Excerpt: Leonis Software has released a downloadable strategy guide for MedievalII: Total War called the Warboard. It says something about the Medieval II: Total War that such a product even exists. And that, in itself, speaks volumes of the quality of the Total War franchise's output over the last decade.
Conclusion: for diplomacy, presumably through well thought out arranged marriages, and priests that can help to spread your beliefs to neighboring lands. Interestingly, religion will play a prominent role in Medieval II , reflecting the sway that the Catholic Church held over Europe during the Middle Ages. The Pope will always be watching the various nations’ behavior, ensuring that their leaders’ policies are appropriately pious.
Conclusion: Overall, this game is top class - a good successor to Shogun although there do not seem to be any major improvements. Die hard battle freaks might bemoan the fact that you only control 16 units within each battle which reduces the amount of tactics that can be used, but when it comes down to it, medieval battles were more about numbers & slaughter than strategical finesse and that’s what this game delivers.
Excerpt: The Wargamer is pleased to present
VikingHorde with this Award for Excellence for Medieval:
Total War XL. Medieval: Total War XL makes
a great game even better, extending the life of this
terrific strategy game with more depth and rich play.I love PC gaming. And I especially love the high levels of immersion and almost endless amounts of modifications that can be added to recent strategy and tactical titles.
Excerpt: If you've played the game Shogun: Total War, then you'll find a lot familiar with Medieval: Total War. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing - with Medieval: Total War you'll get the same strategic and tactical component, including the massive real-time battles for which the first game was known. Medieval: Total War is not an expansion game, though; it is a complete game and stands on its own.
Conclusion: In fact, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the shear scope of preparing for battle with the number of different available units and trying to prevent battles from spiraling into chaotic messes. Preparing for battle doesn’t involve plunking down production facilities and churning out a horde of troops to throw to throw at your enemy.
Excerpt: Graphics & Sound:
Far younger and far superior than its brother Shogun comes Medieval: Total War , a game that will at least satisfy those of the European persuasion. The graphics in Medieval come in two flavors. The first is the Campaign screen, which is essentially a two-dimensional map. The other is the battle screen, which occurs real-time and completely in 3D.