Excerpt: The total war expansion pack is upon us and gives us 110 new units to take command of, as well as whopping 13 new factions, 27 new multi player maps and a few tools to keep things interesting for a long time to come. Speaking of the SDK tools, the designers are nice enough to give the player a few tools to bring their own twist on the game, those who are enterprising enough with their own creative spark now have the ability to create their own content or Mods.
Excerpt: The game is proof that a big name tacked onto a game does not necessarily guarantee a great game. It just seems like a game trying to ride on name recognition alone. Maybe Railroad or Sid Meier fans are all a gush and may actually enjoy the game. Maybe I am just tired of seeing yet another game that has the creators name in the title. The game is a remake of Mr. Sid Meier's well loved railroad game from the early 90's. Looking at it, I had a feeling of dread.
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.
Excerpt: Where oh where has the summer gone? Well, a lot of it, I admit, went into playing video games. And what does a videogame reviewer play when he’s not reviewing videogames? I’ll tell you. I continued playing Grand Theft Auto 3 after the review was over, and while it gets repetitive after a while, I still think it’s a brilliant game. I also stuck with Jedi Knight 2 as my 1st person shooter of choice.
Conclusion: Overall though, Medieval: Total War is a masterfully done strategy management game, which furthers the excellent concepts that were introduced in Shogun: Total War. It is a well-conceived and intelligent game, which serves as evidence that a lot of careful deliberation has went into its development. 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.
Pros: An excellent idea expanded, enhanced and polished. Addictive and intelligent;
Cons: Quirky unit management issues. When will my soldiers learn to face the enemy and not the nearby hillside?
Excerpt: Strategy, tactics, control, vision, those are some of the requirements (alongside a powerhouse machine) needed from a player to enjoy this terrific title brought to you by The Creative Assembly.
Excerpt: Medieval is a game that will probably be overlooked by most gamers, due to its non-existent publicity and lack of marketing. However, the reason for this is not due to a poorly created game, but that the game is essentially created by one person with not enough money to advertise. Being a war simulation, the graphics are not spectacular and again most people won't give this game a chance because of this.
Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms Expansion review
23 December 2003
Excerpt: The Total War series is quintessential war game for the PC and this recent expansion delivers to fans of the series a huge amount of new content. If you have the original game and enjoyed it then this is a must-have that will consume hours of your time.
Pros: This is a huge expansion to the series that delivers hours of new challenges with some interesting twists.
Cons: The game is hungry for your hard drive space. Battles are clean. Too clean with no blood.