divided into regions, which are the basic units of territory that you can control or conquer. Each region has a capital city and may have other settlements such as towns, ports, forts, or plantations. Each region also has its own characteristics such as its population, its religion, its culture, its climate, its resources, its income and its public order. You can see the details of each region by clicking on it or by using the region list on the bottom right corner of the screen. You can manage your regions by building various structures that provide different benefits, such as increasing your income, your population growth, your trade, your recruitment, your research, your happiness, or your defense. You can also tax your regions to generate revenue, but be careful not to overtax them or you will cause unrest and rebellion. You can also assign governors to your regions to improve their administration and loyalty. You can interact with other factions by using diplomacy, which is a key aspect of the game. You can access the diplomacy screen by clicking on the diplomacy button on the bottom left corner of the screen or by right-clicking on any faction's flag on the campaign map. You can see the diplomatic status of each faction, such as their attitude, their relations, their allies, their enemies, their trade partners, and their war targets. You can also see their demands and offers, and make your own proposals. You can negotiate various diplomatic actions, such as declaring war, making peace, forming alliances, breaking alliances, requesting military access, granting military access, demanding tribute, offering tribute, requesting trade agreement, offering trade agreement, requesting technology, offering technology, requesting region, offering region, requesting protectorate status, offering protectorate status, requesting vassal status, offering vassal status, requesting join war against faction, offering join war against faction, requesting end war with faction, offering end war with faction, requesting cancel alliance with faction, offering cancel alliance with faction. You can also send gifts or i


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