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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Includes 27 items: Medieval II: Total War™, Rome: Total War™ - Collection, 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, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of America, Empire: Total War™ - Elite Units of the East, Napoleon: Total War™, Napoleon: Total War - Heroes of the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon: Total War™ - Coalition Battle Pack, Napoleon: Total War™ - The Peninsular Campaign, Napoleon: Total War - Imperial Eagle Pack, 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 - Dragon War Battle Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2: Saints and Heroes Unit Pack, Total War: SHOGUN 2 – Otomo Clan Pack DLC, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai, 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, Viking: Battle for Asgard, Total War: SHOGUN 2 - Rise of the Samurai Campaign

 

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“...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

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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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40 of 41 people (98%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
285.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Shogun 2 is a masterpiece.

The game is already five years, soon six years old, but remains the best Total War up to date. Everything is there, every aspect or part of the game is in perfect synergy with all other aspects of the game.

You want good graphics? The Shogun graphics are still on par with Rome 2 or even Warhammer Total War.
The weather is so unbelievable well made, one time a thunder cracked in the distance of the map, I thought it was a movie.
You can see sakura petals flying with the winds. If the enemy is sneaking up on you through some forest, sometimes wild animals running from them may warn you. The campaign map is incredibly good. The artwork immerses you immensely into the game, 'til you either won your campaign, or another Clan wipes you off the face of the earth (damn you, f***** Takeda).

You want good battlefield animations? The ones from Shogun 2 are still the best compared to other Total Wars. Some dueling animations are godsend. The dying animation is by far the best in Shogun 2.

You want everything else? It's all there, from japanese voices to gifting units in multiplayer coop-campaigns. The Avatar-system in Multiplayer is unrivaled and has not been seen in any other Total War. Want to name some of your Multiplayer-units "Coldstream Guards"/"Stormtroopers"/"My mamas ♥♥♥♥"? Then f******** do it.

Heck, you now what?
Imma phone right now the Louvre, why the ♥♥♥♥ didn't they display this game there instead of tat ♥♥♥♥♥ ♥♥♥ ♥♥♥♥♥ Mona Lisa?
Because this game is ART.
Shogun is LOVE.
Shogun is LIFE.

5/7 would play again and forever.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
302.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
He will win who knows how to handle both superior and inferior forces.
He will win whose army is animated by the same spirit throughout all its ranks.
All warfare is based on deception.

Shogun 2 is an exceptional strategy game that is supported by it's powerful atmosphere as it enters the Sengoku period. It's soundtrack also attempts to tie in a Japanese cultural theme, while also sounding a bit interesting. Graphically, I think the game also looks pretty decent. You're given the objective of taking over Japan in it's days of constant war, to become Shogun. You'll be able to make allies with clans that, historically, would have fought you to the death, like making allies with the Uesugi as the Takeda. There's even a multiplayer campaign mode you can play if you want to conquer Japan with a friend, or against one. It's also quite immersive, thanks to the way the game presents every detail, such as a general's speech before battle, which changes as they grow more experienced.

The game follows the premise of total war, strategy becomes key in most battles.
The rules of the game are simple, break your enemies on the battlefield.


The main goal isn't to kill everyone, but to be victorious and conquer. You can even watch the carnage on the battlefield, as the melee combat's visuals have greatly improved in the series. There's even naval combat, which also has some immersive details, like the sailors singing a song as the row towards the enemy, or burning the enemy ship and even boarding them. There's a lot of strategy, both on and off of the battlefield. In battle, most of the choice belongs to you, as your men won't give themselves orders. Off the battlefield, you will be making deals with other clans, you will be betrayed by allies, or you will betray them, and you will make unlikely allies in times of war. You will also trade with anyone because you will be poor after everyone tries to murder you. You'll revive clans that have been defeated by conquering their homeland and making them your vassal. You may even be defeated yourself in an attempt to overthrow the Shogunate.

As the player, you are given absolute control over how you secure victory. There is no hand to guide you, other than your own, and you decide everything, like army composition, the strategy you employ, and how you plan to stab the others in back. There is much depth to the many aspects of the game, there's even an encyclopedia that explains the many things about this game, including the history of certain units, the function of skills that may be used in battle, and other various literary material.


Now, let's get into detail about combat.
It's fast paced and rewards decisive actions and quick strategic thinking, so there's a ton of micro-management.

Well, unless you pause the game, but then again, there's still a lot of decision making.

The UI makes it easy to understand the strengths and weakness of individual units, so you won't need to do research off the battlefield. Just hovering over the unit tells you what characteristics the unit has, so even novice commanders can play new units to their strengths, and many units provide interesting mechanics that expand on the gameplay. For example, a spear wall neutralizes enemy charges and is particularly deadly to cavalry, but it is incredibly vulnerable from the rear. Nodachi samurai have a lethal charge, but they can't hold out in a sustained battle, and katana samurai are powerful anti-infantry all-rounders. Naginata samurai are heavily armored and are strong against cavalry, but are slower than other units. Ninjas can use stealth and throw bombs, making them perfect battlefield assassins.

The terrain and weather makes an impact on the battlefield too. If it's raining, fire arrows won't work, and more soldiers will slip off the side of castle walls when making a siege. Trees can conceal enemy forces, or perhaps you can use them to set an ambush. Gunpowder units can't fire over terrain like arrows can.

Morale plays a huge role in the Total War series. In fact, it might be one of the most important thing in the series.
Units with low morale will rout, causing chaos for an army. Psychologically breaking the enemy is key for this reason, as it could lead to defeat or victory, as it has in many real battles. A good commander knows when and where to strike, and how to do it as well. This is where that extra layer of complexity comes into the game. A decisive charge, for example, doesn't just kill troops. It breaks the troops in the unit when they see their friend get butchered. When a whole unit routs, other units watch in fear. A good commander exploits that knowledge. He doesn't just break them one by one, he tries his best to break all of them, and under the right conditions, it's very possible. Conditions that you can set up.
Now, combine that decisive charge from earlier with a barrage of gunfire to the enemy, and then, combine that with the fact that you've just ambushed and killed the enemy general, and finally, put everything you have at the main force of the enemy and return victorious as you cut down the cowards.

Welcome to Total War.

( End of the review for Total War: Shogun 2. )

Below, I will briefly discuss the DLC, which should help you decide if you want them or not.

DRAGON WAR BATTLE PACK
It's about the legendary samurai Saigo Takamori, and you get to live his famous battles.
Saigo Takamori was probably one of the most influential samurai of his time, so if you're interested in the Boshin War, check out this guy on the internet or something.
Anyways, this DLC isn't worth it because it is only six battles. You're better off with just getting Fall of the Samurai, because Fall of the Samurai comes with this anyways, along with a campaign and multiplayer.
In terms of length, it took me about 3 hours on very hard, if that means anything to you.

Rise of the Samurai
In my experience and opinion, nowhere as interesting as the base game and Fall of the Samurai, as those two were simply more interesting eras, personally. It's just that the Sengoku period and the Boshin War were far more unique in terms of history. However, the thing is, if you prefer melee combat with bows instead of lots of gunfire, you may enjoy this over Fall of the Samurai. There's also a bigger emphasis on diplomacy, so there's a lot of political stuff going on. Agents are also different, and provide a different gameplay experience. Consider this DLC if you hate guns and love political intrigue.

DLC Units
Now we can move on to the 'Unit' DLC packs. Those, in my opinion, are quite ridiculous. Instead of adding extra unit variety in the base game, CA decides to put these units as DLC. This is why some people consider the game's multiplayer to be pay-to-win. Now, can you win without any of the DLC? Absolutely. I've beaten plenty of Fall of the Samurai avatars and heavy DLC Shogun 2 armies with the base game, before buying the DLC, but you get a lot less options when it comes to strategy as you don't have the flexibility that the other guys get. Now, is the DLC worth buying for pure 'fun'? I would say so. The units are more fun to use and generally they add a bit more spice to the game, even if you aren't playing multiplayer. However, it's still disappointing to see that this is where the Total War series decided to go all-out with the DLC milking, and it has gotten worse with every other release.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,407.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
BEST OF TOTAL WAR FRANCHISE.

1k+ hour enuff said. Avatar conquest is the best, everybody should try it out. It's a pity and shame that this game don't have an e-sport tilte. However it got one of the most dynamic and balanced also robust multiplayer gameplay.

This game is never too old. Come play avatar conquest!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,947.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
The best total war game ive ever played, with the only competitive multiplayer in the total war series..somewhat lacks campaign but the comp. makes up for it 10/10
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
960.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Total War doesn't get better than this.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
269.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
What is better than commanding thousands of peasant ashigarus conscripted from their wretched existence for the noble tasks of absorbing arrows, spewing blood, and decorating the battlefield as they should for your blood lust and sadistic satisfaction? Commanding tens of thousands of these peasant ashigarus to their painful and beautiful death!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
80.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
This is a very fun game. It stands the test of time, and overall, it's probably my best Total War experience.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
36.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
One of the best RTS games out there. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
444.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
By far my favorite Strategy Game ever, all around great. I dont mind that the unit variety is low as it comes down to tactics and playstyle if u will come out the Victor or not. The graphics are good, the small difference inbetween the Clans are noticable but not gamebraking as each of them has certian advantages and disadvantages. As i dont like shipwarfare much i a m very happy to report that it can be mostly avoided and that is auto function works well.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
218.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Very fun and challenging game especially on higher difficulties
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It was with great surprise that I played SHOGUN 2 and found it simply one of the best games I ever played.
I did not know what to expect from a Japanese-setting game, perhaps biased from being from Europe.
Quickly I fell in love with this game, because everything in it is close to perfection.

The historical notes, the stunning visuals, the great campaing map and magnificent audio tracks.
A campaign is most fun to play, and every faction contributes to a totally different game every time you start again.

Definitely play SHOGUN 2, especially if you are a fan of turn-based strategy games.
You will not be disappointed.
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