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Medieval II: Total War
Unfortunately I no longer posess the time to write professional reviews with no spelling errors, but I felt that this review was most nessesary for what might be a highly overrated game. So let's get to the essense.
Medieval 2 Total War is the fourth in series of realistic RTS games by Creative Assembly. This game centers its attention on the first half of the second millenium. These are the volitile times of crusades, Eastern invasions, internal European power struggles and the discovery of Americas. GAMEPLAY
Medieval 2 offers several game types for all tastes, ranging from a lengthy and complicated
campaign to a quick battle with either the computer or an on-
When one of the player's armies collides with an enemy army, the player has a choice
to either auto-
Moreover, Medieval 2 is not user-
Medieval 2 also comes with certain glitches. Some of these can be recognized from all the previous Total War games, while others come as extras to the old ones. The main field where this is visible is again the AI. There are moments when a whole unit of 150 soldiers will be decimated because a single soldier "disobeys" the order to retreat resulting in the rest of his unit to freeze during their retreat (with their backs turned to the enemy, of course). Sometimes, when persuing the enemy, a cavaly unit will suddenly scatter apart like a bunch of cockroaches in the light. The reason for some of these AI issues might be in the new system that separates the soldiers as individuals as they engage in battle. Whatever the reason, it is not an excuse to leave the problem unfixed. The patch that was released for the game fixes some of the problems but the most noticable ones stayed. These problems don't occur all the time, but their occasional appearance is more than enough to spoil the whole experience. GRAPHICS
There's no doubt that Medieval 2 is a visual marvel. It's good looking even for a
first person shooter, and thus it gets extra credit for being an RTS. The system
requirements, although demanding, aren't diabolic for the level of graphics provided.
The different layers of textures ensure in the RTS mode that while the player can
great a near-
There seems to be a sound file for everything in Medieval 2. From explosions to arrows cutting through the air, the sound helps increase the game's already epic proportions. The music, once again done by Jeff van Dijk, doesn't strike to be as inspiring as it was in the previous Total War games, but it's undoubtfully well suiting. The music is dynamic, reacting to the events on the battlefield.
Medieval 2, like most other games currently on the market, has fallen victim to the visual hype. The creators have given so much attention to the graphics, yet the age old issues are still not fixed. Add some new annoying issues to the old ones and a deeply involved player will soon get deeply annoyed with some of them. Although you could write a book on Medieval 2, it could've been more than it is.
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