hat kind of gamer are you? Do you like your titles to have fast and furious action, or do you like to be able to sit back and think about things for a while? If you're a little from column A, and a little from column B, this game is a fantastic choice. Basically what you're dealing with is a game that takes you through medieval history, but gives you the pen to rewrite its course of events by putting you in command of the swords which carved them.
This is a strategy game – there's no denying that. I spent huge amounts of time setting up my armies to do what I wanted, then maneuvered them into battle on the field. Now, when I say "armies," I mean exactly that. It's not like some games where one unit will actually represent a battalion of soldiers. Total War allows upwards of 10,000 individual units to do battle on the same field at the same time – and each has its own AI. The scope is magnificent, and like Shogun: Total War, conflict has rarely taken on this type of epic feeling for me. I would have liked to see a bit more attention paid to the bunching effect that happens when two armies clash for the first time, but it has gotten a bit better since Shogun. In any event, you can bet your sweet A that I'll be playing this one at home.