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  • Summary: It opens with the preaching of the first Crusade in 1095. It ends with the fall of Constantinople in 1453. What happens in between is up to you. Guide your kingdom's fortunes through a period of brutal conflict and violent social upheaval. Lay siege to mighty fortresses as you command vastIt opens with the preaching of the first Crusade in 1095. It ends with the fall of Constantinople in 1453. What happens in between is up to you. Guide your kingdom's fortunes through a period of brutal conflict and violent social upheaval. Lay siege to mighty fortresses as you command vast armies across the battlefields of Europe and North Africa. But be careful when forming alliances - and even more so when choosing enemies. For this is Total War: a world where empires fall even faster than they rise, and the penalty for fear is your life. [Activision] Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 25
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  1. No other game can be properly compared to it.
  2. Strategy game of the year, perhaps of the millennium.
  3. An absolute must-buy to any fan of turn-based strategy or real-time strategy. The mechanics are sound, the atmosphere is spot-on, and the scale of the battles is truly epic.
  4. 89
    If you want real time strategy with more teeth you cannot ignore this.
  5. A well-conceived and intelligent game...The idea of total war is taken to another level, as Medieval: Total War clearly shows that total war is not all about brute force - quite the contrary.
  6. We criticized "Shogun" for a few quirks in the interface, but generally it was very clean. Now, those same quirks have bit its sequel in the ass with a vengeance.
  7. netjak
    55
    Boring landscapes, crummy models, and weak animation. On top of that, it chugs. It's the worst of both worlds, baby!

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  1. Positive: 25 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Jun 25, 2012
    10
    Best game of the series holding its throne together with Rome total war..this "risk" style of moving across the map also has its own charm iBest game of the series holding its throne together with Rome total war..this "risk" style of moving across the map also has its own charm i still play it active after 10 years Expand
  2. TedBundy
    Jul 20, 2009
    10
    Though it desperately could use a patch for modern systems, as it crashes on post 8 series of Nvidia cards -- it's still the best Total Though it desperately could use a patch for modern systems, as it crashes on post 8 series of Nvidia cards -- it's still the best Total War game to date. Everything that was released after this became bloated, shined up and streamlined for the graphic whore children of today. The classic game board style, while not offering as many specific placements as the newer games, had a great design and Risk-like charm of its own that's sorely missing with all the newer mediocre games CA keep churning out. The AI was also superior to its sequels in the campaign map and with the XL mod, this game will last you for ages. If you have an older PC or video card, stick with this one. Expand
  3. JohnB.
    Aug 1, 2005
    10
    The best ever game throughout history of PC games...
  4. NitsS.
    Aug 28, 2003
    9
    I love this game. It is a lot like risk in a lot of ways but much more action. I like the way you can fight the battles your self and the way I love this game. It is a lot like risk in a lot of ways but much more action. I like the way you can fight the battles your self and the way you can zoom in to see the solgers up close and personal. The only thing I don't like about the game is the men take too long to die. From your fan Nits GREAT GAME. Expand
  5. NickR
    Dec 12, 2009
    9
    Great simulator , very fun. Large scope , wonderful graphics. I have not had any bug problems which seem to have plagued many people. Great simulator , very fun. Large scope , wonderful graphics. I have not had any bug problems which seem to have plagued many people. Multiplayer is amazingly fun. Bullet Physics is awesome. Love that it is not run and gun but slow and deliberate tactics in gun battles. Expand
  6. THAMAN
    Jul 13, 2003
    8
    Good game. it's a shame, however, that the developers rushed to bring out this game as soon as possible. u can clearly see that in theGood game. it's a shame, however, that the developers rushed to bring out this game as soon as possible. u can clearly see that in the game sometimes. Expand
  7. FredD.
    Oct 7, 2006
    0
    It is a horrible game, it makes age of the empires seem good, the pawns are hard to manuever and the graphics are horrible.

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