XIII Century Gold Edition combines the highly successful strategy game XIII Century: Death or Glory with the follow-up sequel, XIII Century: Blood of Europe. XIII Century: Death or Glory is an RTS game which immerses players in the Middle Ages.
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Mixed (85 reviews) - 49% of the 85 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 28, 2009

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Buy 1C Strategy Collection

Includes 6 items: Fantasy Wars, King's Bounty: Armored Princess, King's Bounty: Crossworlds, King's Bounty: The Legend, Reign: Conflict of Nations, XIII Century – Gold Edition

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Includes 9 items: Men of War: Red Tide, Men of War: Vietnam, Men of War™, Real Warfare 1242, Real Warfare 2: Northern Crusades, Theatre of War, Theatre of War 2: Africa 1943, Theatre of War 3: Korea, XIII Century – Gold Edition

 

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“Attention to battlefield detail and smart AI make XIII Century a serious real-time tactical challenge.”
7.5 – GameSpot

About This Game

XIII Century Gold Edition combines the highly successful strategy game XIII Century: Death or Glory with the follow-up sequel, XIII Century: Blood of Europe.

XIII Century: Death or Glory is an RTS game which immerses players in the Middle Ages. Among the playable factions are the English, the French, the Mongols, the Germans and Kievan Rus' (Russians). The game consists of 5 campaigns, which cover the most well known battles of that period. XIII Century: Death or Glory features large-scale battles, with thousands of soldiers located on a battlefield at the same time, and offers players a chance to test their skills as military leaders in medieval Europe.

XIII Century: Blood of Europe campaign is set in 1266 AD. Alexander Nevsky, the famous defender of ancient Rus' western borders, is long gone, and the knights of the Teutonic Order are again marching to Pskov, a gem of the Northern Rus'. They are out for easy prey and loot. Dovmont, Prince of Pskov, is the only hope to push out the invaders. Prepare to join his armed force to defend their territory and win fame worthy of the memory of the Grand Prince Alexander! Enjoy historical battles of the Middle Ages as Dovmont leads his troops against German and Livonian knights.

Features
  • Over 40 battles in 5 campaigns. Famous battles that changed the face of medieval Europe
  • Historical reconstruction. Real conditions of renowned battles such as landscape, time of day and weather conditions are taken into account
  • Authentic heraldry of European aristocracy
  • Dozens of unit types
  • Weapons, arms and equipment of knights are made using historical documents and specifications
  • Unique battle system taking into account 80 parameters and characteristics, which allow complete authenticity of medieval battle on the unit level
  • State-of-the-art shader graphics with astonishing level of refinement and veracity
  • LAN and Internet multiplayer

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2
    • Processor: Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz or AMD Athlon 4000+
    • Memory: XP – 1 GB RAM, Vista – 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D Hardware Accelerator Card Required – 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 256 MB Video Memory - (ATI): Radeon X1600 - (Nvidia): Geforce 7600
    • Hard Drive: 6.1 GB + 1 GB Swap File
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    • Processor: • Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or AMD Athlon Dual Core 5200+
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB 3D Hardware Accelerator Card with Shader 3.0 support - (ATI): Radeon HD 2900 - (Nvidia): Geforce 8800 GT
    Multiplayer Requirements
    • Internet(TCP/IP) or LAN(TCP/IP) play supported
    • Internet play requires broadband connection and latest drivers
    • LAN play requires network interface card with latest drivers
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 15, 2015
This is a rather lengthy review, but I think it gives you everything you need to know.
XIII Century is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it has cool battles and requires you to use some clever thinking to win tough fights. On the other hand, it only works when it wants to. I played several battles, but then the game decided I've had enough and refused to work properly. Every time I try to load a campaign battle, I get an error and a black screen. The sound and narrative play, but all I get is a frozen screen. I think there is a way to fix it for some people, but for me personally, I'm stuck.
So how can I review a game that won't let me play? I'll base this review off of my experiences in the few battles I actually played.
First off, the graphics are decent and the sound design is solid ( though the battle sounds of swords clashing and arrows falling are a bit bland). The music is nothing to write home about, but it serves its purpose and is okay. The maps are well-designed and allow for strategic play. You got hills, rivers, marshes, etc. All of these come into play when you are commanding your army.
The AI is rather decent. I've seen it counterattck, flank, keep reserves, and press forward when I am weak. It's not perfect (it's easy to exploit and crush AI units using cavalry archers), but it is aware and will challenge you. At times it can even be relentless and clever, forcing you to really pay attention.

I never had a moment where I was totally relaxed. I was concentrated almost all the time - managing my units, picking off lone enemy sqauds, and positioning my army so that I could best face the enemy. In that respect XIII Century succeeds. The game requires thinking and good unit management. Terrain must be taken seriously and the AI is not one to be underestimated.
However, there are certain downsides. As mentioned before, I get an error before every battle and the screen freezes and goes black. Aside from that, the camera is awkward. It has weird angles and is odd at times. I recommend taking it off the "free camera" mode and putting it on either "horizontal" or "normal" settings. That helps out a lot.
So what do we end up with? We have a game with great potential that falls flat on its face. With decent graphics and a stong dose of strategy mixed in with bugs and some awkward camera angles and controls, XIII Century is a game that I would recommend getting only on a big sale. If you don't experience technical issues, then you'll have a blast with this game, but wait until it's on sale in order to avoid spending a lot of money on a product that won't even work.
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120 of 123 people (98%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
I note that a number of reviews are warning people that this game does not work with Windows 7 64. It does. All you have to do is add 'engine.exe' to Data Execution Prevention.

For those that don't know this is found as follows;

Control Panel ---> System and Security ---> System ---> Advanced System Settings ---> Advanced tab ---> Click settings under performance ---> Data Execution Prevention tab ---> Add 'Engine.exe'
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73 of 81 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
Wow... I got everything I wanted from a Real TIme Tactics game... yet I felt disappointed. This blows away RTW series for melee based combat. There are so many dynamics to the game, and better yet the stats are not hidden, but layed out in the interface. RTW and other combat games leave a few simple options available to the players. In this game, you can see the effect of open/regular/closed spacing, the effect of other troops nearby, the defestation of ranged archers, plus the usual damage/armor/defense and much more.

Yet... I felt disappointed. The battles were challenging, but I still craved the empire building of the RTW series. I wanted to create my army, my way, and not get stuck with historical units.

I know this seems like a negative review, but I feel that I got everything I wanted from this game... and at the same time, self discovered I wanted more freedom. Perhaps, if they took this level of detail and allowed me to construct empires and armies of my own design, I would have loved this game.
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36 of 42 people (86%) found this review helpful
15.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
Pre-Release Review
This game is amazing and underrated, not much advertisment on it, shame. Yes it can be compared to Medieval 2: Total War in general, however the battle system is different, it needs more initial planning in order to win a battle, it can be considered as hardcore version of total war battles. The only con here that the game dosent have a campign map, only series of battles, but they are tight and needs a lot of strategy and planning, a battle can last much longer time comparing to total war games. The graphics are nice, better than Medieval 2, and comparable to Empire, while the sound and voice acting are average, the AI is decent, multiplayer is very enjoyable but usually its hard to find people online to play against.
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24 of 30 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 1, 2014
Love this game, seriously underated, the battles are epic, the graphics are great, the sound is perfect, the maps are randomly generated in custom game so no battle is the same. campaign has set maps but is great to play. can have 5x the amount of on screen soldiers as total war games. True RTS game. a must have for medievil, war and RTS lovers!!!!!!
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