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Medieval: Total War (PC CD)

by Activision
Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
 Ages 12 and Over
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • Epic scale 3D battles featuring over 10,000 troops
  • Choose from 12 playable factions and over 100 different unit types
  • Command your troops as a famous historical hero such as Richard the Lionheart and Joan of Arc
  • Engage in historical campaigns including the Crusades and The Hundred Years War
  • Kings, generals and heirs develop vices, virtues and abilities that reflect their actions throughout the campaign
  • 'Sand box' mode: set a budget, buy up enough soldiers for two armies, and go to it on the battlefield of your choice
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 95 / 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 12 and Over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B00005UM1O
  • Release Date: 30 Aug 2002
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,710 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

A follow-up to one of the very best PC strategy games of recent times, Medieval Total War builds heavily on the success of its predecessor. There's no major revolution in the gameplay, but there are more than enough enhancements to make it worthwhile.

The key change is the switching of location. The original, Shogun Total War, allowed the player to take on mammoth battles across early Japan. Here, the warfare moves to Europe and North Africa and again there are two components to the action. Firstly, a map screen demands overall strategic decisions from you, and it's here that you'll build up your resources, plan your attacks and establish your defences. Should conflict ensue as a result of your choices (and inevitably it will), then in kicks the second part of the game--the battles themselves.

It's here that the game really hits top gear. Once you've enjoyed a mammoth, real-time strategy battle with thousands of units on screen at once, you'll be hooked. But the devil here is in the detail. There are hundreds of tactical permutations to consider, from troop positions and line-up through to approach and grouping in attack. In the midst of the battle, choices need to be made that can swiftly change the outcome.

Make no mistake, this is easily one of the deepest and most engrossing strategy games for PC, and while it's very easy to get to grips with--thanks to ample tutorials and logical controls--there's a very challenging, long-lasting series of battles ahead. Of course, the real fun is taking advantage of the online options and fighting it out with gamers worldwide. Suffice to say though that the single-player experience is worth the money alone.

Described several times on the packaging as "epic", Medieval Total War is just that. It's to the credit of the developers that it manages to keep its scope and ambition and marry them so well to such an outstanding game. For that, they deserve your reward--they might make a third one, then. --Simon Brew

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211 of 218 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 Jun 2002
What can I say about this game except it's brilliant. It has an in depth combat elemant ie when you go into battle and have to control thousands of troops (the game supports 10,000 at once).
The battles on Medievil are nothing short of breath taking, and the sieges will satisfy and scare anyone defending or attacking as castle walls collapse and threaten to kill anyone underneath.
The map screen is also much more detailed now as you can not only make alliances, but request to march through a country peacefuly, organize crusades and even fight for the seas. With 12 countries to play as this game boasts 100 different unit types. The AI has also been much improved since Shogun as the enemy will not just attack you in a battle, they will now try to out flank you, surround you, ambush you and just basicly go all out to destroy you. The Generals of armies have also been improved upon as they gain abilities after battles eg if your general falls for an ambush and survives, he wont be so easily tricked next time. Also if a general is wounded to much he will become crippled. You are also given the opertunity to reward you general for good service. The unit info is also greatly improved. On shogun you got infomation telling you that your men were "fresh", "steady", "wavering" etc, now instead of just that you get "wavering-worried by so many casualties" or "steady-Happy that flanks are protected" and so on. This allows you to look at the problem and sort it out before it's to late.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The European Code of Chivalry 12 Oct 2002
Medieval: Total War arrives from the creators of Shogun: Total War (an historical take on feudal Japan), but with significant upgrades and newer/ even better features.
Firstly the number of warriors you may have on-screen at any one time has been significantly increased to ten thousand therefore allowing the player to take part in battles of an epic scale.
The PC requirements is an important issue as in later levels there is so much going on in terms of the huge number of battle operations, that even on a high spec machine with the most powerful graphics card (currently Geforce4 at the time of writing) the game tends to slowdown. However as this is not a fast paced arcade orientated game, speed is not always of the essence.
The game offers numerous units for the player to control (which are accurate on a contemporary level) and also offers the player the chance to partake in some of the greatest medieval battles with fairly accurate background information (information David Starky would be proud of).
The main niggle in an otherwise excellent package would have to be the inaccuracies in relation to the countries on offer in the main game. To put this into perspective, the inclusion of 'Spain', 'Russia' or 'Eygpt' as a significant power in the Middle Ages is, historically speaking, inaccurate. For instance there is no mention of the fact that 'Spain' as we know it today did not exist, and would not continue to exist for hundreds of years later under Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile. However one must be prepared to forgive such niggles as it provides the player with a greater variety of forces to play with, and different terrains to fight in (the tactics employed in Eygptian desert would have to be taken into consideration by most of Christendom for example).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome...and some..... 7 Nov 2003
This game is by far one of the best strategy games ever developed in my opinion (much improved on Shogun: Total War). I am not a great fan of RTS, preferring turn-based games with more emphasis on brain power and overall strategy. This game just about covers all options for me, the add-on 'Viking invasion' is a must have as well.
the game....you must think about not just attack and defence, but the kind of terrain that you will be attacking onto or defending from and use troops (and formations) that complement the situation. As people have already said, the battles are amazing, graphically, and extra realism is added by the use of valour/morale and your general will affect this through his own tactical experience.
The seiges are great, you get a sense of satisfaction when you hold off a huge army using a keep garrisonned with just a couple of hundred troops...its important that you keep your keeps/castles upgraded with ring walls etc...they make all the difference.
I could write all day about this game. Be prepared to spend a long time playing it (preferably taking lots of breaks for sleeping/eating and working) and even when you do finish a game by conquering the 'world', you will immediately want to start a new campaign......it is VERY addictive.
Diplomacy options are limited, but trust me you wont miss extensive diplomacy in this game...
All I can say is how they are gonna top this with Rome: total war is beyond me..
To the game designers I say...keep doing what you are doing...this is the benchmark for all other strategy games I have played ever since I picked it up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars it,s ok
Not the best but its ok it will finish up on a boot sale i will say in the near future
Published 4 months ago by TREMBO
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent , best of the total war series
apparently wont run on windows 7 or windows 8.. i loved it on xp. wish i could still play it.
Published 9 months ago by mart
5.0 out of 5 stars Good game
Good stratergy game. Downside to this though is that in my experience it only seems to work on an XP laptop or computer
Published 11 months ago by S. neary
5.0 out of 5 stars Many Entertaining Hours
I remember playing this game when it first was released and spending hours on it. I really enjoyed the Viking Invasion Expansion Pack too. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2011 by Blueberry Bagels
4.0 out of 5 stars Exellent and thouroughly addictive
First off id recommend this game for anyone thinking of getting into the Total War series. As the follow on to Shogun total war (in my opinion a very weak game), it has soundly... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2009 by Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good...but gets repatitve in the campagian
Dont get me wrong this game is great...it is fun and makes you think...but it all gets harder and harder as you progress through the normal campagian. Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2007 by Florencium
5.0 out of 5 stars Irritating niggles can't stop it devouring hundreds of hours of my...
Medieval is the sequel to Shogun and prequel to Rome in Activision's Total War series. Set 1087 to 14something, it combines a complex campaign map system (think chess only if the... Read more
Published on 13 July 2006 by faustus sulla
5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY AMAZING!!!!!!!
Do you like wars? Do you like battles? Do you like invading nations after nations?! Kingdom after Kingdoms! With a great assembly of your vast army! Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2006 by King William II
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tactician's Dream
I first played Medieval: Total War it had just been released and found it an amazing experience. It has to be said that no other game of this kind gives such a fulfilling and... Read more
Published on 15 Jan 2006 by Arquebusier
5.0 out of 5 stars Best rts game before rome total war came along
This game is fantastic
The battle graphics arent all that good but the battle strategy makes up for it. Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2005 by harry
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