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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
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Microtransactions None
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).

Medieval II: Total War is a singleplayer and multiplayer bird's-eye view and free-roaming camera RTS and TBS game in the Total War series.

General information

Official forums
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] for the base game, SecuROM DRM for Kingdoms.
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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 expansion.
macOS (OS X)
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Definitive Edition.
macOS (OS X)
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).
All product keys activate on Steam.[3]
Free demo versions are available from base game, Gold Edition.

Version differences

The Gold (retail) and Definitive (Steam, as of 20 November 2018) Editions include the base game and the Kingdoms expansion pack.


DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Kingdoms Comes bundled with the Gold and Definitive Editions.

Essential improvements


The latest official patch for the base game is 1.3, available from Patches-Scrolls.
The latest official patch for Kingdoms is 1.05, available from Patches-Scrolls.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

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

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

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)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.



Audio settings.
Audio settings.

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


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Japanese release.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
Hot seat, Versus
Native in Kingdoms expansion; use Retrofit Mod for original campaigns.
LAN play
8 Versus
Online play
8 Versus
The official GameSpy service is offline; the Steam version was updated to use Steamworks.[3] Mac App Store players can only play with other Mac App Store users.[7]

Issues fixed

Retail base game does not work

The retail version of the base game does not work on Windows Vista and later due to SafeDisc DRM support being discontinued.[8]
Activate the serial key on Steam[3]
Use Kingdoms expansion[8]

The retail Kingdoms expansion is still compatible due to using SecuROM DRM instead. Use the Bare Geomod to play Medieval II's Grand Campaign within Kingdoms.

Restart the SafeDisc service (Windows 8.1 and earlier)[9]
See SafeDisc article.

Reinforcements delayed

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 the system. This does not affect reinforcements being delayed through random chance (as part of intended game logic), nor does it apply to reinforcements blocked because of insufficient graphics card memory.

Diplomacy bug

Because of a missing semicolon in the game files, the AI hates the human player more if peacefully occupying something than if sacking it. See here or use the Bare Geomod for a fix. This will make diplomacy more viable and decrease the frequency of wars.[11][12]

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Metal support
Shader Model support 1.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)


Bare Geomod

Includes a variety of bug fixes and unlocks all factions.

Stainless Steel

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.

Third Age - Total War

A total conversion mod that brings the game 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.


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

System requirements

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[1] 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.[2]
  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).