• 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 124
  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. Apr 9, 2014
    10
    This game is boss. It is the ultimate strategy game for PC(my opinion). It has amazing battles and the graphics are really good. TheThis game is boss. It is the ultimate strategy game for PC(my opinion). It has amazing battles and the graphics are really good. The historical battles are real-life battles that can teach things about history. The campaign is realistic and it's really fun. This is an amazing game. Expand
  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. Aug 12, 2019
    9
    Brilliant game that has stood the test of time. For me, it will always be the ultimate member of the Total War franchise.

    Huge range of
    Brilliant game that has stood the test of time. For me, it will always be the ultimate member of the Total War franchise.

    Huge range of units, many playable factions and really open to tactical freedom. Have also only just (2019!) played the Brittania DLC and really enjoying it. A break from the chaos with a smaller pool of factions involved.

    Only negative remains as always - a totally flawed alliance system. It relies on gifts and tributes, but will still be impossible to maintain an alliance, the AI are coded to backstab!
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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. Mar 9, 2012
    8
    Great game but doesnt compares to Rome Total War, in some aspects it improved but in others it downgraded from the prequel, it has great modsGreat game but doesnt compares to Rome Total War, in some aspects it improved but in others it downgraded from the prequel, it has great mods such as Stainless Steel and Broke Crescent, and also the long awaited sequel to Europa Barbarorum (Rome total war mod), Europa Barbarorum 2! 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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