I have been playing many different strategy games being most of them from the Total War series, and I must say that Shogun II is so far, the most complete strategy game available in the gaming industry.
Let's begin by talking about the positive aspects of the game, which are many...
Shogun II is a historically accurate game presenting a wide, never-ending content during Japan's biggest civil war known as the Sengoku Jidai
Era. You will be able to play with many important factions that played major roles into shaping Japanese history along with their rulers which are until today famous and highly respected in all of Japanese society.
In Shogun II, having a good solid army wont be enough for you to achieve success, to hire agents such as the Ninja, to have a respectful diplomatic relationship among other clans, to have a good technological progress over other factions and to control trade routes with other Asian nations will be all equally important in order to achieve your goals.The game might look slightly complex, but it's easy to learn compared to other previous Total War games
If you’re new to the series, the overload of information can be quite unnerving, and perplexing. But dig deeper, and you’ll start to appreciate the game, and its small details and intricacies. For a strategy game, this is near flawless, and definitely the best of the Total War series.There's no need for mods, the game is well-balanced and extremely polished in all of its aspects
It's true! After long hours of playing this game, you will realize that there is nothing on this game that might require mods either to fix something, or to add any content that is lacking of.From a strategy perspective, it is a perfect game
It has gunpowder units, artillery and even bomb throwers, but just enough to add a new element to the game without taking away its melee battle core. Despite the deadliness of these units, they must be placed in strategical locations in order to be truly effective and to counter the terrain penalties.The campaign mechanics, such as the family tree and events you can encounter throughout, really make you connect with your leaders
Indeed, each player will feel very connected to the game in overall making the difficult task of leading and ruling an entire faction militarily, economically and diplomatic, a very pleasant task.Polished and clean graphics
The graphics in the units, in the battlefield and even in the campaign map are beautiful and they will make you enchanted with their additional effects depending of the 4 seasons you are in.The multiplayer mode
The multiplayer mode in Shogun II is unique as the rest of the game itself. Players will have a Daimyo, the faction head-ruler, which will also be the general in multiplayer battles that can be fully customizable from his face structure to each individual armor piece and weaponry of himself.
Before you play your first multiplayer battle, you must select your clan starting point by moving your general on to it, and as you progress and win battles, you will conquer lands which will unlock you more online troops, accessories for your Daimyo and also retainers to boost your army base bonuses.Loading screen quotes
The presence of quotes said or wrote by renowned people is well known in Total War games, but in my personal opinion the quotes were so well selected, that will almost give you the feeling that you are improving yourself in the game after reading them.Music
The music in this game is capable of adding even more atmosphere that wraps perfectly with every moment of the game either during battles, in the campaign map, or simply in the game menu.Extra content
The DLC's and the two singleplayer / multiplayer expansions available to this game, is seriously a must buy for anyone who enjoys this game, because not only it unlocks more factions and their unique units both for singleplayer and multiplayer, but also because the expansions such as the "Fall of the Samurai" and "The Rise of Samurai" will make you emerge to another dimension of old Japan making you feel that you are playing a different game.
Now, to the negative aspects.The loading time
Despite the clean, polished and detailed graphics, there comes the price of it. A long loading time both before battles and also during the initial loading screen of the game which can be sometimes, quite depressing.The multiplayer mode
Shogun II blows us away with its unique refreshing multiplayer system, but there is simply too many de-syncs among players and the enormous lag during battles with more than 2 players.Irrational AI
Battles with the AI will often become easy as you learn the same strategy they use in the three battle types (Naval,Land and Siege).Hard dificulty
Instead of making the AI strategy effectiveness wider and complex, what happens is that the enemy units will have a greatly increased fighting stats making the game unbalanced, instead of harder as it should be.
I would rate this game 93 out of 100 or 4,9 out of 5,0 stars. It's a masterpiece of game within the strategy genre, a must have for anyone who likes strategy or to be taking the seat of a strategian!