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February 16, 2007

Now with extra impaling


The Creative Assembly has released its much anticipated Medieval II: Total War; surely the definitive strategy game for PC. But with terrifying system requirements - and a monster 11Gb of uncompressed hard-drive space just to install the thing - I expect I am going to have to wait for my hypothetical computer of the future before I get to play. That and a few spare weeks when I do not need to eat or sleep.

The game is set between the years 1080 and 1530. Like the original Medieval, it focuses on medieval warfare, religion, and politics in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. However, unlike its predecessor, the timeframe stretches into the era of the historical discovery of the New World, and simulates the discovery and conquest of the Americas.

Now featuring castles, witches and tactical battlefield simulations sufficiently detailed to show your virtual troops impaling the hapless enemy. These screen captures give some indication of the juiced up detail in sets and setting. I am particularly impressed with this desert castle siege; that is not a painted back-drop, it is a rendered object. Curly-toed slippers don't fail me now!

Posted by Ghost of a flea at February 16, 2007 07:28 AM


It also says you need a 1.8 GHz processor; yet only 512 MB of ram. I'm willing to bet you need a minimum of 1 Gig of ram to even make the loading semi-quick.

You needed a gig of ram with Battlefield2, and that was sooooooo two years ago.

This is one of those rare times where it is worth it to spend $2500 on a new computer in order to play one $50 game :-)

Posted by: Temujin [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2007 12:31 PM

I was thinking the exact same thing. Basically, whenever I upgrade to a new computer - and with my current monitor ready to blow this may have to be soon - my purchase is going to be determined by the system requirements for this game.

That just leaves a month off work to figure out...

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2007 01:29 PM

There is a website called "system requirements lab" that will examine and tell you if your computer fits the needs of today's resource hogging games such as Oblivion. Medieval III is one of the games on it's list.

Posted by: mplsk [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 16, 2007 09:14 PM

Sweet. Though given the speed my refurbished monitor is giving up the ghost I think it going to be meeting the paper-weight system requirements in about a week.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2007 01:12 AM

Yes! Now those Bernard Cornwell 'Grail Quest' books will come in handy.

Long Bows!

Posted by: The_Campblog [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2007 07:25 AM

So Farcry has been usurped as the machine crushing game of the time. Some of these designers are seriously taking the piss.

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 17, 2007 07:50 AM

I am holding off just a wee bit longer on my next system upgrade for the current crop of high end vid cards to come down in price (at the point they become upper-mid-level cards).

I'd like to play this, NWN2, play some more Oblivion with the graphics cranked and yes, some more BF2 with the eye-candy turned all the way up.

Posted by: Solomon [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 18, 2007 12:42 AM