• 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 64
  2. Negative: 9 out of 64
  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 27, 2014
    8
    This a vary fun game but if you are looking for a good single play don't get this one in the Total War Series. Empire Total War beats it onThis a vary fun game but if you are looking for a good single play don't get this one in the Total War Series. Empire Total War beats it on single player. Napoleon's smaller map, less factions and having less freedom then Empire Total War. Empire kills it on the single player. How dose it have less freedom? Lets say you play Prussia. when I play a campagin, I want to do change history. When I first started to play this game I jumped in as Prussia and started off with wanting side with France and get an alliance with them. Nope. The game won't let you do that as Prussia to side with France. it might as well commends you to get an alliance with Russia. you have to do what they did in history. that what kills it most for me.

    On the outer hand online battle in this one are way better then in Empire Total War. The graphics are way better, there are more maps to play on and there a lot more units to use in battle.
    So you want a vary good online get this one but if you want a good single player Empire Total War is the one to go with
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  5. Feb 15, 2011
    8
    I have had all the Total War games since the first "Shogun T.W." and I have loved every single one. I like "Empire T.W." very very much,I have had all the Total War games since the first "Shogun T.W." and I have loved every single one. I like "Empire T.W." very very much, despite some really poor teething troubles. "Napoleon T.W." is, for me, the very best yet. Again, it had teething troubles and I had some fiddling to do to get it to play reliably and stable. I love the game, I love the graphics, the battles are the best yet and I like the slight de-emphasis on economics and diplomacy. I think that "Napoleon T.W." is the best mix of reasonably engaging strategy and good, long, battles up to now. I regret its a-historicality, but I still think it is the best of the series. 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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