SHOGUN: Total War™ is the first, original title in a 15 year series of award-winning strategy games. This Collection Edition also includes the Mongol Invasion Expansion Pack.
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Very Positive (110 reviews) - 81% of the 110 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 13, 2000

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SHOGUN: Total War™ - Collection includes the base game SHOGUN: Total War™ and its official expansion pack - Mongol Invasion.

About SHOGUN: Total War™

Japan, 1542, a country in turmoil. The last shogunate has collapsed, leaving a nation divided into numerous factions, each led by a daimyo, a feudal warlord.
Each daimyo is out to scheme, murder, and wage war to become supreme ruler. The emperor is powerless, a puppet of whichever faction controls Kyoto. Into this melting pot come the first European explorers; bringing guns, religion, and disease.
Out of this chaos will emerge only one daimyo, he who will master all the varied skills that make up the art of war; Politics, economics, subterfuge, strategic warfare, and battlefield tactics.

Only one will become Shogun.
• The first, original title in a 15 year series of award-winning strategy games.
• The debut of the now legendary formula of Total War gameplay; a unique mix of turn-based grand strategy and real-time battles.
• Zen-like simplicity belies a deep and rewarding game, even when measured against the best contemporary titles.
• Now updated for modern resolutions and Steam integration.

About SHOGUN: Total War™ - Mongol Invasion

Though in history, Kublai Khan’s otherwise unstoppable Mongol Horde were turned back from Japan’s shores by catastrophic weather, in this expansion for SHOGUN: Total War, the ultimate ‘what-if’ question of the period is asked.
As either the invading Mongols or the ruling Hojo clan of Japan, it is up to you to take the islands for the Khan or secure your homeland against an imposing threat.
• Features a new playable faction, and new units on both sides of the conflict.
• Adds new campaign and multiplayer modes.
• Includes a map editor to complete the challenge and further enhance a seminal title.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7
    • Processor: 1 Ghz or faster processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 graphic card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 955 MB available space
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
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Very Positive (110 reviews)
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4.2 hrs
Posted: August 12
This game was my first PC game I can remember playing at 5 years old. Yep pretty sad to have played it back in 2000 when I was 5. But it is one of the greats in my book because I'm biased. It still have bugs and was broken but thanks to Valve/Steam etc it is now playable on advanced systems like ours today. Buy it, play it. Remeber the old times or discover why Total War became a franchise.

This is the beginning for me.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: July 31
This is a DINOSAUR. Let it die. Shhhhhhh
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 25
too old
try Total War: Shogun 2 instead

-game crashing too often
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4.1 hrs
Posted: July 4
I played a game called World War Alpha a long time ago and my favorite Sengoku related game was Samurai Warriors: Empires.

This game managed to take the best of those two games and gives it even more depth. This is a great game, especially with it being the first in a long line of grand stragety games.
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37.9 hrs
Posted: June 28
He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword. Shogun Total War is the epitome of this saying (especially in the higher difficulty settings) as life in Japan in this period is very unforgiving:
If you are very aggressive and attack you neighbors without planning, you die.
If you don't plan your economy well, you die.
If you don't master the intricacies of warfare early on, you die.

10/10 for fun, replay-ability.
8/10 sound
I won't comment on the graphics, as this is 15+ game.

Overall, I highly recommend it especially if you played it as a kid.

Windows 10, nvidia 230M, 8GB RAM, core-i7
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2.7 hrs
Posted: June 24
Shogun: Totalwar was a revolution when it first came out. Watching thousands of soldiers fighting on the battlefield felt amazing. Today the graphics may look outdated but i still enjoyed playing a little.

There was a weird lag when selecting my faction but after that i was able to play the game normally. By normal i mean AI kicked my a** quickly :)
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0.4 hrs
Posted: June 23
It`s a great game that din`t old well. If you are old school with a crap PC that`s the game for you.
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Sir Edward Astralis
0.9 hrs
Posted: June 6
back in 2001 this was all i played. It was an amazing game to me, and it still is, 15 years later. Sure, its a bit dated, and the throne room audio is broken and they dont give a damn, but its the essential total war experience for cheap. This is how it all started, and thats worth something.
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Fruorin Shieldheart
26.1 hrs
Posted: May 21
Not the best game of the series but you can play it for to observe how series have developed itself throughout years. Also, Mongol Invasion expansion pack is really hard and challenging. Definitely worth buying and playing.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: May 21
its a realy great game that works on windows 10, its looks a bit dated due to its age but over all its a must play
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
335 of 373 people (90%) found this review helpful
28 people found this review funny
31.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2015
Yep CA did the impossible and released Shogun originial onto steam .. Can we get 1000 rate ups for a steam workshop for this anicent masterpiece .. i know everyone wants to see a remastered graphics mod :)
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130 of 138 people (94%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2015
Oh man, I remember watching my dad play this when I was like 5. Brings back so many memories, and now I get to play it again!

The game is very different than moder TW games. You really have to get used to the comands and camera control. E.g. you don't move units by right clicking but by left clicking (in the battle), and that feels really wierd. The campaign is also completely different, but nothing you can't figure out with a couple of hours of gameplay.

The graphics: what can I say, don't expect much. For a game released in 2000 it is revolutionary. And they made a good job optimizing it. It maybe is pixelated, but it runs and looks smooth, and I personaly love the retro look, it gives a totaly different feeling to the game. It runs in fullscreen on 1920x1080, but only in the campaign and the battles. The main menu doesn't cover the whole screen, which is kind of dissapointing and strange, but not a super big deal.

The music, the sounds, the atmosphere, the graphics. This game, together with Medieval, takes you back in time, when it all started. And to have that oportunity is simply amazing.

If you never played this game but you have played modern TW games, I cannot recommend it enough, get it now !!
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95 of 102 people (93%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2015
I almost bought this game from Gamersgate, but I had heard it was impossible to play on newer systems. I borrowed a copy from a friend and, sure enough, it would not start. After developer credits it would crash to desktop every single time. I tried all sorts of fixes, but nothing made the game work. I had no choice but to accept the upsetting fact that it was just completely incompatible with modern software. I was very sad about this because, being a fan of other Total War games, I really wanted to play this one and experience first-hand the evolution of the series.

Can you believe my luck? A week later Creative Assembly/Sega release this game on Steam, updated to run on my OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit, and it works perfectly! Not only that, but they also release Medieval: Total War; which also works! That's not all. The main menu screen is fixed to default resolution, but the in-game resolution can be maxed out to 1920 x 1080, and it looks stunning. Game is still simple-looking, but highly detailed and addicting.

This was a very nice surprise that caught me totally off guard. They've made me one of the happiest gamers today!
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59 of 64 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2015
Shogun: Total War is a game set in medieval Japan, where the aim is to unite the country under your banner. It has the dated charm of the 00's and lacks the impressive graphics of later Total War games, but it is my contention that this game is a great one in its own right.

One might think that the only reason to get the game is for nostagia's sake. And there is no denying that a significant percentage of the purchases will probably come from old players. One advantage of this copy compared to the old one that you might still own is that it is now compatible mith modern operating systems. I am personnally using windows 7 and have had no problems playing a few turns in the campaign and winning a custom battle. Moreover, the price tag is quite reasonable.

The game is 15 years old and the graphics are no longer up to today's standards. They still have a certain charm to them and it does not prevent having fun at all. In addition, the game offers several campaigns - including one about a hypothetical mongol invasion of Japan.

However, the game is much more than just a means to satiate your nostalgia. The game is different from all Total War games that would follow (barring its successor Medieval), mainly regarding the campaign map. It uses a Risk-like campaign map, which means that movement is much more restrained. This allows for totally different campaign dynamics and really gives a fresh feel to the campaign, at least for Total War veterans who are not used to this campaign-style. One of the main advantages of this system is that it is much simpler and the AI can therefore cope with it significantly better than with the totally open campaign of later iterations. This makes the campaign both fun and challenging, as defeat becomes a very real possibility.

Regarding battles, the principles applied in later iterations were already present in Shogun and the most interesting feature is that there are lots of historical battles, grouped in different historical campaigns (Nobunaga, Ieyasu, Hideyosi and a mongol one). Playing those historical campaigns gives a nice sense of progression and is quite rare in later iterations.

After explaining the pros and cons of the game, I hope that I could convey the particular feel of this game, and I can only commend this game to those who want a different Total War experience!
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29 of 29 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
This is one of those classic games that improved the PC gaming industry! It was a truly groundbreaking game at the time and even today (with the new found love for pixel art) it has a decent gameplay and still offers some decent strategic challenge, well balanced and is just simply very enjoyable. I remember the first time I experienced the Total War battle system, I immediately fell in love with it and played every Total War game since.
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
426.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2015
This was a ground breaking game when it first came out. And in many ways it holds its own against the newer revisions. But like most games, the AI is both good, but also full of holes. AI is just plain hard to write and the devs did a good job on it. But you see the holes after you have played a lot and thus start to pay attention to certain details. Eventually you figure out the game loopholes and rediculous exploits and the game looses its luster. You can currently get a Steam Key for the Gold Edition from Humble for a buck which is quite a deal. The Gold edition has a few bugs in it but nothing that inhibits gameplay.

To show what I mean about how the AI is limited, consider that it is possible to win a game while never attacking. You achieve this by:

1. teching up to Geisha and assassinating mercilessly
2. improving your lands for greater KOKU production so you can afford the upgrade path
3. adding units prudently when affordable to not look too weak
4. bribing Ronin armies for cheap units
5. allying with other clans to delay them from attacking you for as long as possible
6. inciting revolts in other clans' provinces around yours to further keep their armies tied up

Note how with this strategy you never have to initiate battle. You can eliminate all rival clans by 1560 this way. Give it a try. It makes for a different kind of game.
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37 of 46 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 26, 2015
at last a classic returns
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2015
Sweet Japanese goodness. First Medieval Total War and now this gem too? This right here, coupled with Medieval Total War were my freaking childhood and worth hundreds of hours of game time. I'm so happy to fiercely charge with my 2d sprites against the enemies of my Clan! Plus, how many games can your diplomat get his head chopped off and sent back to you as a declaration of war? That's right... only this one. Into the Sengoku Jidai, once more lads!
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27, 2015
Loved it then and I love it now. This and shogun 2 are by far my favorite games.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
18.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2015
3% chose to embrace Christ for the gunpowder (eh)
25% kill all those ♥♥♥♥ing buddarebels that will screw your domains and plans of conquest
10% proudly make an army of Arquebus Ashigaru
1% find out that the new Arquebus Ashigaru sucks
1% learn after some nerd searching that the gunpowder of those Ashigaru didn't work when raining (need to upgrade them to Musketeers Ashigaru)
10% curse (but love) the realism of this game
20% build a Kensai and ♥♥♥♥ the realism
30% OP cavalry

The first of the TW series, nothing more to say. Also, following the teachings of Sun Tzu, I got my revenge after all those years, remembering when my old PC couldn't manage so much CPU requirements when this game was released. Now with a GeForce 980 I could conquer Japan.

10/10 wouldn't convert again to Christ, will enjoy Buddamonks

EDIT: a friend of mine found me, I own a GeForce 970, not a 980. Was trying to cheat the enemy into thinking my forces on field were greater. Sun Tzu docet.
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