The first medieval game was probably the best in the total war series for the time, it introduced many new features over shogun and vastly improved upon existing features too. Everything was based around the medieval era which everyone knows is te most fun age of battle. Who doesn't love knights and longbows. :D
This one keeps true to a lot of the original but again vastly improves upon everything. The graphics are amazing and there is so much content to play through and explore. A truly amazing game and one of the best on the PC.
Also the collectors edition which I bought from game is on of my favourites. It comes in a very cool sturdy cardboard box which slides up to reveal a metal figurine of one of the in game units in a little box. You get a case with two discs which run through how they made the game which was very interesting to watch. Also there is a map of the game world and a very useful building and unit advancement upgrade trees printed out on a nice quality fold out poster. The only thing I wasn't sure about is the five post cards, the art on them is very nice though, but I wouldn't want to give away my medieval 2 collectors postcards to anyone. :D
All in all I was most happy with the quality of the whole collectors edition, it wasn't like some which seem to of just thrown in a few extra things with the main game, everything was well made and good quality with some really nice items included.