“Dreamdate with Total war”
“Absolutely stunning” “Top Game of 2006 -5 stars”
“Latinkon figure ate my hamster!!!”
No my friends you haven’t been transferred
to a movie/game review site, All the above comments come from me and are all
vaguely related in some way to CA’s newest game Medieval II Total War
Hi everyone I’m Shireknight one of the
proud forum members of Totalwar.com and here are my thoughts on the Gold day
event that I was lucky enough to be invited to a few days ago.
Firstly let me say what I expected this day
to be about and what I expected to happen then Ill go into detail about what
actually did happen. I first expected to arrive at Sega where I
would be introduced to The Shogun and then taken into a large room full of
Gaming press and the other guests from the forums, where we would be shown a
movie probably followed by a Q&A session.
After this we would be taken into
a room with a few PC’s in it where the press people would hog all the computers
leaving us “Gold day winners” to just watch from a distance while
every now and again The Shogun would come over to us and ask “enjoying yourselves
guys?” to which we would all half grin and feign interest -WELL THINK
I arrived at Sega’s London HQ at 13:45 and
was quickly ushered up to the 5th floor of the building. Within seconds The
Shogun, AlexSega, SenseiTW, and a couple of CA boffins (sorry guys I didn’t
grab your names) introduced themselves.
We were immediately taken into a average
sized room where in the corner sat a huge platter of food, 5 PC’s were already
set up in the middle of the room and running MIITW. The Shogun just told us to
eat as much as we want and enjoy ourselves.
Within seconds we were all stuck
into the game big time -all the factions were unlocked so we could be anyone we
wanted to be -I picked the Holy Roman Empire.
For about 2 hours we were left in peace to
just get on with whatever we wanted to do -when I say left in peace what I mean
is there was no-one trying to push us in a certain direction so that we only
saw the things they wanted us to see and not go where they might not want us to
go -we were free to do anything at all.
All the guys stayed around to answer all of
our questions and so in a way it was like a 2 hour long, private Q&A
session where you could actually point to something on the screen and ask a
question about it in real time -In my opinion this was an excellent way of
running the event.
After about two hours of solid gaming The
Shogun suggested that we should play a huge battle over a LAN network to which
we all eagerly agreed.
There were four people in our group
FrogBeastEgg, One of the Leo_Honorius clan members (Tibilicus I think) the guy
that covered for edyzmedieval and me
We played a 2vs2 Scenario battle called
Mountain Redoubt and the map was incredible. Me and Froggy vs the other 2. I
have to admit that the map was so large that I never saw Froggy at all until
the battle was almost over.
As you can see below, the map has features
that you can actually climb and use to your advantage.
At the start of the battle I divided my
army into 2 parts and sent the smaller part up the Left ramp and the main part
up the main ramp towards the building. Froggy is far, far right of this
At the top of the left ramp a large battle
broke out in the Red area, However I was able to send a sneak unit of infantry
along the top of the ridge (the Green line) and then into the rear of the enemy
forces -this caused them much grief and in the end swung the fight for me.
By now my main force was bogged down by
fighting and never even made it to the main ramp but because of the success my
smaller force had had I was able to send them screaming down the main ramp and
they ploughed right into the rear of the enemy forces
The enemy I was fighting now completely
routed and I headed back to the building to see If I could find Froggy. From
the building I could see she was about where the Green circle is. I started to
head there but before I got even close she had been routed and the enemy she
had been fighting was on his way back to the building to engage me.
(please note that these are NOT pictures of
the actual battle -I have taken these pictures from a mock up battle I made for
I won’t bother bragging but I will just say
that I upheld the honour of the .com community and was the last guy standing
once the battle was over :smokin It was very close though, I only had a few
foot soldiers and 2 quite battered Archer units left -all four Generals had
perished In the fighting.
The LAN battle took about an hour and I
finally left Sega at 17:15 armed with my very own personal copy of the MIITW
Collectors edition version of the game.
All in all the day was excellent, all the
guys were top blokes (unfortunately MikeB could not be dragged from CA’s
offices for this event or he was avoiding my request for an autograph lol) and
were really open and frank about the game.
They could have just sat there the
whole time refusing to answer specific questions but it was not like that at
all. Every question I asked got an answer.
If I was offered the chance to go to the
Gold day event for the next game in the Total War series I would again jump at
the chance and I strongly recommend that anyone else that may be offered the
chance accepts it straight away.
On a personal note I would like to extend
my gratitude to The Shogun for inviting me in the first place