Total War is quite simply one of the greatest wartime strategy sagas to ever grace the Windows and Mac OS X platform, and Napoleon: Total War is more than likely to live up everyone's high expectations of the series. Two of the four campaign modes have you following Napoleon's early career whilst the other two allow you to experience that action from a broader perspective (one of these allowing you to assume control of the geopolitical affairs of one of a selection of European powers). Improvements can be seen visually as well as in the improved physics of real-time battles, though this review argues that the game's campaigns feel a little linear compared to its predecessors.
PC Naval Combat Games
Though developers Evil Twin hail from the mobile gaming side of the market, Victory at Sea sees the developer sidestep into PC gaming. This game has a fair amount going for it: a hybrid approach that allows more control over the ships than you would expect, a decent campaign mode as well as historical scenarios and custom battles, and also a good selection of ships with various weapons. But the game isn't without flaws, including those in its graphics, user interface, and a number of bugs, all of which are discussed further in our Victory at Sea review.
The Total War games possess a status in the warfare-gaming community that is nothing less than legendary. The real-time tactics involved in embarking upon your own campaign of world domination in the Total War games include careful diplomacy, trade agreements, and of course all-out war and military/naval domination. One of the Total War titles that has received almost overwhelmingly positive responses from critics was Empire: Total War. Its brand of diplomatic and wartime strategy is quite simply unparalleled in its brilliance, and this review looks a little more closely at what makes this title entirely unmatched in its genre.
Following Battlestations: Midway, a game that offered an intriguing framework for great gameplay but didn't manage to live up to expectations, Battlestations: Pacific can only be described as the sequel that took care of all of the problems of its predecessor. The game's bold campaign has you begin at Pearl Harbour, though impressively it offers you the chance to play a parallel campaign as the Japanese in addition to taking control of US Naval forces. At the heart of the game's appeal should be its mixture of grand-scale strategy with ship-level action, but in this review you'll read why it doesn't quite manage to overwhelm in either of these aspects of its gameplay.