• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Feb 23, 2010
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  • Summary: Napoleon: Total War defines a new standard within the genre with exciting characters and a cinematic narrative, mind-blowing battle sequences and an unrivalled mix of turn-based and real-time strategy. Take command and lead your armies on land and sea over three campaigns: Italy, Egypt andNapoleon: Total War defines a new standard within the genre with exciting characters and a cinematic narrative, mind-blowing battle sequences and an unrivalled mix of turn-based and real-time strategy. Take command and lead your armies on land and sea over three campaigns: Italy, Egypt and Mastery of Europe. The seamless mix of objective-based missions and sandbox experience makes this the most complete Total War experience to date. Napoleon features fully integrated multiplayer modes and a complete set of online functionalities: Steam achievements, gameplay bonuses, uniform editor and voice communications. Advanced weaponry enables new tactical options and even more exciting real-time battles on an epic scale, while the highly detailed environments and improved battlefield buildings guarantee a realistic recreation of famous historical battles. [Sega] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 56
  2. Negative: 1 out of 56
  1. 93
    The cannon may be the final argument of kings. But the Total War series is undoubtedly the king of the real time strategy genre - and Napoleon: Total War could very well be Creative Assembly’s crowning jewel.
  2. Games Master UK
    90
    More totally brilliant Total War as the strategy stalwart delivers arguably its strongest showing. [May 2010, p.76]
  3. Napoleon is a game of land battles, continental conquests and European power struggles. This was an incredibly rich backdrop that inspired numerous writers and composers, one of whom is Beethoven and is featured in game’s phenomenal soundtrack. That I happen to sink a minimum of three or four hours every time I click on the icon is another reason why it’s an enjoyable game.
  4. It’s the best game covering the Napoleonic Wars, but not necessarily the best game of the Total War series. But the multi-player mode finally makes an old dream come true. But it’s still a shame that Empire: Total War did not get any of the improvements.
  5. The improvements implemented in Napoleon: Total War, both technically and in terms of gameplay, put the series once again in front of all competition.
  6. Napoleon ultimately feels like the more successful younger brother to Empire. It fundamentally shares its DNA, for better and worse, but has learned from its mistakes, and has stayed trim and buff.
  7. 40
    While the strategic level is an admirable attempt at something halfway between the elegance of Civilization and the historical specificity of Europa Universalis, it doesn't have the benefit of letting a human player take over. Here, once again, the game falls apart when it breaks out of the strict scripting of the story-based missions.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 67
  2. Negative: 9 out of 67
  1. Apr 21, 2013
    10
    This in my opinion is the best of all games in the Total War Do not have a variety of units as large as those of Rome and Empire, yet it hasThis in my opinion is the best of all games in the Total War Do not have a variety of units as large as those of Rome and Empire, yet it has very different variations. The combat animations are excellent and exciting during a fight you feel inside the scenario, the action, the bangs, the shots, it's just exciting, not to mention the presence of epic Napoleon Bonaparte. Expand
  2. Nov 10, 2013
    10
    I played the campaign as Prussia, and actually caused the death of Napoleon. But, I didn't have any real battles on map.
    The best kept secret
    I played the campaign as Prussia, and actually caused the death of Napoleon. But, I didn't have any real battles on map.
    The best kept secret about trade is, that one can have the best ports, and the trade will come to you. You don't have to have a navy, and the onus is on the nation with the ships. One can have a trading company, in this manner, without having a navy, and on domestic shores. It seems, that one should upgrade the courts, before one upgrades the other military and economic structures. This is always the best policy.
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  3. May 24, 2011
    9
    This is an excellent game and very addictive; i have owned all the previous versions on the "total war" franchise and this is my favourite barThis is an excellent game and very addictive; i have owned all the previous versions on the "total war" franchise and this is my favourite bar Rome total war.
    Of course things could be better such as the AI but this are minor niggles, well done the Creative Assembly!
    Only gripe is the Multiplayer because of the poor lobby and the cheaters. There should be an anit cheat software protection of some kind!

    9/10
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  4. Jan 22, 2014
    8
    as a big total war fan i have to say, this is not like the rest of the total war games, because not like other total war games this game dontas a big total war fan i have to say, this is not like the rest of the total war games, because not like other total war games this game dont have big campaign, but insted it focused on the personal story of [what a suprise] napoleon, so if you looking mostly for a good campaign, you may not find it here. however when it come to the actuall battles then NTW is one of the best, even so alot of people say it just like empire they are wrong cuse when it come to battles napoleon is a much biger improvment, if you are total war fans you may not like it so thinck before you buy it. Expand
  5. roberts
    Mar 21, 2010
    7
    I love the graphics, the batlles and overall play of the game. I think the AI is a little better and a little more agressive which make the I love the graphics, the batlles and overall play of the game. I think the AI is a little better and a little more agressive which make the real time battles more fun to play. My disappointment comes when I go from the strategy turn based part of the game to the real time battles. there is a glitch where the game runs intermittent while loading the battle. It can take 5-10 minutes to load up a battle on my computer. My computer is a brand new Alienware aurora with upgraded graphics. It's definitely not a slow or under powered computer. I think it's a game flaw. It will also freeze up every now when going to a real time battle. Other than that the gameplay is great and smooth at full graphics. The other thing I like is the time frame for each turn, two weeks. It's great and much more realistic than previous total war games. That adds so much to the game for me and the reason I rate the game higher than I would with my loading problem. If it weren't for the battle loading problem I would give this game a 9.... Expand
  6. May 19, 2017
    7
    What I love the most is that Sega keeps on making the same climatic games (with obvious changes) every time. Really great battles, especiallyWhat I love the most is that Sega keeps on making the same climatic games (with obvious changes) every time. Really great battles, especially sound, it feels powerful and immersive. What I would like better: graphics and plot that is unfortunately over simplified. Expand
  7. Sep 29, 2014
    0
    Does not launch and the support refuse to do anything or bring money back. Typical fraund.
    Does not launch and the support refuse to do
    Does not launch and the support refuse to do anything or bring money back. Typical fraund.
    Does not launch and the support refuse to do anything or bring money back. Typical fraund.
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