Trusted Reviews writes: "Frankly, it's almost too big to review. Give me a month off work and 10,000 words to play with, and I might just be able to give you a final and definitive verdict on Empire: Total War. As things are, you'll have to settle for my honest opinion of the game as I've experienced it, and bear in mind that there are huge sections of The Creative Assembly's latest opus that I've had to leave virtually untouched. More and more I feel that the Total War series isn't just a series of games, but a virtual cathedral to epic strategy, each instalment resting on and building from the foundations, walls and towers put in place by the last. Even for those of us familiar with the series, beginning a new one can be an intimidating business. For anyone new, Empire: Total War might feel terrifyingly detailed and complex".