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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Buy Shogun 2 Collection Nov 2012

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

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Includes 8 items: Medieval II: Total War™, Rome: Total War™ - Collection, 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

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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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Vegatable Rights Activist
( 187.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Amazing game 10/10 best total war game and second best strategy game of all time comming in second to Starcraft 2.
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Shaka
( 1,365.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Simply the best TW best battle graphics with arty and naval bombardment. The fleet invasion mechanic is annoying and keeps you on your toes in the strategy map. It was a shame that the franchise took a few steps back after this reackon.
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Dankus Memus
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
I love japanese war
i love this
i love the warrior monks
i like .........
SAMEFUR DISPRAY
#OTOMO_PACK_IS_THE_BEST_CATHOLIC_PACK
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Untitled
( 34.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
Fun and Addictive Gameplay
Very Strategist
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SUPERCHILLI-leader-
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
+ samurais
+ engine
+ graphics
+ + + + + etc.

- nothing
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cooke.thomasj
( 122.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
This game is a paradox- I feel mindlessly bloodthirsty yet unacountably serene at the same time, tearing a wanton swathe of destruction across feudal Japan. For the last [insert however long it's actually been- not sure] I've been building up a network of metsuke, ninja, and geisha, obliterating clan after clan and generally having a wonderful time. While sipping green tea/a bottle of hooch, I just decimated, (nay, humiliated), a confederacy of both Hojo and Shimazu in a thoroughly excessive massacre of a battle, taking Kyoto and the Shogunate for myself.

Forget the absolutely ridiculous Horo on the backs of your generals and daimyo (wtf were they thinking at CA??!), minor issues aside, this game is absolutely one of the best itterations in the series.

If you like strategy of any kind (but particularly grand strategy), you need this in your life...
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Narwail
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
The rebels of one of the smallest nations in the game proved more powerful than the army I had steamrolled the Shogunate with.
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6./ZG76_Hauggy
( 361.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
A must have, simply the best Total War game.
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ACHA ACHA NEHI NEHI
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Gynocide Simulator
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perrylbird
( 761.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Great game. The battles can be a bit long but still great.
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Dank Meme
( 34.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Probably the best Total War game.
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Augustus
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Pretty cool. Rome 2 is better in my opinion.
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Judgement
( 67.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
This game is one of the best strategic game I have ever played on any system highly suggest buying the game
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Handsome CL4P-TP
( 155.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
the BEST Total War title so far, combine with some mods = Perfect. But still get random crash and it'd never gonna be fixed.
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srienzisoriano
( 443.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
ouwah man are runing frum ze buttlefield, shamefur dispray!-Shogun 2 Anouncer
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Dancing Penny
( 1.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
okay
But wont run on my pc which well is odd it ran at my nanas fine on a gt450 but on my amd athlon x2 nvidia 750ti it wont even load past intro screen so i never get to play it as much as rome 2 or medeviel
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LMS153
( 110.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
This game is worth twice what they charge for it.
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Nezz
( 11.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
This is porbaly the best total war game todate. The AI are very intellgient and a worthy oppentent but yet not to knowledge to make it impossible to deafeat. Ive had this game for a few months now and i consider myself quite knowledgeable of the game so i can understand if this review hasnt perswaded you but one last thing, replayablility is so ♥♥♥♥ing high for this game. Highly Reccomend.
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anthonykramer58
( 27.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
the wars are exicting.
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Commander Shepard
( 163.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
The best game of all Total War Series!
> Play as Oda
> Take over japan only using ashigarus
> Get's destroyed by Takeda and their hordes
> 10/10 would play only using ashigarus!
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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
102.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
==Shogun 2== Review
For players looking to dive into a vast map of a surprisingly accurate representation of Japan, waging war with innocent coastal tribes, all the while attempting to usurp the Shogunate for ultimate power. Looking for a TL;DR?

TL;DR Shogun 2 is the best representation of the Total War style game since the original release of Rome 1. The Expansion DLC's help to add additional features on top of an already winning formula.


---The Good--
-Map Navigation and Army Stacking has yet to be overhauled like it was with Rome 2. The classic form of 20 unit cards created from a city can be moved about the map without the need for a General.

-As bad as the AI can get in total war games, Shogun 2 manages to maintain a certain level of not headlong rushing into your spears and archer lines. However this is often the case when playing on lower difficulties. We are not talking about high capacitive thinking AI opponents but at least they dont charge into a meat grinder as consistently as previous entries.

-Shogun 2 released on the cusp of CA attempting to nickle and dime players out of playable factions and unit packs. That being said the core game does not falter under the weight (or lack there of) of these numerous fluff DLC packs. Rest safely in the knowledge that the vanilla game is just as grand as the fluffed out version.

-Battle UI is clean and unintrusive (I am looking at you Rome 2). Abilities and unit flags are easy to read and are distinguishable at a glance.

-Graphics Presentation; what can I say besides how amazing this game looks years after its initial launch. It is unfortunate that one of the best visual moments is locked behind a dlc purchase. This moment being a close zoom up to your samurai cutting limbs off his adversary among a field of flowers with blood spraying forth, in stark contrast to the beauty of the landscape. Cough up 1.59 for the Bloodpack, it's worth it.

-If you are a Mod person I shouldn't have to tell you Shogun 2 fully supports mods. Go forth and mod to your hearts content.


--The Bad--
-AI charging into meat grinders. When it happens boy does it happen in spectacular fashion. Balls of Japanese soldiers ordered to their demise by crashing like a wave upon fixed spear or matchlock units behind baracades. When it happens make sure the blood is turned on.

-Most of the issues stem from the AI functionality, auto resolve with Sea Battles is entirely one sided in favor of the AI even when the player holds the advantage. Be aware of attempting piracy through vicarious means.

-Realm Divide. Diplomacy in Shogun 2 works well enough that the player can create long established trade routes and alliances with AI controlled factions throughout the majority of a playthrough. However; there is a functional game design choice that follows history a little too closely resulting in unfun gameplay past a certain point. If a player is unaware of what a "Realm Divide" is, it is entirely possible to lose everything within a few turns of the event triggering. Doubly so if players deside to invest in early game AI diplomacy and treaties. It is a balancing issue and design choice that requires save scumming to prevent the worst outcome (especially if going into the late game blind) creating needless frustration. For those unaware; Realm Divide is an event that happens when your clan is influential enough that the current Shogunate desides you are a threat to his rule. A cool idea if implemented properly. The incarnation of Realm Divide we got was the entire country turning on the player on a single turn. The AI forceably burns all of your bridges and can immediately attack any of your forign armies within any province. Previous allies always turn on you, there is no way to even buy their loyalty. In terms of a history vs gameplay decsicion I would have liked to see a threshold for diplomatic allies to stay as an ally if their loyalty were high enough. Alas this is not the case and the player always loses potentially useful allies.

--The Meh--
-DLC; it's is a sore spot for many people. Understandably so as the number of skin packs, unit packs, Blood effect packs, faction packs, ect. (I could go on and on) is just staggering. Nearly all of the DLC for Shogun 2 is fluff and not necessary, outside the actual expansions, Rise and Fall of the Samurai, the dlc can be ignored entirely.
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Recommended
102.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
OUR MEN ARE RUNNING FROM THE BATTLEFIELD - SHAMEFUR DISPRAY!!!!!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
49.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
The Best Total War?

This game is one of my favourite total war titles and theres many reasons why. Not only does it have a backdrop that suits the gameplay elements extremely well but it really puts you in some challenging situations for players of any degree.

- Competetive units (Everything has a match)
- Fully strategic and continuously challenging campaign
- Various DLC to keep it fresh
- A beautiful Japan to explore and conquer

This game really bought back the spirit of what makes a total war game great. The fact that you feel as if you are part of the battle and every decision is crucial to your success.

Overall i would extremely recommend you getting this game.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
352.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
Great Singeplayer, Great Multiplayer, really nice avatar system, only problem is the multiplayer campain wich is bugged and not getting fixed
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
The best Total War.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
257.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Phenomenal installation of the Total War series. Shogun 2 exceeded all expectations and will forever be a "golden age" for the series. Utilizing the unique history of Japan and the time period while incorporating necessary RTS components is pulled off flawlessly. This is a game I spend a lot of time with for good reason. The historical knowledge gained from playing is always fun. Plays how you would expect a Total War game to play. If you're a fan of turn based strategy games or RTS battle games, This might be for you. ***warning can be found to induce addiction***

Gameplay 9.5/10. Exceeded expectations. Very easy to get lost in "Just one more turn" Many in depth aspects that make your ability to either get extremely involved with every decision or let the AI take over some for you.
Visual effects 8.5/10. A wall of flaming arrows is a thing of beauty.
Graphics 8/10. Any RTS/TBS game on this scale will struggle to make each individual unit/building visually pleasing let alone a thing of beauty. Shogun 2 has in depth units and great castle design. Above average.
Controls 9/10. As always I am a big fan of Total War in battle and campaign map controls. Very genre appropriate.
Story 8.5/10. Total war games will always take a hit in this category with reason. You influence every aspect of the game with every choice from turn one. You either follow or re-write history. Sega and Creative assembly does everything they can to give you a historical perspective/background. The rating is given due to that.
Replayability 10/10. This is a game you can play however you'd like. Dump hours into quick battles, hours into grand campaigns. Play as one faction three times, three factions once. If you enjoy multiplayer this Total War shows us how great of a multiplayer experience one can get from a TBS/RTS game.

9/10. Beautiful.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
138.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
I really like the game, to me its the best total war. The singleplayer is AMAZING and the multiplayer is......Meh. I say this because whenever i try to play mulipayer , it always has mostly Fall of the Samuri people who mow down my troops with their fancy guns. No matter WHAT i try, they always beat the crap out of me.but besides that, tht game is literly the best total war title out there. 10/10 single player 7.5/10 muliplayer.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
131.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
played for the first time in years
got steam rolled by normal AI
unistalls Rome II & Attilla
back to real strategy :)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
197.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
best in the series so far
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
155.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
the BEST Total War title so far, combine with some mods = Perfect. But still get random crash and it'd never gonna be fixed.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
67.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
This game is one of the best strategic game I have ever played on any system highly suggest buying the game
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1 person found this review funny
Recommended
25.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Fun game...until you realize the AI cheats BADLY and can spawn impossible armies out of nowhere.

1st, the AI gets more recruitement slots. So it can pull entire armies out of thin air.

2nd, the AI can't manage its economy, so instead most of the factors don't apply to it. It pays almost no upkeep, and it can never go bankrupt.

3rd, the AI's don't play to win, they play to kill you. So as soon as they declare war they'll take everything they have and run it at you. At which point, being entirely defenseless it'll lose to another AI player, which after a few turns will declare war on you. Rinse-repeat the rest of the game.

4th, the AI's get unlimited generals, which they will chain suicide at you.

5th, the AI gets massive moral and economic boosts in very hard and legendary.

Overall a decent game...minus the cheating.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
58.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
I startet with the original Shogun: Total War. It blew me away. I was always a fan of the samurai stuff.
I have to add that I got this game fully patched and will all DLC, so I can´t say anything about launch state.

It´s awesome!
Gameplay 10/10
You can play diplomacy (trade, payments, hell you can even marry your daughters or give your children as hostages if you´re desperate enough) You choose how every province specializes (economy or military). You will plan your steps or you´ll regret them. The stories you make yourself in your campains are so awesome. (I once gave my youngest son hostage in the hope to extend a peace treaty with an mighty ally who was close to declaring war to me...he killed my son the next season. So I killed him in a furious revenge :)
And them real time battles. It makes a huge difference on how you plan your moves. You can easily loose while having twice as many men if you are stupid...and you can win if you are smart while having half as many.

Grafics 9/10
If you run it on ultra it looks amazing. It is glorious watching your army march towards a fortress. Ground textures are not that great, tho.

Music 10/10
Simply fitting, calming and awesome. That song after a victorious RTS battle always makes me dance.

I have to go down by one point for how bad it utilizes CPU. The loading times are still pretty long

So overall 9/10. Get it. Play it. Period.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
great game!! one of CA's best
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
135.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
This is my favorite game of all time. It is the best Total war in my opion. The game is balanced and does a good job of teaching the history of Japan. I love the Fall of the Samurai DLC the best, it is probaly my favorite Total war game because I love how it is so modern. There is also Americans in the Fall of the Samurai dlc which makes it even better.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Excellent!It's the best total war I have ever seen!Love the history of Japan in 19th century?You could purchase the game and enjoy yourself!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
34.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
Best total War to date.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
289.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
One of the, if not THE best Total War game, but more than that, just a great strategy game. Almost impossible not to love.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
711.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
The best Total War production to date.

Its sobriety in design is no loss at all. If you need anymore recommendation, just look at the number of hours I played.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
361.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
A must have, simply the best Total War game.
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