I like Letís Plays. I count myself as a fan of Retsupurae, Chocolate Hammer, and Spoiler Warning. Recently, I started reading ďJosh Plays Shogun 2Ē, hosted by shamusyoung.com/twentysidedtale. (Good gravy, Iím only two sentences into this, and look at all that advertising. Gimme some money!) After reading up to the most recent post of this Letís Play, I did three things:
1) I sat there, completely stunned that these games had gone completely under my radar (granted, I donít get out much)
2) Put Shogun 2 on my Christmas List and
3) Decided I would check out the other games in the Total War series.
As luck would have it, on a recent trip to Wal-Mart (more advertising!) I found a copy of Shogun 2, as well as a Rome/Medieval 2 combo pack. As Shogun 2 takes a whopping 20GB of hard drive space and I barely have 20 gigs between my partitions as it is, I opted for the less heavy Rome/Medieval 2 package (Donít worry, I plan on getting a larger hard drive for Christmas as well).
For a while, I was on the fence about which game I wanted to install. TV Tropes (money now, please) sealed the deal for me. On a recent Wiki Walk, I found that there was a mod for Medieval 2 called ďHyrule: Total War.Ē Between reading the entry and multiple nerdgasms, I said to myself, ďVery well. Medieval 2 it is.Ē Besides, playing as Italy is kinda like playing as Rome, right?
You might be asking me, ďKarl, why arenít you doing a Letís Play of Hyrule: Total War, then?Ē Or you may be asking yourself why youíre still reading this. Well, to answer your questions:
1) Iím completely new to the whole Total War experience, and I want to start with the Vanilla version before I start modding the hell out of it (as I did with Fallout 3 and Elder Scrolls: Oblivion).
2) It gets better. I hope.
I suppose that I should also mention that I havenít loaded the Kingdoms Expansion that came with the game. When I say Iím playing Vanilla, I mean it!
So, without further ado, Heaven or Hell! Letís Rock!