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  • Summary: Medieval 2: Total War boasts an impressive array of new graphical and gameplay enhancements, including the capability for a massive 10,000 dynamic characters to be taken into battle at any one time. On top of this, The Creative Assembly have implemented a fully redesigned multiplayer modeMedieval 2: Total War boasts an impressive array of new graphical and gameplay enhancements, including the capability for a massive 10,000 dynamic characters to be taken into battle at any one time. On top of this, The Creative Assembly have implemented a fully redesigned multiplayer mode that offers a dynamic multi-battle campaign bolstered by an unprecedented level of visceral combat choreography that reflects the brutality of medieval warfare. Set in the most turbulent and bloody era in European history, Medieval 2: Total War allows gamers to lead their armies across the battlefields of Europe and the Holy Land before discovering the Americas and doing battle with the fearsome Aztecs. Medieval 2: Total War offers a vastly enhanced terrain model to create new graphically rich environments portraying breathtaking cliff top castles and enhanced settlement features that are unique to each civilisation. [Sega] Expand
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  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. A kingly mixture of action and strategy - not only a top RTS but the PC game of the year. [Christmas 2006, p.76]
  3. 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.
  4. The relation between the actual battle in real time mode, and managing an empire in turn based mode, is pure bliss.
  5. 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.
  6. There's no better entry point to the "Total War" series than Medieval 2. [Jan. 2007, p.94]
  7. The depth of the diplomacy, the many well-balanced factions, the intelligent layout of the interface, that all indicates to me a game design crew that really had its stuff together. While I don’t think as a game reviewer it would be appropriate for me to penalize a game for being too involved, I do think the pace of this game, the amount of plotting and planning versus the amount of payoff, is a little out of whack.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 103
  2. Negative: 6 out of 103
  1. Bangell
    Mar 25, 2008
    10
    My favourite game ever - epic battles, tactical gameplay on real-time and turn-based levels - an all-round masterpiece.
  2. Jerry
    Nov 15, 2006
    10
    Great game, I love the up-close and personal view where you can see your army in actions. Siege battle is awsome as well. 10/10!
  3. ChrisS.
    Apr 4, 2007
    10
    This game is much better than the first few. You can actually see your soldiers and tactics also work. The new combat system and agents This game is much better than the first few. You can actually see your soldiers and tactics also work. The new combat system and agents really improve gameplay along with things like the pope and crusades. Expand
  4. Apr 2, 2015
    9
    Probably my favorite of the entire series. Especially with all the modding that's been done.

    My only issue is some of the AI is garbage,
    Probably my favorite of the entire series. Especially with all the modding that's been done.

    My only issue is some of the AI is garbage, and there's some unavoidable bugs.

    I also wish they would have left out the muskets and guns.
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  5. JohnI.
    Jan 6, 2007
    9
    Great Graphics, some bugs, great gameplay overall, love the addition of the new world, A+
  6. Dec 22, 2012
    8
    Medieval was not my first contact with the Total War series. Before that I was in Rome: Total War, and therefore many mechanisms was notMedieval was not my first contact with the Total War series. Before that I was in Rome: Total War, and therefore many mechanisms was not foreign to me. That's right - I had the impression that I play the same thing, only that transferred to the Middle Ages. You can not deny the charm and expand the game, it certainly needed in strategy games. Fortunately, that Rome was a good game. Medieval Thanks is also very good, but not perfect. My score was 8, I think fair. Expand
  7. shinequalivingston
    Nov 16, 2006
    0
    This game be hitten all up on my grillz homies, i be goin dlown to da mall bein all cool and sh*t and these peeps would be knockin at my cribThis game be hitten all up on my grillz homies, i be goin dlown to da mall bein all cool and sh*t and these peeps would be knockin at my crib sayin how east side this game was u heard me son. my peeps would never buy this sh*t and neither should you, you heard me you white people i dont give bout you wiggers so... dont be playin hatin home g's Expand

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