Some of you guys know me, some of you dont, but anyway im going to make a statement here about the deal going on right now on STEAM (I know is on the main page), even when is 3:00AM over here in uruguay so cut me some slack.
I bought this game at launch, 50usd which is a lot. Now, I was more than happy to be playing it, but it crashed when you end your turn in the middle of your grand campaign for world domination (never get between a man and world domination), it has a strange thing that made it crash to windows. Dont ask why, but we were like 5.000 monkeys on the forums plus another thousands on SEGA trying to explain those guys at Creative Assembly that the game was a joke, full of bugs, bad AI, I mean... THE GAME WAS A MESS... even online.
Then they released a patch... for some it didnt change a thing, for other it made things worse.
So we waited a month for a real patch. The patch didnt solve all the issues, but anyway, most of them.
Right now I cant say what is the state of the game, I have it on the STEAM dvd backup waiting to be played again, but the frustration got over the fun I got out of it. I will eventually got back to it since I heard on the forums that a lot of AI bugs and bugs are fixed for good now.
So should you go and buy it now that is 50% less?
Hell yeah. The game is massive fun, even if turn based strategy is not your thing who cares... you still have the really epic battles to go on.
But remember that sometimes, some games should have stayed on beta for longer. And for me Empire is the proof.