Summary: I like this game, as I liked Shogun before it. The Total War games have the best tactical (battle control) interface I have seen. Each battle can take hours with shifting fortunes. The types of troops you field and match against the enemy really matter. For the battles, the game is worth the time and money. The game is weak at the strategic level. The territories of the Europe map are too large for medieval Europe.
Summary: my email:Medieval Total War PC Game by Activision Inc. was ordered. I received medieval gold edition by Sega. Kindly either refund my money or send the proper game. If you want the wrong game back please pick it up at reception. I am very unhappy! Response: We are very sorry to here that you are unhappy with the version you have received If unwanted please return for a full refund Please return with amazon order number or a copy of invoice Return too: Gamezone 2 Nettles...
Summary: I love the tactical battle part of this game. Its is far better designed than the strategic component. The only issues I had with tactical battle part was the camera didnt control very intuitively, and getting unit facings correct was somewhat of a hassle. Also the AI tended to throw away the life of its general. Apart from that I think this is the best battle simulator Ive ever played. The strategic section had three important flaws in my opinion.
Summary: The detail given this game is awe inspiring at first, but on close examinantion it's often excessive and superfluous. I found myself stripping away layer after layer until it was actually playable. There must be hundreds of different unit types, and I'm still not sure if it isn't all the same just to get a huge stack of generic spearmen, throw them into the fray, and let the computer auto-calculate.
Summary: Boy ,talk about mixed emotions. I have had a love/hate relationship with this game. I have bought it twice and trashed it twice. What is severely lacking is just plain old character. There is nothing to give you a sense of identity. Shogun at least gave you an advisor with whom you could consult(if you had a hankering for confucian riddles) or receive dignitaries whose insults were barbed with eloquence.
Conclusion: The game itself is a great mix of turn based strategy and real time battles on a huge scale. Having bought this I can confirm it does work with Vista but simply doesn't work with modern day graphics cards. I tried it on 2 different PCs, both of which run Shogun Total War (which came out 2 years before Medieval!) and neither of them would run this. I eventually installed it on a laptop which has a simple integrated graphics chip with it and it runs perfectly.
Summary: I play this game at the strategic level (i.e., I let the computer fight the tactical battles). Played this way, the game is the kind I like. However, the people who produced this game need to put some more thought into managing the armies, navies, keeps, and countries. Essentially, it's a problem of status changes. For instance, each country has two build queues (infrastructure and units).