developer: Creative Assembly
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, players: 1-8
game language: English
game release date for PC:
Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms for PC is the first official expansion pack for a popular strategy game belonging to a bestselling series developed by Creative Assembly (the base game was released in 2006). Again, the player travels to the past in order to put their skills to test in battles, though they are also required to have certain economy and diplomacy related skills.
Plot & Mechanics
Four campaigns constitute the core of this expansion. The first of those takes the player to the New World, discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus. The second campaign gives an opportunity to participate in Hernan Cortez's conquests in Central America. Obviously, the main goal here is to conquer the lands of the Aztecs and take all their possesions in the name of the king of Spain. The player can also take command over the native Americans, trying to repell the strange newcomers from the other side of Atlantic. The other two campaigns are typical medieval ones, set in Europe. Thus the player participates in events concerning the Teutonic Order's fight against pagan peoples from Northeast, crusades in the Holy Land, as well as in military conflicts which took place when Henry III was the king of England.
Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms for PC introduces thirteen completely new factions with their own technology trees, having over a hundred different combat units (Greek fire thrower for instance), fifty buildings, and more. Many additional key figures appeared in the expansion as well, such as Richard the Lionheart or Saladin. Combined with twenty separate scenarios, the singleplayer mode in Medieval II: Total War – Kingdoms offers nearly eighty hours of exciting gameplay. All of this is complemented by fifteen maps for the multiplayer mode. Lastly, it is worth noticing that two gamers at the same computer can play a campaign in the hot-seat mode.
Game score 8.245 / 10 calculated out of 1819 players' votes.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Pentium 4 1.8 GHz, 512 MB RAM, graphic card 128 MB (GeForce 4 or better), Windows 2000/XP