XIII Century: Death or Glory is a realistic and historically correct real time strategy game. Players try to win battles on thoroughly reconstructed historic battlegrounds. They command troops of one of the warring factions. Victory does not simply depend on sheer quantity, but also, more importantly, on the player's skills, their knowledge and application of rules and methods of conduct in medieval battles.
As opposed to other games with similar scenarios, there is no stage of deployment in XIII Century: Death or Glory. Players take command of an army at a critical moment in history, executing complex maneuvers and directly giving orders.