Empire: Total War is a turn based strategy game that uses real time tactics. The gameplay consists of the player using exploration, economics, politics and religion in order to found and build colonies with a goal of conquering their regions.
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Pro Multiplayer is the strongest part of the game
Not having to deal with the poor AI is a good thing, which is what makes the multiplayer stand out as it is now time to use real tactics instead of cheap exploits to get ahead. This can make for really challenging games depending on who your opponent is and can be a real blast.
Pro Combines real time with turn based strategy
The combination of turn based combat and real time works well with this game dues to how it plays out. The player starts off planning in a 4X type strategy game that once a battle commences they take charge of the troops in real time combat.
Con Poor AI
The AI in the game is not very smart, which can give an upper hand as well as hold one back. If one chooses to not go into a real time battle, but let the AI take charge for their own troops it can lead to disaster. On the other side of things when going into manual controlled battle the enemy AI can often be exploited, which also lessens the experience of the game.