Great historical period
Overall a great concept..
BUT... the retail release is absolutely LOADED with bugs. Google "Empire Total War crashes" and there are hundreds of sites with people on them raging about white screens, desktop crashes, PCs freezing, saves games becoming corrupted, weird noises, severe video lag. The list never ends.
I have been an avid Total War fan ever since Shogun, but this game thus far has been an utter disappointment. The concept is fantastic, the graphics are beautiful, the engine is more refined, and overall the game has a lot of potential, but what on earth is up with them releasing a game that doesn't even work?
I've run into problems like everyone else - the game has frozen a couple of times and I've had to restart my computer. The game will crash to desktop when the Huron declare war on Great Britain after about 15 turns... that I could live with until the next patch...
What I was NOT expecting was for it to ruin my saved campaign. I had a saved campaign as Prussia, 163 turns. I had conquered all of northern Europe, the Americas, GB over the course of three days of playing. I saved constantly fearing the game would crash mid-turn. I had a manual save, the auto-save, and I even did the quick save often. I restarted the game and the computer several times over the course of that three-day campaign. Well, last night, I save the game (auto, quick, and manual), close the game, go outside to do some yard work, come back two hours later, "Continue Campaign," the loading bar loaded about an inch, froze for five seconds, and crashed to desktop... OK. Tried it again. Crashed. Tried loading the manual save. CRASH. Tried loading the quick save. CRASH. Tried loading the autosave. CRASH. So basically my entire campaign that I invested so much time into is gone. 163 turns... :angry2:
I hope they fix this issue in the patch and fix these "corrupted" save files. My gut tells me the corrupt files are going to be a write-off, and the issue will not happen to any files saved subsequent to the patch, in which case I will be very, very disappointed. They pushed the release date back a month, so I assumed they were confident it was playable in its current form. What a bloody shambles. I haven't seen a game so unfit for public release since the initial release of Battlefield 2. And yes that's an insult in the highest order.
For shame, CA, for shame.