Medieval 2: Total War Reviews
This is the latest and most outstanding title in the Total War franchise, any history RTS buff or fan of the series would be psychotically imbalanced should they choose to pass on this.
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Game is a re-texture of Rome total war. Exept agent merchant, and division of cities between economic and militaristic, nothing new. Few cosmethic changes like varied looks of soldiers on the battlefield, changes in appearance due to armor upgrades, etc...
But, game lacks any new thing, missle units are too weak (a unarmoured peasant survises a dozen hits from a crossbow), and cavalry charges are too strong (wipe out whole unit in a single charge), and mace units get beaten by mere spearmen. Byzantines are too weak, and game misses factions like Serbia, Bulgaria, Aragon and some others.
Bad : AI Sucks. Tons Of Bugs. Money Goes Down Quickly At Campaign. Faction Endings Are Just The Same. Cavalry Not Attacking Spearmen.
Good: Music Is Good. Battlefield Is Good.
Textures Are Good. Gameplay Is Good
perfect but would like to have more countrol with faction heir and family tree options along with gaining traits being able to pick traits or gain and distribute experience points to different traits you have to choose from for your family members and generals almost like a role playing character building style would make this game perfecto!Love the turn based campaign so you don't have to rush.This blows the rts style away,and you still get the real time in the battles where it should be.I personaly won't even bother with rts games anymore I'll just wait for the next total war title.For Real.
Good Points:Massive armies once again,the in-fight zoom,historically acurate once again.The small cutscenes when an assasin or a spy performs what he knows best can be very interesting.Unlike Rome Total War which started this "Total War" trend the A.I has suprisingly changed.Soldiers can block attacks or even perform some fatality moves when they are very experienced.
Bad Points.Clearly the biggest dissapointment is once again the Multiplayer.It can get a bit boring after some time.
Synopsis:A must for every gamer.If you dont have this game you are just not the classic Total War strategy player.Buy it now.
Set between 1080 and 1503, one of the most formative and fractious periods in European history, Medieval 2: Total War plunges you into a turbulent era of religious conflict, brutal hand-to-hand warfare and political cunning. Battle will rage across Europe, the Middle East and eventually the New World as you encounter the mysterious Aztecs. A massively upgraded graphics engine sees individuals' faces and armour realised amidst the blood-soaked chaos of massed battle, while all-new combat animations bring every do-or-die struggle to life. An overhauled terrain model also brings battlefields, settlements and castles into sharper relief than ever before.
Ok, I know, great graphics, sounds, lanscapes, castles, etc. but AI is not very challenging.Sieges are dull and I often press autoresolve button to skip them. Diplomacy is slightly better than medieval 1 but still you can be backstabed by your long time ally only because you have 1 unit in border castle. AI in strategy map (especially moving armies and attacking) colud be better. I suppose that improvement of battle AI is harder to do but actually it is almost impossible to loose battle with equal opponent. Additionally when troops are under heavy rain of arrows and units are melting down in numbers quickly why they still stand still? They dont even set loose formation(except archers). Morale of medieval warriors wasn't so high as we know.Enemy cavarly is not flanking-they always attack middle units of my army or cavarly standing on wing.Ok maybe it is too early period (I'm in XIII century now)maybe they will get wise later :)
I still have to get used to the 8GB of space needed to this monster, but luckly it is worth of it.
The Total War Series are all great games, graphic is still irrelevant, but with such a good base it's the only thing that can be improved.