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Medieval II but is it an improvement
Medieval II: Total War (PC)
Member Name: S3Matt
Medieval II: Total War (PC)
Advantages: Graphics much improved, Sieges always fun
Disadvantages: Few niggles in game play, to Similar to previous titles
Medieval II Total was is the second incarnation of the Total war series based in medieval times, also included in the series of Total war are shogun, and Rome.
So this newest Release is it an improvement on Rome total war or the original Medieval, or just more of the same?
For those who know of Total war its much the same as the previous titles in the way that it plays in both the Campaign map and also into the battles, Management of the Cities is also much the same but a Family member is required to financially control the City/Fort. Units are Recognizable from the old games with a few changes here and there.
For those Not familiar You take control of one of the Empires in the Middle ages (i go for England obviously) and then build you empire by conquering neighboring cities and the land they control from rebels or other Empires the main view being on the campaign map much like a Civilization type look. Obviously to achieve this a battle will need to take place, this is where you transfer to the battle view to conduct the battle in depth be it in an open field, forest mountain or siege to capture the city/fort.
The Graphics in this game have improved hugely from previous titles in the series, but then so have the demands on the PC system to run the game at a decent rate on the highest settings, if you have the system it is quite impressive.
As stated before much the same as the previous titles in look and game play but with the better graphical looks, there are a few niggles that i found to be a wee bit annoying:
1. the cavalry are useless never form up right for the charge and are often easily destroyed without hours of practice.
2.The date progresses in turns and not by Date like previous titles witch may be small a thing but no less annoying.
3. the pope and his inquisitors are annoying and incredibly hard killing your family of with ease, respectively.
4. It can take forever to achieve anything so get set for long hours of game play.
5. archers/crossbow men are lethal and can decimate armies with ease if used correctly which is a bit far fetched.
Apart from this which I'm sure will be fixed in Patches in due course its still a great game more so i would say for the New to Total war than the people who are experts.
To sum up its a very decent game if you have never played Total war but a bit of a Disappointment if you are a fan of the series. I would suggest Rome Total war as it has a more rounded feel and flows smoother in the way that it plays. It has a few problems in the game play but if they were fixed in a patch it would make the game far more enjoyable to play for the long periods that it demands.
Summary: Rome Total war is a better bet.