In Imperial glory you once again set out to conquer europe and parts of northern africa, having the option of 5 empires to rule who change little exept for the option of millitia whit clubs for some and geographical location, like how england benefits greatly from a major sea power.
The Sea battles can be controlled however the controlls are clumsy, in field battles it is not so much tactics as it is who has the most men on the field or who has the best cavalry, exept of course on battles where you can find a hilltop or something else to give you an advantage.
The strong points of Imperial glory is that it does not require the ammount of power from your PC that Empires Total war will need, it is also considerably less expensive.
While it is an enjoyable game there is not much depth to it, If you want a low cost replacement for Empires Total war you could consider it but dont expect the same quality gameplay.
I love this game. You really can build your Empire up. I think that the main weakness of the game is that it is too easy. I love to play it like an total war (war with almost everybody) and if I already have some 5-6 countries then its almost impossible to beat me. And i don't like that only 4 empires can attack other countries capitals, but still it's the best game ever.
Over the past few days, I have been playing Imperial glory the game, after bying it a few years ago. I picked itup cheap (dont really know why) and just never ended up playing it...but now i have :o. The game is based in Europe during the napoleonic period, wit the map spanning down to the north reaches of Africa. However the game holds no accurate historical detail, apart from the quests (see below) are named for example...'Industrial revolution'. This means that each game there is no irect course of events and is always goin to be a free for all...which can be slightly annoying. The game itself is set out as you, the player, over-seeing a giant map of Europe where the purpose is to construct buildings in the provinces you wish and recruit units, such as infantry.
The game is turn based...therefore after you have moved/attacked/built what you wanted too, you 'end turn'. The battles can be fought on land or in the sea. The land battles see you commanding a number of squads on a interactive map, gaining high ground and arrisoning buildings...those who know off the total war series will have a good idea. Although this sounds fun...which it is. The battles eachplay out in the same way, as the AI just walks towards you. A number of units are available such as horse unts and artillery, coming later in the tech tree. The sea battles are played in the same way and feel the same as the land battles do, however the player will be able to board enemy vessels.
The player also can complete a number of quests if quick enough. These involve for example, the railway age and Industrial revolution. Once completed bonuses are unlocked such as the construction of hospital in each province etc. Tech trees are used to unlock these quests. The Tech tree consists of extensive advancments which the player can undertake. These unlock new troops, buildings and diplomacy options. The diplomacy screen is poorly layed out, which makes it difficult to work out who likes who (school all over again). This is that there is no simple screen tool to see friends and foes of your empire. Also the reputation system is not clear, where your country is either liked or hated on the continent.
My experience on the game in a nutshell. I decided to go slap-bang in the centre of Europe as Prussia with intention to knock France out early off in the game. I quickly took over the surronding smaller states...which i believe there were two off. These took me into land battles, each lasting round 8-10mins. Establised...I decided to get a posse, allying up with Poland and Austria who were fighting the Russians. We all were friendly towards one another, helping with defense etc. So i decided th time had come to get rid of France. I declared war on them and moved in capuring the Alasce Lorraine area...(Ironic). Then all off a sudden Austria an Poland attacked me and aI lost due to the fact out alliance had automatically expired the previous turn...GAME OVER.
The game overall lasted round 3 and a half hours and was fun. The game is obviously a step in a very good direction. However it lacks...alot, expecially if you compare this too a game from the Totla war series. This game more or less just points the Total War boys in the immediate direction they should explore in to.
Fun, not thrilling...soon boring. :(
This game to say the most is mildly interesting. This is an Napoleonic era turn based RTS which will provide very interesting features in some parts but will also lack badly in others. The game play is quite simple and easy to learn but is no comparison to the total war series. The music and in game environment is quite satisfying so no problem there. The actual campaign even on hard seemed to easy and managed to get boring after a while. There are not many factions to play as and there are no differences except in name and that the UK cant have militia. The naval battles and the battle maps are the best feature for me although there were not many compared to other RTS's. the naval battles however were quite unique and satisfying so no problem there. So overall this game is worth buying if you are bored but not if you could spend it on a better developed and better funded game.
Basically since i bought this game i have hardly slept! If you enjoyed the total war series then this really will tickle your fancy. Fantastic gaphics and engaging fast paced real time battles will leave you wanting to just keep fighting everyone on the map!!The only thing that dissapoints with this game is the dim-witted AI who will never be a 4-star general even in hard mode.But this is the only dissapointing aspect off what is otherwise an amazing game that with hours of campaigns,historic battles and create your own battles.A must buy for all real time and turn based game players!