Posted: December 17
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME
I made the mistake on holding off on this game for so long because (being a fan of Empire's style) I thought that feudal Japan felt like a boring distant culture I could not get into, let alone relate to, but after watching enough reviews with overwhelming praise for the game, I just had to give it a try...and I got sucked in.
Everything in this game is either perfect or darn near perfect. From the music and voices to the artwork, this is a very immersive game. Combat animations give the most fluid and interesting (and brutal) portrayals of combat I've ever seen in a Total War game (haven't played Rome 2 yet though)
The main tutorial teaches most of what you need to know, such as how to use the campaign map, the basics of attacking, but I would strongly recommend searching for and studying battle tips on youtube (and there are plenty!). Just remember: Spear beats horse, sword beats spear, horse beats sword, bow beats everything at distance, and everything beats bow up close, and keep your general safe and close. Naval combat is the game's only weakness, as early on it feels like its just archer platforms shooting eachother. You'll be desperate to upgrade and get ships with cannons to spice it up.
Just don't do what I did on my nooby first try...expanding and recruiting too many too fast, running out of food and money, losing public order, and starting an early realm divide, A PERFECT NIGHTMARE (It's actually pretty much common sense when governing the campaign map, so don't worry about stressful brainstorming on this)
All in all, this is a game every PC should have. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes RTS games or would like to get into RTS games. I also strongly recommend it to RTS fans who have been on the fence over getting this game. It's worth every cent. (Don't forget Fall of the Samurai though, some people say it's even better than plain Shogun 2)