Total war Shogun 2 is a beautiful strategy game that really allows the player to be immersed in what is one of the most overlooked periods in ancient history. Shogun envelopes you into 16th century Japan and challenges you to control some of the strongest families during the Sengoku jidai or age of war. The challenge that is posed against you is to overthrow the shogunate who has betrayed your family , therefore striking you to pursue unifying and controling Japan. With the highly acclaimed single player which contains the Civilisation style turn based gameplay to the real time strategy from the likes of Command & Conquer and competetive multiplayer, you will never be stuck with nothing to do.
The multiplayer incorporates a unique personal avatar system that was introduced in Napoleon total war and has been reworked, adapted and enhanced within the newest total war title. The user has an avatar which can be created and edited from the start of the multiplayer experience. Throughout the multiplayer battles and through gaining single player acheivements new items for your general can be unlocked to make your leader dominate the battlefield with his new shiny greaves . Upon winning matches you start to conquer the area's of Japan, allowing for seperate unlocks to units and retainers (buff cards) which gives the multiplayer some replayability and continuinity.
*Great strategy with beatiful visuals and great competetive Avatar multiplayer*
*Lacks greater unit variety in the single player*
*AI has improved massivly since napoleon total war however still somewhat lackluster*
*Wonderful mix of real-time and turn-based strategy really makes this game a winner*