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.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (1,935 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 15, 2006

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"A unique game for the series due to the castle and city mechanics. The campaigns are very fun and the units are very complex and unique for the factions"

About This Game

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.
Helpful customer reviews
614 of 637 people (96%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
199.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
My Medieval 2 Campaign as Milan:
-Start campaign
-Have Milan and Genoa, making tons of money
-Ok, ally with Venice
-No nearby rebels, what to do...
-Venice attacks Genoa for ABSOLUTELY no reason
-Kill Venetian faction leader
-March huge army to Venice, Venice falls
-Take Zagreb, Ragusa, and Durazzo from Venetianse
-Crusade called on Cairo
-Pope thinks I am a threat to Catholicism and demands Duke Puccio joins the crusade on Cairo
-Join Crusade
-Exterminate Cairo
-France excommunicated for having 8 heretics in their borders and 12% Catholicism in Paris region
-Pope takes Marseille, makes it their capital
-A new threat in the East? Shouldn't affect me...
-Trade Cairo for Rome

And then it all went South...

-I own Milan, Genoa, Venice, Bern, Florence, Staufen, Innsbruck, Vienna, Thesslonica, Durazzo, Corinth, Ajaccio, Tripoli, and Nuremburg.
-France reconciled
-French declare war on me
-French attacks an army of 8 broken lances with their king ONLY
-French take Marseille from Pope
-France excommunicated
-Milan excommunicated
-Mongols come out of nowhere and take Corinth, Constantinople, Durazzo, and Thessalonica
-Black Plague breaks out
-Kills off 2/3 of my empires population
-Cairo rebels
-Pope is homeless
-HRE declares war
-HRE takes Staufen and Bern
-Armies crippled Borders shrinking, economy failing
-Use what little I have left to buy a city off of the Moors
-Italian Penninsula falls

End Result

-Milan has become a one city faction based in Timbuktu
-France is a bunch of heretic witches with magic sticks
-Africa now speaks Italian.

And I didn't even bring up the Timurids, and their armoured elephants with cannons on their backs!


11/10 Would build self destructing Roman Empire again
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553 of 613 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
I demand Medieval 3
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298 of 328 people (91%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
1,334.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2014
My general rabbled to the men about how bad his wife was.
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190 of 206 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
305.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
REVIEW HAIKU

Brave men behind walls

Taunt and heckle their weak foes

Catapults roll in
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152 of 172 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
68.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Reasons why to buy this:

- Venice's leader is named Doge. Much Leadership.
- Realism.
- Good animations in battles.
- Fun.
- Awesome random events that occur at times.
- It's just plain awesome.


Reasons why to not buy this game:

- You might get frustrated easily if you aren't that good at planning battles out.
- You simply can't afford it.

Overall: 10/10.
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69 of 74 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
77.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
If you're deciding on Total War Rome 2 or This... I would strongly recommend this! Far more fun and you can sell your daughters to other kings 10/10
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79 of 89 people (89%) found this review helpful
1,185.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
Quite simply, the best game i have ever played!
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535 of 766 people (70%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
224.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
stop reading the god damned negative reviews AND BUY IT!!! best total war game aside from shogun 2.
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55 of 61 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,086.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
This game is easily one of the best in its genre. Medieval 2 will provide you with endless hours of entertainment as you struggle to make a name for your country.
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49 of 54 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,266.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
After 1200 hours in this game and it seems like half my life wasted this game is very good for how cheap it is!
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43 of 48 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 29, 2014
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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33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Played a while a go , got it now again .

Graphics - Still looking awesome
Sound - Those flaming peasants screams ... Delightful
Gameplay - Large scale massacre , Conquest , Dead bodies all over ... Yeah

The speech of general at the start of the battle , Priceless ...
There are some things Creative Assembly can't remake .
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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
102.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
Be prepared to lose not only all semblance of productivity in the real world, but if you're Catholic, be prepared to despise the Pope.

10/10
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30 of 33 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
253.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
The best RTS/Medieval Political Simulator/Time Waster of its Era.
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27 of 31 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
117.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
Medieval II Total War, Yes it may not have GREAT graphics but it is amazing for when it was made aka, 2006. This game did have a few glitches and all but was an amazing game, using the Rome One Engine, and also having an amazing Modding community for which expanded the Total War series, from different Genres, for which when you look at this now Total War era, you see the ability not allowing Modders to change the game full way but only about Half way. Medieval II Total war shows a mix from the past to the Present day, and I think THIS game was the gateway from old Total War to the new. I love this game and its mods, like Stainless steel, Third Age, And if your a games of Thrones, there is a mod for that too! So if you love the Medieval Era, You love Total War Series, I recommend this game for you, I rate it 8/10!
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
232.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
This game is worth your money! If the orginal content begins to get boring just pick from any of the amazing mods that are out there for this jewel of a game. 11/10
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2014
A great TW Game, with very good grahics, good campaign map, and many other cool features. Gameplay is easy, and simple, with little experience in other TW games needed, though it does help to have a knowledge of TW games in general when playing *any* Total War game. Diplomacy is greatly improved, giving the feture of seeing what the proposal's strength is(a HUGE plus, when compared to Empire's rather un-responsive AI Diplo), and the Campaign Map is of excellent quality(obviously not Rome II quality, as i is some years older, but still very good, and very detailed) Battles are great, with a good UI allowing full control of the battlefield, and immersive maps that truly do the game justice. Again, the graphics here are great, and very detailed in the city/castle making. Another big plus is the inclusion of the Family Tree, later removed, which is great for viewing whom is within an ever growing family, and who should be king(a great plus over having to kill off the un-desired heir in the previous Medieval: Total War XD).
I cant give this game enough positive reviews, and have yet to come across anytihg negative.
10/10 for me, well worth the purchase. Highly recommend during the currant Total War Weekend, and still after.
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
52.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Soo good, will not be easy to make better
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
63.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
I won't waste many words before I'll start with the pros and cons. I played approximately 1,000 + hours with my old retail version, but I couldn't get it running under Windows 8 (see cons). Therefore, I bought the Steam version (see cons).

PROS

1. FUN FACTOR
- The game has aged pretty well. The graphics are somewhat outdated, but there's still enough eye candy to cherish on.
- The game is fun. However, it can get boring due to restricted tactical choices and redundancy.
- There were (beware: simple past) really cool battle speeches. However, CA decided to get rid of them with the last Steam update (see cons).

2. HUGE BATTLES
- The battles can be huge, but mostly they are small skirmishes (see cons).
- Again the fun factor.

3. INTERESTING CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
- Have you ever had an inbred, heavily drunken, cowardish general who hates muslims? Send him on a crusade to free Jerusalem. Do you have a priest who is a disguised woman? Send him or her with the troops. Perhaps you'll get Francis of Assisi as ancillary after the successful crusade, and that's as early as the 1090s (see cons, under historic mistakes).
- Do you ever had a general with an ugly or unpleasant wife? Hear him talk about her in one of the great battle speeches. Oh, I forgot: CA has got rid of them with their last update.
- Do you ever had a drunken or insane general? Listen to the orders he gives to the pink elephants and pixies just before the battle starts. Oh damn, that's again history thanks to CA.


CONS

1. POOR CAMPAIGN AND BATTLE AI
- The campain AI is bad. AI factions cannot wage wars on more than one front; their recruitment is ridiculous (some armies entirely consist of ballistae); the AI army movement is a mess; even with 1000+ hours of gaming experience you won't see any massive, organized attack performed by the AI.
- The tactical options on the campaign map are pretty poor: attack, alliance, annexation. You won't see any more depth. not even to speak of the complicated medieval and Renaissance system of foreign politics and shifting alliances.
- The battle AI is a mess. Admittedly, it's not that bad as the one in Rome 2, but it's still pretty bad. Enemy archer units capable of using stakes can't use them, units shot at by artillery hardly move, or, if they move, they're running around like frightened chicken. In addition, many units break off their attack right in the middle of a charge when shot at by archers. CA just hasn't been able to come up with a functional AI here.
- Pathfinding on the battle maps, especially in the towns and cities, is a mess. Be prepared for constantly checking the movement of your troops.
- Due to the poor AI recruiting, you're mostly fighting against small, poorly balanced enemy armies. Most of the fighting are sieges with enemy troops not being able to break your siege or act in a strategic way.

2. NUMEROUS MISTAKES IN TEXT FILES
- Have you ever asked yourself why you cannot recruit Dismounted Gothic Knights in the grand campaign? Because CA has forgotten to include them in the export_desc_buildings file. Just open the file and add them manually.
- The Pope can recruit the Papal Guard, an elite unit. But after reaching huge city status he cannot recruit them anymore. The reason is CA has again forgotten to include them under large_stone_wall city in the same file. Just open the file again and add them.
- When your pike units get into melee, they suddenly draw their swords and become useless. Why that? Because CA has decided to give them swords as secondary weapons. Just open your export_desc_unit file and change that: only then do your pike units act like pike units.
- When your musket or arquebuse units get into firing distance, they start to shuffle like mad instead of shooting. Why that? Because the CA guys came up with a totally messed up fire by rank script. Open your export_desc_unit file, see under attributes and remove the fire by rank entry. Only then do your musketeers fire appropriately.

3. HISTORICAL MISTAKES
- Many units as such haven't existed at all or are poorly researched. An example for the first are the Sherwood Archers, an example for the latter are the Forlorn Hope troops. The first belong to legend, the latter are a mixture of the "Verlorener Haufen" as opposed to the main battle, the so-called "Gewalthaufen", and the "Doppelsöldner". The unit as described in the game did never exist.
- The distribution of pike units among the European powers is plain wrong. Again there's more fantasy than history to be found here. Admittedly, it's better than in the original Rome game, but it's still a bad joke.

4. GREAT, WELL RESEARCHED MODS HAVE BEEN BROKEN BY CA
- There were great mods such as Stainless Steel. Why then do I list this under cons? Because CA decided to get rid of them with the last update. As they say it was to support multiplayer battles (the same reason why they got rid of the funny battle speeches), but many players see it as an attempt to make gamers buy new CA games instead of playing the older ones with mods that are way better than the upcoming CA games. In fact Stainless Steel was seen as the way Medieval 2 was supposed to be, but now it doesn't work anymore.
- You probably can get the old mods running under STEAM, but be prepared to read a lot in the forums. It won't be that easy, especially when you've never modded before. Be prepared to CTD and worse and always have fun with modding.

5. ABYSMAL COMPANY POLICY
- My old retail version doesn't work anymore under Windows 8. CA hasn't published a patch for that. Why should they support the ones who've already bought their product? They've already ripped them off, so they can forget about them. Always address possible customers, always make people buy your products! Guess why CA hasn't come up with a patch adding the Dismounted Gothic Knights even 9 years after game release. Why should they? Critics, who probably never played the game, came up with great praise of it, so many gamers bought it. CA already has our money, so why should they listen to our complaints?
- If it's true what many gamers think, CA has broken great mods on purpose to make the gamers buying their new products such as the broken Rome 2 or the comparatively poor Empire.
- Quite a few gamers have started to advocate pirating CA games instead of buying them due to the way CA treats its customers and the gaming community. Given the poor company policy I start to think the same way.

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RECOMMED IT OR NOT?

This game used to be great. Admittedly, it always suffered from bad scripts. But this is CA: they've never came up with an intelligent AI or good scripts. Besides, they're totally useless when it comes to historic accuracy. But the game was fun. I give 8/10 points to the old retail version.

Given that CA hasn't come up with proper patches over the last nine years and that they presumably ruined great parts of this game in an attempt to make consumers buy newer, more expensive products instead of playing this gem (probably the best title in the Total War franchise), it's pretty hard for me to come up with a final assessment. I love this game, but I hate what CA has done to it. In addition, I got so far into modding that I'm able to adapt my version to my own tastes and get rid of the more annoying mistakes CA has committed, but not everyone can or is willing to do that. Therefore, I give the STEAM version of the game in its current maimed state 5/10 points.


SHAME ON YOU, CA! STOP RUINING GAMES CUSTOMERS HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED. RESTORE THE RUINED GAME CONTENT (BATTLE SPEECHES). COME UP WITH A USEFUL PATCH! RESTORE THE OPTION TO USE MODS! IF THE RUMOURS ARE TRUE, YOU'RE RIPPING OFF YOUR LONG-TIME CUSTOMERS. FINALLY, YOU'LL LOSE THEM. I OWN EVERY TITLE OF THE TW FRANCHISE, BUT I WON'T BUY ANOTHER ONE IF YOU CONTINUE YOUR ABYSMAL COMPANY POLICY. SHAME ON YOU, CA!
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
262.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Fit for a king
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