Originally released on the PC in early 2009, the enhanced Gold Edition of Creative Assembly’s Empire: Total War finally storms the shores of Macs thanks to Feral Interactive, delivering 18th-century conquest strategy action to fans of the longtime series. Your goal: to lead one of 12 empires and control a specified number of territories on the historically accurate maps before each match ends.
Vengeance is sweet. As you cut a path through the battlefield towards your rival’s fortifications, there’s something primal and satisfying about charging through their last line of troop defenses, setting fire to their buildings along the way, and finally running your blade through the treacherous shogun responsible for your father’s death. Though the path to victory follows a familiar trajectory, Sega and The Creative Assembly’s long-running Total War real-time strategy series takes an interesting new direction with its iOS debut.
Last week, amidst the mayhem of the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Sega showed off its upcoming releases for iPhone and iPad, giving us a chance to go hands-on with Total War Battles: Shogun and Alexandria Bloodshow, as well as try out a big update for Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing.
A well-made strategy game reminds us of a season of Survivor,
requiring a player to struggle, conquer, bargain, backstab, and
dominate until all resistance has been removed. Rome: Total War,
published for the Mac by Feral Interactive, certainly fits that
bill--only instead of eating bugs for a million dollars, all you have
to do is conquer the world.