Total War: Shogun 2
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"The series has scaled down from Empire but lost none of the drama or excitement. The smaller scale makes it easier to appreciate all the things the game does right." - Escapist.com
"A polished, smart, generous, elegant, and bold strategy game." - 1Up.com
Total War™: Shogun 2, the sixth instalment of The Creative Assembly's multi award-winning Total War™ strategy franchise on PC. Total War: Shogun 2 returns to Feudal Japan 10 years after the release of the original Shogun: Total War™, and sees Creative Assembly using a wealth of new ideas and development experience to make Shogun 2 the revolutionary strategy game that their first title has proven to be.
It is the middle of the 16th Century in Feudal Japan. The country, once ruled by a unified government, is now split into many warring clans. Players take on the role of one Daimyo, the clan leader, and will use military engagements, economics and diplomacy to achieve the ultimate goal, re-unite Japan under his supreme command and become the new Shogun – the undisputed ruler of a pacified nation.
New to Total War in Shogun 2:
New RPG skills and experience for your Generals and Agents.
New Multi-stage Sieges - scaling the walls is only the beginning!
New Hero units inspire your men and carve through the enemy.
New rotating 3D campaign map.
Total War: Shogun 2 features full 3D battles via land and sea, which made a name for the series, as well as the tactical campaign map that many refer to as the heart and soul of Total War. Featuring a brand new AI system inspired by the scriptures that influenced Japanese warfare, the millennia old Chinese "Art of War", the Creative Assembly brings the wisdom of Master Sun Tsu to Total War: Shogun 2. Analysing this ancient text enabled the Creative Assembly to implement easy to understand yet deep strategical gameplay.
Battle online and experience the main campaign in two-player mode. Then join epic online battles with up to 8 players and lead your online army to glory in special campaigns.
10 Playable clans ranging from the large and powerful to the tiny and weak.
Pre-Battle speeches with Generals inspiring their men before engaging.
Much improved terrain and environments, mountains in battle and new environments.
The four seasons on the battlefield. Autumn leaves to summer sun.
Total War Encyclopaedia, an archive of all the units and history in the game accessible from the menu.
Morale boosting buildings, capturing temples on the battlefield offers reward.
All new historical land battles, drawn from the period.
Coastal battles; fight naval engagements of the coast of Japan navigating islands and land.
One of my favorite strategy titleslap229 | March 5, 2014 | See all lap229's reviews »
As a new player to the Total War series i was unsure about purchasing this game but, when playing, this game feel like the perfect mix of turn based strategy and fast paced, tactical combat. The artwork, graphics and attention to detail in this game are phenomenal form cherry blossom leaves falling in the spring to unit formations called barking pine tree. This game stands out from previous total war titles with the much needed co-op campaign, no longer in a multi-player campaign must the players turn on each other at the end to reach victory, in Shogun 2 victory is fully cooperative. All in all Shogun 2 is one of my favorite strategy games and stands out as the best in the total war series.
Definitely not a shamefull displayvaderbe | Jan. 23, 2014 | See all vaderbe's reviews »
I've been a big fan of the Total War franchise since I first played Rome back in the day, and kinda left it when Shogun 2 came out. I thought the setting wouldn't really be my thing, boy was I proven wrong...
I bought the Grand Master collection, which includes Shogun 2 + a lot of DLC. I definitely recommend this collection to any Strategy-fan out there.
The campaign is brilliant, and without a doubt the best ever in a Total War game. The family trees really make a father out of you: you just want your sons and daughters to do good. It"s really immersive.
The battles are epic, especially with the blood and gore pack, which I strongly recommend. Every unit is well balanced, and every clan in the game has its own speciality so you will have to know your enemy to succeed.
The graphics and animations are also the best ever. You can easily just watch 1000 samurai go at each other for an our, and not get bored. The game runs really smooth as well.
Normally I give a few negative remarks at the end of my review for a good game, to put things in perspective. But I just can"t think of any. If you're a fan of the genre, it's a sin not to have played this game. So go get it and bring honour to your Daimo!
One of the best strategy games ever madeSganotak | Jan. 16, 2014 | See all Sganotak's reviews »
Shogun 2 is not only the best Total War game ever made, but also one of the best strategy games of all time.
It's set in the 16th century feudal Japan and your ultimate goal is to become Shogun by conquering Japan.You play as one of many available clans, with each one having a different specialty (the Chokosabe are superior archers while the Shimazu have the best katana samurai for example). Your starting position and neighbors play a large role in the initial challenge so each clan needs to be approached differently
The game is significantly harder than previous Total War entries. This is mainly owed to the fact, that the economy of the game is very strict and hard to manage and requires clever managing. The AI also is a lot more human like and it will provoke to establish an alliance or trade agreements with you through Diplomacy. What I really love about the AI in this game it wants to become Shogun as much as you, so it can try to trick you, manipulate you and blackmail you. The game is equally challenging in both early game and late game, as in the beginning you will have to build a strong foundation for your clan while in the end game you will have to defend yourself from the other powerful clans that will try overthrow you after witnessing your rise to power.
The graphics are amazing. The environments are beautiful and the attention to detail is outstanding. Each unit is very detail and when two armies engage in combat the battle animations are awesome and immensely satisfying
The art direction is one of the strongest points of this game. The UI, the Map, the menus are all hand drawn in japanese fashion which really adds a lot of immersion to the game. The ancient Japanese music that plays during the campaign or during battles also fits the game perfectly.
One minor issue I had with the game was the little number of units available. I know this is supposed to take place in a single continent but the devs could easily make the troops of each clan have a unique design. Fortunately there are lots of mods that can address that
There is also an updated Multiplayer component for the game which features a lot of new additions, like Co-op and head to head campaigns, an avatar conquest mode and real time custom battles.
To conclude, Shogun 2 elevated the Total War franchise to a new level and it's certainly worth a purchase, whether you're a casual or hardcore strategy fan.
An Honorable Titlexiluxpain | Jan. 10, 2014 | See all xiluxpain's reviews »
For those who are familiar with the Total War series, Total War: Shogun 2 is the one that could be labelled as perfection. In Shogun 2, you play as one of the many factions in a quest to become the Shogun, and to ultimately unify Japan.
What makes this title the absolute best of its series is the balance. In previous titles, you could easily be out-performed by anyone who focused on production. Those who loved to war would be out-classed by the factions who worked on finances and pumping out much higher tiered units. It was impossible to use the weakest unit to defeat the best unit,. Shogun 2 offers the balance to collapse that very mindset. In this title, the weakest unit is known as an "ashigaru," which is similar to peasants. Believe it or not, it is very possible to win with an ashigaru only army from start to finish.
Total War: Shogun 2 steals the audience with ease through their family organization and promotion of generals, separate skill trees that give a unique play each game, and unique faction bonuses which give you many methods of victory. Alliances are no longer useless, as many will keep loyal to their oaths. It is no longer a straight-forward kill and win game, but one that requires careful planning, or face the wrath of early realm divide.
My Favorite Total WarBytrine | Nov. 22, 2013 | See all Bytrine's reviews »
This may be the best Total War yet. You're a Shogun of a clan, one clan out of the many you get to choose from. Each clan has it's own set of perks and abilities which make you really think what you want to do as a leader. Not only that, you have two distinct paths to go down on. Want to follow the art of war? Or Chi? Well, each trait you unlock helps you. Issues? Well, the AI does get bugged out most of the time, sometimes the AI cheats on Naval Battles, and there is 'Realm Divide'. Realm Divide is when you get so much power all of the clans (Allies, Vassals, Enemies, Trade Partners) will turn on you. It's extremely hard, but there has been mods created to dumb down the effect. I recommend you buy this game, it's well worth it.