Hangout Steamtroller: Medieval II Total War

By Shamus Posted Tuesday Dec 8, 2015

Filed under: Spoiler Warning 21 comments

For those of you who missed it, or who just want to watch it again, here is the archive of the first half of the hangout we did last week. Josh plays one of the Total War games using the Steam controller. It wasn’t a perfect experience, but it was better than I would have thought possible.

I still really like my Steam controller, but I still haven’t found a good game to use it with.

Link (YouTube)


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21 thoughts on “Hangout Steamtroller: Medieval II Total War

  1. Da Mage says:

    So the big problem with the steam controller in games like Medieval 2 is the repetitive movement. You know the feeling you get in your arm/hands when you do the same action over and over? You’ll get that really quickly with the steam controller in games which are mouse controlled.

    But really, the steam controller is simply another controller, except if you need to drop to desktop it can act as a mouse for you.

  2. Humanoid says:

    I wonder if splitting it into two controllers a’la the Wiimote and Nunchuk combo would help with the fatigue. If nothing else, I’m a fan of being able to point at things (in real life) while remaining in control of whatever it is I’m playing.

  3. Daemian Lucifer says:

    You can still notice that Josh is using a controller and not a mouse.Not with small cursor movements,but its definitely noticeable with longer ones(moving from edge to edge).

    Also,love the windows 10 stupidity.Glory of voice commands everyone!

    Wait,bing window?Whyyyy?

    1. RTBones says:

      Its Microsoft. Bing is baked into multiple areas of Windows 10 – Cortana and Edge among them. Ask Cortana a question (or, in this case, not ask but Cortana assumes Josh did), and she’ll ask Bing, get you answers from Bing, and pop a window to display said answers.

  4. Grimwear says:

    Personally Rome 1 is my favorite. It was also coincidentally the first Total War game I played so that may have something to do with it. Now aside from the major endgame issues with squalor in cities, I really loved the mechanics for unlocking new civilizations. Having to conquer a nation in order to be able to play as them is amazing. For someone like me who is an alt whore in mmos, having a mechanic which promotes beating a nation to then play as them and essentially leap frog my way across the map to get all the options was one of the greatest feelings in the world. It also just makes me sad since now the races you can play are unlocked and if you ever want to get others…dlc. Man I miss the age of actually playing games to unlock content.

  5. Grudgeal says:

    I haven’t played this game in at least a decade. It feels so weird looking at it after having become a habitual Crusader Kings addict. Somehow, the City of the World’s Desire exists in some kind of vacuum and nobody even seems to know where Rome is, and the Roman Empire hasn’t even seen fit to build dirt roads in its core holdings in Greece.

    Oh, and Alexios Komnenos is about 20 years too old. Aaaand he wasn’t emperor until a year after the game starts, and you should be starting out as the 78-year old Nikephoros Botaneiates.

    1. 4th Dimension says:

      While impressive at first sight, total war titles look downright silly after playing some Paradox games which blow TW out of the water in the Historical setup department.

  6. Jsor says:

    The Steam Troller was the lamest supervillain.

    1. Daemian Lucifer says:

      Yeah,he started out ok,but then got all flat.

  7. Seeker8998 says:

    Not sure how many people have played/do play Frozen Synapse, but I’ve become convinced that a Steam Controller is The Correct way to play, which surprised me for a turn-based tactical game.

  8. Dan says:

    I prefers Macs, and there’s no native gamepad controller support on OS X. I’m comfortable finding a third party implemented driver, but I’m guessing many folks aren’t. So, Steam Controller might be a solution for people trying to game on OS X (or Linux?) who want gamepad support.

    Still, that seems like it’s going to be a niche market at best.

  9. Trickquestion says:

    I realize this was a test drive so it’s not fair to expect your regular stupidity in this video, but now you’ve made me really interested in seeing a grand strategy game get the Cuftbert treatment.

    1. Ninety-Three says:

      Now that you’ve put the idea in my head, all I want is to see the Cuftbert lineage in Crusader Kings 2. Which I realize would not actually make for great video, but the idea is there and appealing.

      1. 4th Dimension says:

        We kind of did play something like that as part of a succession game in CK where every poster ets his turn playing one ruler of the Cuftbert dynasty.

        It’s dead now though.

      2. Trickquestion says:

        President Cuftbert colonizes the world in Victoria!

    2. Syal says:

      Like… Shogun 2, as a random example.

      1. Grudgeal says:

        Yes, I agree, that does sound like a rather jolly good idea. Someone should really look into that.

  10. RTBones says:

    Windows 10 stupidity is just hilarious. Next thing you know, Cortana is going to try and join your game and make it multiplayer, whether you want her to or not.

    That aside, this episode does put the spark of an idea in my head. I realize the next Spoiler Warning may be Fallout 4 – which I will enjoy, especially now as I am 20 hrs into the game. BUT – much like Ruts has his various series, and Shamus currently has his Mass Effect series running – could Josh do a Lets Play/SW of a Total War or Paradox game during the season of SW? So, if for example, Josh played CK2 – in a week, we might see an episode of SW, a Diecast, and a Josh Lets Play. You could even do it quasi-Hangout style, in that if Josh streamed while he played, we could watch real-time.

    I realize Josh has a finite amount of time, and this would require additional effort to edit and upload, but it would be fun to watch.

    1. Grudgeal says:

      I like that idea a lot.

      Didn’t they have something like that going on during the AC2 season? It’s been so long ago I can barely remember…

  11. Are you going to post the Mirror’s Edge stream too?

    1. Daemian Lucifer says:

      This is Josh we are talking about.Of course he will not do it.

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