Innovation & Design

Imperial Glory Review


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Editor's Review

The Good Gorgeous landscapes

The Bad Sea combat can be frustrating

The Bottom Line This is an average game, but if you really want to play Total War, look back to Rome

Imperial Glory offers an in-depth management model along with graphically stunning real-time land and naval battles in full 3D. Gamers will be able to choose which of the five great 19th century Empires to lead: Great Britain, France, Russia, Prussia or Austro-Hungary, each with their own unique attributes.

Ah, the joys of conquest. Imperial Glory takes you to the time of the Napoleonic Wars in a Total War fashion, allowing players to command over large battalions to march over sweeping landscapes. There is a slow-paced turn-based campaign coupled with a faster paced real-time element. While it attempts to be a strong contender against the Total War series, it doesn't make it, even with the unique addition of naval combat.

THE SCORE

+ Gorgeous Landscapes

+ Very good turn-based play

+ Quest system is a nice touch

- Does not measure up against similar games (Rome: Total War)

- Sea combat can be frustrating

- No A.I. morale

- Diplomacy can be pointless

BOTTOM LINE

Imperial Glory could have been made an alternative to the Total War series, but it doesn't quite live up to its potential. It is by no means a bad game, but Rome: Total War is still by far a better title. Imperial Glory doesn't achieve the large scope that a game like this requires, which is too bad, because the Napoleonic setting is one that isn't visited very often. The naval battles would make a great addition if it had been implemented better, but the same could be said about a lot of things in this game. This is an average game, but if you really want to play Total War, look back to Rome.

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