Historical Strategy Games – Total War Series


Historical strategy games are different from normal strategy games. A strategy game is all about planning your next move to take advantage of your enemies. One popular example is Age of Empires. Any game that lets you think of creative ways to win is considered a strategy game.

Strategy and History

So what’s the difference with historical strategy games? There isn’t much of a difference really. It’s a separate genre under the world of strategy games. Strategy games can be of different worlds and different timelines. Any game that follows or is based on actual historical records is what you’d call historical strategy games.

So what’s the difference with historical strategy games? There isn’t much of a difference really. It’s a separate genre under the world of strategy games. Strategy games can be of different worlds and different timelines. Any game that follows or is based on actual historical records is what you’d call historical strategy games.

Strategy Games Defined

But wait, why is Age of Empires only a strategy game? It is based on the many different civilizations that inhabited Earth. Why is it just a regular strategy game?

In Age of Empires, some of the civilizations in the game no longer exists. It’s more of a “what if” type of game. The same can be said with Sid Meier’s Civilization series. Another popular strategy game, Civilizations is a sandbox type of game. It means you get to choose what happens to your “civilization”.

The Art of Total War

So what are the noteworthy historical strategy games that can be played online or offline?

First in the list is the Total War series. Developed by Creative Assembly for the personal computer, I’ve been a fan ever since I laid my eyes on Rome: Total War. I’ve been playing Age of Empires, Battle Realms, and other popular strategy games of the early 2000s when Rome: Total War captured my attention. The game is entirely focused on the battles instead. This is the kind of gameplay that I love about the Total War series.

Historical Strategy Games were once Text-based Games

The game captured the real essence of a battlefield. Early historical strategy games featured text-based battles and graphics depicting the fight between one army against the other. It was only with the Total War series that featured a massive group of soldiers on your computer screen and each soldier was armed with swords, shields, bows, and spears. While the earlier games of the Total War series weren’t that impressive yet under the graphics department, it was under Rome: Total War where the popularity of hit war game started to rise.

Rise of the Total War Games

After Rome Total War, Medieval 2 Total War came next. A sequel to the earlier Medieval Total War title, the second game proved to be a superior version compared to Rome Total War. This time, it was a battle for dominance against the greatest medieval empires in Europe during the 14th century. When I finally got my own copy, I immediately installed the game without hesitation and started playing it for hours. The graphics were impressive and the gameplay was addictive. Launching crusades against enemy kingdoms was a fun experience in the game.

The Golden Age and Decline

Then in the late 2000s came Empire Total War. The game is now set in the 18th century and guns, cannons, and line infantries were your ticket to glory and riches in this game. It also featured a single game campaign featuring the birth of the United States and its war against its colonial master. The next few games after his masterpiece were still set in the same world; Napoleon Total War did not impress me that much because I was too busy still playing Empire Total War.

Ahhh the brilliance of the old Total War series. I was disappointed with the recent titles (Rome 2 Total War), but the new Three Kingdoms: Total War looks very promising. I can only hope that this game won’t be butchered by graphics glitches and problematic gameplay

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