Posted: June 27
Total War: Shogun 2, is the Seventh game in the Total War series, and the Sequel to the Original Shogun: Total War, which was the first game of the series. Taking place in Feudal Japan following the Middle Ages, you can play as one of several warlords, or factions, whose job it is to take over and unite Japan under one ruler. Each faction has their own strengths and weaknesses, Economic, Political, and Militarily. There are several DLC's for Shogun 2, including; Rise of the Samurai, Fall of the Samurai, The Dragon War Battle, as well as several downloadable clan packs. Unlike previous games in the series, Shogun 2 takes place only in Japan and not Europe or the overall world as a whole.
The tutorial is also different, in that when I tried using it, it seemed to be a series of video clips on what to do, as opposed to an actual playable tutorial, the way previous Total War games have allowed. The game is straightforward, easy to learn, and reminds me of a rebooted and upgraded version of Shingen The Ruler, which was an old NES game. I had a lot more fun with this game then I figured I would, given it's region-specific story arc and lack of a sandbox feel the way previous Total War games were. As with all Total War games, it is part real time battle strategy and tactics when in combat, and turn-based role play when not fighting enemy units. A departure from many of the previous Total War games in some ways, but a fun and interesting game in any case.