1266 AD. Alexander Nevsky, the famous defender of ancient Rus' western borders, is long gone. Having licked their wounds after the Battle on the Ice, knights of the Teutonic Order are again leading their iron wedges to Pskov, a gem of the Northern Rus'. They are out for easy prey and loot. Dovmont, Prince of Pskov, is destined to become a new hope of these lands. Prepare to join his armed force to win fame worthy of the memory of the Grand Prince Alexander! Enjoy historical battles of the Middle Ages here and now. Dovmont will lead his troops against German and Livonian knights and blood of many fearless warriors will spill in the upcoming skirmishes, recreated with all the historical details.
What this is: XIII is the standalone addon to the original game in the series. Real-time tactical strategy game (please note the addition of the word Tactical…) Don’t compare this to the Total War series, if you like the Medieval era of games then you need both, if you like big battles between huge armies, you still need both. If however you like the turn-based bits get the Total War game, not this. Graphics: Good, better than Medieval Total War 2, but then this came out later, of course not as good as the later Total War games, but you won’t be disappointed. Sound: Perfectly fine, it fits the battlefield and the battles well. Multiplayer: It’s ok, LAN was fun. Singleplayer: There are a lot of missions and campaigns here and the gameplay is much more strategic than Total War, elevation, flanking, terrain etc… have a huge effect on the battles and the maps are mostly well designed to give you a chance to use these different tactics. Problems: A little rough around the edges perhaps, but no real problems. Summary: This plays in a different way to Total War (I know I keep saying that, but it does!) and I prefer the Battles here, as you get a chance to do tactics that have big impacts on the Battles. There’s a lot here to keep you amused and interested and I think this series has sadly been over-shadowed and over-looked. Change that, buy it…
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