Armchair General writes: "I can distinctly recall my initiation to the first title in the Total War series, Shogun. On first entering the 3D battlefield I said aloud, "Napoleonics in this engine would be unstoppable." I can only imagine that wargamers the world over shared my excitement at the possibilities. It was with great anticipation that I played each title in the series, watching as the ideas grew, eagerly awaiting the arrival of a game featuring the saber, flying column, and bayonet. When it finally came, in the guise of Creative Assembly's Empire Total War, I was so incredibly disappointed by the AI and presentation in my initial forays that I foreswore playing it and returned, somewhat chagrined, to Medieval Total War II and Britannia, where my Vikings waited to comfort me."