Medieval II: Total War (Windows)

88
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Description

This game takes place during the Middle Ages starting in the year 1080. There are 17 different cultures in the known world. The player's goal is to bring the culture of their choice to world domination in the course of 500 years - through the High Middle Ages through the Late Middle Ages until the Renaissance, complete with the exploration of America.

Like Rome: Total War, players manage their cities and move their units around on a world map in a turn-based mode to conquer new cities or defeat enemies threatening their land. Players always need to watch after their people, in order to avoid them getting angry with their rulers and starting a revolution. Players also need to fulfill goals set by their religious leader, such as going on a crusade for the Pope.

When a battle starts and the player chooses not to have the AI calculate the outcome, the game switches to a full 3D battlefield where he must command his units as squads in real-time on the battlefield. There players need to use tactics like sending the cavalry into the nearby woods for a surprise attack at the enemies' flanks and making use of the overall terrain, like high ground, which are good for bowmen to overcome the enemy. Players will also have to conquer enemy castles, or successfully defend their own.

For players who have mastered the single-player campaign, up to 8 players can go head to head in multiplayer matches.

Screenshots

Medieval II: Total War Windows As if plague, war, Mongols and heresy weren't bad enough...
Medieval II: Total War Windows Political Map (close-up view). Overlooking the Middle East after a successful crusade against Jerusalem by the English. The Turks, however are preparing a counter-attack Jihad.
Medieval II: Total War Windows We'll fight you in your cities ...
Medieval II: Total War Windows Impenetrable Fortress? I beg do differ...

Alternate Titles

  • "全軍破敵Ⅱ" -- Chinese spelling (Traditional)

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User Reviews

Major Downgrade from MTW Professor (95) 2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars2.71 Stars
I know I am not that good at strategy, but I can't be this bad. Pixelspeech (955) 2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars2.57 Stars
[v3.0] Superior in strategy but disastrous in Total War Indra is here (19851) 2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars

Critic Reviews

Worth Playing Dec 27, 2006 9 out of 10 90
PC Powerplay Oct 25, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Nov 13, 2006 9 out of 10 90
4Players.de Nov 13, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Eurogamer.de Nov 15, 2006 9 out of 10 90
ActionTrip Nov 17, 2006 90 out of 100 90
PC Player (Denmark) Dec, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
PC Action Dec 14, 2006 84 out of 100 84
1UP Nov 14, 2006 B+ 83
Game Revolution Dec 15, 2006 B+ 83

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Medieval II: Total War appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Awards

  • Computer Games Magazine
    • March 2007 - #8 Game of the Year 2006
  • GameSpy
    • 2006 – PC Non-RTS Strategy Game of the Year (Gamers' Vote)
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 02/2007 – #2 Best Strategy Game in 2006
Information also contributed by Bhatara Dewa Indra I.

Related Web Sites

  • Total War (Medieval II: Total War official website.)
  • Total War Wiki (Medieval II: Total War at the official Wiki.)
  • Total War - Zone (German site containing information about the Total War series (only for "Rome" and newer games in the series). Also hosts many mods for these games.)
Sicarius (61014) added Medieval II: Total War (Windows) on Nov 14, 2006