This is a wargamer's wargame. There's no nice music. The graphics are barebones. The UI is pretty basic. You'll want to memorize hotkeys. This could have come out in 2010 and nobody would have blinked. What there is are 50+ hours of historical scenarios and campaigns. The famous battles give you a prearranged battlefield and let you pick a side, then customize it a bit. The historical campaigns give you good context on a fixed route while still letting you make flexible decisions about your army's composition and evolution.
It's satisfying to fight those battles well. Finding and exploiting the enemy's weak spots is the only thing that keeps fights from becoming a stalemate decided by random chance. If your tactics and strategy aren't up to snuff, however, the battlefield will feel extremely static as units lock into melee with each other and stay there for the rest of the fight. Once the enemy starts to waver and flee their side's morale can cascade fail, with a single fleeing unit prompting its neighbors to run, then their neighbors, and so on.
Finally, the fights just tend to stick in one place for too long. It's most noticeable in a scenario like Hastings. The battlefield was supposedly a very dynamic place as one side or the other broke formation to pursue the routing enemy, only to be caught up in a counterattack. In Field of Glory 2's model, fleeing troops only rarely rally and come back to the fight, and you can't set up a fake retreat to lure the AI out of position.
The medieval battlefield and thrill of combat is always an exhilarating topic to explore in strategy games. The prevalence of iron-clad and colorful knights, as well as the arrival of large nomad armies provides a lot of interesting and flexible tactical decision-making. Field of Glory 2: Medieval, developed by Byzantine Games and published by Slitherine Software, makes a compelling case to revisit this historical period.
Players will deploy and fight on randomly generated maps with the goal of routing the enemy army off the field and breaking their fighting spirit. Armies are represented by a vast variety of units from different cultures, time periods, and fighting styles. The sheer number of unit types, capabilities, and behaviors provide a huge amount of tactical and strategic depth.
One of the biggest strengths of the Field of Glory series that also can be found in Medieval is its setting and focus on historical accuracy and authenticity. Despite not adding any major mechanical or feature changes, the simple inclusion of the new Knightly Lancer unit type and the prevalence of the Unmaneuverable trait for a majority of units makes combat feel distinctly medieval compared to the ancients setting of the parent installment. In essence, the units themselves and the accurately composed army lists bring history to life on the battlefield.
The longbow units are my personal favorite to come out of Storm of Arrows, as they represent the gradual shift from heavily armed and armored cavalry dominating the field to trained, ranged infantry being the star of the show. While knights and such are still the stars of the show, longbowmen are proficient at cutting through heavily armored enemy lines, and are proficient at fighting in melees to boot. Some of them can even plant stakes, granting themselves a small fortification to defend from and frustrating eager cavalry approaches.
Field of Glory II: Medieval - Storm of Arrows takes players to the battlefields of the Hundred Years' War, where they can engage in accurate and tactical simulations of battle on an epic scale. The DLC adds 95 new army lists, 45 new units, eight new historical scenarios, and 48 more Quick Battle matchups. Players will also be able to face five new historically-based campaigns featuring major leaders and conflicts of the era. Field of Glory II: Medieval - Storm of Arrows is available to purchase now for PC via Steam.
There is certainly no fear of any lack of content or regurgitation of its predecessor. Field of Glory 2 Medieval is very much a standalone game that can stand proudly on its own as among the pantheon of computer wargames. Ultimately Field of Glory 2 Medieval is an excellent recreation and simulation of the miniature wargame that is becoming more difficult to enjoy with your friends during the pandemic. I am glad that I have the opportunity to enjoy it in its full glory. 59ce067264