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.
A Brilliant gamepsbj129 | June 17, 2013 | See all psbj129's reviews »
A great strategy game, with several improvement over others in the series especially the AI, it also improve other factors such as the real time battles and unit replenishment.
Grand strategytumador | June 13, 2013 | See all tumador's reviews »
If your a fan of the series you probably know what to expect, if not i think its a great place to jump in. This and rome total war are personal favourites. If your unfamiliar with the typical total war "grand strategy" it can be a little daunting and the game doesn't do an amazing job of helping the player acclimate. Stick with it though and you start to appreciate the complexity of its mechanics, due to its slower pace every move matters and there is always a multitude of factors to take into account (facing, fatigue, general placement, formation etc...)
Thee appeal comes from how apparent the strategy is, even to a new player. You aren't required to learn crazy build orders or click 1000 times a minute to get to and appreciate the act of outsmarting an opponent.
Graphics wise the game is beautiful (if your pc can handle it). The game is a bit of a hybrid between civilization and more traditional RTS, so if your a fan of civ (alongside the obvious RTS) i would give it a try.
Fans will enjoy itDanielZo0 | June 12, 2013 | See all DanielZo0's reviews »
Shogun 2 Total War is not really a new instalment in the Total War franchise, more like a polished version of the first one, with a batch of new features and fancy graphics. But thats not really a bad thing, the Total War franchise has been a dominant player in the Turn based strategy gaming world ever since Rome: Total War. This game has no real story, the only objective is very simple....take over Japan. There are a couple of problems with this though, the developers pushed hard to emphasize that you play "however you want" through diplomacy, espionage, or through total military action, but the only way you will EVER win is with total military action. Another lingering problem that has haunted the Total War series is the incapable auto-managing AI, which will constantly raise taxes to the maximum level whenever it is engaged. This lack of any support from the AI to help manage your towns and cities is stressful at times, and doesn't add any real fun to game play, only frustration as you sit their trying to prevent rebellions and not going bankrupt. Another problem is the lack of any diversity between factions, as is, their isnt any...at all, they are virtually the same faction with different coloured armour and a few special bonuses to a select few major factions, unlike other total war games in recent memory, you will get extremely bored with each faction, and sometimes, even forget what faction your actually playing at times, although the developers cannot be specifically blamed for this since, well, it takes place on Japan, and diversity on a secluded island doesn't really exist.
Other than those little nagging issues, this game is almost identical to other games in the series, with nothing really new added onto it, but it's still a damn good game, and will take up hours of your day at a time once you get really into it. And with better looking graphics and a simplified interface, this game should go on any Total War fans "To buy" list.
Fight for the country of the sunDunkerGZ | June 10, 2013 | See all DunkerGZ's reviews »
Total war seriers are bact to their origins, returning once again to feudal Japan. If u like clasic japanese history and aesthetics you will really enjoy this game. Gameplaywise the game inproves in some aspects and the campaing mode adds this time brand new and interest caracters. Mut-buy for every strategy fan.
Greatcaptainstark | June 9, 2013 | See all captainstark's reviews »
This game is one of the best total war games there is, you must buy this if you love any total war game and if you love Japan. The computer player can be improved but that doesn't stop this from being a great game.