Spanning the most turbulent era in Western history, your quest for territory and power takes you through Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and even onto the shores of the New World.
Release Date: Nov 15, 2006

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Take command of your army and expand your reign in Medieval II - the fourth installment of the award-winning Total War series of strategy games. Direct massive battles featuring up to 10,000 bloodthirsty troops on epic 3D battlefields, while presiding over some of the greatest Medieval nations of the Western and Middle Eastern world. Spanning the most turbulent era in Western history, your quest for territory and power takes you through Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, and even onto the shores of the New World.
You'll manage your empire with an iron fist, handling everything from building and improving cities to recruiting and training armies. Wield diplomacy to manipulate allies and enemies, outsmart the dreaded Inquisition, and influence the Pope. Lead the fight in the Crusades and bring victory to Islam or Christianity in the Holy War. Rewrite history and conquer the world. This is Total War!
  • Bigger and better real-time battles. Improved combat choreography, larger armies, quicker pace, and spectacular finishing moves make this the most visceral and exciting Total War ever.
  • New epic campaign. The ambitious single player campaign will span three continents and let players sail across to the Americas to confront the Aztecs on their home soil.
  • Greater accessibility. An enhanced user interface and optional shorter campaigns make the Total War experience faster and easier to enjoy than ever before.
  • Over 40 new features. An advanced terrain system, enhanced weather effects, and more will help you divide and conquer.
  • Intense Multiplayer Battles. Wage war against other players in 8-way multiplayer games across the Internet and LAN.

NOTE: Because the Kingdoms expansion uses core game elements from the Medieval II: Total War game, it is required that you use the same method for purchasing Kingdoms as you did in purchasing Medieval II: Total War. If you purchase Medieval II: Total War from Steam, then please use Steam to purchase Kingdoms.

System Requirements

    Minimum System Requirements:
    • Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP
    • Celeron 1.5GHz Pentium 4® (1500MHz) or equivalent AMD® processor
    • 512MB RAM
    • 11GB of uncompressed free hard disk space
    • 100% DirectX® 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound cardand latest drivers
    • 100% Windows® 2000/XP compatible mouse,keyboard and latest drivers
    • DirectX® 9.0c
    • 128MB Hardware Accelerated video card with Shader 1 support and the latest drivers. Must be 100% DirectX® 9.0c compatible
    • 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
    • Internet (TCP / IP) play supported; Internet play requires broadband connection and latest drivers; LAN play requires Network card.
    Important Note: Some cards may not be compatible with the 3D acceleration features utilized by Medieval II: Total War. Please refer to your hardware manufacturer for 100% DirectX® 9.0c compatibility.
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1,056 of 1,206 people (88%) found this review helpful
6,314.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
it was fun
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201 of 206 people (98%) found this review helpful
157.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This game is a must buy for a strategy gamer, the best Total War game to date imo. Ofcourse the game is quite old now, but it still looks quite good. It's pretty much a Rome Total War (award winning game), with better graphics and more features.
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167 of 173 people (97%) found this review helpful
1,160.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
This game is so amazing, and I couldn't stop playing it. This is the best Total War in the series in my opinion. The amount of time you can play this game is staggering, considering the amount of time I have already played it. BUY THIS GAME!
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248 of 280 people (89%) found this review helpful
547.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 25
My King was poisoned, my 10 star general died cause of a stray arrow, my army died of dysentry, and my capital was ♥♥♥♥♥ by the Mongols.
10/10 game of the century.
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177 of 213 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
I demand Medieval 3
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83 of 85 people (98%) found this review helpful
231.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
If you love the time period and liked Rome Total War then this game is for you. I was not that happy with the game until I learned how to effectively charge knights. In Rome Total War you simply double clicked on what you wanted dead. In Medieval ll you have to keep your formation in line before attacking. This is accomplished be judging the ground between you and the enemy unit you want to decimate. When you are at a run with your knights and they are formed up in line hit the attack order (Double click). Hitting them head on is a must (unless they are pike men then hit them from the back) spearmen don't stand a chance when a formed charge hits them. The diplomacy in this game is involved and steeped in history. The different agents can help you do things like cement alliances with marriage or steal money from other nations with merchants. The pope has impact on your decisions when you are a catholic nation. The crusades are very fun and a good mini quest which will help you groom princes to become better kings. The family tree adds a personnel touch which makes you actually care about your generals. The availability of mods also makes this a great game for instance if you get tired of the same old game then you can download something like Stainless steel mod which overhauls the entire game.
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113 of 128 people (88%) found this review helpful
2,836.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 18, 2013
Couldn't really get into it ;)
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68 of 68 people (100%) found this review helpful
30.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Getting slightly out of date now but still a fantastic game. The graphics for its time were groundbreaking and the scope of the game is huge but best of all manageable and keeps you involved. The real time battles are breathtaking and challenging but allow you to develop your skills as the campaigns unfold. Still one of my favourite Total War games and a great look at this fascinating period of history. A benchmark even today in the strategy game genre.
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84 of 91 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
I have clocked over 1000 hours on this game on the old retail DVD version. And all i can say is this is the best Total War game CA has released - and will probably ever release. Shogun and later games have their good sides but this one is still the best. Kingdoms expansion adds some 200-500 hours more of gameplay should you run out. Stainless Steel and some other unit expansion mods adds some hundreds more.

Graphics are getting old and the good ol' AI is not that splendid. Not even with mods - but this game along with it's older brother in arms Rome Total War got things right on some things that CA persistently cannot reproduce anymore: pure fun, paper rock scissors -type of strategy that enables exciting and interesting meta-campaigns. (who cares about official campaign goals - these games are always more or less open ended). And lets not forget those exciting long battles.

Later games brought more crashing and complexity and lost something on the road. Fun and entertainment value being the first ones who took a fatal trebuchet cow carcass shot to the neck.
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62 of 64 people (97%) found this review helpful
89.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2013
The shining paragon of the Total War franchise. Medieval II is one of those timeless games that you have spent and will spend countless number of hours on. Coupled with one of the best modding communities for any game, this is a must-buy for anyone in the rts sphere of gaming.
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63 of 70 people (90%) found this review helpful
63.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 11
Yet another amazing addition to the franchise! What Rome: Total War does, Medieval 2: Total War does better. The first thing I would like to talk about are the graphics. They have tremendously been enhanced from Rome: Total War, and you don't need much of an upgrade if at all to play this game! Shining plate, and mail armor. A great amount of new units, and weapons. Even improved animations! Unlike Rome: Total War, many of the combat animations of the units have been synced with the enemies attacks and deaths as well. No longer is it a slash at the air and instantly killing the enemy, now it's a fluid stab to the ground that makes you feel like they are actually fighting. One of the features I found quite neat are the types of armor your unit has for their armor rating. Now your unit gets the look of their armor rating! If you have bronze, it is usually padded armor, silver is half-plate (Or mail, depending in unit type), and Gold is full plate (If your unit can be upgraded to gold)! Their weapons however, do not change, or at least I have not seen a difference. Combat is also quite different than Rome: total war. Your units take a second to actually respond to a command which makes more sense to me, and it is also much slower. The campaign map is nearly the same as Rome: Total War except it has some minor changes. Overall, if you like strategy games this is a must have in your library.

Too long didn't read: Feature improvements, better animations, slower combat, new types of armor. Good game, buy.
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52 of 58 people (90%) found this review helpful
23.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
Medieval II: Total War is a strategy games and is a sequel to the previous games, Rome: Total War. This time the game is set on medieval era.

Medieval II: Total War retain many elements of gameplay from Rome: Total War with many enhancement such as the improved religion system and world events like the Christian Crusade or the Islamic Jihad. As a Christian Kingdom you can answer the call of The Pope the conquer the land considered infedel by them. Settlement are now divided into 2 type, a castle and a city. Settlement can be converted between.

Graphics of Medieval II: Total War are improved in many ways from the previous game. Each soldier has a varying number of elements to him, such as arms, legs, body armour, shield heraldry, and so forth. Each element has a varying number of styles. Arrow and fire arrow effects feels more alive. Blood effects has also been introduced, but without gore effects.

Medieval II: Total War is a great sequel of Total War series. Medieval era especially the Crusade era is one of many interesting setting in Total War. With improved graphics, the performance of the game still great, the game runs very optimized. I recommend this.

Rating 9/10
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51 of 60 people (85%) found this review helpful
415.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
This is a classic. It is timeless. Would love to see a remake of this.
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38 of 42 people (90%) found this review helpful
271.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
REVIEW HAIKU

Brave men behind walls

Taunt and heckle their weak foes

Catapults roll in
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39 of 51 people (76%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
In nomine patri et fili et spiritus sancti, Scotland will rule the world. Alba gu Bráth!!! Brutally great game. I highly recommend it to all TW series fans. Lots of fun with many playalbe nations, nice options to achieve victory and one BIG pain in the ♥♥♥, the Pope. It's nice to watch your country burn for heresy, or to turn into pagans by unkillable witch ... or If you are too bored get excommunicated ... I love to make real mess in medieval times ... and this game is made for that.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
1,327.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
My general rabbled to the men about how bad his wife was.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
I actually can't believe how good this game is. I always put off buying it because it was old but don't let that put you off, it's a great game with a smooth campaign map, pretty cool battles and units look cool.
9/10.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 20
Medieval II: Total War is probably my personal favorite entry in the Total War franchise. This is partially due to my love of the time period, partially due to my previous obsession with the original Medieval: Total War (if they added that to Steam, I'd snap it up in a heartbeat), but largely because it managed to find the perfect balance between complexity and simplicity when it comes to campaign options - a balance which later entries in the series have tried to reproduce but often fall to one side or the other in attempting.

Like all Total War games, Medieval II features a turn-based strategy map where the player manages their armies and cities, and a real-time tactical battlefield where they play out combat against opponents' armies. Medieval II covers the medieval period of Europe (and includes northern Africa and portions of the Middle East), allowing your faction to attempt to conquer the entirety of the western world of the time.

It's fantastic and an enormous timesink. The graphics hold up surprisingly well for a game that was almost released a decade ago, in large part because the spectacle is so based on the massive numbers in the armies instead of incredible detail on the individual units.

Medieval II is a wonderful game, and I heartily recommend it to any strategy fans.
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
827.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
This game is still brilliant at balancing a overall strategy map with a dynamic battle engine. Plus the battle engine was featured on a TV programme!
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57 of 90 people (63%) found this review helpful
78.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 23
I've played this since release, it is the best total war.
Med II > RTW > Napoleon > Shogun II > Empire > R2TW
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