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 game guide or manual is a must if it's your 1st TWwongheungwing | May 16, 2013 | See all wongheungwing's reviews »
First of all, this game is not bad, not at all. The fighting animation is very good, as shown in the demo video and sample photos.
It's just that the text size of the in-game instruction is ridiculously small, making it very uncomfortable, and maybe impossible, to read the instruction. It's so helpless to the point that I don't really know how to play the game as it's my first Total War. Just Google "small font size" and "Total War Shogun 2", and you will know that it's not just my problem.
My conclusion: Maybe 80 if you have played other TW games, but just 60 or lower if you have not. I will try my best to learn how to play this game and revise the review later. But I'm quite sure my review is the first impression of those who are new to TW.
My Favorite Total WarElitistCuisine | May 16, 2013 | See all ElitistCuisine's reviews »
As I stated, this is my favorite Total War in the series. It is one of the most polished, I have observed, out of the rest of the series. The sieges are fantastic, defending and attacking, the campaign mechanics are engaging and rewarding, and the game is downright beautiful. When you look upon a whole castle burning, it doesn't just feel like a pretty screensaver that gleefully makes you feel like an excellent commander.
A game of dronescesog | May 15, 2013 | See all cesog's reviews »
This game is a great grand strategy game for those interested in Japan and massive armies.
The Graphics are outstanding, including individual soldiers being pierced by swords, spears, and arrows. The blood pack makes the game incredibly gory, which is potentially a great thing.
The AI is bad, but fixable by downloading Darth mod.
I would recommend this game to strategy players.
A great gamehieufox | May 10, 2013 | See all hieufox's reviews »
A really fun game. It makes a new way Total war games are meant to. With fall of the samurai it adds more guns which is even better. The SHogun 2 itself is much like the original with those great clips of the assassinations. The events in the game really make it great. The clans are pretty unique too. It is fun to experiment with units in the game. The graphics are great on maximum settings. Best total war to date.
Total war shogun 2Calwong | May 7, 2013 | See all Calwong's reviews »
One of the best total war games I have played.
Beautiful graphics campaign maps and the battle maps are as well also the animations when soldiers are fighting are great as you can zoom in very far to see all the action.
The only problem I have with is is that you can't play more than 2 players on multiplayer campaign (co-op) as I would mind waiting longer for my turn, since I'm a person how likes to watch and I just like the option there to have more than 2 players, its would be more of a challenge if it was pvp and more help if you're new to this game and need quite a lot of help.