Medieval II: Total War

Medieval II: Total War
Platforms: PC, Linux
Publisher: SEGA of America
Developer: Creative Assembly International
Genres: Strategy / Turn-Based Strategy
Release Date: November 15, 2006
Game Modes: Singleplayer / Multiplayer

7A larger, more detailed campaign powers Medieval II.

I was a complete fan of Rome: Total War, having played it before Shogun and the original Medieval. Returning to its roots (sort of) while simultaneously keeping the stronger points of Rome and sprucing up the world with diplomatic niceties, Medieval II marks a healthy leap for the series. As with the previous entries, it flawlessly mixes real-time combat on huge maps, involving in some instances thousands of fighting men in epic battles, with a more subtle layer of diplomatic intrigue.

In the countries campaign mode, you can take up command of one of Europe’s fledgling nations and lead them to dominance. Strategic decisions, such as managing settlements, moving units about, or keeping tabs your neighbors, take place on the Campaign Map, which has the look and feel of a Civilization game. As you upgrade cities, it’s possible to see the countryside around them change from empty grassland to farmland, and see the roads fill up with wagons trading goods to and from your ports. Akin to any old-school Heroes or Warlords games, you also use cities as recruitment centers for your armies, steadily training better troops once your buildings (and population quotas) are good enough.

The primary and most stark difference in the way you build up towns in Medieval II (and every other preceding Total War game, for that matter) is the way you now must choose between developing each place as either a city or a castle. Each type has a discernible impact on the sort of buildings you have access to, and how quickly, but also in the amount of income they generate. Cities are economic centers that, in some instances, earn you twice the amount of gold that a castle can. The latter, on the other hand, offers you stronger military units earlier, and much sturdier defenses in the case of a siege. For a small penalty, you can rebuild your cities as castles or vice versa.

14Likewise, the Pope adds a new layer of complexity to the campaign game. He’s a sort of holy sheriff trying to keep the peace. This means that conquering the campaign map by destroying every faction is much more difficult. Fortunately, you can get in the Pope’s good graces by building churches, training priests, participating in Crusades and laying down arms when he demands it. You can also win favor by participating in the Papal elections, which takes place once every ten or so turns. Cardinals from different nationalities participate, which further plays into the game’s more complex diplomacy.

Other countries also hold the Pope’s influence in high regard, so when a faction is ex-communicated for whatever reason, every other faction can pile on them. Ex-communication isn’t as permanent a sentence as you might think, however – Papal favor will grow back, slowly. It might be annoying, but the system does have some level of fairness. For instance, I was once attacked by Denmark without provocation, fought back, won some territories, but was then scolded by the Pope to cease hostilities. I tried as much, even going as far as asking for a cease-fire, but the Danes were having none of it. After a few months of attacks, Denmark was ex-communicated, and I was allowed to destroy their faction.

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When armies finally clash the game goes into battlefield mode. You see an astonishing level of detail, right down to the faces of your men. Tactical considerations like formations, morale, tiredness, terrain and training all factor into how well your troops perform. It’s possible to maintain an organized fight – up to a point, but often things do degenerate into pixel wars. Groups of men aren’t as tightly knit as in Rome, and when order does break apart it’s often difficult to realize what’s going on. It’s spectacular when hundred of men form a giant free-for-all, but one can’t command much when this happens. Archers have also been powered down – whereas before they can cut down scores of men, here they merely drop a few guys. Catapults and Trebuchets, on the other hand, are just as fun and cool to use once they become available.

22Even if you don’t feel like grinding through the campaign map, you have plenty of historical battles (Agincourt, Hastings, Tennenberg) and also a quick battle creator that allows you to organize armies of any sides at any given location. Both of these features are also found in Rome, but it’s nice to have them here as well. To be honest, on the other hand, I think the campaign is much more fun. Running a giant empire, holding off the Mongols, sending off armies off into a Crusade – it’s all here, encapsulating weeks of play, and all of it’s great fun.

System Requirements: Pentium IV 2 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 1 GB HDD, WinXP

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  1. Daniel Haddad says:

    Best game of the series, by far and away, and it’s not even close. Well, okay, Rome (the original) is close, but Med 2-plus the available mods for it-is by far the best of the series. If you like Total War, especially the older style games, give it a spin. If you like that, try out some of its mods-they make it so much better.

  2. K says:

    sorry to bother….but how can i download??…. i don’t understand all this (magnet) stuff…..sorry..would you please help?

  3. MyX says:

    First thing you’ll need is a Torrent application.I recommend uTorrent for this site.
    Then you need an application for RAR files(i use WinRAR but 7zip works too) and one for ISO files(PowerISO or Daemon Tools .I use PowerISO).You need these applications for installing the game.
    After you get the Torrent application,press the magnet link.This should open a new tab(if it’s the first time you use magnet links).Press the button that says something like:”Open Magnet URL”.Now you wait for the game to download.Also,don’t forget to seed!
    When it’s done, open the downloaded files(it can be an installer too,meaning that you don’t need any application to run the installer) and install the game.
    If it shows you an error,look for a crack in the game’s folder(where the downloaded files are).

    Hope it helps!

  4. MyX you’re far more patient than i am.

  5. Charles says:

    OPCG, you said M2TW will not be uploaded here because it is newer so I’ve downloaded M2TW+expansions in other site but thank you for sharing this game here even it was uploaded late. Any answer why it is only available in magnet link? By the way, thank you so much OPCG for having patience reading this (whatever you call this) message.

  6. Maheer says:

    Torrent is a piece of crap, you should have uploaded it on ulozto. Please.

  7. MyX says:

    Thank you,OldPCGaming .Now,i have an idea!

    From now on,i will copy and paste the “Guide for installing games”(that’s how i’ll call it) for every person that needs help.Please,don’t consider my message a spam message .I’ve wrote it twice for two different persons
    and it takes quite a long time(half a hour or so).

    Maheer,you should thank OldPCGaming for uploading this game,even if you prefer Ulozto. Also,Torrent isn’t “a
    piece of c**p”,as you call it(i try to keep a decent language,that’s why i used the” * “).It is the only way you can get this game from this site or other sites(which may not work as good as this one), so stop swearing the Torrent.
    It does a wonderful job,so you should be grateful it exists.

    Charles,i’m pretty sure that it’s not an easy job uploading games(especially old games),so that might be the reason it’s only available in Magnet link.Also,he might haven’t found a Download link.

    Have a nice day!

  8. Charles says:

    MyX you’re right! It could take hours or maybe days to upload games. I have no problem in adding download link now because I’ve downloaded M2TW+expansions already not by torrent but by download link (i.e. Google drive) in other site. So, no more problem with it.

  9. MyX says:


  10. Jixoty says:

    does this include all the dlcs????

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