3. Empire: Total War
Release date: March 2009
We're suckers for strategy games, and Total War has proved its superiority over competitors time and time again. Rome: Total War and Medieval II: Total War were both great, but Empire is shaping up to be even better, with an improved campaign and enhanced visuals. Drawing our attention most, however, is the addition of naval battles, allowing players to build empires by sea as well as land.