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Napoleon: Total War (Windows)

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Napoleon: Total War is basically a spin-off of Empire: Total War telling the story of famous military and political leader Napoléon Bonaparte at the start of the 19th century. As such, the single player campaign is divided into five parts ranging from his humble beginnings in 1778 to his final defeat at Waterloo in 1815.

As a spin-off, the game doesn't deviate from the proven Total-War-formula. The game is again divided into two parts: The turn-based campaign map and the real-time battles on land or at sea. Compared to Empire: Total War, Napoleon: Total War features nine important changes and innovations:
  • Deterioration - The players armies loose soldiers through desertion and diseases, forcing him to consider the position of an army and the current weather when planning his crusades.
  • Reinforcement - Armies who have suffered losses automatically refill their ranks as long as they are inside friendly territory.
  • Improved Campaign Characters - The new spy has the ability to infiltrate and sabotage an enemy army. Gentlemen on the other hand now inspire the people in their home territory or increase the change of riots in enemy territory. In addition each character is now able to spy on nearby enemies, although spies will still be able to get better and faster results.
  • Recruitment of Military Characters - Admirals and Generals are recruited out of a pool, giving the player an assortment of characters with different skills and abilities. Every four rounds new characters are added and the better they are, the more they cost.
  • Improved Diplomacy-Options - The diplomacy-screen now offers additional options like the ability to convince a new ally to join a raging war or requesting a trade-embargo against a third nation.
  • Skills of Generals - In addition to raising the moral of their troops, Generals now also posses special skills to directly motivate a specific unit on the battlefield and are able to reunite fleeing units.
  • Ship-repairs - Ships can now be repaired even during the battle which are of course risky and will suspend every other action the ship is taking at that moment.
  • Multiplayer-Campaigns - Napoleon's campaign can be played with human players.
  • Drop-in-Battles - Allows the player to battle against human players during the single player campaign. This means if another player is fighting a battle in his single player campaign, the player can fight against him instead of an AI-character.
In addition many problems of Empire: Total War like the lackluster AI have been addressed and the graphics slightly improved.

Screenshots

Napoleon: Total War Windows Blocking a trade route.
Napoleon: Total War Windows Awesome level of detail there.
Napoleon: Total War Windows The overview map is the place you'll spend the most time on.
Napoleon: Total War Windows The main single player experience consists of five campaigns.

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Epic battles, loud bangs, crackling rifle fire and plenty of smoke Thekwane Black (34) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

Game Freaks 365 Apr 20, 2010 8.8 out of 10 88
PC Games (Germany) Feb 24, 2010 87 out of 100 87
GameSpot Mar 01, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
GamersGlobal Feb 25, 2010 8.5 out of 10 85
GameStar (Germany) Feb 23, 2010 84 out of 100 84
Eurogamer.net (UK) Feb 26, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Level 7 Mar 22, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Cyber Stratege Apr 19, 2010 7 out of 10 70
InsightBits Mar 13, 2010 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Mar 16, 2010 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Sicarius (61025) added Napoleon: Total War (Windows) on Feb 26, 2010