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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.
2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor / 2.6 GHz Intel Single Core processor, or AMD equivalent (with SSE2)
1GB RAM (XP), 2GB RAM (Vista / Windows7)
256 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card (shader model 3)
1024×768 minimum screen resolution
20GB free hard disk space
2nd Generation Intel® Core™i5 processor (or greater), or AMD equivalent
2GB RAM (XP), 4GB RAM (Vista / Windows7)
AMD Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 series graphics cards or equivalent DirectX 11 compatible graphics card
1280×1024 minimum screen resolution
20GB free hard disk space
Shogun 2 is a great game for combat strategy. for a turn based game the graphics are very good. Music and sounds are better then what you would expect to hear in a game focusing on visuals. On sale or full price a great deal anyway you can get it.
Total War Shogun 2, after Empire and Napoleon, is a refreshing return to the focus on more primitive weapons. The combat is as strong and satisfying as ever. My particular favorite unit tree is archers, which feel amazing to use. The impact of the arrows on the enemy is outstanding, and I have never felt it in a previous Total War game. I like the setting, though it is largely subjective. However, I feel the setting was a good fit for a Total War game regardless, though it loses some of it's grandness when not fighting somewhere like America or Europe. The time period, which was rife with betrayal, alliance, war, and general diplomatic shakiness, definitely matches up with the behavior of the AI and makes for an exciting game. The game-play in general is great; it has all the mainstays of the Total War franchise, and most added or tweaked features are great and enhance the experience. The features, whether they were in other games or not, some of the features I particularly liked are these: You can make other clans vassal nations if they have very few provinces and they feel threatened; Your armies suffer attrition during the winter months; The family tree comes back, a little. The AI does feel a bit less rational to me then before, but I may be imagining things. Diplomatic relations are good as ever, though in my games I have felt the AI gets hostile very quickly, which I personally do not mind, but some people who prefer a diplomatic game might dislike. The graphics are great, though there is not a huge improvement over previous Total War games. It runs fine on my machine, which is a high-end to medium gaming computer as of time of writing this. I occasionally lag with particle effects, and there are occasional unexplained lag spikes, and I have had one crash. However, these are far and few between and most definitely do not hinder game-play. The modding scene stands out to me. With a small amount of effort, you will almost surely find mods to fix whatever gripe you have with the game, as well as mods to improve it. I personally run Darthmod along with a few workshop mods. I honestly cannot find anything I dislike that is sensible to complain about. It is a great game, though it does not totally feel like a Total War game at times, and would be a great addition to anyone's strategy game collection.
As Shogun Total War was the first of the total war games i had ever played it had a very close place in my heart. So when they were making a second one I was both very excited and concerned and after how terrible of a game Empire Total War turned out to be I was worried that maybe they were starting to loose their touch. But it seems like they have learned from the mistakes of their past and have made one awesome game. There are a few flaws to be sure. like the fact that artillery in this game never seems to miss and will just wipe out an entire unite, for the most part the the battles are solid. Managing the world is fun and you dont have to use cheat codes just to stay in the black in your finances. all in all if you are looking for a 4x game or like other total war games then there is no reason you shouldn't buy this one.
For fans of the Total War series, Japan, 4X and Real Time strategy. Shogun 2 ties together the empire building of the Civ games with the intense strategy of many RTS games. Shogun 2 is a hardcore strategy game. You're going to be building an empire where one mistake costs you the game. So many factors can dictate your success that it may become a little overwhelming. For the competitive type, there is a solely-RTS multiplayer mode, allowing you and a clan of your friends to takeover a ficticious Japan.
I have been out of the 'strategy games' loop for so long. I grew up playing RTS (franchises like C&C). After seeing many glowing reviews of Total War: Shogun 2, I thought it might be time to invest in strategy again. And what an experience this is. The Total War franchise excels at bringing the best of RTS and Turn-Based Strategy. It is one thing to be planning out economic and development plans. It becomes a completely different experience once you go into battle and the real-time element kicks in. Also, given the niche (Japanese history) it revolves around, it is well executed. I am no expert on the accuracy of the facts, but I am enjoying it nevertheless. Given I am a newcomer to this type of games, it took me almost 8 hours to go through all the tutorials. Those were an experience of their own. The game features a good variety of units and I am particularly happy with wars both on land and in sea. Overall, I really like both the depth and breadth of this game. It manages to cover most bases when it comes to strategy. Highly recommended!
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