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.
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Release Date: Nov 15, 2006

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
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    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.
    OS: 10.10.5
    Processor: 1.8 GHz
    RAM: 4 GB
    Graphics: 256 MB
    Mac OS: 10.10.5
    Hard Disk: 32 GB
    Input: Keyboard & Mouse

    The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and NVIDIA 8xxx series.
    OS: 10.11.2
    Processor: 2.4 GHz
    RAM: 4 GB
    Graphics: 512 MB
    Mac OS: 10.11.1
    Hard Disk: 32 GB
    Input: Multi-button Mouse

    The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, NVIDIA 7xxx series and NVIDIA 8xxx series.
    OS:
    Ubuntu 14.04
    Steam OS 2.0 (NVIDIA & Intel Only)
    Graphics Card:
    Nvidia 600 series+ with Driver Version 352.55
    AMD R7 with Mesa 11.2 driver*
    Intel Iris Pro with Mesa 11.2 driver*

    *IMPORTANT: AMD GPUS may require Ubuntu 15.10 or later. Mesa 11.2 driver still in active development.
    OS:
    Ubuntu 15.10
    Steam OS 2.0 (NVIDIA & Intel Only)
    Graphics Card:
    Nvidia 700 series+ with Driver Version 352.55
    AMD R9 with Mesa 11.2 driver*

    *IMPORTANT: AMD GPUS may require Ubuntu 15.10 or later. Mesa 11.2 driver still in active development.
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Recommended
43.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Product received for free
- Starts game
- Makes trade agreement with France

Two minutes later...

- France has declared war!


11/10 would get rekt by France again
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
40.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Decided to play this game again started a campaign as Byzantuim. Start the game and head east taking a few cities off Turks. But then Venice attacks one of the main Byzantine cities Thessalonica and takes it. I turn my attention West towards Venice I retake the city and head West. I reach the west coast and rather than head north, I build a fleet and attack Sicily taking Naples and the island of Sicily itself. Then I head north. You can probably see where this is going. I launch a succesfull attack on Rome and march further north and take Bolonga. By this point my army is highley exprience (some have gold exprience). But then Bolonga and Rome rebel I launch a second attack on rome which is unsuccesful. Rome was the entire objective of the campaign to reclaim Rome for true Romans (not like the Holy 'Roman' Empire). My Veteran army in Bolonga attacks the HRE army but they are reinforced.

HRE - 4100 Troops

Byzantuim - 1050 Troops

This should of been the end of my Italian campaign but the 4100 strong HRE army was actually 3 armies the first army was quickly defeated and then the second came. My horse archers softened the second army up but soon ran out of ammo then the lines of infantry smash into each other my left flank had hidden troops that attacked the left of the HRE army. The HRE'S right broke and then the enemy army got outflanked they fled and we were so close to victory. And then another army came, this time roughly equal to the amount of men I had left but the last army had feudal knights, superior to my infantry who were also Exhausted. I sent every last man in... and then the HRE army completely shattered. After the defeats of the first 2 armies the 3rd army simply broke and ran. On that day 2000 HRE troops were captured and 1500 were killed but the Byzantine army took heavy casualties too. Nearly 50% of there army were killed but regardless they had won.

Yes this really happened. Oh yeah the game yeah like uhhhh 10/10 Ign.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
199.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
-Start campaign as glorious english empire
-Spam churches to get popes glorious attention
-Get best relations with pope
-Declare war on french
-Take them over without pope excommunicating me
-Spams churches again to please pope
-Declares war on Spain and Portugal
-Takes over spain and portugal w/ out getting excommunicating
-Is unstoppable english empire
-Fear me
-Mongols invade
-Start militarizing borders and expand to HRE
-Has strong relations with pope still and takes HRE no problem
-Relations are getting low now that HRE ded
-Spam churches
-Relations get higher
-Starts wrecking everything in my path
-Glorious english empire,taken over all of europe and a quarter of asia
-Byzantine empire and the turks are ded
-Fear my might
-Mongols invade my city
-Defends from mongol
-They attack more cities
-Eventually gets overwhelmed with armies
-Cries as my best armies are defeated and thousands of hours of work are thrown in the fire as mongols take over everything
11/10 would watch my empire crumble before my eyes again

the english empire rises again
I started my game as England. Knowing betrayal can lurk in this game, I simply war against all and trust none.

My first conquest was britannia. Scotland put up a good fight, however fell to England's power. The rebels were taken care of quite early.

Now with the british isles under my control, I set my eyes on France. They owned a large deal of land, however were bankrupt and didnt have enough money for a good military force. I took this as my chance. I send a few armies over to deal with the French, and proved successful. The french king was slain by the blade of mine.

With France under my control, I set my gaze upon Spain and Portugal. However, they would be more of a problem. They have the advantage in seas. Therefore, I sent multiple of my general's armies over to deal with them. We proved successful and eventually cut down spain. Portugal denied becoming a vassal, and was therefore absorbed into our glorious English Empire.
Now with most of Western Europe under my control, I set my eyes upon the Holy Roman empire.

They were taken down, however we took a good beating from the HRE. The pope calls a crusade upon one of our major military cities. Luckily, this place was already heavily guarded by my men. We were able to last through the crusade.

Feeling angered from the Papal State's foolish act, I set my eyes away from the last 2 cities of HRE and onto the Papal States. The pope was going to die.

The papal states were weak, being small to begin with either way. Now, I have the papal states under my control, and the Holy Roman Empire left in a glimpse of its former self. I finished off HRE, and realized the mongols were invading. I swiftly remembered the mistakes of my past, and garrisoned my heaviest armies onto my borders, expanding it cautiously.

The mongols were close to us when the Byzantine Empire fell. Now i have quite a bit to look forward to.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
I am fully aware that my boundless love of European history creates an insurmountable wall of bias between me and that which we call objectivity.
That said, play this now.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
76.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Deus definitely vults it.

Significantly better than Rome 2 in terms of battles, playability, load times, concise campaign experience. Seriously after retrying Rome 2, getting frustrated, uninstalling, reinstalling this, it's amazingly stark in terms of gameplay just how much better a game 7 years older is. Battles are waaaay less infuriating (clicking a unit to move makes them start walking, not immediately running - I had no idea how much this bugged me until now), get a line of units to walk towards the enemy, when they make contact, they start fight IN BATTLE FORMATION - no individually clicking each units specific attack orders. I could go on...

It's just better. Why are you still reading? Go buy it and wash away those sins with the blood of infidels!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
157.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Decided to start a game a england. Easy peasy i thought. In a 200 years i was already in control of the British Isles,all of France and even lil Scily. I was also one of the most christian of all the christain kingdoms. I could've called a crusade on ANYONE i didn't like. All was good right. Then the Milanese attacked. See during my entire game these spaghetti eating ♥♥♥♥s would constantly antagonize me. Whenever they attacked i would smash through their puny armies and march right up to Milan itself, sometimes taking it and forcing them to relocate to Venice or Genoa. I've killed more Doges then i could count. But i've never been able to completly rid myself of them. See for some reason that litteraly god only knows, the pope would demand i end my war with them whenever i was about to finish them off. So for about 50 or so years we played this game of mudering each other until the pope forced us, mostly just me, to stop.

Eventually i just had enough. My kingdom was begining to fall and i could not handle to pay my way out of another war i could have won. The plague was ravaging its way across europe and i feared the french Nobility might have been planing to rebel. So when Milan attacked like they always did i played the game right up to where it always ended. With their remaing forces cowering behind the walls of milan or Venice as my galliant Generals prepared to storm the city and fly the banner of the three Lions from its walls. Like always the pope decided that i had my fun and i should apologize to milan like usual. But not this time, no this time i said ♥♥♥♥ you Pope and took milan, Killing their doge and destroying their entire army. Now you'd think this is where the story would end right? The good guys defying the odds and finally defeating their age old rival right? sadly this isn't the end nor will the end be so Romantic.

See after taking Milan, the Pope excomunicated me for defying him. Which made me public enemy Number 1 to even my closets allies. On top of that the Milanese regrouped in venice and trapped my men in Milan. If they went to take venice then they would lose milan to a greater force but if they stayed in milan then the Milanese would have more the time to rebuild. I was prepared to counter this by sending more forces into italy. But right as my men begin to enter italy from southern france, i get invaded. See my age old ally and undisputed ruler of Iberia, Spain, Decides to launch a full scale invasion over the mountains. Destroying what little resistance remained.

So here i stand. Ruler of a heretical empire that's barely holding together and being betrayed by its closest allies hoping to carve out part of it before it collapses like vulchers circling a dying animal. All becuase the Pope refused to let me have justice.

10/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
Best game in TW-Series
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
150.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
TL:DR
Best game ever. 9.95/10. Very good for strategy fans and those looking to get into strategy games. Fun!

Long Review
Easily my favourite and most played game of all time. Including my hours from before I had this amazing game on Steam I'd say I have 1000+, if not 2000+, hours.

PROS
  • Graphics are nice considering how old this game is. Spend most of your time zoomed out anyway so it looks good.
  • Campaigns fun. The AI are abysmal at times but it's nice to have a laugh every once in a while. Campagins usually play out differently each time although patterns do emerge. Change this by changing your playstyle.
  • Seemingly limitless possiblities. Want to try and tackle the straight away Papal States? Go for it. Want to rebild the Roman Empire? Go for it. Want to be a noble highlander reclaiming the Holy Lands and build Scottish Empire in the arid desert? Go for it.
  • Battles are fun. Crushing enemies beneath your feet is fun. Creating one empire to rule them all is fun.
  • Planning your next strike and best tagets is fun.
  • Mods can enhance you playtime by many more hundreds of hours.
  • Every con has a solution or silver lining.
  • DLC is great. Expands game time by even more! Adds interesting mechanics to mix things up.

    CONS
    • AI can be too easy to beat sometimes. Solution: Play multiplayer!
    • Gun units seem to be a bit buggy and dont work 100% of the time. Seems to mostly be musketeers. Not really much of a problem. Just use other gun units.
    • Diplomacy. AI don't make the best choices. Solution: The series is called Total War for a reason!
    • Naval battle will be lacklustre for those who enjoy naval battles. You have to auto resolve but perhaps that is a good think since most of the naval battles in the Total War series aren't great.

      Conclusion
      This is the best Total War game ever! Everything is fun! Gametime: Price ratio it through the roof !The only real problem is lack of multiplayer campaign. I would love to play campagin with my friends. Perhaps an HD remaster with tiny tweaks to diplomacy and unit balance and you will have the perfect game!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
68.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 12
-Start game
-Choose England
-invade/take York and ireland
-say hi to the scots
-Invade rest of normandy and western france
-spam trade agreements with everyone
-alliance and marry princesses to france
-France declares war
-crush scots just because why not.
-spam longbowmen
-every french city now looks like a prchupine from longbows
-win every battle with only longbowmen and peasants

11/10 - would spam arrows again
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
444.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
10/10

pros:
-You can bring back the Roman Empire from the shell of its former self it has been for almost half a millenia
-You can kill turks
-You can install Stainless Steel and replay the Byzantine Campaign in late era, which is even more masochistic
-You should really install Stainless Steel

cons:
-Byzantine Campaign wasn't masochistic enough
-too much purple
-You're still reading this, which means you haven't bought the game yet
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gibson421
192.1 hrs
Posted: September 29
are there any add ons i can buy for this game????
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ZOLTANTRON
49.7 hrs
Posted: September 28
I had this game as a younger man and I'll be damned if it isn't more fun now than it was then. I'll get caught up in a campaign and I'll be thinking about my next move while I'm in class. Strategizing during work. The modding community is awesome.

10/10 would create a Muslim coalition as England and seize Rome again
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Irkdude
71.1 hrs
Posted: September 28
France Surrendered.

1942/10
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R.Bravo
49.7 hrs
Posted: September 28
One of my favorite total wars. Units balanced but unique. Balance is apparent on multiplayer. THE BEST tactical strategy game. Campaign moves a little laboriously, but the Medieval campaign is better than the old Rome TW I and is more akin to Empire TW.
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CRUX
32.0 hrs
Posted: September 28
Really good Total War!
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I'm just a memer :(
23.0 hrs
Posted: September 28
good but the AI really hate you and it is getting hard to even get anywhere.
this is the game you could of just called "TOTAL WAR" because the AI is harsh as ♥♥♥♥
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SAMJAMDEL
86.1 hrs
Posted: September 27
very epic battles
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michaelwilkins
24.9 hrs
Posted: September 27
-Spams Peasents as the Romans - Sets diffucalty to very hard - Gives England Feudal Knights. 10/10 Would have peasents run away every clash again.
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iliekP3aches
71.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
Plenty fun and easily one of the best in the Total War series of games. I would say that this is the peak of the franchise before it took a nosedive into DLC hell.
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Mr.ChickenNazi
97.1 hrs
Posted: September 26
Best Total War so far xD
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