Judging the best Total War games is tricky. Maybe its because the concept of best depends on what kind of mood youre inI play them on rotation, influenced by whichever books, films, or other games Im consuming at the time. Watching the Battle of the Hornburg makes me crave Total War: Warhammer, reading about the crusades make me yearn for Medieval 2. These are feel games, which satisfy cravings beyond the need for sharp strategy or pitched battles. They let you twist history, create new stories, or roleplay as your favourite generals.
Theres also precious little to separate them, especially at the top end of the order. The factors that make the series a success are found in every game, and its often only the strength of the setting that sets the games apart. There are obvious outliersEmpire and Napoleon feel like theyre from a different universebut they all offer the same mix of conflict and conquest, failure and domination.
Developer: CREATIVE ASSEMBLY
Release Date: 22 Sep, 2004
Genre: Strategy, RTS, Turn-Based, Action, Simulation
- Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP, Pentium III 1.0GHz or Athlon 1.0GHz processor or higher, 256MB RAM, 2.9GB of uncompressed free hard disk space (plus 500MB for Windows swap file), 100% DirectX® 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card and latest drivers, 100% Windows® 2000/XP compatible mouse, keyboard and latest drivers, DirectX® 9.0b, 64MB Hardware Accelerated video card with Shader 1 support and the latest drivers. Must be 100% DirectX® 9.0b compatible, 1024 x 768 Display Resolution, Internet (TCP / IP) play supported,Internet play requires broadband connection and latest drivers, LAN play requires Network card (Multiplayer)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® 9.0b compatibility.