Medieval II: Total War - Gold Edition (PC DVD)
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- A grand campaign spanning 1080 – 1530 and based within Europe, The Middle East and South America.
- 21 factions and 250 new units.
- Religious fervour. Play as a Christian nation and choose to obey or defy the pope. Play as a Muslim faction and wage Jihad upon the infidels.
- Deeper diplomatic gameplay. Establish trade routes, send spies to enemy territory, marry daughters to ensnare rival generals or assassinate the Pope to place your cardinals within the Vatican.
- Outstanding, genre leading graphics. Vastly improved multiplayer making online faster to setup and enjoy.
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This compilation includes:
Medieval II: Total War
Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms Expansion Pack
Medieval II: Total War is the fourth installment in the Total War franchise following the million unit selling Rome: Total War.
An epic 450 year campaign challenges you to seize control of the medieval world. Fight across Europe, The Middle East and, for the first time ever in Total War, discover the New World and the fearsome Aztecs.
A redesigned graphics engine displays Total War’s signature 10,000 man battles in unparalleled detail, making Medieval II: Total War the most glorious looking RTS game of all time. Varied terrain and individual faces, armour and combat animations make battles more visceral than ever before.
However you must also build and manage your kingdom, balancing the needs of your economy, military and population happiness.
Experience religious fervour as you contend with the whims of the Papacy and the feared Inquisitors eager to quash heresy. Send your men to fight in The Crusades or wage Jihad as one of the great Muslim nations.
Medieval II: Total War is the greatest Total War game to date and sure to seize a position as one of the greatest PC RTS games ever made.
Includes Medieval II: Total War and the expansion pack Kingdoms.
Medieval II: Total War features:
- A grand campaign spanning 1080 - 1530 and based within Europe, The Middle East and South America
- 21 factions and 250 new units
- Play as a Christian nation and choose to obey or defy the pope
- Play as a Muslim faction and wage Jihad upon the infidels
- Establish trade routes, send spies to enemy territory, marry daughters to ensnare rival generals or assassinate the Pope to place your cardinals within the Vatican
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Top Customer Reviews
The main beauty of Total War II is how detailed both parts of the game are. For those who have not played the game, the game is broadly divided into two sections - firstly a map style campaign, similar to Civilization or the board game Risk and secondly individual battle scenarios. The game can therefore be played as both a strategy game and/or a battle one. Battles can be resolved automatically or commanded personally depending on how long or short you want the game to be.
In terms of playing time, the game does require a large amount of attention if you want to succeed as a ruler. Turns cannot simply be skipped in order to save money or for a building to be finished, as otherwise other `factions' will leave you in their wake. With experience and patience a huge European Empire can be under your grasp, but just when you think you have the game cracked, new and more powerful factions appear from the east, natural disasters strike cities, the plague sweeps through Europe and then America is discovered. Unlike many strategy games that become tedious and repetitive over time, these events help keep the game interesting.Read more ›
It puts you in command as a Medieval King, Sultan or Emperor, where you must lead your armies to victory over Europe and Asia, while building and maintaining a sprawling empire. The game is essentially split in two, allowing you to command huge armies in real-time battles in one section, and a turn based empire-builder in another.
The graphics are truly stunning, and the game is easily the best looking RTS on the market. The battle animations are also a wonderful new addition, allowing you to see your soldiers pull off some nifty sword work on the battlefield. The artillery and cannon loading sequences are also pretty good. It's the little details like these that make the game worth buying.
The game itself is packed full of features. You have the ability to play a 'Grand Campaign' which puts you in control of a certain Medieval faction over the course of 450 years of warfare. The 'Kingdoms' expansion allows you to play through several historical scenarios such as the Spanish conquest of the Americas, the Crusades, the Teutonic Wars and the 13th century conquests in Britain. Each scenario allows you to play as various new factions, be it Ireland, Lithuania or the Aztecs etc.
You can also try your hand at winning a historical battle such as Hastings, Pavia, Otumba or Acre. This puts you in command as various historical personages such as Richard the Lionheart, William the Conqueror or Hernan Cortes. You can even design your own custom battles!
With so much features, it will take months of gameplay to go through it all.Read more ›
Nevertheless, the campaign map is really quite entertaining. The cutscenes, oddly, play flawlessly on my computer, and they truly are amazing. There have been no budget cuts when it comes to voice acting, or synchronising the animations on screen with the sounds that you hear. And the game itself is far more tactical; factions won't enter war with you quite so lightly as they used to (i.e. in Rome Total War) and the options open to you have tripled in size.
To really enjoy the game, I would recommend a computer with at least 2GB RAM and 2.2GHz processor. Even on the lowest graphical settings, my 0.98 RAM computer cannot cope with the battles. If you can fulfil this game's requirements, however, then this is a companion that your computer quite simply should not be without.
I want to clarify 2 or 3 things that baffled me before buying this product so that it will be easier for the rest.
This edition (the gold edition) is already patched. this means that it is read updated and bugfixed so you dont have to look for updates from the official site or anything.
It includes 2 dvds; the first has the main game and the americas expansion on and the second the rest three expansions. When you install the game there is a small time gap after the end of the installation of each expansion and beginning of the next. (a prompt window pops up and asks you to press next) so while installing if you notice some inactivity dont worry it is probably because of that, it happens even to fast PCs.
It works with windows 7. I am playing the game in win 7 x64. No problem at all.
You will need at least directX 9. But you can find it on the first dvd of the game.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good TW. In a way they got a bit too complicated after this. Also units can hack away and slash at everything. After this units only fought 'one on one'.Published 23 days ago by Richard Howarth
perfect......unfortunately.....CA now doesnt do game of the year/gold editions they screw people for 5 years with their games + DLC
it is all about miling the users
Medieval, Oh my!
A great addition to the franchise, somewhat dated but the Stainless Steel or Broken Crescent mods re-invigorate the whole shebang, Recommended!