First things first; I did pre-order the Imperial Edition of Napoleon: Total War. As a big fan of the Total War series, especially Empire, I was looking forward to this for quite a while now. Visiting their website on a regular basis, looking for updates, I was really thrilled when they announced the co-operative grand campaign modes. That was a while back, but right now I am starting to fully realize the absurdity of it all. Isn't it strange to be exited about a gameplay mode that was originally planned to be included in Empire: Total War, and then repeatedly announced as a future (free) update? Keeping in mind here that the current version of Empire: Total War (build 1.5 at the moment, I believe) is still riddled with bugs and other gameplay issues, and however every new patch does fix a lot, it has been over a year since the release, and it is still broken. Napoleon: Total War is planned to be released at the end of the month; this is why this fragment taken from their site troubles me: So, the Creative Assembly is currently hiring people to fix this problem, while the game is to be released in 3 weeks time?! Is this the future of gaming? Where gaming companies can release broken games, in which they don't include announced content, and after having promised to release it free, in stead charge you fifty bucks for it? This while this new title looks to be heading the same direction, on a crash course towards disaster. And, while maintaining a straight face, grimacing continuously, make me want to actually buy this game (and I do want to buy it, the fiends). Thoughts, people, thoughts!