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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great expansion pack for one of the best strategy games
I am a huge fan of the Total War series and eagerly await Rome Total War. In the meantime the original Shogun game engine gets possibly its last outing as the Viking Invasion Expansion pack. Like the Mongol Invasion pack for Shogun, playing as the Vikings is all about military conquest rather than strategy, but the other playable factions allow you to defend the British...
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good - but not indispensable
While Shogun Total War's Mongol Invasion add-on provided a number of new units and features for the original game which made it far more playable, MTW Viking Invasion adds relatively little to the standard campaign - a couple of new factions and associated units.
The Viking Invasion campaign itself marks a major departure in that the map is reduced to the British...
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great expansion pack for one of the best strategy games, 10 Jun 2003
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I am a huge fan of the Total War series and eagerly await Rome Total War. In the meantime the original Shogun game engine gets possibly its last outing as the Viking Invasion Expansion pack. Like the Mongol Invasion pack for Shogun, playing as the Vikings is all about military conquest rather than strategy, but the other playable factions allow you to defend the British Isles also. The game also adds a number of welcome additions to the main game - not least a pre-battle screen which allows you to gauge the strength of your enemy's army before you commit yourself, and a much welcome summary of the vices and virtues gained by your generals each turn. This remains one of the most easy to learn yet difficult to master strategy games on the market, and it will keep you occupied for months. Buy it now.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Dark ages, 30 May 2003
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This add-on for medieval total war starts as the Roman control of Britain fades away and the Roman Empire falls from power and might. Left in Britain is a power vacuum and 7 small kingdoms fight for power against one another to control the lands; there is also the added threat of the Vikings from across the northern seas. Eight factions are playable in this Dark Age. This add-on makes for very interesting play, there are new units, buildings and landscapes to pit your armies into. The eight playable factions are: The Mercians, The Northumbrians, The Saxons, The Picts, The Irish, The Scots, The Welsh and The Vikings. Not only do you get this early period of history to play out, but extra factions have been added to the full game, the Sicilians, Hungarians and the Aragonese, along with extra units. The add-on adds more epic and historical actions as you bid to take over the British Isles. Just like the Mongol invasion was great for Shogun total war, Viking invasion is great for the medieval (or pre medieval) era, it's a must for all medieval owners.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An lovely little extension, 15 May 2003
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Viking Invasion gives the player the opportunity to do what is promised from Rome Total War. This is to firstly conquer your own land and claim dominance, only later to move onto the rest on Europe and North Africa in Medieval Total War later.
The game presents 30 more units, including Celtic warriors and organ cannon and a host of new Viking units (no surprise there then). There is also the option to quick save the game before a battle, as well as a whole new method of selecting units which will fight in a battle.
Combined with this the new Viking units have a host of new special rules with are useful to know about, so it is advisable to play as them first.
Although the game has present a lot more units, represented buildings built on the battle field and given a much more personal touch to your characters (yes even generals can die of old age), it does lack the fire of originality that many add-ons add to some games.
However this should not deter any Medieval total war fan from getting the game, and I strongly advise anyone to give it a try.
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49 of 58 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good - but not indispensable, 10 July 2003
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While Shogun Total War's Mongol Invasion add-on provided a number of new units and features for the original game which made it far more playable, MTW Viking Invasion adds relatively little to the standard campaign - a couple of new factions and associated units.
The Viking Invasion campaign itself marks a major departure in that the map is reduced to the British Isles and buildings etc mostly renamed to be more dark ages.
Main problems are that there are too few provinces on the map and thus they quickly get clogged up with huge armies and arrays of buildings (particularly in expert mode) - and although MTW has is better than STW in handling reinforcements, battles involving more than the 16 units that are all you can have on the field at any one time take ages and just don't work well.
Also the Vikings are nowhere near as fun to play as the Mongels were - with ridiculously poor home provinces the Viking player has to effectively conquer a new province and plunder it every year or run up a huge negative treasury meaning you can't recruit any new units - and after the first few years, opposing armies are so much larger that even the superior Viking units have little chance of success.
There are also still a number of silly historical mistakes (the Sicilian kings and generals all have Irish first names and Italian surnames - Don Colum Cille Machiavelli frex - and its pretty clear that the designers just couldn't be bothered researching proper names for most factions (given the international fan base they could easily have got people to do this for free).
There are also minor bugs (assuming you can get it to run on your PC at all without the dreaded Crash to Desktop error) that should have been fixed by the add-on and often mind bogglingly stupid AI decisions.
My own favourite was the AI French faction which built a truly gigantic army of several hundred units in Antioch and then shuttled it back and forth to neighboring Tripoli totally
oblivious to the enemy armies next door in Syria.
The other big irritation is that having carefully built a balanced and realistic English, French or whatever army you again and agin find yourself fighting AI armies consisting entirely of archers or artillery units - meaning that the battles are generally much less interesting than the campaign game.
It's also a shame that more new factions weren't introduced to the standard campaign to replace the 'Rebels' faction - Scots and Flemings with massed pikemen, Genoese, Milanese, Venetians etc instead of the unhistorical Italian faction.
Other annoyances are that some of the very best units (Alan cavalry, Almughavars) can only be obtained as mercenaries and are generally unavailable even if you build an Inn on their historical home provinces.
Finally while both Shoguns had magnificent .pdf manuals which printed beautifully the Viking Invasion doesn't even have a printed tech tree (you can print off the .pdf that is included on the disc but if you can read it you've either got better eyes than mine or a graphics dept quailty A3 printer) - a major issue given that most of the building names are changed and the relationship between a muster field and a mead hall is hardly obvious.
Major Major criticism is still no multiplayer campaign game - if ever a game cried out for multiplayer its this one.
Having said all this I have played this game until dawn several times over the last few weekends - so even with all the glitches its still pretty addictive.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Addition, 1 Jun 2003
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This is a very entertaining game. The previous games in the series were always good, but this adds new depth and enjoyment as it is different. However it retains most of the useful features of the previous games that fans will recognise, and also the graphics are very good, providing you have a decent system. Basically if you are interested in the vikings and enjoyed the previous games, you will definitely like it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars It's dated, 24 Feb 2014
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Not very good, it's a bit basic and clunky, it's like Medieval II but not nearly as good. It basically looks and feels like a board game. Go for Medieval II instead, it's much better and the best one of the Total war series.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical blast!, 17 Sep 2003
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Although there are some general historical mistakes it is still so so addictive. The game play is similiar to Shogun but with strategic differences, haven't yet mastered the game, but who cares. I love the different nations or tribes you can play as. And the realistic cruelty of the Christians. However I miss the assassination clips from Shogun, but maybe in this era they were not as stylish. The sound effects for executing prisoners is positively gruesome, and turns the toes of many females observers. I would recommend it to anyone who requires something more than the beat em up shoot em up games that are often as challenging as a wet fish.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it, 19 Mar 2004
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If you've got M:TW, get this, it is worth it.
Even though there are new units, new technologies, new campaigns and a new map, the new Pre-battle screen introduced with this expansion pack, on its own, makes it worth the purchase.
This expansion pack has increased my enjoyment of M:TW hugely, and it will do the same for you. Definitely a good purchase.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn ive lost the power to walk!, 31 May 2003
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This game is it. Till ROME TOTAL WAR anyway. You get the chance to play the viking campaign which is great. You can also play the original medival total warwith the new factions. The new viking campaign is great if youve got bored of taking of europe its short and great! It also allows you to go the ethnic minorities of Britain which allows us to play the scots! Anyway its great BUY IT! But be prepared to be dumped by your girlfriend and selling your soul for another hour is normal
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2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Save us from the Viking hoards, 10 Jun 2004
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Another great game from the Shogun/MTW camp. Everything you had in MTW is here with more. If you brought any of the other games then buy this one, and if you haven't, then buy one of them now.
The battles are great and there is enough new stuff to keep old gamers intersted. The could keep bringing out expansions with new eras, and I'd keep buying them!
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