Medieval II: Total War

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Medieval II: Total War
Medieval II: Total War cover
Creative Assembly
Creative Assembly International
macOS (OS X) Feral Interactive
Linux Feral Interactive
OS X, Linux Feral Interactive
Release dates
Windows November 11, 2006
macOS (OS X) January 14, 2016
Linux January 14, 2016
Metacritic 88
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time, Turn-based
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Free-roaming camera
Controls Menu-based, Multiple select, Point and select
Genres RTS, TBS
Themes Medieval, Historical
Series Total War
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GameSpy online services have been shut down (see Network for solutions).

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 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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1]. CD key for multiplayer.
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Gold edition no Steam 2 dvd is drm free.
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Developer website
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Collection bundle including all the DLC.
macOS (OS X)
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Definitive Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
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Definitive Edition.
macOS (OS X)
Mac App Store
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Includes expansions.
macOS (OS X)
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macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
All Linux versions require Steam DRM.
All product keys activate on Steam.[1]

DLC and expansion packs

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


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[Note 2]
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[Note 2]
macOS (OS X)
Linux $XDG_DATA_HOME/feral-interactive/Medieval II Total War/VFS/Local/saves

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
UI suffers severe stretching.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
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
High dynamic range display (HDR)


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.
Audio settings.

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Japanese release.


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).


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


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.

Diplomacy bug[edit]

Because of a missing semicolon in the game files, the AI hates you more if you peacefully occupy something than if you sack it. See here for a fix. This will make diplomacy more viable and decrease the frequency of wars.[11][12]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Metal support
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Middleware Notes
Audio Miles Sound System 6.6g[14]
Cutscenes Bink Video
Multiplayer GameSpy, Steamworks

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 2000 SP4
Processor (CPU) Intel Celeron 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 512 MB
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
Sound (audio device) 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS)
Processor (CPU) 1.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 32 GB
Video card (GPU) 256 MB of VRAM
Intel HD Graphics 4000/5000 require 8GB of RAM.
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 14.04, SteamOS 2.0
Processor (CPU) 2.0 GHz
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 18 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB 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.


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[3] or Windows 11 and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[4]
  2. 2.0 2.1 When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).