There then back again
TomChick - News - 01/22/06 - Link

Creative Assembly's real time strategy games have careened from feudal Japan to Medieval Europe to ancient Rome and now to...Medieval Europe? Wait, wait, weren't we just there? Europe? Shit. I'm still only in Europe?

Those guys have done great work, and they've gone above and beyond the call of duty with how well they've evolved the basic gameplay they introduced with Shogun. So I can't very well begrudge them for retreading familiar geography and history.

But I can't deny that I'm pretty disappointed. There were so many other places they could have gone. They never got around to Napoleonics, or the American Civil War, or Alexander the Great, or, I dunno, ancient Babylon or Egypt or the Aztecs and Mayans (although there is an Aztec campaign in Medieval 2, so w00t! for that).

I'm a bit worried that the official website calls Medieval 2 a "vastly enhanced" version of the original Medieval. "Vastly enhanced" sounds like a euphemism for "updated", which is what I think when I read about bullet points like bump mapped armor on knights and the addition of Scotland and Venice.

But then again, what do I know? I had a similar reaction when Firaxis hinted that they were remaking an old Mircoprose classic, and then later announced that it was Pirates. Pirates? Dudes, what about X-Com or Master of Magic or even Covert Action? Who cares about Pirates? It turns out I cared, since it ended up being my favorite game that year. So I'm not going to read too much into this announcement.

But still... Medieval?



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