|Source: Country Games № February 2007|
|Source: Country Games № February 2007|
Dying of the plague in the stowed tent near Krakow, Governor Mal Monomakh recalled the siege of Novgorod. Using the departure of the main Russian forces, a detachment of the Hungarians made his way through the gullies and spring thaw in the heart of the Principality, and attacked the capital, protected only by a small militia. Gloomy March morning Hungarians went on the attack. Defenders managed to set fire to the siege tower and battering ram to smash subservient to, and then in turn went to the stairs. Brutal from the long wait and scanty food, Croatian mercenaries stubbornly climbed up, and the men-militia pushes them off the wall blows copies and shields, and then just kicks. Chadyaschimi wreckage of the towers, littered with corpses streets, slanting the rain, whipping the gray roofs of houses, and tired people in his coat, doing the dirty, difficult but necessary work - so Mal, the then prime captain, remember this day.
The standoff ended with the bloody battle of powers under the Bucharest and its capture, the remains of the royal family fled to Jerusalem, seized by Hungary during his crusade. The refugees settled in quite firmly, despite the declared Muslim jihad, and eventually even chop off a couple of provinces in Egypt. Novgorod militia invaded Poland and got stuck there, spraying force covered by the plague and the excitement of the city. Duke of Milan, the Vatican excommunicated for the destruction of fellow Catholics, did not rest on the defeat of the French and left the horns and legs of the Holy Roman Empire. Mongol hordes on the move taken and plundered Yerevan, but then clashed with the Turks and slowed progress on the west, and the Spaniards ousted the Moors from the Iberian Peninsula and moved the fighting on the other side of Gibraltar. Came in 1250 after Christ, the world is mired in a war.
If you do not feel like spending a month living on the passage of the campaign for one of the nations - have the quick battles and historical battles. Confuse indicators of morale, fatigue, lack of arrows? A couple of clicks in the options menu - and here we are playing a simple RTS.
Who wants to take into account every florin, climbs onto the screen of statistics of cities, debit checks with credit, lifts taxes and sit on the provincial governors posmyshlenee yes pouhvatistee. But no one forbids trust computer advisors, if not to throw everything in the urban AI.
Dynastic marriages, advancement in the cardinals the pope, removing unwanted, sowing confusion in enemy cities, and diplomatic intrigues, the fight for precious resources - from the figures of the priests, assassins, princesses, spies, merchants and diplomats on the strategic map dazzled. And that's not counting the armies and fleets! But again, do not want to delve into the details and move this whole fraternity here and there - do not hire. True, miss a lot of interesting and play becomes more difficult.
Actually, there was nothing particularly modifying: in Rome tactical mode close to the ideal. More types of troops, guns - but it was all in the first Medieval. Here we come, perhaps, the main lack of the game: the lion's share of such innovations is only introduced to the series in 2004. The veterans also remembered and the Crusades, and a curse to the Vatican, imagined himself as a medieval UN, and the capture of prisoners, with a subsequent purchase, and the invasion of the Horde ... And what a daimyo pleaded not return rollers, about the life of spies and assassins?
Another thing that holds all of the highest modern level and draws no worse than the old days.Another move - this is only to capture the castle - the scoundrels, the Danes landed marines in the rear, a plague decimated the inhabitants, the guild merchants require a truce with Portugal, it's time to marry his daughter, why have four in the morning, dammit? And so it goes on, with dozens of reports of significant and not very events and reboots after an unsuccessful battle, accompanied by quotations from the Bible, Shakespeare and Machiavelli.
Changed the mechanism of recruitment - the more people in the city, the more troops will stand under the gun in one move. True, if any spearmen breed with almost no restrictions, more powerful units are replenished less frequently. Consequence - even if the enemy held the sea and landing in an unprotected heart of an empire - for the next move was greeted by quite efficient army. A variety of guilds (merchants, thieves, lumberjacks, etc.) that you can build one of the city, in addition to fairly good performance increases of units or revenue, from time to time give favorable assignments. Choose where to establish what is difficult, but necessary.
Merchants - continuous source of specie, especially if you send them to the remote province of exotic goods. However, in this case increases the likelihood that the merchant would start to pocket part of the proceeds. Relationship with the church - a delicate matter. Running errands pontiff is to improve relations with the Vatican, attacked the Catholic neighbors - to excommunication. The trouble is not even the fact that the latter under the pretext gladly takes up arms against the heretics, and the Inquisitor, flooding our province. Despite the titles and ranks, they grab the family members and burning under the approving roar of the crowd. Helps or death excommunicated monarch or pope. Mota on the conditions and train assassins.
But all this is, by and large, rat race, which always recedes before no way clouded joy of battle. No, to disperse a handful of gangsters - not the case for the present commander. Only when the army converge on the army, with the Kings in the lead, and from the east reinforcements arrived, and behind his native Paris, and nowhere to retreat, awaken dormant talents and feel like, if not by Charlemagne, William the Conqueror is really sure. At first, all was quiet, even solemn: rinse the wind banners and banners, horses snorted, fighters corrected straps armor and listen to an impassioned speech warlord. A couple of minutes spent on maneuvers and firing: if you're lucky, the computer finds a hopeless battle and retreat - and then only know Runaway Bay. And if not ...
How to clean green markers underfoot orders: go in the game folder, open the file medieval2.preference.cfg, and put disable_arrow_markers = 1.How disable "fog of war" on the strategic map: press [~] on the strategic map to display the console, after this, type this command toggle_fow. If you enter it again, "the fog of war" will again be included. How to make a strategic map shows the years, rather than moves: go in the game folder \ data \ world \ maps \ campaign \ imperial_campaign, open the file and delete the line descr_strat.txt: show_date_as_turns How to increase or decrease the duration of the year in relation to the trenches : go in the game folder \ data \ world \ maps \ campaign \ imperial_campaign, open the file and look for the option descr_strat.txt timescale 2.00, and then we put, say, 1.00 - then there will be one move - one year, or 0.5 - two of the one-year (summer and winter), or 0,25 - four stroke one year.
The game surprisingly beautiful. Each unit, from peasant to the last of the Timurid elephant with a cannon (!) On the back, recreated in all its details and even a little bit, but it differs from others in the unit. With improved animation and the fact that the wounded and dead covered in blood, the sense of "Clone Wars" has disappeared completely. In the fields of daisies in bloom, the trees in the forests were of normal size, snow, fog and rain with thunderstorms occur much more often and look much more plausible - woe to those who rely on arkebuzerov in bad weather.
Not finished playing for Scotland, you start at the Turks and the Byzantines, then spend a couple of battles in the web, come back to your favorite mountain people, and then download a few mods and pereprohodish campaign for the Russian ... Year 2006 is over, but fun for the whole future is assured. Forward to add?
PS Russian version of "Soft Club" - quite on the level. Especially on the part of public address and leadership. Take it and do not regret it. Localized patch can be downloaded, for example, http://gamershell.com.