XIII Century: Death or Glory First Impressions

With gameplay that's comparable to the Total War games, XIII Century will let you relive the great battles of the early Middle Ages.

If you took the popular Total War strategy games, stripped out their overarching turn-based strategic layer, and kept the awesome real-time battles, the resulting game would look a lot like XIII Century: Death or Glory, a real-time tactical game from 1C and developer Unicorn Games Studios that's about the brutal era of medieval warfare.

XIII Century is a game that's about battles, and nothing but battles. It will feature more than 30 of them, divided into five campaigns that cover European history. These include notable battles such as Bouvines, Falkirk, Las Navas de Tolosa, and Lake Peipus, a legendary battle in Russian history that was fought on the surface of a frozen lake. All of the battles aim to historically reconstruct as much as possible, from accurate depictions of the landscape and terrain to the weather conditions and the colorful heraldry of the participants. Of course, how the battle unfolds will be up to you and your skills.

Just looking at the screenshots will tell you that the battles in XIII Century look and feel a lot like those found in Total War. At your command will be a wide range of units, from simple warriors and archers to light cavalry to different types of knights. Each faction has its own unique factions and specialties, as well. For instance, the French have some of the best mounted units in the game with its knights, while the Welsh have the best archers. Meanwhile, the Mongols also make an appearance, and Mongolian cavalry are incredibly swift. These units are armed with the appropriate weapons and equipment, according to historical research.

All of your units will be divided into formations, which is the basic control unit on the battlefield. You simply click on a formation and click somewhere on the map to tell it to move there, or click on an enemy formation to tell it to attack. Selecting multiple formations and click-dragging the mouse lets you play with different formation options on the battlefield, so you can put your foot soldiers in line to face an enemy charge or position your archers in the back of the formation for protection. Victory will go to those commanders that use their units wisely and maneuver them effectively on the battlefield.

The scale of the action is comparable to that of Rome or Medieval: Total War, as you can easily have hundreds, if not thousands, of units on the screen at one time. The visuals are sharp and detailed, and there are subtle variations between each man on the battlefield. If you like medieval warfare tactics, then XIII century is a game worth checking out when it ships. 1C hasn't announced a specific release date, but it is scheduled to ship later this year.

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Discussion

25 comments
chuckmo1234
chuckmo1234

When will strategy games be voice controlled? I like to command not click!!!!! Only one i see coming is EndWar..... Wish the Total War series had voice!!!!!! Also ability to form real formations used - like the turtle, as in Roman tactics

obreja
obreja

i only hope that the game come ´s with something different

masterhannibal
masterhannibal

Medieval 2 wasn't rated over 9.0 cause it wasn't so much different than Rome Total War... (( As u know same everything except for the places and the possible story lines:D lol)). So if XIII Century isn't presenting something new in addition to these apparently traditional unspecial graphics, it will have a low rate and most of people will turn their backs to it, specially that Medieval 2 is releazing an expansion so soon...

death5ter
death5ter

TW's Turn Based Interface makes me play it more longer than playing on the Battle strategic Map. I just hope it'll surpass TW's Battle Strategic Interface, and fun to play.

Spartan809
Spartan809

as a TW vet (played from MTW) you can look on the bright side. since there are isnt a camp. only battles it could but unlikely have more variety in battles. but just stick with TW for now.

Lord_Tigger
Lord_Tigger

2.4 ghz required for blocky horses and cookie cutter troops? The graphics are barely on par with Rome and that game didn't require near that much processor speed.

sam_tram
sam_tram

Looks pretty good but it is too much like the total wars. Plus i don't think it will be as good as them

A_Dying_Wren
A_Dying_Wren

Pfft... the whole point of the total war games were the incredible replay value. i can get the equivalent of this game in custom battles and scenarios in the total war series. a huge pity that medieval was more than slightly dissapointing, essentially being rome with nicer graphics and *ahem* "better" diplomacy

KILLINGEXPRESS
KILLINGEXPRESS

Total war made an impact on osw games it looks like. You cannot remake the remarkable

gugi_nayar
gugi_nayar

isn't looking anything revolutionary :P

lionel_k
lionel_k

this looks like a copy of total war games

radik87
radik87

2.4 ghz, 1Gb ram, 256 mb video (fx 5900 or r 9700) 3 gigs of free space

HOLISI
HOLISI

What is the system requirement?

_Colossus_
_Colossus_

Looks nice. Hopefully not a Total War replica though :)

fuzzier
fuzzier

a copy streight off and the graffic sucks ! what losers could realy think thay would make big money on this..

axelone
axelone

Well, this is basically the real-time part of Medieval 2. Personally, if I want the real-time of Medieval 2, I'd just play Medieval 2! Besides, just battles? Nah, I like the turn-based strategy of the Total War series, makes you feel you're changing history, country, world, etc...

wanzers123
wanzers123

mmmm this game Reminds me something A game i dont remember OHHH MEDIEVAL 2 TOTAL WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lord_Tigger
Lord_Tigger

Hmm. Medieval Combat is fun but it doesn't look to me like there's a lot of variation in the units. Part of the draw of strict combat strategy games is variation on how to make your attacks. Company of Heroes offers variety on how to approach a problem and options to change tactics when something goes bad. On top of it all you can play a scenario over and over in different ways. If Unicorn doesn't provide more than basic cavalry and horses it's gonna be wishing it included a strategy segment. Praetorians is a good example of a game that gets real boring real quick because it's all combat with a handful of units and nothing more.

lokstah
lokstah

Eh; not much to get excited about here. Not yet at least. Whether it's a Total War ripoff or not isn't the point--the point is that it doesn't seem to bring anything significant to the table that TW doesn't already do extremely well. At a glance, it seems to offer less. So... uh... NO, for now.

mobius5010
mobius5010

doesn't look as good as medieval 2 graphics and quality-wise, but it looks ambitious nonetheless.

Eararaldor
Eararaldor

The screenshots don't look as a good as Medieval 2. The lack of a campaign map as well means this is going of my radar.