Medieval II: Total War Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Medieval II: Total War RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 9 Best Game Of Thrones Mods for Your Favorite Games https://www.gameskinny.com/dxndk/9-best-game-of-thrones-mods-for-your-favorite-games https://www.gameskinny.com/dxndk/9-best-game-of-thrones-mods-for-your-favorite-games Sat, 29 Jul 2017 14:00:01 -0400 Ty Arthur

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With these 9 Game Of Thrones mods, you've got endless opportunities to learn the age-old adage of Valar Morghulis ("all men must die") in RTSs, RPGs, and even open world crafting games! From total conversions to small add-ons, these mods will definitely get you in the mood for the treachery and action that's sure to define Game of Thrones Season 7. 

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What did you think of our picks for the best GoT game mods, and what mods did we miss that should get added to the list? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Minecraft

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Game Of Thrones Mod

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Was it even a question? Of course, Minecraft has a ton of skins bringing in various A Song Of Ice And Fire characters, but this mod goes above and beyond, bringing in various great houses and recreating areas like King's Landing. Sadly, the mod is no longer being worked on, but it still exists for download by Minecraft fanatics.

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Ark: Survival Evolved

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Ark Game Of Thrones Mod

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More a novelty than a total conversion like many of the previous entries, this mod adds in some fun Game Of Thrones trappings to Ark: Survival Evolved while you tame dinos and build settlements.

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Want an iron throne in the middle of your town? Have at it! Want to run around in House Lannister armor or wield a Dothraki arakh blade? No problem, just pull up the engrams and get crafting!

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Crusader Kings: Deus Vult 

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This conversion mod for Crusader Kings offers up two different main scenarios, one in the past where Robert rebels against the Mad King, and one in the near future, where winter has finally arrived and the undead are sweeping through the South. Letting you play through generations of great Westerosi houses with lore-friendly additions, this is a killer mod for the sadly aging Crusader Kings.

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If you're more into the sequel, Crusader Kings II, the full conversion Game Of Thrones mod adds in elements like personal honor combat between lords and scripted events based around the story from the book series -- but letting you deviate from the cannon outcomes.

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Age Of Empires II

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When it comes to classic RTS games, Age Of Empires II is still a hallowed entry well worth replaying. Add in Steam Workshop content though, and you might never try a modern strategy title ever again.

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One of the best is the Diplomacy Overhaul mod, which drastically changes the direction of the game, shifting away from combat into politicking and backstabbing in true GoT style. Be sure to play this one on multiplayer, though, as the game's base AI doesn't handle the changes well.

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If you prefer something more along the lines of the classic Age Of Empires II experience, go with the War Of The Five Kings mod or the Game Of Thrones Map mod instead.

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Mount & Blade Warband

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Much like the Total War series, anything in the Mount & Blade franchise is just begging to be modded to represent Westeros or the lands beyond the Narrow Sea.

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There a ton of Warband mods that bring in various elements of A Song Of Ice And Fire, but easily among the most ambitious is A Clash Of Kings, which sets you as a nobody-peasant on the road to greatness in any of the clashing Westerosi armies.

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Join up with Robert's Rebellion, conquer Harrenhal, mix it up with Stannis Baratheon, or do anything else you'd like while roaming the Seven Kingdoms. Recent updates have fixed some issues like a lack of diplomacy, so if you heard negative things about the mod in the past, give it a try now.

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Also worth checking out is A World Of Ice And Fire, which has you starting your own great house and duking it out for control of the Iron Throne. 

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Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms

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Westeros Total War: Age Of Petty Kings

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It shouldn't be any surprise that there are more Total War entries with in-depth Game Of Thrones mods. This one offers a very different perspective than the other mods, however, as it takes place in GoT's deep past, before the Seven Kingdoms were carved out.

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Instead, you forge a house of your own as a petty king duking it out with the Andals long before Aegon the Conqueror came and unified the continent.

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Atilla: Total War

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Seven Kingdoms Total War Mod

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The Total War series is amazingly ripe for anything war-themed on the mod front, and franchises once relegated only to modding have actually hit the main series eventually (looking at you Warhammer).

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This one is a total conversion mod for Atilla: Total War that completely changes the armies, facial textures, maps, and locations to bring the wars of Westeros to your PC.

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New specific scenarios are now also being made along with the total conversion, letting you replay the epic Battle Of The Bastards (hands down the best war scene so far, although hopefully, it will be outdone in GoT seasons 7 or 8), with more specific battles to come.

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Civilization 6

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There are already countless hours of creating wonders, waging wars, and engaging in diplomacy with historical figures in Sid Meier's Civilization 6, but you can take that a step further by bringing in the ruthless politics of Westeros.

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A Civ Of Ice And Fire replaces the various civilization leaders with characters like Euron Greyjoy and Olenna Tyrell, swaps out city names, and replaces all the various traits and abilities with more Game Of Thrones-appropriate entries.

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This one's not quite as in-depth as the previous A Mod Of Ice And Fire, however, so if you've got Civ 5, be sure to try that one as well.

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Skyrim

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Game Of Thrones Followers Mods

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These follower presets painstakingly recreate the faces and clothing of famous characters like Ser Davos Seaworth, Eddard Stark, and many more.

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Forget about the vanilla followers and instead have the evil Ramsay Bolton follow you around on a Skyrim-wide killing spree (note that several of these require extra texture mods to get the presets looking picture perfect).

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There are a ton of Game Of Thrones mods for Bethesda's aging action RPG beyond these -- find our full list of the10 best Game Of Thrones mods for Skyrim right here.

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Season 7 of Game Of Thrones is in full swing, and all the pieces are in place for Daenerys and Jon to finally destroy the Night King and return the hallowed tradition of brother/sister marriages to Westeros.

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While Telltale won't be returning to A Song Of Ice And Fire for some time, there's still plenty of scheming for the Iron Throne you can undertake on the gaming front.

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While we wait for Jorah to find a cure to greyscale and for that evil little brat Bran Stark to travel through time and drive Aerys Targaryen mad with his whispers about burning White Walkers, why not try out some of these killer Game Of Thrones mods?

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6 Best Mods for Medieval: Total War: Kingdoms https://www.gameskinny.com/n7bvb/6-best-mods-for-medieval-total-war-kingdoms https://www.gameskinny.com/n7bvb/6-best-mods-for-medieval-total-war-kingdoms Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:42:53 -0400 Robert Kazmierczak

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Medieval II: Total War: Kingdoms has a ton of mods available. The few mentioned here don't even scratch the surface of all the awesome content the game's community is making. If you're looking to take your strategic warfare to a new place or time, there are plenty of options like the ones we've mentioned here. Check out ModDB for even more!

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What are your favorite mods for Medieval II: Total War? Let me know down in the comments! 

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Tamriel Total War

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Modder: Tamriel Total War mods Team 
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The Elder Scrolls is a beloved series among many gamers, and this mod brings all Medieval 2's strategic fun of world domination to the land of Tamriel. This mod contains a detailed map of Tamriel, and the 20+ factions each have their own territories to start with, based on the lore of The Elder Scrolls series.  

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Players take part in a variety of historical events -- starting around the time of The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, and ending 50 years later. With such a long time period, players are likely to take part in a few key events from both Morrowind and Oblivion

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Download the mod here.

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Third Age: Total War

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Modder: TW_King_Kong 
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With a medieval setting, it was only a matter of time before someone created a Lord of the Rings mod. And while there might be a few out there, Third Age: Total War is one of the best. It's so good in fact, that it has a considerable number of submods all on its own.  

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Third Age includes the major factions that you would expect from the LOTR setting (Gondor, Rohan, Isengard), as well as less commonly known factions (Rhun, Harad, and Dale). The full map of Middle-Earth includes settlements straight from the lore and locations with historical significance, like the Three Towers.

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Download the mod here.

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The Last Kingdom

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Modder: echuu 
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Starting in the year 865, The Last Kingdom mod explores the conflicts of Northern Europe. Players can choose from 13 factions to battle for supremacy across the Isle of England and the mainland. This mod includes new historical heroes and units for players to expand their control.

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The period of the Viking invasion is a big draw for the community, with the mod clocking in at a 9.6/10.

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Download the mod here.

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Chronicles of Myrtana

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Modder: rafmc1989
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Strategy games are all well and good, but the Chronicles of Myrtana mod aims to create a more unique RPG experience for Medieval 2: Total War: Kingdoms. The mod follows the events of the Gothic franchise, with expansions and addons included in the story.  

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The intent to make a faithful Gothic mod led to unique RPG elements being utilized throughout the story, as the player takes control of the hero and begins his journey through the story of the Gothic series.

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Download the mod here.

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Tsardoms Total War

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Modder: Wallachian 
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Moving the action to the Balkans, Tsardoms Total War drastically changes the game by introducing a new area and new factions to match. The player is thrust into the fall of the Roman Empire and the following struggle between nearby regions. Additionally, with this new setting, players will be able to fight through some notable historical battle of the time period and area. 

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There's no specific release date as of now, but there is a "Battle beta" that players can check out on ModDB.

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Call of Warhammer: Beginning of the End Times

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Modder: Beginning of The End Times Team 
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Inspired by an older Warhammer mod, the Call of Warhammer: Beginning of the End Times is intended to provide a more dynamic experience for Medieval 2. The mod boasts a map which is said to be triple the size of the original mod, and gives access to a ton of factions.  

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Another cool update in this mod is that the Chaos Incursions will now gather their forces over time rather than spawning randomly near their target, as in the original mod. While the Chaos Incursion gathers its forces, players can hire unique mercenary groups to help them when they need a quick army. 

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Download the mod here.

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Since its release in 2007, the Kingdoms expansion for Medieval 2: Total War has received some impressive mods. The medieval setting lends itself perfectly to full conversions, and the community has embraced replicating beloved fantasy settings of all sorts -- as well as simply shifting the historical settings elsewhere in the world's timeline.  

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While mods for this game are generally slower to show up than others in its genre, it's clear that the modding community has put in a lot of hard work. (Some mods have even taken years to complete.) To honor that dedicated community and highlight their awesome work, here's a few of the best mods for Medieval 2: Total War: Kingdoms that have come about recently.

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Steam Summer Sale 2017: 5 Best Strategy Games Under $20 https://www.gameskinny.com/o9ecs/steam-summer-sale-2017-5-best-strategy-games-under-20 https://www.gameskinny.com/o9ecs/steam-summer-sale-2017-5-best-strategy-games-under-20 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 15:23:22 -0400 Valoryan

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Civilization V

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Standard Price: $29.99
Sale Price: $7.49
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The Civilization series is known for being the quintessential turn-based strategy game. With the release of Civilization 6 earlier this year, predecessor Civilization 5 is a cheap buy. My friends and I have dumped hours into this game. It's really easy to pick up and play for hours on end. 

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Get Civilization V on Steam

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That wraps up our list! What are your favorite strategy games on Steam? Any others that you think should be included in the Summer Sale this year? Let me know down in the comments!

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Stellaris

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Standard Price: $39.99
Sale Price: $19.99
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Stellaris is a grand strategy game and slow RTS with a system similar to Civilization 5. It takes place in space, and you send your fleets to conquer enemy galaxies and planets. You must also develop planets within the galaxies through settlements and space-based improvements. It has a slight learning curve, but it is definitely worth your time. 

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Get Stellaris on Steam

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2

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Standard Price: $29.99 and $59.99
Sale Price: $7.49 and $19.79
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Speaking of story-based strategy games, the XCOM series is a turn-based RTS where you navigate your units through a campaign. Both the original XCOM: Enemy Unknown and XCOM 2 are incredible. Earth has been taken over by an alien species and it us up to you to save it.

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These games are known as some of the most unforgiving strategy games around -- but if you're looking for a challenge or just a relaxing turn by turn game, this is the series for you.

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Get XCOM: Enemy Unknown on Steam

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Get XCOM 2 on Steam

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Medieval II: Total War

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Standard Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $4.99
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Medieval II: Total War is another classic. It is arguably the best Total War game due to its modding capabilities and quirky bugs. This is a game you can play hundreds of times and never have the same experience.

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If you're really into modding, this is a must-buy title. It also contains a really nice campaign for those who prefer story-based strategy games.

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Get Medieval II: Total War on Steam

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Age of Empires HD

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Standard Price: $19.99
Sale Price: $4.99
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Age of Empires II HD is a classic RTS game brought to modern times. The HD edition has upgraded graphics and comes with a multiplayer mode attached to a really good, loyal community.

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If you have never played AoE, you truly are missing out and should pick it up. If you have, it's time you get back into it. The DLCs add more civilizations, new maps, and new campaigns. The HD version also features a better AI and mod support. At 75% off during the sale, it's a necessary buy.

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Get Age of Empires II HD on Steam

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With the Steam Summer Sale in full swing, it can be hard to know which games you want to buy because they are good and which you want to buy because they're on sale. And when you're looking at a genre as over-saturated as the strategy genre, the distinction can become even more unclear.

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There's a wide variety of strategy games on the market, from turn-based to real-time, historical to futuristic. Strategy games can go as far as the mind can imagine -- and there are some crazy games out there. That's why a lot of games in the genre are either amazing or absolutely horrible.

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To help you avoid the horrible ones, here is a guide to the top five strategy games you should own by the end of this year's Steam Summer Sale.

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History is Hindering the Total War Series https://www.gameskinny.com/prdwz/history-is-hindering-the-total-war-series https://www.gameskinny.com/prdwz/history-is-hindering-the-total-war-series Sun, 29 May 2016 06:19:33 -0400 Ian Ilano

With the release of Total War: Warhammer, Creative Assembly gave fans of the Total War series a menagerie of fictional factions and units to play with. Glorious griffons, giant trolls, and spider-mounted goblins are just a few of the unique selection of units that players have at their disposal.

Recently, it was said that Warhammer was the fastest selling Total War entry yet.

And although it is easy to attribute that achievement to the game's overall refinement and surprisingly stable launch — considering the series' history — I do not think they're the only two factors at work here. The installment's profound success may finally bring to fruition an age-old concern many fans have held for the series:

Creative Assembly's dedication to history may be stifling the potential of the Total War games

Let's not ignore how suave a dwarf-king fighting while on his throne, is.

In the past, each installment of the series was met with a barrage of questions from the fan-base regarding moddability. 

While users have churned out some high quality texture packs and mods that introduce small mechanical improvements, there has always been a small niche of players who wanted something with a little more oomph. Overhauls and mods that introduced units that completely changed the way battles played out were the types these players were looking for. Maybe they were onto something.

To prove my point, let's take a look at one of Total War's most popular mods.

The Third Age is a complete overhaul that brings Lord of the Rings to Medieval II: Total War. Whole factions are replaced, units are changed, and maps are constructed exactly like they were envisioned — down to every last pixel. You can tell yourself that the mod was only successful because it managed to mesh Tolkien's world with Total War, but I believe its a testament to something else.

I've grown accustomed to seeing the same old units duke it out on the battlefield.

You see, history is undoubtedly very boring. The usual catapults, trebuchets, and archers don't do it for me anymore. Epic battles are no longer epic because I've grown so accustomed to seeing the same old units duke it out on the battlefield. As a long-time fan of the series, I've seen my fair share of Samurai; the Huns no longer scare me like they used to.

I commend Creative Assembly for paying tribute to the past, but looking at it now, they're really limiting themselves. 

I would choose a troll over a catapult any day.

You can only work so much with history. However, if you consider the future and fantasy, your options are practically limitless. 

Now, I don't expect to see a modernized Total War game complete with guns and gunships anytime soon, although that would be pretty cool, but I do expect to see Creative Assembly recreating what they made with Warhammer and delving into other fantasy worlds.

Warhammer is great, and it is a small step towards stepping away from tradition.

Perhaps it's time for Creative Assembly to consider injecting a little more fantasy and creativity into their Total War formula.

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Play 7 Total War games for free this weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/tzj2g/play-7-total-war-games-for-free-this-weekend https://www.gameskinny.com/tzj2g/play-7-total-war-games-for-free-this-weekend Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:58:39 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

To celebrate 15 years of Total War, The Creative Assembly is holding a Free Weekend and sale on Steam.

7 of the most recent games in the series will be free to play from now until 6pm GMT on Sunday, June 28th. These include:

All 7 games are also on sale, with ATTILA at 33% off, while the rest are 75% off.

All DLC is 50% off except ATTILA's latest expansion, The Last Roman.

Released today, The Last Roman Campaign Pack includes a huge new campaign map featuring a unique new 'Roman Expedition' faction as one of 5 playable factions with new units, tech, buildings, and gameplay features.

Players play as Belisarius, one of the last great Roman generals, and can choose to follow the Emperor Justinian's orders and retake the former Western Roman Empire, or rebel and attempt to become the new Emperor of Rome.

Total War: ATTILA - The Last Roman Campaign Pack is currently $14.99 on Steam.

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Old Franchises That Are Still Kicking https://www.gameskinny.com/otnvw/old-franchises-that-are-still-kicking https://www.gameskinny.com/otnvw/old-franchises-that-are-still-kicking Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:26:20 -0400 Landon Sommer

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I've never played this series, but it is instantly recognizable to nearly every gamer. The first game came out in 1987 and we have no less than fourteen direct titles in the series not to mention all the spin-off games such as Final Fantasy Tactics. Considering that the video game was considered the creators final attempt at making it a video game franchise, it turned out to be quite a success.

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 What do you think? Are there franchises that should have lasted instead of these? Perhaps a classic that will never see an expansion "because of the market trends?"

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The Elder Scrolls has seen plenty of change in each edition since 1994 and has been better for it every time. While Skyrim felt like a medieval Fallout 3, it still delivered the world in new and exciting ways. The series has come a long way since Arena and has led to Elder Scrolls Online getting plenty of attention.

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The Total War franchise hasn't been around near as long as some of the others on this list, but it has delivered no less than nine titles and has done us the courtesy of revamping two titles, Shogun and Rome, with newer graphics and interface. Every Steam sale seems to offer up huge discounts on this franchise and it's worth it.

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If you have never played before, ease yourself in with one title, before you spend loads on every last one. The interface from the original Rome and Medieval just doesn't age well compared to the improvements the series has seen. Expect to see these games to keep on for a long time, perhaps even compete with Civilization at some point for the title of best strategy game.

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Possibly the greatest turn-based strategy game of all time, Civilization has expanded far beyond the V that was used on its last title. The game has been a constant success even after the creator, Sid Meier, moved it to his new company, Firaxis. Through that time the game spawned; Colonization, Alpha Centauri, Revolution, and the soon to be Beyond Earth. I expect to see versions of this game well past the age where I could even bother to play it anymore.

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Heroes of Might and Magic is an excellent turn-based game that gave you control over magic-wielding heroes and the mystical creatures that would follow them. Each major hero type had its own special skill, like the necromancers bringing their dead back to life as skeleton soldiers.

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The game could be infinitely re-playable. There were plenty of castle types to choose from and even more maps. The spells available added on another layer of variability.

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Honestly, I still think about breaking this one out every once in a while. If only my computer knew how to run DOS. Fortunately, the newer versions still stay true to the original, almost to the point where it seems like you are playing the same game, just with newer graphics and some rules tweaks.

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In 1981, Castle Wolfenstein first made an appearance playable on a Commodore 64, Apple II, and DOS. Wolfenstein has just seen it's newest incarnation just a short time ago with The New Order. If any game is to blame for immortalizing the idea that it's always okay to kill Nazis, this game is it. Thirty-three years later, it's still socially acceptable to kill Nazis in video games.

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The Fallout franchise has been through a lot. Fallout dropped in 1997 and was voted best RPG of the year by the likes of GameSpot and Computer Gaming World. It frequently lands on lists for the "greatest games of all-time." It says something when the game survived the near death of its origin company to be resurrected by Bethesda. In 17 years, we are just now expecting a sixth incarnation of the game or seventh if you count the widely ignored Xbox version.

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Let's face it, we have a few games hidden away, maybe still on diskettes that we love. Games that were awesome to us the first time and we still think about going back and playing one more time even though we know how bad they are compared to today's new standards. Thankfully, places like Steam and Good Old Games give us an opportunity to reach back to the earlier chapters of these franchises.

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Are there franchises that should have lasted instead of these? Perhaps a classic that will never see an expansion "because of the market trends?"

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A List of 10 Bang-For-Your-Buck Games to Watch for on the Steam Summer Sale https://www.gameskinny.com/tr7v0/a-list-of-10-bang-for-your-buck-games-to-watch-for-on-the-steam-summer-sale https://www.gameskinny.com/tr7v0/a-list-of-10-bang-for-your-buck-games-to-watch-for-on-the-steam-summer-sale Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:44:13 -0400 Derek Paulus

The Steam Summer Sale is finally here. It is a celebrated time when gamers from all around abuse their wallets to purchase games they will play for 15 minutes before forgetting them forever to collect virtual dust on the Steam library shelf. 

It doesn't have to be this way, however, and with some research and a little willpower you can restrict your summer Steam purchases to games that will keep pulling you back time and time again. Here are my picks for games to keep tabs on in this year's Steam summer sale that could get you the most for your money. These are either games that allow extensive gameplay, gameplay variety, have strong modding communities, or a combination of the three, regardless of whether or not they have yet been discounted on the Steam summer sale.

10. Garry's Mod 

This is not a game for everyone but if you like a sandbox that allows you to create vehicles, flying machines, structures, and just about anything you can imagine, this is a game for you. Garry's Mod uses Valve's Source game engine to allow players to manipulate objects, meaning you can spend hours crafting and testing your builds.

Sharing items and downloading user-created props is made easy with the Steam Workshop. There are 342,165 entries in the Garry's Mod Workshop at the time of writing this article. If you get bored with the limits of your own imagination, you can always check out the imagination of someone else.

Additional multiplayer game modes are also available, with PropHunt currently being the top rated entry in the Workshop. "Trouble in Terrorist Town" is also a popular multiplayer mode that pits innocents against traitors, requiring social engineering to determine who is the traitor (or to convince others that you are not the traitor).

 

9. Fallout: New Vegas 

This title almost didn't make the list, but after hearing so much about the endless playability from others, I felt it had to be included.

New Vegas seems to have a strong modding community despite releasing back in 2010. The game ends after the main quest is completed, so to get the most for your money, you will want to be sure to download a mod that allows you to continue playing even after you've beat the game.

There are also six inexpensive DLCs available right from the Steam page that can add even more gameplay.

 

8. Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition 

What Borderlands 2 lacks in variety, it makes up for in length of gameplay. If you're looking for a roleplaying first-person shooter that provides lots of gameplay, this may be the game.

While the original Borderlands 2 provided under 100 hours of gameplay for some players, the Game of the Year edition has the potential to offer over 200 hours. With enough of a discount from Steam, this could be a no-brainer buy.

 

7. Total War Series 

Pick the time period that best suits your interest and you will find yourself playing this game for a long time. If you prefer, however, you can purchase the whole series and play even longer if Steam offers the right price.

From Gamespy

Total War offers a single player campaign mode that can continue as long as you want it to. Hours will be spent managing cities, recruiting troops, entering diplomatic negotiations with other nations, and of course, testing your military tactics on the battlefield. If you conquer the world with one nation you can always devise new tactics and conquer with another.

If you need more of a challenge, you can hop into multiplayer and battle one or more opponents to really put your skills to the test.

Moreover, Total War has a healthy modding community, with the Steam Workshop also available for Rome II and Shogun II, allowing players to continually alter their play to experience the game in new ways.

 

6. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 

This game is long. Mind you, the main quest can be completed in a relatively short period of time, but with the variety in character creation, the adventuring, the side quests, and the time you will spend just staring in awe at some of Skyrim's sight-seeing spots, it seems like this game could never be explored to its full extent. 

Many mods are also available that not only tweak various aspects of the game to fit individual preferences, but can also add news storylines and worlds to explore. 

If you want to take a step back in the series, Oblivion is also an excellent choice with huge amounts of gameplay for your money.

 

5. Arma 3 

Multiplayer is where you will likely find the most bang-for-your-buck in this game, though there are many player created missions that you can download if you want to increase your single player experience.

If you don't like putting in a lot of effort (what can sometimes feel like actual work) then this is likely not the game for you. If you're someone who doesn't mind coordinating with other players and traveling to your mission objective for 20 minutes before encountering the enemy, then you will find Arma 3 can keep you entertained for hours at a time. 

 

4. Don't Starve 

Don't Starve is a unique experience that seems to offer players new and strange encounters every time they open the game. 

As a survival game it is no surprise that Don't Starve has the potential to offer lengthy gameplay. What really keeps this game interesting, however, is that you never quite know what you will find. You're thrown into a world that you won't quite understand and seems to continually provide news discoveries, keeping the game fresh for a long time.

A free multiplayer expansion will be released this summer, further increasing the games bang-for-your-buck quality. It would be wise to purchase Don't Starve during this Steam summer sale, however, since the regular price of the game will increase once multiplayer is released.

 

3. X3 Series 

This is not a title I have experience with but from what I have heard, it has tons of replay value. Despite being a single player game with a campaign story, it takes place in an active world where you can expand your space empire through military and trading. This is a game I will likely be checking out.

 

2. Dark Souls 

Despite the second installment of this series being released only months ago, some players expressed the feeling that the original had more replay value, which is why this particular game makes the list. Even so, both games seemed to be praised for this aspect.

Steam offers the Prepare to Die Edition, which features an untold chapter in the story.

 

1. Mount & Blade: Warband 

Warband released in 2010, yet it still seems to be as popular as ever. Much of this has to do with the game's modding community constantly finding new ways to reinvent the game for both singleplayer and multiplayer modes.

From Mountandbladewarband.com

The campaign has players take the role of an adventurer who starts with next to nothing and must build an army and income to slowly make a mark on the land, which by itself can go on without end. Singleplayer mode ends when you want it to. If you get bored with the original singeplayer, there are countless mods for you to download to enhance your experience

The game's multiplayer also has a wealth of mods with an active multiplayer community. With so many mods, it won't be surprising to find that many are no longer active, but you will find many that are. If you have a few friends, however, it can be fun to download a mod together and enter an abandoned mod to play by yourselves.

Additionally, a DLC is available titled Napoleonic Wars, which brings the muskets and cannonballs of the Napoleonic era to the multiplayer game. Spending a few extra bucks on this DLC will open you up to even more mods that can provide even more game experiences. 

 

No doubt many games did not make this list, so feel free to share your bang-for-your-buck picks in the comments. Enjoy the summer, and spend wisely.

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Top Five: Gaming's Best Local Coop https://www.gameskinny.com/aiyyb/top-five-gamings-best-local-coop https://www.gameskinny.com/aiyyb/top-five-gamings-best-local-coop Fri, 10 May 2013 13:08:24 -0400 Alan Bradley

In this era of ubiquitous internet, genuine human interactions oftentimes get short shrift.  Nowhere is this more evident than in gaming, where sitting on a couch with your friends playing your favorite games, a staple of the 8 and 16 bit eras, has taken a backseat to playing online (often with anonymous strangers who happily bombard you with racist and homophobic slurs).

So we wanted to take this opportunity to step back for a moment and applaud those developers who are keeping the local multiplayer torch aflame, be it in split-screen, hotseat, or good old fashioned single-screen coop. 

5. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2

 

Continuing a tradition begun by games like Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance and X-Men Legends, MUA 2 shows us that coop action RPGs of this ilk can still work on modern platforms.  With a sprawling cast of Marvel icons and a staggering amount of side-content, MUA 2 gave us the immediate gratification of frenetic action, while shelling out just enough character progression to keep us hooked.  It also let fans play through one of the most influential recent events in the Marvel universe, the Civil War, pitting brother against brother, hero against hero, and finally letting us find out who would win in a fight between Thor and Hercules.  

4. Medieval II: Total War

Though the vanilla game didn’t ship with hotseat support, dedicated fans have since modded it in by way of the “retrofit mod”, and the result is so entertaining we’d be remiss to not include it in our list.  Playing through Medieval II’s grand campaign alongside friends, weaving intricate alliances or vying for control of Europe, has provided us countless hours of entertainment, but the real depth is provided by a host of other excellent mods.  Want to battle orcs, treants, and ring wraiths across a lovingly rendered map of Middle Earth?  Looking for a detailed recreation of the world of Warhammer, with all its monstrous factions and primitive artillery?  Either way, one of the most dedicated and meticulous modding communities in gaming has your back. 

3. Might and Magic Heroes VI

As long time fans of the Heroes of Might and Magic franchise, we rejoiced when early trailers of the newest game made it clear that couch coop would be a day-one feature.  Though the previous games all have their die-hard adherents, Heroes VI is easily one of our favorites because of the depth of RPG mechanics layered on top of the already massively addictive formula of turn-based monster slaying and faction conquest.  Individual hero units became customizable to an extent not possible in previous games, with multiple sprawling skill trees, a vast array of weapons and equipment, and unique specialties and reputation abilities.  Heroes VI improved on nearly every facet of a genre we’ve loved for years and, best of all, let us play and compete alongside our friends.

2. Civilization V

When Civ V didn’t ship with hotseat support we were admittedly crestfallen, but while we waited (not-so) patiently for it to be patched in, we fell in love with the streamlined elegance of the game anyway.  Civ V is that rarest of achievements, a turn-based strategy game that manages to become more accessible than its predecessors without sacrificing the depth and complexity that hardcore fans crave.  When the team at Firaxis finally did get around to patching in the hotseat mode we’d been clamoring for, Civ V rocketed to the top of our must play strategy list.

1. Borderlands 2

The original Borderlands turned out to be one of the most addictive experiences of this generation, and the sequel improves on the original formula in almost every way.  While it’s taken some heat for not innovating, it’s tough to argue with an “if it ain’t broke” approach to Borderlands.  The sequel and its excellent cadre of expansions continue to entice us close to a year after the core game’s release, inspiring insatiable loot lust and offering some of the best first person shooting available anywhere.  Also, there are few more satisfying experiences than the joy of gunning down an epic boss and seeing hot loot rocket out of its body, surrounded by a roomful of your closest friends.

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