Medieval II: Total War
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Take command of your army and expand your reign in Medieval II - the fourth installment of the award-winning Total War series of strategy games. Direct massive battles featuring up to 10,000 bloodthirsty troops on epic 3D battlefields, while presiding over some of the greatest Medieval nations of the Western and Middle Eastern world. Spanning the most turbulent era in Western history, your quest for territory and power takes you through Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and even onto the shores of the New World.
You'll manage your empire with an iron fist, handling everything from building and improving cities to recruiting and training armies. Wield diplomacy to manipulate allies and enemies, outsmart the dreaded Inquisition, and influence the Pope. Lead the fight in the Crusades and bring victory to Islam or Christianity in the Holy War. Rewrite history and conquer the world. This is Total War!
Bigger and better real-time battles. Improved combat choreography, larger armies, quicker pace, and spectacular finishing moves make this the most visceral and exciting Total War ever.
New epic campaign. The ambitious single player campaign will span three continents and let players sail across to the Americas to confront the Aztecs on their home soil.
Greater accessibility. An enhanced user interface and optional shorter campaigns make the Total War experience faster and easier to enjoy than ever before.
Over 40 new features. An advanced terrain system, enhanced weather effects, and more will help you divide and conquer.
Intense Multiplayer Battles. Wage war against other players in 8-way multiplayer games across the Internet and LAN.
The best Total War gamespauny | Nov. 26, 2013 | See all spauny's reviews »
You hardly see a game that was released 7,8 years ago, that is still being played and modded. The community is outstanding and still active. In my opinion this is one of few games that deserves a 100 out of 100. This doesn't mean the game is flawless. It means when I start a new crusader campaign, I still get goosebumps, and I have played it for 7 years. I still play it; I mean Kingdoms + Broken Crescent mod it's a wonderful combination. You have diplomatics, economy, city management, family tree, great immersion. You will end up very attached to a particular city or general... But of course, most of all, you have great total war battles. Also, with patch 1.5 you can play hotseat campaign. There are a lot of multiplayer hotseat tournaments on the total war forums. Go for it, buy this game and you'll have a lot of fun, even after all these years!
A Game to Surpass Timexiluxpain | Nov. 20, 2013 | See all xiluxpain's reviews »
When it comes to the Total War series, or strategy games in general, one game that will always entice my return is Medieval II.
Medieval II is a defining title to the series of Total War; one that provides a vast variation of units, unique methods of victory, and up to 17 unlock-able factions upon wiping them out. Each individual faction has their own unique victory requirements, easily providing between 6-12 hours minimal replay value per faction.
As a veteran player of the series, Medieval II does not disappoint in providing entertainment even after nearly a decade into existence. Whether you start a game with the sole purpose of destroying the influential Papal States, invading forces of the Mongols and Timurids, or conquering the new world of the Aztecs, you will find yourself spending hundreds of hours and still may not have accomplished total victory.
Will you aim for a religious victory? Perhaps a short game of eliminating your sworn enemies in a short, few hour play... Feeling ambitious? Plot using all you know... religion, alliances, betrayals, control key settlements, manipulate factions with money, conduct diplomacy, and eventually... take the world. Do you have what it takes?
A Wonderful Strategy GameWiesler | Nov. 15, 2013 | See all Wiesler's reviews »
The Total War series offers players another dose of Medieval action in Medieval II: Total War. Outside of battles you will find yourself managing your various lands: taxing, building armies, declaring war, signing treaties, and so on. These things have an impact on how your battles go. Assassinating your enemy's general could cause them to lose their next battle against you.
In battle, the game shifts to an RTS perspective. Battles can be tons of fun, and will require some attention. Units have different stances or abilities that they can use, and it will be up to you to manage them. It is really cool watching your glorious knights riding around through waves enemies, or seeing your archers destroy charging armies. The units have some variety to them depending on the faction, and individual units can also have some slight differences between them.
The game can be played with varying conditions and difficulties. However, the invisible hand of the game can sometimes feel unfair or obtrusive. For instance, at a certain point in the game certain factions will hate you. You could have been allies with each other for the whole game with marriages and trade routs between you, but at some point they might just turn on you for no reason. What's worse is that sometimes your allies will do this after they have already set up large armies near your bases. On top of this, the pope might ask you to not hurt certain factions that are planning on attacking you, or hurting certain allies that you don't want to attack. Depending on the difficulty, the enemy can also sprout units and resources out of nowhere.
Playing the game unlocks more factions, and they all feel great, but some feel underdeveloped compared to others (especially the none western factions). The strategy is complex, but can be simplified if you want to focus on the battles. This is simply a great strategy game.
One of my favourite TW gamesJonot86 | Oct. 17, 2013 | See all Jonot86's reviews »
I love the medieval age and this almost is a perfect overall representation of the time. While having the same basic outline on most of the TW series, but with added events.
The battles are huge and the amount of destruction is intense with siege equipment. The game is fun but it definitely takes a lot of time out of your social life!
Very good battlesrjb789 | Sept. 30, 2013 | See all rjb789's reviews »
This game is easily one of the best games I have played of all time. I cant imagine the hours I have put into this game doing the lengthy campaign and starting again on the harder difficulties and repeating. It really is a very compelling and extremely rewarding experience. The campaign, as mentioned above, is a stunning representation of the vast battles that took place in medieval times and it really makes you feel as if you are the one commanding the troops. This is helped by the fantastic graphics, sound design and general polish that the games in the series are renown for, added to this is a great control scheme. This makes this game a must buy for Total War fans!