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    I just posted in another thread about the latest patch and how it isn't exactly making the good folks who paid money for this game happy. I have not downloaded it and will just deal with my occasional crash.

    But I have a certain fear that this may be the last breath of a dieing gaming genre. With the appearant frustration felt by many (I know, vocal minority, but this seems to be a tather LARGE minority), the almost impossibility to develope software compatable with so many variations of machines, and, most importantly, the current economic downturn, will this be the last of the Total War series? I mean, what time period would be the next title that could save CA existence? I have really enjoyed the games since Shogun, but it is going to be very difficult for me to be one of those "as soon as it hits the shelves" buyers that the gaming industry rely on....

    What's your thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devastatin Dave View Post
    I just posted in another thread about the latest patch and how it isn't exactly making the good folks who paid money for this game happy. I have not downloaded it and will just deal with my occasional crash.
    I presume you had steam running as you posted this, in which case its likely you have no choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pevergreen View Post
    I presume you had steam running as you posted this, in which case its likely you have no choice.
    Nope, I have a system dedicated to only my Total War habit (offline). I'm have seperate system to hang out with my Org homies and watching two chicks and a cup.
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    Final TW Game? I highly doubt it. The game still works well enough for most people, and I have heard nothing that leads me to believe sales have taken a huge hit. People leveled many of the same criticisms at RTW and M2TW, and however justfied they may have been, the fact remains most people still had alot of fun with those two games. The negative (over)reactions or typical of any PC release, especially a well known one. People expect games to work out of box perfectly, and the fact of the matter is, with a few exceptions, no complex PC or even console game has ever been able to do that.

    Most people, including myself, are still having alot of fun with E:TW, and I fully expect continued ETW support by CA, and future relases (personally hoping they stay away from Shogun, my least favorite of the series, and return to Ancient Rome and Greece for some Trireme battles).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devastatin Dave View Post
    Nope, I have a system dedicated to only my Total War habit (offline). I'm have seperate system to hang out with my Org homies and watching two chicks and a cup.
    Oooooooh.

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    You could jsut disable steam autoupdate you know...
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    as the way it looks there will probably be a dozen more total war games at least. Unless things change.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Devastatin Dave View Post
    I mean, what time period would be the next title that could save CA existence?
    That's the big question. I would hazard a guess at 1800-1900 opium wars in china etc. I just cannot see the game working in later periods though, WW1 TW for example . Also I don't see how they could apply many of the features they've added into earlier periods, (MTW has been done to death); revisiting STW would be fun but the theater is to limited. Personally I'd like an RTW2, sea battles are viable, also the map scale wouldn't be restrictive, the romans started trading with china before they "fell".

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    Empire is running great on my system and i'm enjoying it immensly. If CA wants to build more, I will buy. I think an expansion like Kingdoms would be great. Campaigns could include Napoleonic Wars, American Civil War, Crimean War, The Austo-Franco-Prussian Wars, Opium Wars or anything Victorian.

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    Since these type of games (strategy) do not lend themselves to playing well on consoles, I do not think that this will be the last game and that there will be even an add on for the series (at least one)..

    The problem with these games isn't the failures, it is the successes. After an initial success with a game, some large software company swoops in and attempts to cash in on the type of game producted. Eventually, those companies strangle the innovation out of the game. You should not worry though as nature abhors a vaccuum.... other parts of the world will (and are) already writing new gaming software to take up the slack .

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    In 2-3 years we will all remember things differently, jaded.

    MTW2 was also said to be the final nail in the coffin numerous times, as far as I remember!

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    I hope not. I've enjoyed almost all the total war games and there add-ons so far. I hope they add Napoleon to the Grand campaign in a expansion and extend it into the 1800s.

    As for the next game I doubt I'd buy RTW2 as I didn't like RTW as much as the other games and right now I can sill play it I want to so wouldn't be interested in buying a remake. something set in china or the east would be fun I think as I know little about the history of that part of the world.

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    Simply put, CA make enough money for SEGA.

    That means that we'll see more TW games until SEGA don't see it as worthwhile in supporting them - e.g. poor sales.

    I think TW games are most suited to the ancient period to about 1900, as the main arms for fighting are infantry, cavalry and (mostly) direct fire artillery of various forms, which are easier to model.

    WW1 would be too complex to fit into the TW model, the battles would be fought on the strat map, because how can you model a battle like the Somme that started in June and ended in November? Small engagements wouldn't cut it for me because the bigger picture is much more important in this time period.

    That still leaves us with a lot of time left to play with. I can see there being a lot of downloadable content for the current period, inc napoleonic, US civil war, opium wars etc.

    TW hasn't looked at China & surrounds yet, and will probably revisit the Ancient World again next as this is probably the next popular period of history.



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    I surely hope this is not the final Total War game. Total War is my favorite franchise game, and there is not one I have not bought. I think I would cry really hard if this were the last one.
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    Twould totally suck if this was the last one, and I for one would think that a Mongolian Total War or Africa total war would be quite nice, as in both you have a rather large area that was conquered by a much smaller force than the armies that they faced. Thats what I realla want to see as a next game!
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    I wouldn't mind seeing Total War: Rise of the lower kingdoms.. :D or, "Ancient Empires".. still tons of time periods untouched. Imagine fighting around the great pyramids, or destroying the hanging gardens..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Namarie22 View Post
    I wouldn't mind seeing Total War: Rise of the lower kingdoms.. :D or, "Ancient Empires".. still tons of time periods untouched. Imagine fighting around the great pyramids, or destroying the hanging gardens..
    Also, the Eygptians traded with ancient South Americans.

    So having a game set in such a time period, with the ability to fight anywhere in the World would be pretty amazing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prodigal View Post
    That's the big question. I would hazard a guess at 1800-1900 opium wars in china etc. I just cannot see the game working in later periods though, WW1 TW for example . Also I don't see how they could apply many of the features they've added into earlier periods, (MTW has been done to death); revisiting STW would be fun but the theater is to limited. Personally I'd like an RTW2, sea battles are viable, also the map scale wouldn't be restrictive, the romans started trading with china before they "fell".
    WW1 or even WW2 are highly doable. The basic concept would be pretty much the same, the real time battles would just play like Men of War or World in Conflict.
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    I would like to see E:TW recast as 20th Century: Total War. We've had the biggest, nastiest wars in history (so far) in the 20th century. The research & trade mechanics could be tweaked. The map would have to be bigger, i.e. with many more regions. The downside: unlike ancient history, there would be no end to the amount of people offended one way or another.

    A 19th century version is also doable. There were plenty of wars in those times as well!
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    The AI would have to be tweaked to make continuous fronts. We would REALLY have to be able to coordinate attack to IE. cut off a salient from 2 directions.
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    ETW hit number 1 in the UK all format charts. That's a first for a TW game AFAIK, and rare for any PC game. Why would it be the last? Each game in the series sells more than the one before. That's what matters most; game development is a business.

    There's still plenty of eras CA could use, and with M2TW they proved they do not mind revisiting a period.
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    It can't be the last.

    I haven't bought this one...we'll see how the patches go... The TW series cannot fold until after they have released (and patched to perfection-for once) a Napoleonic Total War.
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    It's all my fault, I talked DevDave into buying ETW. And truthfully, I quite like the game, bugs and all. (I would be less sanguine if I didn't think that the Empire team was hard at work tweaking AI and killing bugs.)

    Anyway, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa, dear Dave. In the long run you'll be glad you bought it, I promise. No, really.
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    If they revist Rome, I will buy it, period. I do not care if they turn it into a card came, if the next is Rome I am buying it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Graphic View Post
    WW1 or even WW2 are highly doable. The basic concept would be pretty much the same, the real time battles would just play like Men of War or World in Conflict.
    I don't think you can have a total war game just set in just World War One or Two. One set between 1900 and 1950 would be I think enough time to do it. But I think it would need a lot of work as they would have to add air power to land and sea battles and not have it too over powered. Might need a new engine to do it right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frogbeastegg View Post
    ETW hit number 1 in the UK all format charts. That's a first for a TW game AFAIK, and rare for any PC game. Why would it be the last? Each game in the series sells more than the one before. That's what matters most; game development is a business.

    There's still plenty of eras CA could use, and with M2TW they proved they do not mind revisiting a period.
    It also topped the NPD North American charts. For PC at least. Also pretty impressive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graphic View Post
    WW1 or even WW2 are highly doable. The basic concept would be pretty much the same, the real time battles would just play like Men of War or World in Conflict.
    I really don't think that the TW model is set up at all for these wars. If you want the grand strat map then you can't have the real time battles because each section of the front is huge, (=lots o' regions) and the battles take months, whereas prior to 1900 (most) battles could be fought decisivelyin a day, or a couple of days.

    If you have smaller battles for specific objectives then where is the strategic importance after each battle? You would be fighting constantly and each turn on the strat map would be one day - which isn't practical for a game purporting to be ww1 TW or ww2 TW. For both of these how do you represent naval or aerial supremacy?

    For ww1 or ww2 you either need to concentrate tactically, or strategically, I don't think that the TW model is ready to do both.

    Aren't there enough WW2 games already?
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    I certainly hope not.
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    We can always go into modern war... or back to Rome and Shogun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethelred Unread View Post
    Aren't there enough WW2 games already?
    Are there a lot of WW2 games? Most definitely. Are there enough good ones? Not nearly.

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