Videogamer: Empire: Total War Hands-on Preview

Videogamer writes: "The main thing about being an 18th Century admiral is that it's a bloody complicated job. We mean this literally: it's bloody, and it's complicated. Life is hard enough when you're ordering troops about on dry land, but at least the basic principles are fairly obvious. You get your blokies and horsey-men (those are the technical terms) into a good spot, then you shoot the enemies with your boom stick, or twok 'em with something heavy and sharp. When you're out on the water, you've got to contend with a choppy and unpredictable sea. Your movement is largely governed by the wind. And on top of that, you've got to deal with the fact that most of your cannons fire from the side of your ship. From the side! How mental is that?"

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