Medieval II Gold Pack (Total War, Total War Kingdoms) - PC
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- Richly detailed battles that feature thousands of 3D units and intense combat.
- Manage the economic, civil, religious and military arms of your empire.
- Over 100 different units, including knights, men-at-arms, English longbowmen, and more.
- Spectacular sieges, as you pound castles into dust with cannons, catapults, and ballistae.
- Multiplayer battles with up to seven other players over the Internet.
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Platform: PC | Edition: Gold
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In Medieval 2GP, you play as 1 of 17 different Factions / Nations in an attempt to use diplomacy, treachery, and military might to take over the world. The game features a Battle Mode where you can fight a Battle against AI, a Short Campaign where you must wipe out 1 or 2 rival nations and occupy a good portion of the world map, or a Grand Campaign, where you must occupy Jerusalem and a very large portion of the world. The "Short" Campaign could take you anywhere from 8 - 40 hours to finish. With the expansions, there are more maps, 13 more Factions, and 110 more military units... There is also a dedicated Modding community that has further enhanced the game.
The graphics are impressive on the high settings and it's pretty incredible to watch 4000 soldiers clash on the battlefield with arrows raining from the sky and catapults destroying fully destructible cities.
NOTE: I had an awful time getting my NVidia 7900GT to work with this game, but I finally found the solution on a forum. Creative Assembly's and SEGA's websites were less helpful than a Magic 8 Ball. I'll post the solution in the Comments Section below.
There are three types of gameplay in the game. There is a World Map where you can move armies and units across a battlefield and into enemy territories. You strategically use diplomats, merchants, religious figures, spies, assassins, princesses, and armies to thwart your opposing nations. This plays out like old school RISK.Read more ›
Military might is important, but not necessarily primordial. Have a giant, all-engulfing, land-hungry neighbor that threatens your national security? No problem. Assassinate the current Pope, elect one that's favorable to you and not so much to him, find a way to get him to be excommunicated and ask the pope to call a crusade against him! Now you'll have five or more other factions attack him in the name of Holy religion and he'll be weaker as a result. You may even manage to expand your borders in the bargain.
Now, you may just be one of these people for whom this will be insufficient. Maybe the 21 different playable factions don't quite do it for you. Maybe the different roles your agents (priests, assassins, spies, diplomats/princesses, and merchants) can play don't impress you. Maybe you don't care much for the guilds that offer to quarter themselves into your cities. This is where the Kingdom campaigns come in. All of them are beautiful mods of the original game with a variety of interesting twists. But even without the expansion, this game is worth buying. This said, allow me one warning: stay away from this game if you are addiction-prone.
I have bought all the previous Total War games, and got sick of Rome:Total War after 4 years of playing, much to my wife's disgust and nagging, and decided to buy Medieval Total War 2:Kingdoms, to bug her that much more. :)
My overall expereince is very impressed. Graphics are great, battles are much harder then Rome: Total War, Politics and Religion actually play a large part. Different from Rome and the other previous Total War games, you have to please not only your own nobles, but have to make the Pope happy, usually by not attacking other Catholic Christian factions. If not, you incure the wrath of the Church and can become excommunicated, then all havoc breaks loose on you for different Catholic factions as well.
To me it seems that Medieval Total War 2 is a combination of all the previous Total War games into one. The cool assination video from Shogun Total War, the ransoming of captured prisoners and depth of troop types from Medieval Total War 1, and the stunning graphics and map (not like a Risk board but actually holding mountain passes or hiding in forests to ambush unsuspecting armies)of Rome Total War.
I've played as England, Portugal, Spain, and The Holy Roman Empire briefly. It wasn't until I played the Scottish campaign in the Britannia Expansion that I really got into the campaigns. Until then I was only playing custom, quick, and historical battles. Anyways, it was maybe 20 or so turns into the campaign. The Vikings invade my northernmost castle (I originally tried to ally them to deal with England) and I found myself facing a horde of 3000 led by their faction leader against my meager 1000 (mostly low-end peasants and highland rabble). I couldn't reinforce so I had no other choice than to sally forth and hold the Vikings at bay or my best general (at the time) would die trying. Needless to say that battle was the most incredible moment I've had in any RTS I've ever played (possibly even all my gaming experience). Their army was completely demolished and their entire faction was obliterated with that single defense. This was also the first time that I got caught off guard by any AI. Normally in a siege they focus everyone to attack the front of the castle at roughly the same time (unless siege weapons are involved). During this battle though, they sent a very small force of their 3000 straight to the gates. Then they split up the remaining army in two.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wanted a no steam version. Why can't the product description have a note saying steam account creation required for installation.Published 21 days ago by Aditya Vaidya
Nowhere on the store page, product page or on the product itself does it mention steam...yet the physical copy I received requires steam to play it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Johnathon Ritter
You better have a comfy chair, because your butt will be glued to it.Published 2 months ago by Peasant
I like all Total War games, but do know that this is a Steam game. It connects to Steam to install. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Panic_Buyer
A must have for the RTS genre. Solid audio, visuals, and replay value.Published 3 months ago by Michael