The long awaited sequel for fans of the original Total War Shogun game and definitely not a let down to the fans of the original Shogun game, it's a very addicting game but to anyone that isn't a fan of the Total War series you get thrown in the deep end with this game; however it offers a very cool tutorial system using YouTube videos that show you certain aspects of the game to help you get on your way. It's an overwhelming game for someone that hasn't played this series before or indeed any real time strategy game of this caliber but it's well worth getting into.
The games story takes place some time after 1467 when all the nations in Japan were at war, a war that involved the Ashikaga shogunate and the territorial lords. You play as one of the warlords who's job it is to dominate the other clans and unite and rule the whole of Japan using cunning tactics, ingenious economical management and a ton of other things to help you on your way of becoming the ruler of the entire of Japan.
As I mentioned earlier, it's very hard to get into at the start of the game and when I first started playing the Total War games I didn't like them whatsoever as they were confusing and extremely overwhelming but once you get into the game and practice using the games handy in-game YouTube tutorial videos you're bound to start enjoying this insanely in depth Japanese warlord simulator. You're dropped in and expected to build, manage your clan and to go to battle and war with other nations to rise to power and you'll soon find yourself becoming better at the game once you've gotten over the overwhelming nature of this truly beautiful game. Another handy thing about this game involves the battling system because when it comes to fighting another army youc an let the game auto resolve or for the more experienced players you can go into battle mode yourself and manage your army personally.
Speaking of battles, when fighting another amry you will soon find yourself in a whole new mode, and one of the funnest, commanding yoru forces and setting up how they will advance and what formation they're going to be in is incredibly fun and completely different to the rest of the game and personally one of my favourite parts of Total War gameplay and I find it incredibly interesting to see how your battles are going and how the fight will play out.
There's a lot more to the battle system of this game involving sea battles, storming castles and ninjas but I'm not going to go too in-depth to the less important features of this game in this review, there are also cutscenes during gameplay which make it feel immersive when compared to other real time strategy games which suffer from loss of immersion.
Overall the game is quite hard to understand at first and as I've mentioned multiple times is extremely overwhelming but don't be put off by that it's easy enough to learn through the in-game tutorials or gameplay videos on YouTube, they do say that good things take time and that's definitely true to this game and any other Total War game.Pros of this game:
1. Samurai and Ninjas are fun to play as
2. Interesting and cool point in history that makes for a good storyline
3. Mostly historically accurate and somewhat educational
4. Good graphics and graphic adjustment settings
5. Mod and Steam Workshop support for even more playability
6. Enjoyable and immersive music
7. Good matchmaking systemCons of this game:
1. Very hard to get into at first
2. Overwhelming to new players
3. Multiplayer is hard to understand and get used to
4. Issue with multiple monitor setups and mouse locking