Empire: Total War would've have made a serious Game of the Year candidate if it did not exhibit so many technical hitches. If you are prepared to go around this, and if you can stomach some of the AI downsides, there's a whole lot to discover. Overall, this is a very engrossing strategy game. If at some point you grow tired of the single-player, there are numerous multiplayer modes for LAN and online matches (with the long-awaited multiplayer campaign mode on its way as well). Either way, the incredible depth and sheer scope of the game should keep players occupied for days.