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Medieval: Total War - Gold Edition (PC DVD)

Platform : Windows XP
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  • Platform:   Windows XP
  • BBFC Rating: Universal, suitable for all
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000F8RSKM
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm ; 54 g
  • Release Date: 28 April 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,644 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By The Wanderer on 28 Nov. 2007
Although "Medieval II" has been out for over a year now, this first "Medieval: Total War" remains a classic. This Gold Edition contains both the original game and the "Viking Invasion" expansion pack, allowing for a variety of campaigns set between the years AD 793 and 1453.

The game is split into two sections. The first of these is the campaign mode. In this turn-based mode the player uses the map to control the kingdom at large, setting taxes, building units and facilities, managing his/her generals, moving armies and fleets, conducting diplomacy with rival factions and employing spies and assassins. The second mode is the real-time battle mode, in which the players commands his/her armies directly, positioning troops, selecting formations and tactics and engaging the enemy. The level of detail in this mode is excellent; the 3D landscapes are rendered with trees, hills, water and bridges; even the weather changes.

There are 15 playable factions on the standard (European) map and 8 on the Viking (British) map. Each of these have their own characteristic units (longbowmen for the English, Teutonic Knights for the Germans, Varangian Guard for the Byzantines, for example) and each demands a slightly different style of gameplay. The standard map can also be played in one of 3 time periods, chosen at the start of each game, with more or less advanced units and facilities available according to each. There are also five levels of difficulty, making the game adjustable for all levels of expertise. Aside from the main single player game, there are a number of historical campaigns to undertake, including the Hundred Years' War (featuring the Battles of Crécy and Agincourt) and the Third Crusade.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Nicholas W. Le Huquet on 20 Dec. 2013
This is actually a 5 star game, but considering the number of people stating the same fault with crashing on loading the campaign, I'll post here what the problem may be in many cases.

I had the problem with crashes until I realised that the screen resolution on the PC must be the same as that under the video options of the game. The highest setting in the game under options->video is 1280x1024 resolution. Most modern PC's and laptops are greater than this.

If you right click on the PC screen an option will be screen resoltion. Simply change this to 1280x1024, and when starting the game also change the resoltion to 1280x1024. The campaign game should now play fine.

It took me two years to realise this!

Edit:
The ongoing problem with crashes concerns the graphics card and drivers.
The above solution is correct for the Geforce 210 Nvidia graphics card.

My PC crashed since that revue, and I changed to an ATI Radeon X600 card for a few days. I could not get that card to work at all, not with any fix suggested on the net. ATI cards need an older driver to work apparantly.

I am now using an AMD Radeon 7480D card with the latest drivers. Sometimes the PC will want to auto adjust the resolution, and then while it does this the monitor will eventually go to sleep. Turning off and on the monitor at this point took me to the correct screen? Also the game is less likely to auto adjust if the campaign settings under Options -> Video -> campaign resolution is 1024x768.

Appears there is no single correct solution to the problem, but if you can play the campaign it is very addictive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Longfellow on 20 Aug. 2011
A brilliant blend of grand strategy and real time tactical battles. Initially I missed the exotic forces of Japan from Shogun, but before long MTW captured me and never let go.

There is rich historical detail, certainly enough to make this educational. It will give youngsters much greater enthusiasm for history (as will the others in the series).

I love all the Total War games (even the latest ones, patched up). This remains my favourite though. It's hard to say why. Perhaps it's because I prefer the area movement of this edition. The capturing of provinces struck me as being more realistic for the period and makes the game more like a computerised boardgame. Perhaps it's the history incorporated into each of the rival powers. Perhaps it's the challenge of playing as the Holy Roman Empire and always knowing that any defeat could fracture your precious empire.

In any case, everyone who enjoys historical wargames should have this. I will buy another copy and play it with my nephews. They loved Rome and I know they will love this, plus they get all that history brought to life...

Oh, if you have an old PC, no worries, this will run on old hardware better than more recent kit.
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I'd not played this game in easily seven years before I picked it up again. Still thoroughly enjoyable, with a very impressive roster of units, a nice selection of campaign maps and an AI that puts that in most subsequent Total War titles to shame. Graphically it hasn't aged well, but given it was over a decade ago when it was released that's hardly surprising. I did originally try this on a 2004 laptop which was well within the specs for this, but suffered an extreme amount of lag; moving it to a newer computer, I've had surprisingly few issues with it, given the mountain of problems with other games from the same era, but there have been a few freezes and occasionally the audio doesn't seem to be in synch.
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