Reviews for Total War: Shogun 2 DLC - Ikko Ikki Clan
Another interesting clandomenthechief | Aug. 5, 2013 | See all domenthechief's reviews »
Ikko Ikki is a new warrior monk clan you can play in the Shogun 2 Grand campaign. It is a nice addition and the clan itself has some interesting traits. The DLC also adds Warrior-Nuns, Naginata Warrior Monks, new skill tree, new historical battle and more.
They can recruit large units of ashigaru, a bunch of weak soldiers with a high morale, and they can recruit superior warrior monks. However, they cannot recruit metsuke agents and samurai units. Ikko Ikki generals can also convert provinces to their faith, Jodo-Shinshu Buddhism.
Despite not being able to recruit Samurai units, they can recruit Ronins, stronger units than the Samurai but come at the cost of reduced numbers.
This DLC is a must-buy for every Shogun 2 player that is looking for more challenges in the Grand Campaign.
One of the better packs for Shogun 2Antix | April 28, 2013 | See all Antix's reviews »
The Ikko Ikki pack adds a new clan, a new monk hero and a decent mid-late game new monk type unit for all the other clans, along with multiplayer cosmetic items and traits that everyone and their mother uses because they're pretty damn powerful.
The Ikko clan has its own religion that is different from everybody else, so prepare for the rest of Japan to hate you. Their early game units are also a bit less powerful than everybody else's, albeit cheapar, and they also get unique monks and have to hire more expensive ronin instead of samurai. They cannot hire metsuke either. They have one of the best starting locations though, only outclassed by some of the clans near all the trade nodes.
As you can see, the Ikko clan is the most unique clan in the game when it comes to play style, and a lot of their units have their own visual flair to them, unlike the rest of the clans. There's quite a discrepancy between how much effort when into them compared to the other clans in the game that just get slight bonuses to certain things but are otherwise identical to every other clan.
Overall this is a decent piece of DLC and good value for both multi and single player.
Ruthless and I Love itROKET | July 8, 2012 | See all ROKET's reviews »
I didnt know you got so much content with this DLC when I first bought it. I scooped it up with the rest of the DLC and now Im very satisfied. The campaign Ive been playing has been spiced up by the crazy Ikko Ikki and I like it. CA has been doing a decent job so far and I really like Shogun 2. Recommended.
Nice additionBlizniak | July 7, 2012 | See all Blizniak's reviews »
Shogun 2 was a fully-fledged game that's great on it's own but the Ikko Ikki dlc definitely changes the dynamic of the campaign if you're playing some other clan while also adding a pretty difficult clan to play as. The additional units are not particularly interesting but the fact that Ikko Ikki have a different religion than all the other clans makes them interesting. The other additions including a historical battle and stuff for avatar conquest don't really amount to a whole lot but still I would highly recommend buying it if you plan on playing Shogun 2 campaign mode multiple times.
Nice additionlonewolf80 | Aug. 28, 2011 | See all lonewolf80's reviews »
The Ikko-Ikki DLC pack for Shogun 2 is a welcome one. It adds the Ikko-ikki clan to the game, which brings a pleasant change of gameplay style from many of the other clans in the base game. In addition, the inclusion of many new unique units to the Ikko-ikki adds a whole lot of vcariety to the battles as well. Good to have for any Shogun 2 fans, but not a must have.
Not a very good DLC.mevidek | Aug. 19, 2011 | See all mevidek's reviews »
Sure it adds a new clan, but not much initiative to play again. Apart from some bonus items and soldiers, there's no point to get this. Not really adding anything else undermines this DLC, when many other DLCs from various games expand on the game massively. Get this if you're a collector. If not, then stay away.
DecentBertolli | Aug. 13, 2011 | See all Bertolli's reviews »
For the price tag of 4.99 its not a wallet breaker for a decent amount of content however the content isn't really "new". The new clan of the Ikko Ikki plays out the same way every other Shogun clan does. Though a new skill tree and slightly different units, the clan doesn't offer anything new or exciting.
The new units (except warrior nuns) are simply default skinned units the only difference is in certain stats.
The Historical Battle was quite fun, though again not much diversity from a normal battle though luckily this battle was the 1st or 2nd of Nagashima since the 3rd was just a slaughter of monks and civilians XD
Retainers are interesting but offer no real outstanding benfits except to monk units and the armor set is a nice little vanity item though would have been nice if it had a naginata weapon with it but its still a nice set up. This dlc is not really a big miss if you opt out and I suggest you save your buying until the new DLC campaign comes out which hopefully will be alot more interesting
Good dlc, but could be bettervigotski | Aug. 11, 2011 | See all vigotski's reviews »
The new clan is a nice add-on for the game, gives you a whole new challenge and makes you have a better gaming experience. But the price is a bit steep for the amount of new content. If you really enjoy Shogun 2 and/or are a history maniac, you should take a look. Otherwise, skip it. For 5 bucks you can get full games that will be really worth of your time.
Another clanRice77 | July 27, 2011 | See all Rice77's reviews »
Shogun 2 offers a wide variety of clans and this DLC adds one famous japanese clan. The differences between each clan aren't exactly worth 5$ but if you are a fanatic of japanese culture or you want a new clan to play with, buy it.
First of many DLCIganX | July 22, 2011 | See all IganX's reviews »
This DLC doesn't add much content to the game as we could have expected, for it has a very cheap price and offers a new faction with some new units, and not much more. If you have played every faction in Shogun 2 (which are many), and are willing to try a new one, you could like this DLC, but I personally see it as another addition to a game which is fine on its own.
The Start?hotmando1 | June 23, 2011 | See all hotmando1's reviews »
As with the recent trend of overloading the player base with dlc, this dlc may be the start of many. However, it offers more than your average horse armor, two cars, and whatnot. A new race and some bonus items is nice, but not needed. It has a nice balance for players. But the price itself is worth almost the same as some quality games. Surely it could be cheaper? no? But perhaps it may be the start of a chain of dlc...
Disappointing amount of contentPharaohsVizier | May 27, 2011 | See all PharaohsVizier's reviews »
While DLC's are meant to be cheap and minor additions to the game, this $5 DLC is definitely on the cheap side of content and on the heftier side on price. Though $5 is not a lot of money to cry about, I'd say save the money and grab an older Total War title when they go on sale.
Essentially you are getting a few reskinned characters with minor tweaks in the stats. The clans in the original game already played very similar to one another, so the additional of an Ikko Ikki clan didn't make a huge difference. Similarly, the rest of the content are negligible little bonuses that you wouldn't notice unless you play the game to death. For hardcore fans, it IS additional content, some of which may add a few hours of delight, especially since the Ikko Ikki has a difference nuance historically.
It's not entirely a waste of money, but when you see Napoleon Total War or Empire Total War going for $7 from time to time on this site, you have to wonder if your money is better spent elsewhere.