Even with the free weekend, there are still more people playing Empire though :P
Napoleon is great, but it has an obvious problem: It's all about the French.
I mean... Really, who wants that?
I still haven't given Shogun 2 a proper chance, but I might dive into Fall of the Samurai. It looks pretty decent.
Even without properly playing it, it's still shit for one thing though. It's not Total War: Prussia. Or Total War: Blood and Iron. Both would work.
Really, going from the Napoleonic era and then completely dismissing one of the most interesting eras of warfare from 1850 to 1890 (The Crimean War, the Schleswig wars, the American Civil War, the Austro-Prussian war, the Franco-Prussian War) is a huge mistake for the series.