Medieval II: Total War

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Medieval II: Total War
Medieval II: Total War cover
Developers
Creative Assembly
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Linux Feral Interactive
Publishers
Sega
OS X, Linux Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows November 11, 2006
macOS (OS X) January 14, 2016
Linux January 14, 2016
Medieval II: Total War guide at StrategyWiki
Medieval II: Total War at Wikipedia
Total War
Shogun: Total War 2000
Medieval: Total War 2002
Rome: Total War 2004
Medieval II: Total War 2006
Empire: Total War 2009
Napoleon: Total War 2010
Total War: Shogun 2 2011
Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai 2012
Total War Battles: Shogun 2012
Total War: Rome II 2013
Total War: Attila 2015
Total War Battles: Kingdom 2015
Total War: Warhammer 2016
Total War: Warhammer II 2017
Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia 2018
Total War: Three Kingdoms 2018
Total War: Arena TBA

Key points

GameSpy multiplayer replaced with Steamworks; all product keys activate on Steam.[1]
Retail base game does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Retail base game does not work).[2]

General information

Official site for the series
Official forum
Total War Wiki - A wiki for the series
Total War Center - A large fan site for the series with an active modding community
Collection of bug fixes for many of the game's issues
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]. CD key for multiplayer.
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Windows
Retail
DRM-free
Gold edition no Steam 2 dvd is drm free.
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Windows
Developer website
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Collection bundle including all the DLC.
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Green Man Gaming
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Includes the Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms expansion.
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
Mac App Store
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Includes expansions.
macOS (OS X)
Steam
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Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
All Linux versions require Steam DRM.
All product keys activate on Steam.[1]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Medieval II: Total War - Kingdoms Comes bundled with Medieval II: Total War - Gold Edition.
Windows

Mods[edit]

Stainless Steel[edit]

A combination of bug fixes, many small mods, better AI and AI armies, more provinces, graphical improvements and many other campaign and battle map changes. The whole game now offers a much greater challenge!

Third Age - Total War[edit]

A total conversion mod that brings you to the world of Middle-earth during the Third Age. Includes both a standard campaign mode and a Fellowship of the Ring campaign that follows the events of the books.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\medieval2.preference.cfg
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Medieval II Total War/
This game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\saves
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Medieval II Total War/

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
UI suffers severe stretching.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
In the medieval2.preference.cfg file, change the line: windowed=true
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Edit medieval2.preference.cfg and add the line borderless_window=true
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, speech, effects and music.
Surround sound
5.1[5] and 7.1[6]
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
EAX 2, 3 and 4[7]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Russian

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Hot seat, Versus
Added in Kingdoms expansion; use Retrofit Mod for original campaigns.
LAN play
8 Versus
Online play
8 Versus
GameSpy is offline; activate key on Steam to use new servers.[1] Mac App Store players can only play with other Mac App Store users.[8]

Issues fixed[edit]

Retail base game does not work[edit]

The retail version of the base game does not work on Windows Vista and later due to SafeDisc support being discontinued.[2]
Activate on Steam[1]

Activate the CD key on Steam and use the Steam version.

Use Kingdoms expansion[2]

The retail Kingdoms expansion is still compatible. Use Bare Geomod to play Medieval II's Grand Campaign with Kingdoms.

Start the SafeDisc service (Windows 8.1 and earlier)[9]

Start the SafeDisc service (see MS15-097 for instructions).

Notes

This method does not work on Windows 10.[2]

Reinforcements Delayed[edit]

Remove reinforcement limit[10]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open medieval.prefences.cfg.
  3. Change unlimited_men_on_battlefield = 0 to unlimited_men_on_battlefield = 1

Notes

Only applies to reinforcements delayed claimed due to needing to upgrade your system. This doesn't affect reinforcements being delayed through random chance (e.g. you have no word on when your reinforcements will arrive), nor does it apply to reinforcements blocked because of insufficient graphics card memory.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Metal support
[11]
64-bit executable

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 SP4 XP SP3
Processor (CPU) Intel Celeron 1.8 GHz Intel Pentium 4 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 11 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4400
ATI Radeon 9800
128 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9 compatible
Shader model 1.0 support
Nvidia GeForce 7300
ATI Radeon X1600
Shader model 2.0 support
Sound (audio device) 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.11.1
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz 2.4 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 32 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM 512 MB of VRAM
Intel HD Graphics 4000/5000 require 8GB of RAM.
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04, SteamOS 2.0 Ubuntu 15.10
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz 3.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 18 GB 35 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM 1 GB of VRAM
Intel HD Graphics 4000/5000 require 8GB of RAM.
AMD graphics cards are not officially supported on SteamOS.
Nvidia GeForce 600 series and newer require driver version 352.55, AMD Radeon R7/R9 300 series and Intel Iris Pro Graphics require Mesa 11.2 driver.

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[4]

References