News Archives - November 2006

M2TWH Presents...
Posted by yakcamkir on November 30, AD 2006 @ 7:04 PM

...our first strategy article, courtesy of Marcus Orentius. The article deals with Longbowmen, how to face them and how to use them and is a good read.

Here is the fact: Longbows have one of the longest ranges of all archers in M2TW and also one of the fastest reload rates. When you face an English army with lots of longbow men for the love of God do not try to charge them with light cavalry or infantry. They are very capable of tearing apart even the best armoured opponents and should not be underestimated In addition to the flaming arrows ability that nearly all foot archers have they can plant sharpened stakes in the ground in front of them during deployment phase. This gives them an added advantage for defense against cavalry as they murder any horse that rides into them.

Read the full article here.

EuroGamer's Review of Medieval 2 TW!
Posted by GLORYOFSPARTA on November 28, AD 2006 @ 4:56 PM
This game simply rocks, having recently gained yet another score of 9 out of 10, this time around in EuroGamer's Medieval 2 TW review!
Here comes the Holy Roman Empire
Posted by yakcamkir on November 25, AD 2006 @ 7:00 PM

Or more specifically, the detailed gameplay description of The Holy Roman Empire.

For all of our current faction content, visit our Faction Page.

New Content!
Posted by yakcamkir on November 24, AD 2006 @ 8:01 PM

As the game has been out for a while, we've finally got around to starting on the site content.

At the suggestion of Marcus Orentius, we have added a Cheats Page, detailing the options available to play outside the normal laws of continuity. ;P

Also, we have the Factions page up, giving a preview of what will be each faction when it is completed. Currently, there are brief overviews for England, France, the Holy Roman Empire and Spain as well as more detailed gameplay overviews for England and France.

I hope you like them, because it took ages, and you didn't see any spelling errors here.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Posted by Crazed Ewok on November 23, AD 2006 @ 12:18 AM
This is a shout-out to anyone in the United States - Happy Thanksgiving! Remember everything you can be thankful for - including The Creative Assembly - tomorrow as your gorge yourselves eating turkey and whatever customs have you.

For anyone outside of the US, I think this pretty much universally marks the start of the Christmas shopping season. (I want an Ewok warlord costume, by the way).

So, I say once again: Happy Thanksgiving!
1Up Rates M2TW 8/10!
Posted by GLORYOFSPARTA on November 17, AD 2006 @ 1:41 PM
Another review is in! This time, 1Up have put together their thoughts of the game in quite a short, but good review (yet again thanks to Thomas Becket for the heads-up on this).
Speaking of reviews, you are welcome to post your own one in our thread in our very own Medieval 2 TW forum!
A Frog's Report from the Gold Code Day
Posted by GLORYOFSPARTA on November 15, AD 2006 @ 11:46 AM
And by a Frog, I am talking about the famous frogbeastegg (though, who knows... who said that real frogs can't play computer games - recent research has established that chimpanzees can type small cute messages on the keyboard), whose report from the Gold Code Day has been posted in the Community Blog.
My stance on the game now is that it shows considerable promise, and that it may very well meet that promise. I want to play more, I want to dive in and test and tinker and discover. Above all I want it to meet that expectation it’s raised in me. My main irritation is that I’ve got a copy of the game and no days off until next week.
In addition to Froggie's blog entry, Lusted from Total War Center has given an as lengthy account of the event. They're two very good and enjoyable reads, so check them out!
Gamespot Review 8.8/10
Posted by yakcamkir on November 15, AD 2006 @ 5:56 AM

Another review has come out, this time from Gamespot, who gave Medieval 2: Total War a score of 8.8/10.

"Epic" doesn't quite begin to describe the scope and scale of the latest Total War game--there's a lot of strategic depth, with plenty of amazing combat to enjoy.The Good: Epic, engrossing gameplay that lets you feel as though you're managing a medieval kingdom; impressive strategic depth that lets you play popemaker and dabble with espionage; beautiful graphics and amazing battles packed with cinematic moments; subtle, effective sound and musical effects.The Bad: Beefy system requirements required to appreciate huge battles in all their glory; multiplayer limited to battles.

I think it's another positive one. Read it here. Thanks to Thomas Becket for the link.

Eurogamer Review 9/10
Posted by yakcamkir on November 14, AD 2006 @ 6:27 PM
Eurogamer has reviewed Medieval 2: Total War and given it an impressive 9/10.

Dissing Total War would be like strolling into an army base and proclaiming "you're all only doing this because you're sexually inadequate" - in either case, it'd be massively misinformed and essentially suicidal. But, can I get away with something like, oh, I don't know, "is there likely to be a time when I will not be strung up by my lungs and left for dead for inquiring as to what point one might safely inquire into whether there is a small danger that, at an indeterminate point in the future, some folk might start to question if Total War games might have a small risk of not being considered quite as groundbreaking as they currently are?" Oh, God. I've gone and done it, haven't I? I'm dead. I'm so dead.

Well, seeing as my days are numbered now anyway, maybe I'll just come right out and say it. As fabulous a game as Medieval 2 is, the majority of its (absolutely worthwhile) improvements and changes are on the subtle side.

I get the impression that the reviewer likes it somehow. Read the full review here.

Patch News!
Posted by yakcamkir on November 14, AD 2006 @ 5:25 PM

Forumer Thomas Becket has found some news on the first patch for Medieval 2: Total War. Most of the fixes are apparently AI-related, although modders will definitely be pleased with it.

As a part of this update we are also including the unpacker for the modders. We would have released it earlier but it is only compatible with the update 1 code. This is a tip of the hat to the modding fans out there who are already trying to make their own unpacker. There is a whole lot of love going around C.A. for the community now. We have been really pleased with the reaction you guys have been giving us and we want to give a little back.

Wikiman says it should be about two weeks, so we can look forward to getting used to the game before we start seriously modding it (although I have already started playing about with minor things).

Discuss it here.
Strategy Informer Loves M2TW!
Posted by GLORYOFSPARTA on November 13, AD 2006 @ 4:32 PM
It seems as though Strategy Informer fell in instant love with Medieval 2, rating it 9.3 out of 10 and concluding the review with the words below:
Medieval 2: Total War is worth every pound, dollar and euro pumped into the game from the developers, and then from the gamers wallets into their bank account coffers. This is the latest and most outstanding title in the Total War franchise, any history RTS buff or fan of the series would be psychotically imbalanced should they choose to pass on this.
Way to go, Creative Assembly! :-D
Blog Updates!
Posted by GLORYOFSPARTA on November 13, AD 2006 @ 4:19 PM
Yeah... our friend Richie "The Shogun" Skinner from Creative Assembly informed me that the Developer and Community Blogs have been updated.

To quote Iain from the CA Oz office, who's written up a pretty good entry on what they are currently working on in relation to modding, and the battle editor:
Battle Editor

We have started an investigation into the usability of the Battle Editor. We have already fixed a few nasty bugs which crept into the editor just prior to release, the fixes for this will again be released via an update.We are actively seeking feedback from the modding community. We want to know the features you would like to see added and the features that make you tear your hair out. No promises, but we will do what we can.
And in the Community Blog, Ben_is_Sparky from our own forums gives us a second report from the Gold Code Day.
As for the game, it’s awe-inspiring. The graphics have leapt forward again and everything looks and feels very real. The fact that all the men in a unit look different, the trees swaying in the wind on the campaign map, the buildings that have holes knocked through them by trebuchet fire. Everything has had the finest attention to detail paid to it and it shows.
And in the blog entry below you'll find Richie's own words about the event, in which he also displays his proficiency in wielding the sword...
IGN rates M2TW 8.8 out of 10!
Posted by Crazed Ewok on November 12, AD 2006 @ 8:27 PM
Brought to our attention by forummer Thomas Becket, IGN has reviewed Medieval 2 and given it a nice rating - 8.8 out of 10. It gives a solid review over the features and treats the game fairly.
The Total War series has yet to let us down. Through three different iterations and a handful of expansions, the series has consistently delivered some of the most exciting and visually appealing tactical action in any strategy game, historical or otherwise. It should come as no surprise then that the latest in the series, Medieval II: Total War, is an undeniably thrilling strategy experience. -
You can read the full review here!
Gold Code Day Reports!
Posted by GLORYOFSPARTA on November 11, AD 2006 @ 3:49 PM
Friends, Crusaders, Princesses, Knights... we are pleased to announce that we've uploaded two excellent Gold Code Day reports, written by Ben_is_Sparky (the winner of our competition) and Phillistine (our HeavenGames representative). Check them out here!
Welcome to Medieval 2: Total War Heaven!
Posted by yakcamkir on November 11, AD 2006 @ 5:20 AM

Like the title says, welcome to Medieval 2: Total War Heaven from myself and the rest of the staff. Having played the game Yesterday It's great to live in the UK), I can tell you that it is simply incredible.

We have some initial site content for you to chew on:

  • Medieval 2: Total War FAQ here.
  • Medieval 2: Total War Overview here.
  • Strategy Section although we haven't actually had any strategies submitted yet.

Who Turned Out The Lights?
Posted by filmdirector2 on November 10, AD 2006 @ 9:00 PM
Former friends of Rome, we have been plunged foward into the Dark Ages! There are no more togas, but heavy fur coats, no more gladii but broadaxes, no more castles but tents...what? You want some wine? I'm sorry, we've only got some mead.

My cohorts, looks like this is the Dark Ages. And you might as well get comfortable, it's going to be a long time. With all respect to Monty Python, I'm not dead yet.