IGN: Empire: Total War Hands-On

Since the turn of the millennium the Total War series has dominated the landscape of strategy gaming with its bold, brilliant depiction of battlefield combat, serving up scintillating siege warfare and sprawling turn-based campaign maps. Yet despite its impressive array of features, there's always been something missing - naval warfare. Indeed, there's not so much as a whiff of giant galleons sailing the seas in either Rome or Medieval, so after an almost nine-year wait that's all about to change. With Empire: Total War, The Creative Assembly's latest strategy epic, set between 1700 and 1800 there's tremendous scope for war to spread across the water, something IGN experienced first-hand when they visited the developer.

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