Posted: June 3
Shogun 2 is a must-have game for fans of the Total War series.
Out of all the Total War games, Shogun 2 is perhaps the most expansive game with the highest average quality of graphics, content, and gameplay combined. You will find yourself in scenic Japan, conquering regions in Total War style as the blossoms flutter over your battleline. You will have plenty of choices and options for your empire and they are all meaningful in some way. You can embrace the new western technology and get yourself some guns, take on christianity or stick to the old ways, eventually becoming the ruler of Japan.
All of this comes with you being able to manage your entire clan - Build your holdings, expand them, train units and send your military to where they're needed and command the battles yourself. Naval battles of ancient Japan(Floating castles and archers) are an interesting thing, with entirely new tactics to learn - Which you can do yourself. Just as battles on land are commanded by you personally if you wish. You can lead your clan from humble beginnings to glory, personally commanding every battle on the way there. Watch those forts though - They may look simple, but they are not to be underestimated. Keep in mind that this is still an arcade-y game, as far as history goes. So while it does present a decent historical accuracy it does ignore some things for the sake of gameplay.
That said, it does have its flaws. It occasionally crashes and there are arbitrary unit limits preventing you from using more than a certain amount of specific units , along with an AI that is not too amazing(Not awful either though) are some of the lesser points of the game. The AI is very keen on plundering your lands, which ends up being more of a pain in the...Rear end than entertaining as you have to repair -yet another- farm and hunt down another four units of spearmen that ran past your defence and just keeps running away from you. It does mean that you can't really sit in your fort all the time and let the enemy come to you, but in the end you don't really gain anything aside from a headache from hunting down all the little armies running through your land. Luckily there are river crossings and mountains you can stand by to block most of the enemy from getting through
Out of all the Total War games to get, Shogun 2 and Rome (The first, not Rome 2) are the ones you should consider first. Shogun 2 provides you with excellent quality and a great experience, and is well worth spending your time and money on