• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Nov 13, 2006
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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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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. Games Master UK
    94
    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. Play Magazine
    85
    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. Negative: 8 out of 127
  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. Jul 31, 2014
    10
    Medieval 2 Total War. Sure, doesn't sound as interesting as a game like, for example, Final Fantasy or Battlefield 4, but don't let the nameMedieval 2 Total War. Sure, doesn't sound as interesting as a game like, for example, Final Fantasy or Battlefield 4, but don't let the name be the game. In truth, Medieval 2 Total War will probably be one of the best military strategy games you have ever played. What is it? Medieval 2 Total War is a game where you get to build a mighty kingdom, through economy, diplomacy (if necessary), and - wait for it - ... brute force. This isn't like Clash of Clans, Good Game Empire or Game of War: Fire age, I'm talking about legitimate conquest: capturing cities, castles, and spreading your empire across Medieval Europe. Some categories that determined the score were:

    Graphics - I have a not-so-great computer, I'll admit. So I was surprised when I saw that Medieval 2's graphics were almost as vivid and real as they would have looked like in real life. No joke. They're that good on a medium-low level computer.

    Battles - I would have given it more had it not been for the max of 10 points. Here's how battles work: When you engage an enemy army or attack an enemy castle or town, you go into battle mode. This is where you engage the enemy army and try to kill them all, but here's the catch: YOU get to command your own army, instead of throwing armies out there and not get to see them fight, or get to see them fight but not have control over them, like in Clash of Clans. And once you get the hang of the simple controls, it'll make you feel like a true general. But wait, there's more! When you attack a castle, you get to fight the enemy army - in a castle!

    If you love strategy games but find them dull or lifeless, and want more in your games, I strongly recommend that you try out Medieval 2: Total War. It is truly a masterpiece.

    Creative Assembly, great job!
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  3. BenjaminK.
    Jan 7, 2007
    10
    I have always been a big fan of the Total War series, and this game just puts me over the top! The graphics are smooth and sweet. The action I have always been a big fan of the Total War series, and this game just puts me over the top! The graphics are smooth and sweet. The action is ten fold that what it was in Total War 1! If you're into strategy games, buy this! Expand
  4. Jul 13, 2020
    9
    I still play this in 2020, its a shame that its code locked to so little provinces and factions, it really restricts the modding community,I still play this in 2020, its a shame that its code locked to so little provinces and factions, it really restricts the modding community, mods are the only reason why i still play this Expand
  5. JohnI.
    Jan 6, 2007
    9
    Great Graphics, some bugs, great gameplay overall, love the addition of the new world, A+
  6. Jan 27, 2014
    8
    great game lots of fun to play. I hope they make a Medieval 3 Total War and they don't muck it up like they did with Total War Rome 2 orgreat game lots of fun to play. I hope they make a Medieval 3 Total War and they don't muck it up like they did with Total War Rome 2 or Empire Total War. I hope that Sega is know done with putting Betas out on steam for at full price like Total War Rome 2 or Battlefield 4 Expand
  7. Nov 12, 2016
    0
    Bloody terrible game. I loved Empire so i decided to try this game too and it was a huge letdown from the start. First of all i didnt findBloody terrible game. I loved Empire so i decided to try this game too and it was a huge letdown from the start. First of all i didnt find alot to increase the income. Only ones i found were the mines which barely gave any income. Increasing tax seemed to be the only decent way, but whats even worse is the way peace works. I was playing Spain and i attacked one of the rebel settlements. Then France comes in, deaclares war and takes the settlement. Few turns later they want peace. I accepted and like 12 turns later they **** declare war on me again. So yeah the peace mechanic is very terribly made and should have been made so that if you make peace then you cant declare war on that same nation again for like 50 turns atleast. Expand

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