Medieval: Total War

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Medieval: Total War
Medieval: Total War cover
Creative Assembly
Gold Edition and digital Sega
Release dates
Windows August 20, 2002
Medieval: Total War guide on StrategyWiki
Medieval: Total War on MobyGames
Medieval: Total War on Wikipedia


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


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

DLC and expansion packs

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

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

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

Save game data location[edit]

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

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
The Steam version does support widescreen resolutions. The original retail version does not.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
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 settings[edit]

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

Audio settings[edit]

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


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]


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Multiplayer GameSpy

System requirements[edit]

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


  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.