Rated 9 out of 10
by izak1019 This game is everything i exspected it would be
I just piced up my copy of shogun 2 one week ago and i will say this you need a high end computer to play this game im runing on a 46gtxmobile on my laptop and so far all is running smoothly although the game does have a realy long instalation period in my opinion. I found stea to be a nice adition as well because it makes it much easier to play this game with a freind. If i had to say anything though bad about this game is that dx11 is not yet suported but its not alll that big of a deal as it is soon to be released. another flaw though is the dificulty comapred to past total war games as the computer willoften outnumber you or just kick your butt if you are playing at higher than normal dificulty all in though this is an amazing game and iwould recomend it to everybody who has been a total war fan
Rated 10 out of 10 by MarcellusMighty Total War Back In Top Form
After an exciting, but somewhat lacking outing with Empire and Napoleon (But thrilling, nonetheless), the Creative Assembly has once again reached a high point in the Total War series. Though it doesn't quite reach the grand heights of Rome, Shogun 2 is an extremely polished and clean affair that adds an additional layer of depth with all new multiplayer that isn't just for show. In addition to great Total War graphics (soon to be enhanced even more with DirectX 11 effects in an upcoming patch), the game AI has been tweaked to be more realistic and frustratingly clever than ever. Whereas the AI was laughably stupid in Empire, never launching convincing, legitimate assaults on the player's regions, Shogun 2 completely changes the game by making the AI intelligent and cunning. While the player is busy attacking a faction on the eastern borders, the western border may get suddenly ambushed by a power hungry neighbor. This type of play on the campaign map is what keeps every game fresh and thrilling as you play through as different factions. Overall, if you are interested in strategy and epic battles or history, this is an excellent game to jump into.
Rated 6 out of 10 by HangingInthere Another medium- medium/low Total War game.
My biggest complaint would be once again, they need to get back to the basics. Medieval II was, in my opinion the last GREAT Total War. The Empire, Napoleon, ect... really went downhill and unfortunately, Shogun 2 is right along the same lines. The complications of playing the large strategic mag need to be kept to a min, b/c the tactical battles are what makes the game fun. In Shogun 2, the battles are good. The AI is impressive, graphics are good, (although I don't care for the rings and range tellers that come up every time you highlight a unit, it was more fun to learn those things on your own over time) but the strategic map is complicated and in-depth. With each province, like the other recent total wars, having many structures to keep up with. I find myself back doing admin duties the vast majority of the game, which, if you fail to do, you fall behind, where as I want to click a city, build a building, create an army and slaughter some enemies. Yes you can have auto manage do it for you, but then you end up with what you don't need, when you don't need it. So... bottom line, it's okay, not great, will kill some time and the online multiplayer is pretty cool. Rome, Medieval II.... GREAT Games, this one,... not so much.
Rated 0 out of 10 by WinMEBackSEGA TW veterans come back
I'm ready many like me who gave on up on the Total War series after Empire and Napoleon. This is the game that will bring those people back, me included. After playing the Demo with some MODS, the immersion is back. The graphics are simply jaw dropping and the attention to detail incredible. The music and art style excellent. The animations plenty and the number of moving parts per unit almost brings them to life. In prior version the units did not have enough moving parts to make it immersive for me, turns were too long, and the gun era was a turn off. Welcome back to the days of hand vs hand combat. It looks like they really poured effort in to this one. Total War veterans unit, this looks to be the one that brings us back to the series finally.
Rated 0 out of 10 by DamianSpite System Requirements
Minimum Specs (Required for playing Total War: Shogun 2):
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
Recommended Specs (Recommended for optimum game play of Total War: Shogun 2):
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
Rated 10 out of 10 by MightyMOOSE Masterpiece Game. Banzai!
If you are like me and played Shogun and Medieval games, then this is a MUST-get game. The battles are epic and you can zoom in (like before) to see the individual soldiers fighting one another. Lasting Appeal for this game is over the charts for me. I was super excited to get this game when it came and I am still playing it when I have the urge to command a huge army and prepare for a total war epic battle against the Ashikaga Shogunate. I am pretty knowledgeable about certain areas of Japanese history and they get a lot of the names and history correct. I am just being nit-picky but I was a bit disappointed when they excluded the names of famous generals that were not directly related to the major clan families. I only say this because the FIRST Shogun game had these generals like Yamamoto Kansuke, Kato Kiyomasa and Fukushima Masanori that popped out as you controlled more and more units. But even without these nit-picky historical details, I love the way they incorporated almost everything from previous games and made it that much better. You definitely get to pick and choose the course of Japanese history. Also, there's new DLCs that have come out that have added EVEN MORE to this game. If you love strategy games, this is definitely a new high. Epic Battles. Samurais. Ninjas. Historical accuracy. Awesome graphics. What more can you ask for?
Rated 1 out of 10 by ArcSet Almost perfect but not quite
I would love to sit here and say this game is great, and it is in single player. Single Player is amazing....if you like playing by yourself this game is perfect. BUT if you prefer Network Play this game is BAD. I cant finish any network game without getting a out of sync issue. I bought this game 2 times....one for me and a friend to play. We haven't been able to finish one game together without the game freezing and going out of sync. Which means the game gets corrupted and you have to start a new fresh game. I will NOT by another game from them until they fix the network issue.
Rated 9 out of 10 by Uziel A RTS Masterpiece
I wasn't going to Buy Shogun 2 at first but decided to go for it and, I'm Glad i did. While The Gameplay can Be a Bit off putting Especially If you haven't played a Total war Game Before, It is Extremely Easy TO Pick Up. There are No Bases To build, Just Towns That you Upgrade buy Purchasing Structures that Increase your Economy or Allow you To Train Different Units. The Gameplay Is Very Smooth and Fluid, And that Battles are Intense, Especially if you have the Computer to zoom all the Way in and Watch the Blow By Blow Fights. Possibly one of the BEST RTS games Ive Ever played.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Blur Demo up -- much improved
Of course the demo doesn't give a full experience, but i definitely liked the game much better. The AI is improved (but i think could be better, but I'm sure a mod will fix that), campaign is more enjoyable and easier to navigate. The problem i see though, is that they streamlined the game, (in units especially) too bring it back to the feel of the first three. So that might be a negative aspect, since it really doesn't have too much unit diversity.
Rated 0 out of 10 by Ian81 Best Total War yet
Just finished up the demo that was released for this game and after playing all of the other total war games in the series this by far appears to be the best. The art, graphics and attention to detail that was put into this game is amazing. The battles seem fun and challenging and the campaign map is gorgeous. Ive already preordered and am dying to get my hands on the full game.