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.
Strategic Masterpiececcmm7 | Feb. 17, 2014 | See all ccmm7's reviews »
If you don't already own Medieval 2: Total War, you haven't experienced strategy gaming at its finest. While Medieval 2 was released in 2004, it doesn't show it at all. In terms of graphics, mechanics, and gameplay it is of the highest quality.
For a somewhat old game, the graphics are surprisingly good, especially considering the number of graphics mods and re-skins that are readily available from the community.
If you have played Rome: Total War, the previous instalment in the Total War series, you will find that the mechanics are quite similar. With the exception of an increased importance of religion and vastly superior siege battles, Medieval 2 makes no massive mechanic overhauls from the predecessor, one of the few downsides to this game.
Finally, the gameplay itself is outstanding. The variety of factions with different units, cultures, and religions will have you conquering the Medieval world over and over again without getting boring. The vast selection of mods also adds to replay value. There are literally hundreds of different mods from Lord of the Rings to historical setpieces such as the Hundred Years War or the turmoil in the Middle East that will keep you coming back for more.
I give this game a 90/100, but if you are willing to play around with mods, the game could easily be a 100/100. Truly the crown jewel of the Total War series.
Great gamejmods5710 | Feb. 8, 2014 | See all jmods5710's reviews »
This game came out in 2004, yet is still seen as a masterpiece in RTS games. I agree very much with this, as it is one of the most addicting and fun games I have played. Graphics may not be the greatest when seen now, but that doesn't matter when you try the game for yourself. You command huge armies in battle and there are many factions to choose from. The campaign is decent but that isn't the important part. If you're looking for a great RTS game, this is one that is a must buy.
Perhaps the best Total War to dateLSD | Feb. 5, 2014 | See all LSD's reviews »
This is probably the closest The Creative Assembly have come to a perfect Total War game. The variety is tremendous. Different cultures have different buildings and castle types, all of which you can see in the flesh on the battle map (which recent TW games have stopped providing us with). There's also a great RPG-like system for generals, with them gaining traints, followers and moral allegiance throughout a campaign. There's so much to do in Medieval, that other TW games pale in comparison. So why only a score of 88? Because the pathfinding is very buggy in siege battles, and because some of the features don't feel properly fleshed out -- princesses, for example, don't feel as well thought out as other features of the game. It's still an absolutely fantastic game, though.
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?