There was a time when entering the phrase ‘French Military Victories’ into Google came back with the answer ‘Did you mean ‘French Military Defeats?’’. And although it doesn’t seem to work anymore, the poor old French seem to have always sucked at war (expect for when Napoleon was in charge of course). But for me, seeing the Total War series leaving behind the macho-middle-ages and entering an era in which everyone went around in effeminate wigs politely taking it in turns to shoot each other, was bad enough. But why oh why did they have to go and make an entire Total War game dedicated to the French?!
That said however, at least there’s the chance to step into shoes of the Iron Duke and give Bonaparte a good old pasting, which, for me at least, is what makes Napoleon: Total War truly worthwhile. And for £12.99 that's a pretty good deal - which is currently what Napoleon: Total War is going for as part of Game’s Monday Madness deal – especially since the next best offer comes in at £16.89 from Sendit.
Of course, the Napoleonic Era was the natural progression for the Total War series. They’d already done Caesar and Alexander, and with Empire having taken things into the 18th and 19th century, it was inevitable we were going to get something on the crazed little dictator. The main campaign of N: TW is split into four sections, and allows the player to relive Napoleon’s rise to power from his early campaigns in Italy, to his eventual mastery of most of Europe.
A new physics engine has been introduced. Cannon balls now leave craters on the battlefield which can cause problems for advancing troops. Muskets can back fire when it rains, artillery range is now affected by elevated terrain, and aesthetically the whole thing is much more dynamic. Like Medieval’s improvement on Rome, Napoleon features unit groups made up from various different individuals.
Naval battles have also been improved with better path finding and the ability to repair ships during battles. On the downside, a few reviewers do say that the scripted nature of the campaigns means there’s less freedom in how you tackle objectives. But overall, N: TW offers many interesting developments from Empire, which won’t disappoint long-term fans of the series (even if it is all about the French).
Thanks to Rhys135 from Hotukdeals.