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Empire: Total War £21.54 Pre-order using MARCH10 voucher +quidco
Empire: Total War £21.54 Pre-order using MARCH10 voucher +quidco

Empire: Total War £21.54 Pre-order using MARCH10 voucher +quidco

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Empire: Total War is set in the 18th century a turbulent era that is the most requested by Total Wars loyal fan base and a period alive with global conflict, revolutionary fervour and technological advances. With themes such as the Industrial Revolution, America's struggle for independence, the race to control Eastern trade routes and the globalisation of war on land and sea, Empire: Total War promises to be amongst the richest and most dynamic PC RTS games of all time.

Minimum System Specs:
2.4Ghz single core processor
256MB Gfx card (DX9 compaitble)
1GB RAM (For XP, 2GB if using Vista)

I'd recommend a much higher spec than that though, there is a demo out on steam if you would like to try it.

I've got a feeling that you wont get the game for cheaper than this pre-release.

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thanks. i need this quite quickly for a b'day present, anyone know what their despatch times are like?

cheers

Excellent price !!

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sossidge;4529937

thanks. i need this quite quickly for a b'day present, anyone know what … thanks. i need this quite quickly for a b'day present, anyone know what their despatch times are like?cheers



I believe they should get it to you for the release date, March 4th. The website says in stock usually dispatched within 1 working day. They have mixed reviews when it comes to pre-orders, I'm no massive rush so I think it's worth saving a couple of quid. If the Birthday is after March 5th I'd say you'll probably be ok.

WiiBoy;4530148

I believe they should get it to you for the release date, March 4th. The … I believe they should get it to you for the release date, March 4th. The website says in stock usually dispatched within 1 working day. They have mixed reviews when it comes to pre-orders, I'm no massive rush so I think it's worth saving a couple of quid. If the Birthday is after March 5th I'd say you'll probably be ok.



ok, thanks. not a whole lot more risk than amazon then, and better than paying high st price.

cheers

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Nice find great price http://weddingepisode.com/imgs/signature_lovefilm.jpg

ordered thanks

Ordered here too.

Though, are you sure you can use the 10% discount code at the same time as quidco?
In my experience as soon as you use a discount code, the retailers site will stop tracking the referrer (cashback) website.

Even without the 5% quidco, it's a great price for a game that is undoubtably - touch wood - going to be a storming game.

ordered as well, tried the code earlier but didnt work so ordered from tesco instead but have since now cancelled and tried again and it worked

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Great stuff OP - looking like it's going to be a stonker of a game!

thanks, will get this and add heat

not voted.

price is definitely hot, but i'm not going to be buying this game - it REQUIRES steam. Gutting, because I was REALLY looking forwards to it. At the end of the day, though, it's just a game.

Steam sounds like a good idea in theory, but there are a lot of (ethical) problems with it.

1) You can't practically resell your games, they're tied to your account. So no more second hand games.

2) Valve can (and will) remove your right to play ALL your games that you've bought through Steam for any reason they feel like.

3) If you buy a game for less money from another country - and I mean a legal copy, not a pirate version - then Valve will cut it off and expect you to buy the full price version from your own country.

4) Valve don't charge LESS for games on Steam than actual physical retailers, even though on Steam there is no cost for media, no transportation, no retail overheads, no middlemen, etc. All they have to do is run Steam's servers, and after that they just make a fat wallop of cash. So the fundamental benefit of online retail benefits THEM not US.

I just payed £29.99 on play :oops:

The Demo was pretty good though, it wont top Shogun :thumbsup:

To pre-order a Digital download copy on steam, it's £39.99 !!!! LMFAO.

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wild_quinine;4534594

it REQUIRES steam.



Steam is a Virus!!!!

ERU;4535196

Steam is a Virus!!!!



Posting FUD like this only confuses people who aren't familiar with Steam.

Steam is not a virus or any sort of malicious software, it is the equivalent of Apple's Itunes for PC games (i.e. huge success!).

People have both negative and positive views on Apple's DRM just like Steam's - personally I'm a huge Steam fan and I think many people are as well.

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TehJumpingJawa;4533432

Ordered here too.Though, are you sure you can use the 10% discount code … Ordered here too.Though, are you sure you can use the 10% discount code at the same time as quidco?In my experience as soon as you use a discount code, the retailers site will stop tracking the referrer (cashback) website.Even without the 5% quidco, it's a great price for a game that is undoubtably - touch wood - going to be a storming game.



It worked for me just before Christmas, that was using the quidco 10 voucher though. Guess it's a bit pot luck! Still as you say I think it's a pretty decent price.

tickedon;4535250

Personally I'm a huge Steam fan and I think many people are as well.



So... with regards to all those negative points I made about Steam - do you not care about those things, or do you just implicitly trust Valve or something?

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My order was dispatched yesterday, so with any luck it might arrive today!

Right best clear this up for anybody not in the know....

Steam is an application/service designed by valve who are the creators of the half life series (amongst others.)
The application is primarily used for online gaming and for purchasing digital downloads and has an integrated chat system and anti-cheat measures.
You will need internet access and a steam account (free) to register the game and it's cd key and this does make selling on a difficulty but this is not a new thing or a unique thing.

This is not something to be boycotted and avoided like the plague like EA's Securom fiasco. If you're going to avoid games because they use Steam then you have and will continue to miss out on some good games. I agree some of the prices for their digital downloads are rip offs but comments about revocation etc are scaremongering. There are some issues with steam and some annoyances that crop up once in a while but it's not the antichrist.

You can find out more about it on the official website [url]www.steampowered.com[/url]

Nice find btw.

I would love to have a client version of all games that I play, but Steam prices are way too high.

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Ichi;4537641

I agree some of the prices for their digital downloads are rip offs but … I agree some of the prices for their digital downloads are rip offs but comments about revocation etc are scaremongering. There are some issues with steam and some annoyances that crop up once in a while but it's not the antichrist.

Yeah there are a few .....
wild_quinine;4534594

there are a lot of (ethical) problems with it. 1) You can't practically … there are a lot of (ethical) problems with it. 1) You can't practically resell your games, they're tied to your account. So no more second hand games. 2) Valve can (and will) remove your right to play ALL your games that you've bought through Steam for any reason they feel like.3) If you buy a game for less money from another country - and I mean a legal copy, not a pirate version - then Valve will cut it off and expect you to buy the full price version from your own country. 4) Valve don't charge LESS for games on Steam than actual physical retailers, even though on Steam there is no cost for media, no transportation, no retail overheads, no middlemen, etc. All they have to do is run Steam's servers, and after that they just make a fat wallop of cash. So the fundamental benefit of online retail benefits THEM not US.


It's a virus by every definition of the word virus ... It's designed to make money out of you and additionally gather information about your online habits ...

My issue with it, as with all other copy protection systems, is that it's restricting or inconveniencing the honest people who buy the product.

Which is better:-
Example 1 (securerom et al.)
A) A game that runs without the CD.
B) The same game that requires the CD in the drive, and takes 10-20 seconds longer to start up each time.

Example 2. (steam, rockstar social club, etc etc)
A) A game that installs & runs without requiring an internet connection, and does not require any 3rd party application to be installed, or resident in the background while playing.
B) The same game that requires you to waste your time registering to online service(s), validating a key, and installing 3rd party client software that leaves wasteful applications running in the background.

Obviously option A) is preferable in both cases, hence any copy protection scheme that inherently devalues the product is IMO an insult to the consumer.

Having said all that, the protection scheme alone will not stop me from buying a game, but it does weigh in as a negative consideration when deciding what to buy.
I would not have bought GTA4 for instance, purely because of the invasive registration process... but as it turns out, my sister bought it me for xmas.
It wasn't the best xmas morning i've spent...... 25 minute registration process, 35 minutes downloading patches & driver updates, and even then it didn't support my brand new 8800GTX SLI setup...... Rockstar failed, and I wont be buying their next title.

If Empire: TW turns out to be anything like GTA4, it'll be another excellent series ruined by publisher incompetence.
I feel for the developers in all this, as they sure as hell don't want invasive copy protection ruining their otherwise excellent games.

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I've loved the genre of games on DVD/CD. Yes you have to have the media in the drive but it only takes a minute to grab a NOCD from gamecopyworld.com to ensure continued media free gaming. Once installed the DVD/CD isn't needed ever again.

We got this game in Tesco Riverside Dundee last wednesday as they put it out a week early by accident! Been unable to register game through steam but have not returned yet as may be because release date is tomorrow....

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ERU;4538746

I've loved the genre of games on DVD/CD. Yes you have to have the media … I've loved the genre of games on DVD/CD. Yes you have to have the media in the drive but it only takes a minute to grab a NOCD from gamecopyworld.com to ensure continued media free gaming. Once installed the DVD/CD isn't needed ever again.



And that's the exact reason for companies using clients like steam, because what is stopping you lending the game to all your friends/relatives and gettting them to install a no-cd. I don't have a problem paying £20 for a brand new game which has taken thousands of hours to create. I have used the steam client for probably 5 years, I had it during beta and I'll be the first to admit it was shocking at first but now it's perfectly fine. People cry about it running in the background yet they probably use the Vista sidebar which uses 10 times more RAM.

The argument for securom above is completely biased, it doesn't mention the fact that EA are choosing to limit the number of installs now. With steam the games are tied to your account so you can play the games on any computer you like.

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julsey3006;4539114

We got this game in Tesco Riverside Dundee last wednesday as they put it … We got this game in Tesco Riverside Dundee last wednesday as they put it out a week early by accident! Been unable to register game through steam but have not returned yet as may be because release date is tomorrow....



Yep I imagine you'll have to wait until midnight, or if you are sensible tomorrow :thumbsup:.

Just ordered. Great find

WiiBoy;4539165

With steam the games are tied to your account so you can play the games … With steam the games are tied to your account so you can play the games on any computer you like.



Ive heard tht before but does that mean once it is on your steam account i can play it anywhere in the UK on any PC as long as i am logged into my account???

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micoo;4540928

Ive heard tht before but does that mean once it is on your steam account … Ive heard tht before but does that mean once it is on your steam account i can play it anywhere in the UK on any PC as long as i am logged into my account???



Yep, obviously you can't be logged in at the same time at two locations.

Ichi;4537641

You will need internet access and a steam account (free) to register the … You will need internet access and a steam account (free) to register the game and it's cd key and this does make selling on a difficulty but this is not a new thing or a unique thing.



That doesn't make it a good thing. Street muggings aren't a new crime, should we turn a blind eye?

In fact, it's illegal in many countries not to allow you sell things on.

If you're going to avoid games because they use Steam then you have and … If you're going to avoid games because they use Steam then you have and will continue to miss out on some good games.



I know! I'm gutted about this one!

But I can't realistically give my money to people who don't respect their customers. You make it sound like having principles is a bad thing!?

I agree some of the prices for their digital downloads are rip offs but … I agree some of the prices for their digital downloads are rip offs but comments about revocation etc are scaremongering.... You can find out more about it on the official website [url]www.steampowered.com[/url]



Yep, they give a really balanced view of it all!

Or, if you're smart enough to suspect that the people who make and sell products through Steam might not give you the whole story, you could go to wikipedia and read the ']Criticism of Steam' section.

or follow these links:

Valve steals your games, if you ]buy them from other territories.

A lot of people defend Valve, and say 'Well, people shouldn't have been trying to get their games cheaper from abroad'. That's a stupid argument.

Every time you see a label that says 'Made in China' or 'Made in Taiwan' on a product you own, that is because some company is profitting off the fact that things are cheaper in some parts of the world. What... we, the customer, can't do that?

Valve ]kills your games if they feel like it. All of them are gone.

This is just one example. And sure, they say that they are certain they're all people who tried to access Half Life 2 illegally. But it's not true in all cases that they didn't pay for it, even Valve admit that. (Some of them were just trying to get in early, I think).

Even if they were trying to STEAL one game, which would be illegal, that doesn't give Valve the right to take away the games that they acquired legally! It just doesn't! Any more than I can take your bike if you steal my lunch. It's still illegal for me to take your bike!

And this isn't just a couple of accounts, this is TWENTY THOUSAND accounts on this ONE OCCASION.

The fact is that Valve decide what goes on Steam, and you can lose things you paid for, including your legal rights. Here's another example of something shitty: if you've got an older computer that runs a few of your favourite old games, Valve occasionally update Steam so that you have to upgrade your computer to play a game that you've already paid for and that used to work fine. What?!?

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The game requires 15gb of hard drive space beware!!!

okay, bought the game, it can't find steam.exe, won't play
f buying a game ever again, steam is a virus, p bay rules.

ERU;4554933

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The voucher no longer works as it expired on the 4th iirc. So this can be had at the same price elsewhere.
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