Want to experience world history, war, economics, and diplomacy in action? Sega’s Total War series of games for PC combine turn-based strategy and resource management with real-time tactical control of battles. The artificial intelligence constantly analyzes situations and reacts to your every move. Shogun: Total War, the game that started it all, was developed according to Sun Tzu’s principles in “The Art of War” and released in 2000. It was followed by Medieval: Total War in 2002. Both of the original games have since been updated. The list of current titles is shown below.
Rome: Total War Gold Edition, one of the definitive historical war games for its unprecedented scale, detail, and free map movement, is set in the Roman Republic. In Rome: Total War you must guide one of three noble Roman families on a century spanning quest to seize control of the Roman Empire. In the “Barbarian Invasion” expansion pack, witness the decline of Rome as it comes under attack from Barbarian hordes.
Napoleon: Total War is a stand-alone chapter that focuses on the politics and major military campaigns of the French Revolutionary Wars in the late 18th century and the Napoleonic Wars of the early 19th century. Step into the shoes of Napoleon Bonaparte or one of his enemies. Will you beat the achievements of the legendary general or destroy them? It’s one of the best games if you like strategy, history, and sea battles.
Empire: Total War is set in the 18th century and includes America’s fight for independence, the Industrial Revolution, and the colonization of India. Rule one of twelve nations from Europe, America, and the Indian subcontinent. You must use diplomacy, trade and military force to establish your fledgling empire as the dominant power of the 18th Century. You can even play as George Washington and recreate landmark battles as you lead the Continental army against the might of the British Empire. Also, in the “Warpath Campaign” DLC you can control one of five different American Indian nations.
Total War: Shogun II is set in the middle of the 16th century in Feudal Japan. The country, once ruled by a unified government, is now split into many warring clans. Ten legendary warlords strive for supremacy, but only one can become the new shogun. The land and naval gameplay has been improved, and the AI reacts with greater precision and variety than in the original. Total War: Shogun II – Fall of the Samurai is a standalone expansion that does not require the base game in order to play. This one explores the conflict between the Imperial throne and the last Shogunate in 19th century Japan, 400 years after the events of the original game.
Medieval II: Total War is a grand campaign spanning the years 1080 – 1530, a turbulent era in Western history. Your quest for territory and power takes you through Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and even onto the shores of the New World. The Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms expansion pack has four campaigns: the Britannia Campaign, set in the British Isles in 1258 during the reign of Henry III; the Crusades Campaign, set in the Middle East in 1174; the Teutonic Campaign, set in the Baltic region of Eastern Europe in 1250; and the Americas Campaign, set in the New World in 1521 during the decline of the Aztec and Maya civilizations.
Total War: Rome II is a successor to Rome: Total War. Rome II is set in the classical antiquity period, including some of the most famous civilizations in world history, and focuses on a more inclusive and in-depth portrayal of each culture than the previous edition. The political system of Rome II also has been completely remade. Rome II has lots of DLC packs including various faction packs; campaign packs (Caesar in Gaul, Hannibal at the Gates, Imperator Augustus, Wrath of Sparta); culture packs (Greek States, Nomadic Tribes, Pirates and Raiders, Black Sea Colonies); and other add-on packs.
Total War: ATILLA, the latest installment of the Total War Series, delivers an authentic experience with intense action and incredible period detail. It also implements a new “apocalyptic” atmosphere with hostile weather and darker lighting, as well as overhauled game mechanics and improved graphical performance.
You can download these games on Steam, or if you buy the CD at Amazon just make sure it’s compatible with your operating system.
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