• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2006

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 39
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 39
  3. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. An exceptional game that brings history alive with enormous flair and clarity.
  2. What’s really most interesting about all of these changes, however, is that you now need to pay attention to all major aspects of the game to win, even at lower difficulty levels.
  3. Mesmerisingly challenging... If there's another wargame that blends geopolitics with tactics this brilliantly, or portrays war so memorably, then I'm unaware of it... The new king of wargames. [Dec 2006, p.56]
  4. Take the contents and theme from Medieval. Mix them with eye candy from "Rome," add some spice and you have a winner on your hands. [Dec 2006, p.82]
  5. A kingly mixture of action and strategy - not only a top RTS but the PC game of the year. [Christmas 2006, p.76]
  6. This is the latest and most outstanding title in the Total War franchise, any history RTS buff or fan of the series would be psychotically imbalanced should they choose to pass on this.
  7. There is a metric ton of game to be enjoyed here, and I heartily recommend it to anyone with a lick of interest in the subject matter. Small annoyances, like a mediocre overworld interface and the occasional unit AI breakdown in the RTS battles, are nowhere near enough to diminish this game’s overall genius.
  8. As a word of warning, if you were not ready for a long haul then I would recommend playing the shorter campaign; the big one is an epic.
  9. While the slightly glitched real-time battles may not be all that much different from Rome's, and naval battles and new multiplayer options are still conspicuous by their absence, there's simply no way that any selfrespecting strategy fan can spend this Christmas doing anything other than rampaging across the world on a whirlwind of medieval conquest.
  10. A bigger, prettier, and more addictive game that leaves even the series' most recent efforts in the dust...If you think "Rome: Total War's" battles looked good, especially for the number of units on-screen at once (i.e., thousands), Medieval II will blow you away. [Dec 2006, p.28]
  11. Though familiar, MTWII is breathtaking in its depth, fiendishly challenging in all the right ways and a big old phlegmy spit right in the eye of anything else foolish enough to claim ownership of the strategy crown.
  12. The best PC strategy game I've played for ages, since Rome: Total War in fact. Even if you aren't entirely happy about the period covered, it being something of a retread, there's so many new features and depth in this release to make any comparison with the first Medieval: Total War rather pointless.
  13. The variety of units is amazing and it's easy to get caught up in multiplayer skirmishes. Granted, infrequent AI bugs may cause a few annoying moments, but that can easily be fixed with an update in the near future.
  14. A bewigged, flouncing, educational "Rome." Wonderful stuff. [Christmas 2006, p.88]
  15. 90
    Best viewed as a refinement on an already phenomenal product.
  16. One of the best strategy games of the year, and arguably one of the best ever.
  17. Grand, ferocious and full of drama, the battle elements combine with Medieval’s excellent take on diplomacy to create a fully-rounded experience – one that will pay off for years to come.
  18. The beautiful visuals and the turgid music and sound coalesce to create epic battles.
  19. Breathtaking in scale, Medieval II will keep you glued to the screen.
  20. 88
    It's true that the developers really missed an opportunity to rework the interface but the graphics upgrade and new campaign options are more than enough to satisfy the legions of Total War fans.
  21. "Epic" doesn't quite begin to describe the scope and scale of the latest Total War game--there's a lot of strategic depth, with plenty of amazing combat to enjoy.
  22. What strategy gamer wouldn’t want to lead thousands of armored knights onto the field of battle?
  23. The gameplay and graphics are really very good and the value is through the roof here.
  24. The relation between the actual battle in real time mode, and managing an empire in turn based mode, is pure bliss.
  25. Fans of the Dark Ages will definitely get a nice playing experience, and for them as well as for the rest of the RTS fans, Medieval 2 can easily be considered one of the best games this genre has to offer.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 554 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 103
  2. Negative: 6 out of 103
  1. jp
    Nov 14, 2009
    Good game, bravo!, but no Rome:Total War.
  2. Bangell
    Mar 25, 2008
    My favourite game ever - epic battles, tactical gameplay on real-time and turn-based levels - an all-round masterpiece.
  3. May 5, 2011
    Truly excellent game, the graphics are stunning, the sound is well put-together and, despite the huge amount of content rammed into theTruly excellent game, the graphics are stunning, the sound is well put-together and, despite the huge amount of content rammed into the strategy game in Rome, Medieval 2 has done a very good job of giving players far more options and freedom, allowing for almost total sandbox gameplay, which is what makes it so replayable. The vast variety of what players can do makes this game almost second to none in its genre.
    The only thing I would take a mark off this for is that siege battles are often a complete nightmare, with regiments often disobeying orders or, even more irritating, half a regiment remaining on one side of a wall while the other stays on top, refusing to do anything while you furiously try and redirect it. This really frustrated me, but apart from that, the campaign is an excellent experience and the in-battle gameplay is astounding. Based on this, It well deserves a 9/10
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