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Titles like Deus Ex receive the Adrenaline Vault’s Seal of Excellence because they’re unquestionably at the top of their genres. They take a tried and proven field, and produce the best product in that field. In contrast, Creative Assembly has gone where other development houses have either refused to go or failed in the attempt. Medieval set high standards for itself and achieved its goals. The forums at Creative Assembly are chock-full of warnings to newcomers that wife and children (or husband and children) won’t understand your new attachment to your computer. Medieval may well have room for improvement, but two things are certain: First, no other game can be properly compared to it, and second, any room for improvement is likely to be filled by an expansion pack. The only competition Medieval faces is from its own ranks with Shogun, its older brother. It’s safe to say that Creative Assembly has cornered the market on historical, total war.
Like its predecessor. Medieval possesses incredible depth and replay value in both strategy and tactical gameplay, making the Total War franchise once again a leading candidate for Strategy Game of the Year. And yet. Medieval: Total War exceeds its predecessor In almost every way—there simply isn’t enough room in this magazine to extol its virtues. It is a fantastic historical strategy game, so strap on your armor, sharpen your sword, and join the armies of the Middle Ages.
The Age (Sep 26, 2002)
MTW does not detail every nuance of the times but it is more mature in its composition than most arcadestyle games. It portrays the Islamic empires of the period as havens for science and the arts while Europe is dominated by poorly educated nobility two steps from brigandry. Conquest can be achieved in many ways, using religious, economic, political and social tools. Even sex comes into it: you can build brothels to train operatives to spy between enemy sheets and you can marry off daughters to create blood bonds with rivals. More than two games in one, it is an engaging masterpiece of the genre
Pelit (Sep, 2002)
Länsimaiset ristiretket islamin kimppuun eivät ole Bushin suvun keksintöä. Medieval: Total War herättää henkiin koko keskiajan synkän sotahistorian, pervertit hallitsijat, pahan kirkon ja tuhansien miesten massiiviset taistelut. Tanskanmaassa on jotain mätää: sinä.
Strategy Gaming Online (Oct 24, 2002)
Looking at M:TW broadly, you immediately see its Shogun parentage (and I'm not just talking about the intriguing Geisha.bif file or the 500+ kb Shogmaps.bif in the game directories, either). The good strategic/tactical integration, the outstanding tactical battles, the drop-dead gorgeous settings, and dynamic music all hearken strongly to Medieval's illustrious ancestry. But this is no case of laurel-resting. The Creative Assembly took their tremendous experience from Shogun, leveraged it with a great deal of very hard work improving weak points, and have produced another outstanding game which sets a yet higher hurdle for its competition. The strategic layer is practically an entire game by itself, made better by the ability to get down 'n dirty on the battlefields. Medieval: Total War is wonderful to play, takes a long time to master, and is even a pleasure just to watch. What more could anybody want?
Game.EXE (Oct, 2002)
Есть игры особенной породы, способные занять вас на год или два. В них нельзя играть после обеда или перед ужином. Ими не убивают время до конца рабочего дня, потому что они и есть - рабочий день. Такие игры требуют вас целиком, без остатка. Сперва вы меняете стиль жизни, затем круг чтения, после - друзей и, возможно возлюбленную. Эти игры не любят суетливых и поверхностных игроков. Их бездонные глубины открываются людям спокойным и рассудительным. Medieval: Total War принадлежит к числу подобных игр.
CanadianGamer (Oct 11, 2002)
That being said, Medieval: Total War does a superb job of creating a tasteful mélange of strategy gaming. Though it shouldn't be used as an academic resource, players will learn a great deal about events in the Middle Ages and the mindset of medieval man. Creative Assembly has done an excellent job of maintaining historical accuracy, while still entertaining the man at his PC.
90 (UK) (Sep 19, 2002)
All in all, Medieval presents a stunningly rounded package, combining the most dramatic and stirring renditions of the battlefield ever created with a deep and cerebral tactical game which rivals any god-game on the market in terms of complexity and entertainment. Creative Assembly have crafted a masterpiece; a game which may not have massive mainstream appeal for casual gamers, but which anyone who enjoys strategy or historic war will rightly recognise as a milestone in gaming.
PC Zone Benelux (Oct, 2002)
Uiteraard is de gameplay dieper en meer geavanceerd dan hier beschreven, maar zelfs met de omvang van de volledige PC Zone Benelux zouden we je maar een fractie van de aangeboden features kunnen laten zien. Kopen! Luid dan ook ons oordeel. Want alleen dan ervaar je de ware RTS sensatie van dit moment.
90 (Sep 09, 2002)
Creative Assembly have taken a very encouraging approach to this sequel, and it gives me hope that any subsequent offerings will be of a similar leap in quality and quantity. If you are looking for a strategy game that moves away from Blizzard and co.'s fantastical offerings into something altogether more realistic, then Medieval: Total War is what you're looking for. It exudes realism, yet all the while retains a commendable level of accessibility that puts it head and shoulders above the competition.
90 (Dec 06, 2002)
If you liked Shogun: Total War, you are going to love Medieval: Total war, there's no question about that ! The game has vastly improved and expanded exponentially giving a very rewarding playing experience and thanks to the large amount of different faction and the vast diversion of units it has excellent replay value. But even if you've never played Shogun but you are in for a nice strategic game, you can't go wrong with this one. It is currently the game that offers the best value for money out there. So what are you waiting for …go Medieval on their ass!
Worth Playing (Dec 27, 2006)
Medieval II: Total War is one of the best strategy titles released this year, and it is a must-have for strategy fans. The beautiful visuals and the turgid music and sound coalesce to create epic battles. It has aspects that will appeal to both turn-based and real-time strategy enthusiasts. In addition, the title features plenty of historic lore and informative details about the medieval era, which is sure to satiate one's appetite for knowledge. The action may be a bit slow for some people who are more accustomed to twitch RTS offerings, but Medieval II has more than enough depth to make up for it.
IGN (Aug 26, 2002)
Medieval is a comprehensive game that has few flaws and delivers such an encompassing experience you'd wonder why there haven't been many other titles imitating its predecessor. If you want real time strategy with more teeth you cannot ignore this.
GameStar (Germany) (Sep, 2002)
Schon Shogun hat mir sehr gefallen, aber Medieval setzt noch einen drauf: Kein anderes Strategiespiel bietet eine bessere Verquickung von Staatenlenker und Feldmarschall. Das ist in der Historie fast immer schief gegangen, bringt hier aber Spielspaß-Wonnen. Denn in jeder Schlacht riskiere ich, was ich vorher aufgebaut habe. In keinem anderen Strategiespiel wirken die Schlachten so echt, lernt man mit der Zeit so viele Details zu lesen. Natürlich gibt’s kleine Schwächen. Obwohl ich die Grafik schön finde, stört mich, dass die Soldaten nur in acht Richtungen schauen und aus der Nähe arg verwaschen aussehen. Das Ein-Regiment-Limit beim Bauen ist hinderlich. Und, klar, im Laufe einer Partie gibt es auch viele minder interessante 08/15-Kämpfe; doch die lasse ich einfach auswürfeln. Aufgrund der Punktesieg-Aufgaben hält sich die Motivation bis zum Spielende. Und dann starte ich eine neue Partie, mit einer neuen Partei. Und noch eine.
Game Watcher (Aug 11, 2003)
Overall, this game is top class - a good successor to Shogun although there do not seem to be any major improvements. Die hard battle freaks might bemoan the fact that you only control 16 units within each battle which reduces the amount of tactics that can be used, but when it comes down to it, medieval battles were more about numbers & slaughter than strategical finesse and that’s what this game delivers.
ActionTrip (Aug 29, 2002)
Overall though, Medieval: Total War is a masterfully done strategy management game, which furthers the excellent concepts that were introduced in Shogun: Total War. It is a well-conceived and intelligent game, which serves as evidence that a lot of careful deliberation has went into its development. The idea of total war is taken to another level, as Medieval: Total War clearly shows that total war is not all about brute force - quite the contrary. This is one of the chief reasons why this game is so addictive, and why it has such a high replay value. It's nice to see the original idea being carefully molded into a more advanced and elaborate one. For that alone, this game should be on the list of every aspiring King, Tsar or Sultan out there.
GameSpot (Aug 27, 2002)
Ultimately, Medieval is a very enjoyable game, but it isn't well suited for the casual gamer. The real-time tactical gameplay is light on spectacular unit abilities and heavy on realism, which might be too detail-oriented for some. Those who did not like Shogun's real-time battles won't like Medieval, although those wishing for more meat in the strategic portion will be pleased with this game's enhanced strategy element. Medieval has a lot of deep gameplay, but what's great is that you control how much of the complexity you digest. If you just want the strategic gameplay, you can always opt to let the computer automatically resolve battles so you don't have to control the real-time combat. If you just want to command armies and play out Braveheart-scale skirmishes, you can just jump into quick battles or play the campaign mode but have the computer manage many of the details.
GameSpy (Sep 02, 2002)
All in all, Medieval is a very deep game, one that is bound to excite fans of Shogun along with anyone looking for another reason to stay up really late playing a turn-based strategy game. The tactical battles are impressive and as you can jump into a quick battle, Medieval: Total War may actually totally take over your free time for many weeks and months to follow.
GameZone (Sep 09, 2002)
Medieval Total War is the type of game that war strategic gaming fans will find quite enjoyable. But the game is what the name implies – war. If you are looking for a civilization building game, this is not the type of game you will want to play. If, however, you want a chess match with combat units, this is game that will appeal to you.
85 (Sep 19, 2002)
Medieval: Total War wird keinen Schönheitspreis gewinnen. Aber das hässliche Entlein überzeugt mit inneren Werten, die jeden Genre-Fan lange Zeit fesseln werden: Wer sich nur im Entferntesten für mittelalterliche Königreiche und Schlachten interessiert, wird bestens bedient, denn Ihr seid Regent und Feldherr in einer Person. Gerade diese Verquickung von packender Kampftaktik und strategischer Machtentfaltung macht schnell süchtig. Dazu gibt`s eine geballte Ladung historischer Atmosphäre mit vielen stimmungsvollen Details zu Herrschern und Provinzen sowie informative Zufallsereignisse. Wenn da nicht die kleinen Motivationsbremsen im KI-Bereich wären, die Gruppenbildung leichter von der Hand gehen und das Auge nicht so gerne mitessen würde, hätte Medieval sogar in Award-Nähe rücken können. Unterm Strich ist es jedoch besser als Shogun und damit jedem Genre-Fan wärmstens zu empfehlen!
85 (Sep 27, 2002)
Medieval: Total War ist ein Schwergewicht, das vor allem erfahrene Strategie-Cracks über viele Monate beschäftigen kann. Die zahlreichen Optionen in Diplomatie, Schlachten und Aufbau in Verbindung mit einer Vielzahl an Kampagnen, Völkern und Zufallsereignissen sorgen für gigantischen Umfang. Anfänger seien jedoch gewarnt, die Einarbeitungszeit ist nicht innerhalb von ein paar Minuten abgeschlossen. Wer das Spiel beherrschen will, muss schon mehrere Stunden investieren. Dafür wird er mit einer beinahe realistischen Simulation des Mittelalters belohnt.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Sep 30, 2002)
Een prachtig spel met een enorme diepgang, maar voornamelijk geschikt voor de diehard liefhebbers van het genre.
Medieval: Total War is een killer van een strategiegame voor de gamer die bereid is een minimum aan extra inspanningen te doen. Laat je niet afschrikken door wat meer details en realisme dan anders, en je krijgt in ruil een heel belonende en langdurige spelervaring.
Games Finder (Feb 24, 2014)
If the original Total War did not entice you with its Japanese setting then this Medieval one is worth a look.
Joystick (French) (Sep, 2002)
Medieval Total War est un jeu passionnant, bien loin d'un simple Shogun relooké. Sa partie stratégique est désormais suffisamment bien balancée et profite à merveille du moteur 3D pour nous offrir de somptueuses batailles. Le moteur figure toujours parmi les plus impressionnants du monde PC et les améliorations apportées à ce second volet comblent pratiquement tous les défauts dont souffrait le premier jeu du nom. Si vous n'aviez que moyennement accroché à Shogun, Medieval Truc muche saura facilement vous séduire.
UOL Jogos (Dec 18, 2002)
"Medieval: Total War" é um dos mais criativos e variados jogos de estratégia disponíveis no mercado. Sua única contra-indicação é ligada diretamente à sua profundidade: esse é um game complexo, profundo e apenas para o público que ama o gênero. O jogador casual deve tomar cuidado antes investir nesse título.
80 (Sep 06, 2002)
Au final, ce qu'il faudra retenir de ce Medieval Total War c'est qu'il n'innove finalement qu'assez peu par rapport à un Shogun mais il conserve toutefois la qualité d'origine voulue par Creative Assembly. Un titre que l'on conseillera donc aux mordus de Total War qui verront l'intérêt du jeu clairement relancé par ce nouveau stand alone. Ajoutons pour conclure que la longévité est à l'image du reste du soft, des heures et des heures de jeu en perspectives grâce à de nombreux modes, de vastes possibilités et de nombreuses factions à incarner.
PC Games (Germany) (Sep 20, 2002)
Medieval: Total War ist mehr als nur ein Spiel: Es sind zwei. Der Rundenmodus präsentiert sich optisch zwar ausgesprochen schlicht, durch die vielen Einheiten, die Erfahrungspunkte sammelnden Generäle und die Religionskonflikte hat dieser Modus aber bereits seine ganz eigene Existenzberechtigung. Auch der Echtzeitmodus ist reichhaltig genug, dass er jederzeit als vollständiges Spiel durchgehen könnte. Beide Modi sind strategisch anspruchsvoll, spielerisch unterhaltsam und erstaunlich suchterzeugend - nur passen sie nicht so recht zusammen. Der Wechsel zwischen den Modi unterbricht das Spielgeschehen. Das stört aber nicht weiter, denn schließlich muss man im Rundenmodus nicht unbedingt in die Echtzeitschlachten wechseln und wem der Sinn nach diesen Gefechten steht, dem wird mit den historischen Kampagnen ebenfalls jede Menge Abwechslung geboten.
80 (Oct 02, 2003)
Tout le monde se souvient de Shogun : Total War qui, à l’époque de sa sortie, avait été remarqué pour la dimension des batailles qu’il proposait. Les gars de Creative Assembly ont décidé de remettre ça parce qu’ils commençaient à s’ennuyer dans leur bureaux enfumés de développeurs. Du coup, exit le Japon médiéval de Shogun et bonjour l’Europe (médiévale aussi, vous vous en seriez doutés) !