Total War: SHOGUN 2 is the perfect mix of real-time and turn-based strategy gaming for newcomers and veterans alike.
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Release Date: Mar 15, 2011

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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

Windows
Mac OS X
    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: 10.9.5
    • 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: 10.10.3
    • 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.
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109.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
Love this game 110 hours worth it
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Frodo
13.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
the last good total war game as said
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Hauptmann Tacodicks ᛋᛋ
439.8 hrs
Posted: August 28
The last good Total War.
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◆✠◆McVult◆✠◆ K
60.6 hrs
Posted: August 28
Herro, my Haiku for this honourabru game:

Opportunity
In the posession of a daimyo
Green grass becomes red.
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[-HC-]⛩ Hattori Hanzō ⛩
596.1 hrs
Posted: August 27
Useing an army as a decoy for for you'r ninja army to attack from behind while the enemy dosen't realize that they are sorrunded ^^
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617.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
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Adolf Hitler
56.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
This is not recommended if you are running the newest version of windows 10.
If the game was to work without crashing on the splash screen, crashing on clicking to battle, crashing on ending battles it would be a good game.
I played about 45ish hours before I upgraded to windows 10 since upgrading this has become unplayable.
Should you not be running a new OS this is a great game and well worth buying. If you happen to even be considering upgrading don't even bother getting the game. It won't work.
I've spent several hours fixing multiple issues and I thought I had fixed it, it worked for about an hour then went back to crashing constantly.

IF I find a fix and can make this game run relatively stable for Windows 10 I will upgrade this review. Until then I do not recommend this game to anyone with windows 10.
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kokopater
6.7 hrs
Posted: August 27
i thin,k there some problem about this game some time ist stop working . be careful .
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Mister Smiley
207.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
In this review I'll point out the pros and cons of this game and it might help you to decide wether to buy this game or not.

PROS:
1. Interesting campaign
2. Nice graphics
3. Balanced multiplayer
4. Nice mateur community
5. Lots of different units for every faction
6. The game contain only few glitches and bugs

CONS:
1. Unbalanced multiplayer
2. The game is very glitchy and sometimes even unplayable
3. Horrible immateur community
4. Boring campaign
5. Only few different units for every faction
6. Outdated graphics

This game is very very good. Buy it and play it if you wish. I'm outta here. See you later.
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Dr.Ghunter43 ツ
33.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
Easily one of the best Total War games around (if not THE best); To the little details on huge battles to detailed units and just completely beautiful dynamic battlefields (stuff like siege weaponry may leave devastating results). Fantastic artwork, sound and music. The game can feel really fast paced and intense, even though the overview map (the entire map of Japan) is held on turn-based movement. The actual combat may be fought in Real Time (slowest option, as you'll enter the battlefield) or decided by AI (quickest option as you'll only see numbers ticking down). Battles, wars or even territory defenses may be decided by how much you move (or how much you COULDN'T move) your units in the overview map.

Quite honestly, if one is to get into the Total War franchise, this game is a fantastic choice as it'll familiarize the player with the Total War mechanics (in general, like how the overview map is handled) and it'll introduce its unique quirks along the way (specific Shogun 2-bound mechanics, like the turn end time jump).

In short, this is a title for those who like a mix of Turn-based movement and RTS-style combat. Even though it achieves its 5th birthday as of this writing (and with Total Warhammer out) it is still a very memorable game.

P.S.: Don't forget to get Fall of the Samurai expansion pack, not only it changes how the RTS is played by an entire new way (either via Singleplayer or Multiplayer) it also adds boasting rights (defeating a well armed 'Modern army' or 'Fall of the Samurai army' with a 'Traditional Army' or 'Shogun 2 vanilla army').
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Recommended
96.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
A strategist that respects his self, must have this game in his library.

Harsh words, harsh truth, if you don't have this masterpiece in your collection, you are not worthy of playing strategy games. Shogun 2, in my humble opinion, is the last completed, balanced and well-made TW game that was released. While Rome 2 and Atilla are good on their own ends, they are miles away from this gem of the genre (not to add they where a bit of a mess upon release).

Shogun 2 takes place in the same time period as Shogun 1, the Sengoku Jidai, the age of the country at war as they said. By 1545, the current Shogunate's power has dwindled, leaving the clans of Japan at each other's throats in a struggle for supremacy. Your task is to increase the power of your clan, expand your influence and conquer Kyoto to become the new Shogun. The Japanese martial culture is a fascinating subject for many people (me included) and it's a wonder to see it in action.

Shogun's armies and maps look astonishing. Each unit has incredible levels of detail, like a demon mask here, a moustache there, a crescent-shaped helm and many more. The soldiers look diverse in a way we never before saw in massive scale battles. CA raised the bar too much, with amazing season-specific effects and splendid work with the textures, especially the rain. The music feels traditional, epic, and downright dashing. It will accompany you in every battle, victory or defeat, fitting the pace of the battle and you might find yourself searching it on youtube afterwards (I strongly reccomend Yoisa, Now and Zen, Ona Hei and more). It's an ♥♥♥♥♥♥, especially for fans of folk japanese music. The accents and intonations of your advisors and on the map are also incredible, especially in the heat of battle. You can almost see them spittle as they scream "OUR TROOPS ARE RUNNING FROM THE BATTLEFIELD! A SHAMEFUL DISPLAY!"

As always in the TW games, you got two phases: the turn-based phase, and the battle phase. In the first phase, you manage your clan and make your decisions as each season plays out, and in the second one you lead your armies to glorious victory or humiliating defeat.

In the early stages of the campaign, diplomacy is a key factor. Even more so on higher difficulties, where the AI is merciless in its demands both on you and the other clans. It gives them a sense of personality: they can break relationships as easily as they come to you bearing gifts and asking for arrangements. Alliances feel fragile as every Daimyo wishes to become Shogun, and everyone is enemy to everyone. But your "trustworthy" allies are the least of your concerns: the AI will not hesitate tou backstab you and capture your capital, if it finds no resistance. These kind of surprise attacks and army landings on your shores make the game special: you never know where and when an attack will come from. When it comes to battles, just play it on Hard. In early levels, the AI is too easy to beat, forming small armies and making many mistakes in its deployment. But in Hard, it's a whole new story. The AI tries to flank you with cavalry, it's more aggresive, it bides its time and looks for weak spots in your formation. The game is merciless to you on higher settings, and you must be careful as you wage war against it.

On the downside, as much as I'm trying to find flaws, only one comes to mind: unit diversity. Buying the DLCs gives you some extra, unique for each factions units, but in the end (and the basic version), every clan has the same ashigaru, the same samurai, the same monks. They differ in attack and defence, depending on the clan's traits. It gets a bit repetitive and somewhat tiring after a while, but I'm willing to look past it.

Shogun 2 is the Total War series at its best moments, and boasts the most outrageous helmets in martial history. Daimyō no tame!

RATING:

Gameplay:
9/10

Presentation:
10/10

Story:
9.5/10

Unique Factor: Replayability:
9.5/10

OVERALL: 9.5/10
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Recommended
44.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
Me and a friend started up a coop campaign. I was the Takeda and he was the Uesugi.

After we started the game he reminded me (because I hadn't played the game much) that pretty much every unit in the game had a spear and my focus was cavalry. foooooook


So I start the rise of my great empire like any other great empire by sending off one of my two generals to die in a hopeless battle to remind me that literally everyone in Japan has a pike so why the ♥♥♥♥ am I still using cavalry.

Undaunted by the loss I decide to fortify in my province of Kai. I begin training some Ashigaru and upgrading my stables and lands. My Uesugi ally does the same, except he isn't stupid like me so he actually has an army. Inevitably the clan he starts at war with enters his lands. But then winter sets in so they decide to leave cause they can't handle a few snowflakes.

A few turns later and my ancient enemy of like six turns has been conquered by my ally's ancient enemy of like five turns and they declare war upon me. That's alright Takeda shall stand strong. Too bad my other ally, the Imagawa, decided they don't wanna be friends without benefits anymore so they ♥♥♥♥ off. That's alright I didn't need them anyways. I still have my ally at Uesugi and his vassal.

Well when ♥♥♥♥ hits the fan, it hits the fan hard. The Hojo, my southern neighbor, seeing my decimated army as a weakness decrare war. ♥♥♥♥. I am now surrounded by enemies so I decide I'm just gonna be a ♥♥♥♥♥ and hide in my castle. In a few turns the Hojo send an army to my border and I prepare for the worst to come.

However, they change their mind and decide that fighting me is too hard so they go pick on my ally's vassal and they get wreckt n shrekt. And to make matters worse the Anegakoji have invaded Takeda lands to the north and are pounding on the gates of Kofu.

The Daimyo has decided enough is enough and sallies out of the castle to meet the Anegakoji. While their army attacks the castle, the Daimyo's son, Yoshinobu, leads the cavalry out of the eastern gates and surges before the enemies rear lines crushing their archers, killing their general and delivering a crushing blow.

With that army defeated we prepare to face the Hojo horde that is bound to arrive from the east. However news has arrived from the Uesugi. The Anegakoji to his west have invaded but were ultimately crushed by their army. However to make matters somehow impossibly worse it would seem the Ikko Ikki have taken over Etchu and are now waging war against the Uesugi, all seems lost.

And yet from the jaws of defeat comes victory and survival. The Uesugi have decided that they are going to abandon everything in their captial and assist me by taking Shinano to my north. I say he's bloody mad and going to lose us the game. He says that it's ingenius and to shut up.

Regardless I have no say in the matter and can only watch from the edge of my seat in terror as two armies appear on his border as soon as he leaves his capital undefended, one from the Anegakoji and another from the Ikko Ikki. It would also seem at this time that the Hojo have decided to invade Kai and an army appears on my eastern border.

First to the fight is the Anegakoji to the southwest of Uesugi. They are torn asunder and retreat back from whence they came. But now the Hojo attack Kofu and I must prepare myself. The Hojo arrive at the city having torched the valley behind them my Daimyo gives a heroic speech and decrares we shall take no prisoners.

We meet them on the open field of battle. My Yari Ashigaru, who form the center shall be the bait for my trap, charge the enemy head on uncaring of losses. They strike the enemy with the force of a tidal wave and yet it seems that it barely put a dent in their line. But it matters not, for my Katana Cavalry have arrived on the enemies left with the Daimyo's son to destroy their line. And yet even they do not have enough of a force to rout the Hojo. So I order my Daimyo to attack with the two thirds of the Takeda cavalry.

Cutting through the enemy like a death star through alderaan we completely destroy the Hojo army with barely a hundred fleeing the field of battle. However it comes a great cost with nearly all of our horses killed and half of the Ashigaru dead, it is a pyrrhic victory in every concievable sense of the word.

However we do not despair. Our Uesugi allies have taken Shinano to the north and somehow retaken their capital from the Ikko Ikko army that had captured it. And so we begin to rebuild our force and in time advance through the valley to the east intent on returning the favor to the traitorous Hojo.

After reaching the border we spot the enemy army on a range of hills to the north. And so we advance upon them our cavalry yet again giving us a glorious victory. However terrible news has come from the west. The Imagawa sensing that our capital is undefended decrare war against us. And so the Daimyo's son races back to Kofu to save the city.

The Imagawa are at our walls before we know what has happened. But it seems that Yoshinobu has arrived with the Takeda cavalry just in time. With the Daimyo leading the defense of the city with a small Ashigaru garrison, some given to us by our ally Uesugi, distract the enemy spearmen at the walls while our reinforcements come in from behind. Looking to be a repeat of the earlier siege I begin to celebrate but then realize that those are indeed hundreds of spearmen charging at my cav.

Taking but inflicting heavy casualties upon the Imagawa I pull my cavalry back to the east gate with barely a total of thirty living. However, upon cresting the hill I notice a massive horde of enemy Yari Ashigaru approaching. Deciding that I'm going to go out on fall of the Samurai levels of badassary I charge the enemy with my thirty horsemen.

Miraculously the very first unit my horsemen encounter on their charge it the enemy Daimyo. And after about ten seconds of fighting he is slain. This causes the enemy army, which is about 40 times larger than my horsemen to shatter and rout. Amazed my Daimyo charges to save his son n friends from any remaining foes.

Having lost nearly my entire army in the battle I decide to be a ♥♥♥♥♥ again and watch the Uesugi. My ally has once again abandoned his captial, which once again is under immediate threat of invasion by the Ikko Ikki. He conquers a towny held by an enemy I didn't even know he was at war with and runs back to defend his capital just in time yet again. MOFO is a lucky sonova♥♥♥♥♥.

Destined to be eternally stuck in my capital the Hojo are attacking again and it seems the Imagawa aren't far behind.

I defeat the Hojo army in the open field yet again with my cavalry taking minor losses and fall back to defend Kofu once again.

But this time was not destined to be like the others. Yoshinobu, like a well practiced routine, takes the cavalry to destroy the enemy from behind. Everything is going well enough to plan. Enemy archers, dead. Enemy spearmen, fighting but losing at the east gate. Enemy cavalry dead from a prolonged engagement.



Somehow, t'would seem. The enemy general, by himself and himself alone, has snuck into the castle and is now twenty seconds away from ultimate victory through pure ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t and luck. But no, I can make it! I order all of my forces inside to banzai the general and retake the tower. Beginning their charge I can only watch in desparation then horror as I realize they won't make it. With barely ten paces between my troops and the enemy general the timer reaches zero. And I lose my only city.
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10 of 15 people (67%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
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Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
"Our men are running from the battrfierd, SHAMEFUR DISPRAY!"

9/11 found a new definition of pilitical incorectness.
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Recommended
79.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
i loved this game.
but now i cant play becuz ìts creacked´
i even have the steam code and cd boc bruh.....
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Recommended
142.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
A nearly perfect total war amazing battles and great unit diversity! A step down from perfection!
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Recommended
182.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Still the best Total War to date. Wasn't finished with the game until I became Shogun on 80% of the factions, and beat the game on Legendary difficulty. 10/10 would do it again, and I advice you to do the same.
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Recommended
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
Very good game cant beleave this game was made 4/5 years ago so good
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