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Release Date: Mar 15, 2011

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Includes 8 items: Total War: SHOGUN 2, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - The Ikko Ikki Clan Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Sengoku Jidai Unit Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Rise of the Samurai Campaign, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - The Hattori Clan Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Dragon War Battle Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2: Saints and Heroes Unit Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Otomo Clan Pack DLC

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Includes 9 items: Medieval II: Total War™, Rome: Total War™, Empire: Total War™, Napoleon: Total War™, Total War: SHOGUN 2, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai, Viking: Battle for Asgard, Total War™: ROME II - Emperor Edition, Total War Battles: SHOGUN

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Includes 28 items: Medieval II: Total War™, Rome: Total War™, Empire: Total War™, Empire: Total War™ - Special Forces Units & Bonus Content, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of the West, Empire: Total War™ - The Warpath Campaign, Napoleon: Total War™, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of America, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of the East, Napoleon: Total War™ - Coalition Battle Pack, Napoleon: Total War™ - The Peninsular Campaign, Total War: SHOGUN 2, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - The Ikko Ikki Clan Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Sengoku Jidai Unit Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Rise of the Samurai Campaign, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - The Hattori Clan Pack, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai – The Saga Faction Pack, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai – The Obama Faction Pack, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai – The Tsu Faction Pack, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai – The Sendai Faction Pack, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Dragon War Battle Pack, Napoleon: Total War - Imperial Eagle Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2: Saints and Heroes Unit Pack, Viking: Battle for Asgard, Napoleon: Total War - Heroes of the Napoleonic Wars, Total War Battles: SHOGUN, Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Otomo Clan Pack DLC

 

Recommended By Curators

"One of the best entries to the series and on it's own right the most game changing. For any strategy game fan a must own. "

Reviews

“...the best gameplay and design of any entry in the franchise.”
9.5/10 – Game Informer, Editor's Choice Gold Award
“Consistently thrilling”
92% – PC GAMER, Editor's Choice
“...one Hell of a homecoming.”
– IGN

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About This Game

MASTER THE ART OF WAR
In the darkest age of Japan, endless war leaves a country divided. It is the middle of the 16th Century in Feudal Japan. The country, once ruled by a unified government, is now split into many warring clans. Ten legendary warlords strive for supremacy as conspiracies and conflicts wither the empire. Only one will rise above all to win the heart of a nation as the new shogun...The others will die by his sword.
Take on the role of one Daimyo, the clan leader, and use military engagements, economics and diplomacy to achieve the ultimate goal: re-unite Japan under his supreme command and become the new Shogun – the undisputed ruler of a pacified nation.

Game Features

Total War: SHOGUN 2 features enhanced full 3D battles via land and sea, which made a name for the series, as well as the tactical campaign map that many refer to as the heart and soul of Total War. Featuring a brand new AI system inspired by the scriptures that influenced Japanese warfare, the millennia old Chinese “Art of War”, the Creative Assembly brings the wisdom of Master Sun Tsu to Total War: SHOGUN 2. Analysing this ancient text enabled the Creative Assembly to implement easy to understand yet deep strategical gameplay.
  • CONQUER the islands of Japan in the 16th century. Lead vast armies of samurai and fleets of giant warships into breathtaking real-time battles.
  • BUILD your kingdom on the inviting and turn-based campaign map. Wield economic, political, and military power to amass wealth, armies, and influence.
  • SCHEME according to the "Art of War" by Sun Tzu. Use fire and siege tactics, spies and assassins to adapt to the ever-changing conditions on the battlefield and throughout your kingdom.
  • BATTLE ONLINE and experience the main campaign in two-player mode. Then join epic online battles with up to 8 players and lead your online army to glory in special campaigns.

New to Total War in SHOGUN 2

  • New RPG skills and experience for your Generals and Agents.
  • New Multi-stage Sieges - scaling the walls is only the beginning!
  • New Hero units inspire your men and carve through the enemy.
  • New rotating 3D campaign map.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor / 2.6 GHz Intel Single Core processor, or AMD equivalent (with SSE2)
    • Memory: 1GB RAM (XP), 2GB RAM (Vista / Windows7)
    • Graphics: 256 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible card (shader model 3)
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 32GB free hard disk space
    • Screen Resolution: 1024x768 minimum
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Vista / XP
    • Processor: 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor (or greater), or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2GB RAM (XP), 4GB RAM (Vista / Windows7)
    • Graphics: AMD Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 series graphics card or equivalent DirectX 11 compatible card
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 32GB free hard disk space
    • Screen Resolution: 1280x1024 minimum
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9.4
    • Processor: 1.8GHz
    • Memory: 4GB Memory
    • Graphics: 256MB*
    • Hard Drive:22GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, Intel HD3000, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series, NVIDIA 9400 and NVIDIA 3xx series.

      The following cards require you to have 8GB of system RAM: Intel HD4000.
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.4
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 8GB Memory
    • Graphics: 2GB*
    • Hard Drive: 22GB HD space
    • Other Requirements: The following graphics cards are not supported: ATI X1xxx series, ATI HD2xxx series, Intel GMA series, Intel HD3000, NVIDIA 7xxx series, NVIDIA 8xxx series, NVIDIA 9400 and NVIDIA 3xx series.

      The following cards require you to have 8GB of system RAM: Intel HD4000.
Helpful customer reviews
20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Released on Steam in March 2011, Shogun 2 was a long awaited game for by fans who enjoyed the first game and fans were not let down with this installment in the series. I had pre-ordered this game and paid full price, I was only upset that a few short months later is dropped to half price. Otherwise the game is very addicting to play.

The game story takes place during 1467 to 1477 where all the nations in Japan came to war, a war that involved the Ashikaga shogunate and the territorial lords. The result of this massive power struggle three individuals would emerge who would unite Japan under one rule. You play one of the warlords who is to dominate the other clans and rule the whole of Japan.

Those who are familiar with the Total War series will know what to expect in this game, but for those who are looking for a medieval Japanese strategy game, like me, will probably find this game overwhelming at first.

I found this game difficult to get into from the start and learn what to do. The tutorials really help with the controls and how to do things in Shogun 2. You need to build, manage your clan, scout and war. When it comes to fighting another army you can let the game auto resolve it or you can go into battle mode.

When you are in battle mode fighting another army, you will find yourself in a whole new mode, commanding your forces and setting up how they will advance and what formation they will be in. I really like this mode because its interesting to see how your battle is actually going and how you will react to the fight. The game holds allot more, sea battles using ships, storming castles and ninjas.

There are cut scenes during play, such as when you send a trained ninja out to assassinate an enemy force. You will get to see a successful attempt or one where the ninja fails.

The tutorial at the start to help you learn to play is very helpful and the Japanese geisha girl voice is a nice touch to help you learn what to do.

The multiplayer portion of the game requires you to join a Total War Shogun 2 group and then you get to view a map of Japan and place your avatar on. Beyond this I haven't figured out how it plays out as there isn't any option to go to a ground to ground battle or auto resolve it. I am sure its something simple to do but I haven't been able to figure it out.

Overall the game is hard to understand how to play and takes some time to learn. The multiplayer side I found very hard to understand and troublesome to figure out. I do enjoy playing it but its one I have been able to put down and wait a long time to get back into. I think I will have to give this another try sometime soon.

I haven't gotten to the point of dominating all of Japan or anything but I do like the whole game because you get to fight during a most interesting time in Japans history and that period is a time of Total War!

Pro's
  • Samurai's an Ninjas
  • Very detailed and historically accurate
  • Personal control over battles or automatically resolve
  • Music
  • DLC adds more clan's to play as

Con's
  • Hard to comprehend
  • Cut scenes are repeated
  • Multiplay isn't as easy to understand
  • Very large download



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20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
87.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
How to Shogun:
Step 1: Create a MASSIVE force of Bow Ashigaru.
Step 2: Delcare war on everyone.
Step 3: Use your new army to rampage throughout the peaceful japanese countryside.
Step 4: Get crushed by another army that is well coordinated and dispersed. (Dispersion is optional)
Step 5: Cry

This guide has recieved great reviews like:
"I think I got cancer reading that" and "Oh god my eyes!"
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
A game where you can be a Japanese daymio who sends angry Japanese men to kill other angry Japanese men and gain territory, send monks to incite revolt amongst stupid plebian ♥♥♥♥ heads in other provinces, behead Christian missionaries and bribe stupid samurai with your pimp ♥♥♥ police force, make peace with other daymios like yourself who send angry Japs at other angry Japs, ♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥ up with your ninjas, and, most importantly, marry off your 14-year-old daughter to a man twice her age who just so happens to be her uncle (he was adopted by the previous daymio, but he still counts as an uncle so it still counts)!

And it all works out well! Well, up until that sonofa♥♥♥♥♥ supreme shogun decides to ♥♥♥♥ you in the ♥♥♥ with realm devide...

In all seriousness, the game is brilliant, and I feel really stupid for not picking this game up when it was initially released. It truly is as great as many say it is. Sure, diplomacy sucks ♥♥♥♥ a lot of times, the naval battles can be lame and there are a number of other problems that I have with this game (such as those ♥♥♥♥ty load times), but all of those are made up for with the many great features that this game has. Go buy this game, especially if you enjoy strategy games. You will not regret it.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
202.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
This game might possibly be the best strategy game I have ever played in my entire life. Shogun 2 introduces a great morale system, it has a great Co-op campaign where I can take on all of Japan with one of my buddies. The other clans in the campaign react perfectly depending on what you did and how you treated the other clans. This game has provided me with the most fun and entertainment then any game I have ever played and I played over 100 different game titles, its a must have for all the strategy game lovers out there.
10/10
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
71.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
MY LORD, A UNIT HAS FLED THE FEILD OF BATTLE DIS ISA SHAMFUR DISPRAY!
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
140.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
my favourite part of the game was genociding asians with giant machine guns
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
706.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Shogun 2 ..is a great game, it has excellent graphics , a true strategy game on multi-levels. Not only do u have to decide on how to best play the game map, As to which factions to attack first or best dirction to take ..simular to the Great strategy game like Sid Meier's Civilization . But than when u encounter the enemy ,you go to a whole other level by being transported to the battle ground, were u get to be a true general and control your throops in actual battle . Where get to see your skill as a strategic general on the battle field. it also has geat replay value for the IA is truly random and no 2 games are identical.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
48.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Great graphics, challenging missions, what more can fans of RTS ask for? In addition, this game is polished unlike Rome Total War II.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
It's kind of like dust II but with ninja's
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
288.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
An excellent game with good graphics, gameplay and sound. This game brilliantly mixes peace & serenity with battle & conflict. It was detailed enough for me to get immersed in Japanese culture and history and actually inspired my conversion to Zen Buddhism. It may seem drastic and far fecthed but my life better now because of this game. In my opinion the best Total War.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
67.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 13
The best Total war game.
Many troops, many regions to conquer, really good graphics and the cool country Japan

IT CAN'T BE BETHER!
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
389.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
My enemies made my soldiers magically bounce 30m up in the air by destroying the wooden walls in front of them 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
good game, i love it
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
This game is the best total war game that I've played. There isn't anything annoying with it like the indeafeatable celtics or endless rebeleons from total war rome 2. Also this game isn't very expensive and has very long entertaining. campaigns. In this game you can deploy civil war era rifleman along side nijias and samuri which makes the gameplay very interesting.

overall
9.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
673.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Fantastic game. Still many more hours that I need to plug away into it. The AI on there is massively entertaining. If you want to win everytime (well almost) but feel like a superior strategist knock that difficulty level down a bit. You want a true challenge though and a game that is all about RTS. This is what you are looking for.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Better than Rome Total War 2

My opinion tried it on a friends account for at least I've played for a whole week.

But Shogun I played more than a week I suggest this is better.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Amazing overall game. I love this game and all the choices you can have. It reminds me of EU 4 because of the events:) Great game I reccomend to buy it any time!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
114.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Love this game, will be playing for a long time.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
69.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
For me, the steepest learning curve of any of the Total War games. Naval combat gets very tedious and is much less fun than Empire or Napoleon. Land battles are fantastic and it's nice to be out of Europe for a change.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
113.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
Forewords
I think everyone (who plays such) has their own favourite Total War -game, it is still quite unfair to compare each others because, they all have their bad sides... even the fabled Medieval 2 or original Rome. I have to say, that original Rome was my personal favourite for a long time... because I was so damn good in it. I also hated Medieval 2, because its diplomacy made no sense (to me) and I got my bottom rammed every time I tried it. So... Shogun 2?

Overview
Total War: Shogun 2 is strategy game, mixing turn-based strategy, economy and army movements in campaign map, and real-time strategy in battles.
In campaign map you control and move your troops around the map, improve cities with new buildings or upgrading old ones and of course making diplomatic decisions for or against your enemies. In my oppinion, the campaign map is where you actually play the game and you can, if you want to, skip all battles by using "autofight" option. Focussing only in the campaign map and its varieties will take, on its own, a great deal of time and demands that you actually think what you want to do and how and by what expenses. Luckily, the game has inbuild wiki/guide that helps in most of your question.
In battles you control your armies of sometimes thousands of troops and, hopefully, win. Game has fair amount of different troop types that support each others. Your job is to forge an army that conquers any foe and you feel good to battle with.

Cons
*If you've ever played any Total War, you know how this works. And yes, that is a bad thing. Even if they have come a long way in 11 years from Shogun to Shogun 2, it is still Total War.
*The Shogun 2's diplomacy, however, is quite frustrating and a mod to fix it is highly recommended. You can make vassal states, you can forge strong relations by marriage and all other sort of stuff, however, when you conquer Kyoto, everyone starts to hate you. Everyone. Even that family, who has traded three daughters for your leader's sons and vice versa. When the "Realm Divide" triggers, all other factions declare war on you and if not well prepared... you will get your ♥♥♥♥ rammed.
*I'm not really sure, because some reviews say that this game has absolutely too hard difficulties. I on the other hand have had no trouble at all with the game and would like to note, that it is maybe a bit too easy in at least normal difficulty. Especially in battles if you allow yourself to pause the game, it becomes really easy and to massacre the enemy army of thousand spears stronger than yours, is not a big deal at all.
*Special clans as DLC? Special units as DLC?

Pros
*Moving your units in battle is fluent (as it should) and makes the RTS part of the game quite enjoyable.
*Big map, many routes, many enemies, many friends. The campaign part is good, way better than in any other Total War, which makes the game interesting even without a single battle. To keep up your economy up and running requires some attention, which is good, things won't happen on itself
*Varying generals who can be specialised into roles you want them to do on battlefield
*Steam Workshop. Because... if something is bothering you, you can get rid of it. Enabling mods and modding community is always a good thing
*Graphics and sounds are amazing (excluding the English in Japanese accent), music is good

Conclusion
In overall, the game is by far the best Total War so far, I don't own, but I've seen and tested the Rome2 and I can say that this rivals it totally. Comparing Shogun 2 to some old nostalgic games like Shogun, Rome, Medieval, Medieval 2 or more "recent" Empire or Napoleon is unneccessary. Shogun 2 gives you the feeling of Sengoku Jidai and the chaos and rivalry in late feudal Japan. If you enjoy more, lets say, story of Medieval Europe or some other setting, I'm sure tyou'll enjoy those games too, or more. But in gameplay and looks this game is teh best.

Me being one who preordered this back in 2011, I can say that I have not been disappointed and that that 30€ is not too much for this game.
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