Play Total War Games for Free This Weekend to Celebrate 15-Year Anniversary

Classic Total War games get re-released as much of the series is discounted on Steam.

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This month marks the 15-year anniversary of The Creative Assembly's Total War strategy series, and to celebrate, the company is doing several things. This includes re-releasing the oldest games in the series on Steam, discounting most of the franchise, and allowing six games to be played for free this weekend.

The Gold editions of both Shogun: Total War and Medieval: Total War, the first two Total War games, are now available on Steam for $10 each. According to The Creative Assembly, this marks the first time they've appeared on the platform, and both are compatible with modern resolutions.

Total War: Attila
Total War: Attila

If you're looking for something more modern, you can play the most recent games in the series for free from now until Sunday, June 28, at 10 AM Pacific. The full list includes:

Should you want to keep playing beyond this weekend, discounts are being offered on Steam for almost every Total War game and their respective DLC. This includes Attila, released this past February, which can be had for $15.

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One thing that isn't featured in the sale is The Last Roman expansion pack for Attila, which makes its debut today. In addition to this, Attila has received some new, free DLC consisting of a new faction and historical battle.

A number of other Total War games are currently in development, including Total War: Warhammer, Total War: Arena, and Total War Battles: Kingdom.

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jalen_222

Celebrating 15 years of making Millions of dollars by publishing expensive games at least a year before they were playable.

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Remco187

@jalen_222: Only Empire and Rome 2 were unplayable at release, and this unplayable at release stuff has allot to do with the gaming market becoming ever more digital, in the ancient past when a release was a hard copy it was allot harder to release that as a bug broken mess since it had to assume many buyers did not have the option to update it with a connection so whatever was put on that hardcopy had to be in an "acceptable" state, only now that nearly all games expect/demand you have a connection companys feel allot more freely to release something to early and just iron it out with patches aftherwards.

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jalen_222

@Remco187: Really !? you evidently forget that their very first game, Shogun, was so bad that special websites were created by gamers to help people to try to figure out how to get it to work. I don't recall any other game where this was necessary. I personally had difficulty with most every title I bought from them: unfinished, unplayable, glitches ... When the games finally get fixed, they're great, but BOY it's infuriating up till then. And that can take a long time and many patches. This has gone so long that you have to wonder if it isn't criminal. Rome 2's release was preempted by deliberate false advertising - depictions and promises about the game that have never actually manifested. In a word: false advertising. Fraud. How game makers continually get away with this stuff is shocking. They seem to be untouchable.

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MXVIII

@jalen_222: I played both the Original Shogun, and its expansion, and NEVER experienced any problems. I only experienced problems when swtiching to newer Operating Systems, because the game was so old.

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jalen_222

@MXVIII: Good on you. But this certainly wasn't the case with many gamers. And still isn't.

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MXVIII

@jalen_222: Thats not how I remember it. Being part of the Creative Assembly community since Shogun, I hav ent heard any major complaints until Empire: Total War. Before then the games came out pretty good, Yeah of course there are bugs. EVERY game releases with a few issues, but Empire, and Rome II were complete travesties. No other Total War game ever came close to that kind of failure.

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jalen_222

@MXVIII: You should check it out then - cuz I'm not lying. I'm glad your experience has been good for the most part - but that has not been the case with many gamers. In fact, CA has a earned a negative reputation for this kind of thing. There is NO EXCUSE for releasing games before they are finished or playable. And CA has done this repeatedly.

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spud_almighty

I bet they only play the ones with the pretty graphics. Such a waste.

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pboontap

Not entirely sure this is a good idea for CA. Folks are just as likely to play Rome or Medieval II and go "WTF HAPPENED!?!?". Those were the high water mark for the series. its been all downhill since then.

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Caldrin

Series was awesome.. up until they decided to sell you a game for £40 then a few days after release start selling DLC packs for £10.. "ah yes buy these 3 factions for £10 honest we didnt just take them out of the game before release so we could sell them to you"

Sorry no more money from me..

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Pyrosa

Excited about Warhammer...

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QuothAge

I still have the original Medieval in its box in a box somewhere. But somehow the idea of spending another £10 on it doesnt seem offensive.

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dylandr

@quothage: If the box is in a good state you could sell the original for a nice buck :p

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QuothAge

@dylandr: not a bad idea!

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dylandr

@quothage: aye :)

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HecHocceH

Finally! FINALLY!!!!! Medieval: Total War is back! My god I'm gonna faint! I've been waiting for it for 13 years! The best game in the series.

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dylandr
@HecHocceH said:

My god I'm gonna faint!

Need some water?

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HecHocceH

@dylandr: I've got plenty of water in my eyes!

*falls face first into the keyboard, overwhelmed with happiness*

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dylandr

@HecHocceH: *waves a magazine your way to get you some fresh air*

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dylandr

So when will they ditch that 15 year old engine and get something less glitchy?

i wasn't even able to play as my troops just ignored my commands the majority of the time (and every ranged person never had ammo)

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pboontap

@dylandr: the engine was replaced with Empire. note that the game went downhill from there on out

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dylandr

@pboontap: yep

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BigFeef

The series used to be good; but ever since Empire, the games just revolve around multiple overpriced DLCs. Even so, Shogun 2 was still one of the best games of the series. Too bad Rome 2 came along to remind long time fans of the series what these games are truly about now...

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coop36

So is Rome 2 playable now? I know its had a million patches but I gave up on playing it because of the constant crashes.

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ReaperFifth

@coop36: It's playable, but it's not good, look into some overhaul mods on the steam workshop, Darth mod and Divide et impera are good places to start.

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coop36

@reaperfifth: Cool thanks! I thought for some reason that there wouldnt be anymore Darth Mods because Creative Assembly offended him somehow? Eh

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ReaperFifth

@coop36: Apologies, you are right. I meant Radious not Darth.

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NothingForMoney

Happy Birthday!

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uninspiredcup

If you're new to the series your best starting point is probably Shogun 2, which is also arguably the best.

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coop36

@uninspiredcup: Yeah I started with Shogun 2 and it is very streamlined in comparison. Empire is probably my favorite to be honest, but thats just because of the time period. The ship battles bore me in all the games though.

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UltimateBastard

@coop36: that's strange, I would have said the ship battles in empire where the only thing that kept the game afloat (excuse the pun). I thought the land battles where the worst of all the games in the series.

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normanislost

@uninspiredcup: nah if you're new to the series the ideal starting point is Rome 1 then shogun 2 or medieval2

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uninspiredcup

@normanislost Not sure why you suggested those. Shogun 2 is the most streamlined and easiest to get into of the franchise. It also features RPG elements that will appeal to a broader spectrum.

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UltimateBastard

@uninspiredcup: Yeah I'd agree with that. For beginners shogun 2 would definitely be the most streamlined and the easiest to get into and understand. But I'd also say rome and medieval 2 where the best to play. I always thought the map of Japan was to boring and you always ended up doing more or less the same thing

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Ultramarinus

Total War turned out to be the best enduring RTS game series of all-time. Cheers!

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normanislost

@Ultramarinus: shame sega has noticed this and been leaning on creative assembly to heavily because it's really affecting the quality and the shit ton of DLC factions

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megatronx2

I wanted original Shogun, but that's bit pricy for such old games. I just sent them an email asking if they'd consider putting it on sale too?

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SphinxDemon

So to any proper takers... is attila worth the 15$? Or should i just stick with rome 2 and shogun 2? Thanks in advance!

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UltimateBastard

@SphinxDemon: Yeah I'll second that, its free to play so what better opportunity to find out for yourself. Personally I think rome 2 was the greatest disappointment in the series and possibly with any computer game I've ever been anticipating, followed closely by attila which is just an expansion of rome 2. Even now after all the glitch and bug fixes it's fundamentally not a good game. They changed to much on the campaign map compared to previous games and very little, if any, was for the better. If I where you I'd spend that money on medieval 2 or the original rome (if you don't already own them) as they where, and still are, the best games in the series.

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normanislost

@SphinxDemon: well it's free to play it this weekend so try it yourself

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ReaperFifth

Just remaster Rome 1 please, Graphics, AI, Unit rebalance, additional factions, multiplayer campaign. I would pay at least £100 for this.

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pboontap

@reaperfifth: uh there are a great deal of mods that do exactly those things, and they be free! i recommend Europa Barbarorum, best classical history lesson one can get for free to boot!

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ReaperFifth

@pboontap: Really, Mods added multiplayer campaign. I don't think so. Also if CA did it it would unify the player base. Mods, while great, just dilute the player base.

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pboontap

@reaperfifth: BEHOLD

http://www.twcenter.net/forums/showthread.php?643497-EB-Multiplayer-Main-thread

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