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Medieval II: Total War (Windows)

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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 Historical Battles - this battle shows the Spaniards against the Aztecs! Which by the way (the Aztec) is not available in the campaign map...would be surprising if they were besieging Jerusalem...
Medieval II: Total War Windows The famous Mongolians might be strong and powerful, but they are certainly not bulletproof.
Medieval II: Total War Windows The Pope is dead...
Medieval II: Total War Windows Loading creen - the unique tradition since Rome: Total War, providing quotations from famous people.

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 (19707) 2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars2.43 Stars

The Press Says

PC Gameplay (Benelux) Nov, 2006 91 out of 100 91
GameStar (Germany) Nov, 2006 91 out of 100 91
Eurogamer.de Nov 15, 2006 9 out of 10 90
ActionTrip Nov 17, 2006 90 out of 100 90
4Players.de Nov 13, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Gamigo Nov 10, 2006 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Player (Denmark) Dec, 2006 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamesmania Nov 07, 2006 85 out of 100 85
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.

Aztecs

Oddly enough there is one additional race that has nothing to with the war going on in Europe. The Aztecs are available only through custom or historical battles and are unavailable for the campaign mode. For the historical battle, the player takes the role of the Spaniards under the leadership of Hernándo Cortés against the Aztecs.

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 - 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 (61025) added Medieval II: Total War (Windows) on Nov 14, 2006