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.
Awesome Battleslairdjaren | Sept. 10, 2014 | See all lairdjaren's reviews »
Medieval 2 Total War may be getting on in years, but its battles still strike an unquestionably brilliant balance between fun and strategy. Controlling your army is elegant and intuitive and the clash of arms feels kinetic. Factions are balanced, but retain enough variety both in practice and appearance to make your encounters with new foes feel novel and exciting, which is something missing in the otherwise strong follow up title, Shogun 2.
Although I'm inclined to rate the game higher, the campaign mode is admittedly a bit empty. It's completely functional and carries the game from the battle to battle perfectly fine, but imho it lacks the sophistication of the later titles. That being said, this is a great game, and I have more fun with Medieval 2 than other games that are technically more complete.
Everyone is the architect of his own fortuneZioAgrippa | April 7, 2014 | See all ZioAgrippa's reviews »
The best total war game, and one of the best strategic-management title.
It combines theory with practice in a sublime way, that leaves no room to fate, but only to the personal skill. The map is very simple and accurate but the battles are the real strength of this title that can compete even with Rome 2.
One of my favourite! 100/100
top 3 in my list of best total war gamesOktarnash | April 5, 2014 | See all Oktarnash's reviews »
Great total war game, the setting is great, and you get a good feel of isolation from the kind of dark atmosphere of the map, there are tons of mods for this map including a lord of the rings mod. one of the issues with this game would be the cavalry tending to be a tad bit overpowered, which gets fixed with mods and isn't something you truly notice unless you cary around 10 cavalry units in one army and overpowered the enemy units one by one, although other units are underpowered such as the italian crossbowmen with mail armour, since they tend to work as both infantry and crossbowmen.
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.