December 13, 2009 cameron

Napoleon: Total War

Finally! We can now whisper in Bonaparte’s ear on the morning of the Battle of Waterloo and say “Don’t trust Grouchy!” Sega’s “Napoleon: Total War” comes out in Feb 2010 and let’s us take command at all of the major battles of Napoleon’s career.

I’m in discussions with Sega to arrange one of the programming leads on the game as a guest on the show! The only shame is – the game doesn’t run on Mac!

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Comments (14)

  1. I’m going to have to assign a week in February for this.

    Have you played previous games in this series? Empire: Total War is a prequel in two ways: the previous game released, plus covering the 1700s before 1789.

  2. ElCId

    This is such a pleasent news. I always dreamed of a game such as this, so I can make Napoleon even more legendary than he is. Let’s just hope I make a decent marshal of the empire πŸ˜€

  3. Joel Kelsey

    This game is absolutely awesome! I’ve been playing it for a week and have enjoyed stepping into Le Empereur’s shoes. I’m currently in the process of conquering egypt and have almost finished the historical battles. It’s so hard to beat Wellington at Waterloo! His position is nigh impregnable!

  4. Stan Tomson

    I got Napoleon on release day. I love it. I’m going to write an in depth review soon though, I just want to give the game a bit more play time first!

  5. Liam Bussell

    It is a grand old game. I have been a fan of Total War games for a while, and the changes are not huge between this and Total War Empire (The previous edition in the series, released Jan/Feb 2009), but although not numerous, the changes do really make the game much more “Napoleonic” Generals, improved (historical) turn times, Troop types etc make it very enjoyable. I would give it a 4.5/5

  6. Liam Bussell

    To further the review… The one issue is that you cannot really deploy enough troops. The maximum (from memory) is 18-20 Units, with each unit having between 30 (Cavalry) and 80 (Fusiliers or Militia) figures. I have read somewhere that the figures are supposed to represent 10 men each (sort of like a squad symbol) That (according to my poor math) means at most you are commanding around 12000-14000 men. No Borodino’s here.

    Having said that, it is quite realistic. Morale, quality of generals, troop types, the effectiveness of artillery on troops, cavalry pursuit are all excellent. The terrain is amazing, but this is normal for the TW series as they apparently use satellite photography and model it in 3D. So you are actually fighting in Europe of the 1800’s. All in all, if you like strategy games, you will enjoy this very much.

  7. Miguel

    hello Cameron, I am Miguel and I really love your Napoleon Podcast, I am currently listening to it with my little brother, and we are on episode 7, well we are really loving it but I’m sorry to bother you but episode 7 isn’t working that well, it’s cut in half, and when I listen to it on your site, it’s even shorter (about 1/8). So if you can please update this we would really appreciate it, thanks for everything you’ve done, you & David are truly great men. (Also episode 9 & 10)

  8. Cameron

    HI Miguel! I’m so glad that you and your little brother are enjoying the show! I don’t know about me being a truly great man but David surely is! πŸ™‚

    I just checked Ep7 and it worked for me – perhaps there was a problem with the download getting cut off for some reason? I’m terribly sorry. Would you be able to try it again? Please let me know if you have success.

  9. Daniel

    Haha, I beat Waterloo, Trafalgar, Nile, Borodino on hard difficulty! I feel accomplished πŸ™‚ But the aritificial intelligence in the game isn’t very smart. Wellington gave up the high ground and charged into my line before Blucher could arrive.

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