The days of the old Shogunate, are over! Now it’s time for you to take up arms in any 1 of 9 clans you choose to play as, and unite Japan under your banner! The Creative Assembly has released another series in the total war franchise, rewriting its roots and repeating the first Shogun: Total War. With faster paced action, better AI, and a more realistic feel, read this review to find out why you should get this game.
Experience the Shogun campaign like you never have before! In this new installment of the old Japanese Samurai, you’ll be able to experience the culture, and epic battles of the century like never before. The Creative Assembly has dug up a great total war, but will it be worthy of game of the year? So, to start off, you can choose 1 of any 9 clans to play as (a tenth clan if you pre-ordered the game). The Shimazu, Date, Usegi, Takeda, Hattori, Mori, Chesokabe, Hojo, Oda, and Imagawa (Hattori is the bonus clan). Each clan has their own specialty whether it has to do with unit bonuses or economic reasons, each have their benefit. Like any of the other Total Wars, you start off with a few regions, build up your city/army, manage taxes and diplomacy, and most of all, conquer! This time you’re conquering all of Japan, much like in the original: Shogun: Total War. Though we were a bit disappointed with the map. The only thing available to conquer are pieces of Japan. I would’ve liked to see pieces of Korea or China, or even Indonesia. How can the Creative Assembly go from global warfare in Empire: Total war, to just a European conflict in Napoleon: Total War, to just a country in Total War: Shogun 2? It doesn’t make much sense; it’s as if they purposely demoted themselves as a company. Disappointing. Another HUGE disappointment was every clan has the SAME units. No clan has special units or different units, just bonuses on some units depending on the clan you play as. With no variation the battles all feel the same and get boring after a while. Also, it would’ve been pretty cool for Korean or Chinese factions that may threaten Japanese Samurai clans. Without these assets the game is missing just too much for long lasting enjoyment. There for the new Shogun can only rack up about 6 points for single player.
Single Player Rating: 6
The multiplayer has always been a very key feature ever since Rome: Total War. Epic scaled battles with armies you choose. So far the multiplayer battles are pretty confusing to set up at first. But once you get the hang of things, it’s a piece of cake, and you’ll be owning in no time! Something new to the multiplayer is the fact that you can now create your own banner and avatar, which will be your personal general in ALL of your battles. The multiplayer campaign has been a great feature ever since it came out in Napoleon: Total War. It’s pretty good in Shogun, but there is a glitch which ruins campaigns! The glitch is that you and your partner both can’t move armies or end the turn. Officially ending your multiplayer campaign. This has been very frustrating for me. So Shogun has picked up 7 points for multiplayer.
Online Rating: 7
The graphics are always a great look, if you have the right rig set up of course! Total War: Shogun 2 has definitely proven the gaming industry that strategy games have greater potential! The graphics are out of this world, and the game can render up to 50,000 avatars at once! Each avatar has been upgraded 25% more bones than those in Napoleon, a huge animation increase to bring much greater value. Not much more I can say about the graphics, but they’re just great! Well, I’m sure you can find out for yourself haha! Anyways the graphical detail is intense in Total War: Shogun 2, and the Creative Assembly pulls out a 10 for this one!
Graphics Rating: 10
PC minimum system requirements:
2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor/2.6 Intel Single Core processor, or AMD equivalent(with SSE2)
1 GB RAM(XP), 2GB RAM (Vista/Windows 7)
256 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card (shader model 3)
1024x768 minimum screen resolution
20 GB free hard disk space
PC Recommended Specification:
2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor (or greater), or AMD equivalent
2 GB RAM (XP), 4 GB RAM (Vista/Windows 7)
AMD Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 series graphics cards or equivalent DirectX 11 compatible graphics card
1280X1024 minimum screen resolution
20 GB free hard disk space