It was pointless to resist... The DarthMod series of Mods strikes back to destroy all gameplay inconsistencies of the original game and offer you better AI, realistic battles and unequaled challenge.
I think it is quite an Overrated mod. the only good part is that the creator of this mod was able to compile different mods into one compatible mod.
- Despite the success the mod is quite unstable for me i don't know about you guys but i get random crashes sometimes mid game i crash, and sometimes by just starting my game i crash. crash became unpredictable that every time i launch the game i have to cross my fingers and hope it won't crash.
- sloppy programming... the uninstaller doesn't uninstall all files i had to manually search left over files in my registry and empire folders to rid of DM completely. you have do this or else those DM left overs might crash other mods that are incompatible with DM.
- Balance is wonky
noticed the change in AI both campaign and battle AI they are better that vanilla AI but still i never lose to an AI i don't know why some people here lose to an AI probably mis manage your empire. Battle AI still quite easy although European troops are Over Powered compared to eastern troops thanks to AUM...
...not very balanced at all Eastern troops are still pushovers and i can conquer India and Ottomans with ease while Austria, France, Spain and Russia are quite hard to deal with.
well that kinda brings historical accuracy to it but in a game everything must be balance i also notice that AUM makes some line infantry superior in melee combat eastern melee troops aren't even well_trained if you look at their stats in DBEditor.
(yes i use DBEditor because my PC would lag so bad if there are three or more 300 plus line infantries going into a melee brawl )
Even after a couple of years passes, and i've tested other mods for ETW but in the end DMUC just manage to still be better by improving immersion, look and feel, balance, tweaking the economy and trade system, increase the unit size in ratio for all selective options (no need to use an editor unless you want a over the top big massive battle), new music, screens, some new animations for the main menu background, enhanced effect and special effects (walking, fighting, shooting etc), smoother animations, and transitions between actions and etc, all in all it is actually easier to state what it does wrong, which is as far as i know to date nothing!.
A true gem for the game, this is the game as it was meant to be, if you read this review and got Empire Total War then stop playing Vanilla if it is no fun and download&install; this to play the way it was meant to be played.