Shogun 2: Total War
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
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
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.
the best yet.
I have played every total war in the series. Having been with the series for over ten years, I have had my frustrations and my joys playing the Total War games. If you're new to the series and find it difficult to keep track of five, ten, or even twenty things at a time, then this game can feel overwhelming. Those of you who have been with the series for a while probably figured that out back in Rome: Total War.
But, Shogun 2 is a whole new level of depth, immersion, challenge, and fun. The AI is smart. If you march your entire army away from the capital, you're going to lose your capital. On the battlefield, the enemy finally figured out that hills provide better defense than valleys, and 500 troops can hold a castle against an attacking army of 1,000.
Managing the economic and civic components of the game requires an eye on the "Mastery of the Arts" panel, aggressive diplomacy (apparently the clans don't like making trade agreements without a couple thousand dollars in bribes), and strategic management of food supplies and financial foresight. All told, the campaign map is a game in and of itself.
Graphically speaking, there hasn't been a better-looking Total War, which makes sense. But, the level of detail, from arrow-ridden corpses on the battlefields to cherry blossoms in spring, is truly quite breath taking. I love attacking strongholds and scanning the map before deployment to look at a waterfall pouring into a dramatic bay below, the fissure separated by a time-appropriate bridge straight out of Mr. Miyagi's back yard. Then, before resorting to time-honored unit placement, looking at the detail in my samurais' armor and actually seeing where the leather is overlapped and woven together or admiring the ambient glow of a lantern bobbing in the night's wind.
The aesthetic beauty is only match by the game’s inherent simplicity. Yes, as I said before, there is a lot to keep track of, but Creative Assembly has made it easy to keep track. Aside from the narrowly focused panels to manage diplomacy, look at finances, or manage the family tree there are countless lists. Instead of Empire’s spread out regions that made upgrading a workshop or university feel more like a word search than anything, region management is centralized now. Essentially, you can focus on the important stuff.
Speaking of Empire, who remembers the game-killing bugs on the 196th turn that made you want to go medieval on your computer? Well, I haven’t had a crash yet with Shogun 2, and I’m on my third play-through. I have read that the multiplayer has some issues, but I haven’t played multiplayer. I still can’t break the single-player mindset that made me fall in love with the first Shogun.
Albeit, this is the best Total War. If you don’t mind taking on a challenge or sinking 150 hours into this game it’s well worth the $50 bucks. I’m glad Creative Assembly went back to its roots. Good job guys.
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.
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.
Lack of info
Although this game looks very good. I have been to the official website for this game, and neither the official website or gamestop will provide system requirements for this game. So its like grabbing in the dark. It would be nice if they could post the system requirements in the product details.
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?
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.
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.