Medieval: Total War

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Medieval: Total War
Medieval: Total War cover
Developers
Creative Assembly
Publishers
Activision
Gold Edition and digital Sega
Release dates
Windows August 20, 2002
Reception
Metacritic 88
Taxonomy
Series Total War
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Medieval: Total War on Wikipedia
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Warnings

GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).
GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

General information

Official site for the series
Official forum
Total War Center - A large fan site for the series with an active modding community
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
Windows
Amazon.co.uk
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Windows
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Windows
Steam
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Gold Edition. Slightly updated for modern system & widescreen support.
Windows

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Medieval: Total War - The Barbarian Invasion Comes bundled with Medieval: Total War - Gold Edition.
Windows

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/345260/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/345260/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
The Steam version does support widescreen resolutions. The original retail version does not.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
No support for texture filtering.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS
120+ FPS

Input[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State 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[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
8 GameSpy services have been shut down;[1] see GameSpy for workarounds.

Issues fixed[edit]

Can't play above VGA resolution[edit]

Use Sephus's ddraw.dll[2]
  1. Download fixed ddraw.dll
  2. Place it in <path-to-game>

Crash to Desktop on campaign[edit]

Occurs when you start a new campaign or campaign tutorial.
Button fix[3]
  1. Download the fix.
  2. Place it in <path-to-game>.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 98, 2000, ME, XP
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 350 MHz MMX or AMD Athlon processor
System memory (RAM) 128 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 1.7 GB
Video card (GPU) 16 MB of VRAM
Other 1024x768 minimum display resolution

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/345260/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (345260) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References