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Commandos Imperial Glory Praetorians Eidos Pyro Studios
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ďHave Fun!Ē was written on a paper that came in an envelope, together with a preview build of Imperial Glory. And I certainly had fun! Actually I didnít feel much for writing this preview; I rather spent my time on playing the game! But the duty was calling, so I didnít really have a choice, did I? So, hereís my story:

Everyone knows Rome: Total War, the game which Imperial Glory is compared to many times. Rome: Total War is a part of something that Imperial Glory isn't: a game series. Before the game even hit the shelves, it was already praised to heaven, simply because of the success of the other Total War games. Blinded with love the reviewers didnít (wanted to) see the flaws in the game, which was noticeable in the high scores it got. I have to say that I quite enjoyed the game, but it wasnít everything. Now, because Imperial Glory is already suffering enough from the comparison with Rome: Total War, and will ven more when reviews come out, I decided not to do that. This preview will only be a summary of what I think is good and bad in Imperial Glory, so no comparison with Rome: Total War and no fan boy bull talking.

The game starts around the time your grand-grand-grand-grand-grand father and mother were born; the time when the French Revolution broke out in 1789. European grounds began shaking when several Empires where vying for power in Europe. You can choose from 5 of those great Empires to lead: Austria, France, Great Britain, Prussia or Russia. Each Empire has its own strengths and weaknesses. This isnít only because one Empire has a better trained and more advanced army than another, but also because of other aspects, like its geographical situation and the availability of raw materials. This and many more aspects donít make Imperial Glory a game where you simply train thousands of troops and use them against the enemy; it will take much more to crush your opponents.

As I said above you can choose from five Empires. I took the one from top: Great Britain. The description of this Empire said: ďGreat Britain has an advantage Ė being an island limits the possibility of invasion. This can also be a disadvantage however, as it makes it more difficult to gain access to other countries. Because of this the British player must plan from the outset, the building of a great fleet.Ē After some failed invasions and restarts I noticed this description couldnít be truer: I really had to build a big fleet to keep attackers away, but I also needed a big fleet intended for transporting enough men for a successful invasion of a country. All this building an d moving troops around (and much more) is being done in the turn-based management model. In this mode you have an overview of the European map, where you move your camera around and can view information on the 51 provinces and 31 maritime regions present in the game. Each province produces a certain amount of money, raw materials, population, food and, in case the province has a capital city, research points. These resources are generated per turn and you obtain them if the province is a part of your Empire. There are however more ways to stack your warehouses with resources. This can be done in various ways, for example by creating trading routes, smuggling, taxation, etc.
Commandos Imperial Glory Praetorians Eidos Pyro Studios
Commandos Imperial Glory Praetorians Eidos Pyro Studios
The management map can be viewed in 3 different ways: the Military view, which shows where armies and fleets are located and allows you to move them from province to province; the Commercial view, which shows you trading routes and how much you earn from them; and the Statistics view, which shows information on all the provinces which is too much to explain here.

Before you can actually start building you need to construct the right structures. For example, if you want to create troops, you need to construct a Military Academy first, or when you want to create commercial sea routes you need not only a Merchant Harbour, but also a boat to transport goods between the provinces. The thing is that you need to research these structures first, before you can actually build them. This can be done in the Research Tree, which allows you to research over 70 advancements, divided over 3 Eraís. Each advancement cost a certain amount of Research Points, which ar e gained from provinces with a capital city. If youíre in the need of money, you can exchange research points for gold, but this will lengthen the time needed for research and advancement. At some point you will move to a next Era, where you have to decide what political system your Empire will follow: Democratic or Autocratic in the 2nd Era and Republic or Absolute Monarchy or Constitutional Monarchy or Dictatorship in the 3rd Era. After choosing a political system, sympathy with countries following the same system will increase, while sympathy amongst those with opposing political ideals will decrease.

Now, I just mentioned something new: sympathy. Each country shows a certain sympathy level towards each Empire. This is divided in a 100 point scale, where 0% is worst and 100% is best. The average sympathy towards your Empire is shown on a bar in the top of the screen. It is very important that you upkeep relations with other countries, because before you know it, youíre in war with them. This can be done in two ways: the first one is by building certain structures in a country, like a Consulate, and the second way is via the Diplomacy screen, where you have the option to make defensive alliances, trade resources, declare war, etc. Some of these options need to be researched first on the research tree.
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