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Total War: Shogun 2

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  • CONQUER sixteenth-century Japan. Lead massive samurai armies and fleets of warships into sweeping real-time battles.
  • BUILD a kingdom in turn-based mode. Wield economic, political, and military power to amass wealth, armies, and influence.
  • SCHEME & FIGHT with Sun Tzu's powerful Art of War techniques. Deploy ninjas as either spies or assassins to gather enemy information or perform assassinations before unleashing the army's wrath.
  • BATTLE ONLINE in special campaigns. Lead online armies to glory against the community's best Total War generals.
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Shogun 2 is the ultimate refinement of the original formula with a new, cutting-edge AI, more polish and online functionality than ever before. The result is the perfect mix of real-time and turn-based strategy gaming that invites both veterans of Total War and new players to experience the enjoyment and depth of the series.

Shogun 2: Total War is the long-awaited follow-up to the original PC game in the Total War turn-based Strategy franchise, Shogun: Total War. In it players assume the leadership of one of several warring provinces in a historically correct rendition of Medieval Japan simultaneously cursed by warfare and blessed with new wealth following the fall of the Ashikaga Shogunate. Using the natural and political resources available, as well as the strengths of their Samurai and peasant units, players eliminate enemies by all means possible as they seek to become the next shogun and extend their power over the whole of Japan. Additional features include: leveling of the player character, hero units and standard units, realistically varied AI responses and both competitive and cooperative online multiplayer support.

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The Total War Franchise

In 2000, The Creative Assembly game development team reinvented the Strategy game genre with Shogun: Total War, an unprecedented blend of 3D real-time battles and turn-based game management that would become the first offering in the multi-award winning Total War series. With over 7 million units sold and universal acclaim from the press and community, The Total War franchise has consistently been at the cutting edge of the genre and is today one of the most successful PC franchises of all time. That success continues with Shogun 2: Total War. Shogun 2: Total War takes longtime veterans and newcomers alike to the next level of strategy gaming on PC. Based on 10 years of experience, Total War, Shogun 2 is the perfection of the series with a new Artificial Intelligence (AI), revolutionary multiplayer modes, brand new campaign map options and epic 3D real-time battles.

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Shogun 2: Total War--Limited Edition

Set during the golden age of Samurai warfare, Shogun 2 brings to life the most turbulent period of Japanese history. It is the middle of the 16th century in Medieval Japan. The country, ruled for nearly 200 years by a unified government under the Ashikaga Shogunate, is now split into many warring clans following the shogunate's fall. The player takes on the role of one Daimyo, a feudal clan leader ruling a limited area of the country, and will use military engagements, economics and diplomacy to achieve the ultimate goal: unification of Japan under his supreme command and the title of Shogun - the undisputed ruler of Japan.


Like all Total War games, Shogun 2 is a turn-based Strategy game, featuring real-time tactics. The original Shogun: Total War game was the first in the Total War series, making it the blueprint for those that came after it, but this new game does contain a variety of new notable gameplay features. These features include: the players role as an individual leader on the field instead of an invisible hand guiding combat; improved graphics down to the motion capture techniques used to animate matched combat; a built-in morale system that allows opposing AI to react to the forces you set before them, influencing tactics as well as their willingness to stand and fight; combined naval and land battles; and RPG like leveling of standard units and special Hero units that rise in rank with each successful battle.

Limited Edition Extra Content

  • The Total War: SHOGUN 2 Limited Edition delivers instant access to exclusive and free content to both the single player and multiplayer modes of the game. 
  • Exclusive ninja clan – the Hattori clan are masters of the Iga-ryu ninjutsu - a unique collection of martial skills and guerrilla techniques. This additional in-game faction is only available in the Limited Edition and includes the most powerful battlefield ninja units. 
  • Extra historical scenario - The Battle of Nagashino saw an alliance between the Oda and Tokugawa clans clashing against the legendary Takeda clan in 1575. Takeda was ultimately defeated but, as in all Total War battles, victory lies in your hands and by playing one of these three factions you can repeat history... or even rewrite it! 
  • Special armour for your avatar – this complete set of armour will make your General’s avatar stand out on the battlefield and will reward you with the Bad Omen retainer that affects morale to enemy ashigaru (foot soldier) units, giving you a competitive advantage online. 
  • Bank account of XP for your avatar – only the Limited Edition owners will be able to start their General’s avatar at a higher level, with instant access to one upgrade point to spend on special skills or traits.

Key Game Features

  • Total War Redefined - Shogun 2 is the ultimate refinement of the original formula with a new, cutting-edge AI, more polish and online functionality than ever before. The result is the perfect mix of real-time and turn-based strategy gaming that invites both veterans of Total War and new players to experience the enjoyment and depth of the series.
  • New Character Progression - Choose from nine different clans and compete for the undisputed supremacy of Medieval Japan. Gain experience to level up your own character-warlord as well as your generals and agents.
  • A Complete Single and Multiplayer Offering - Play through the main campaign in single player or invite a friend online to play competitively or cooperatively in Campaign Multiplayer mode. Join 8-player multiplayer battles with your own upgradable avatar and climb the online leaderboard to show the world who reigns supreme. Also including exciting new modes of team play for clans, a first in the Total War series.
  • New Generation AI System - Developed according to Sun Tzu's principles in "The Art of War," the game's artificial intelligence constantly analyzes its situation and reacts to your every move with greater precision and variety.
  • Improved Land and Naval Battle Gameplay - Land battles never felt so realistic with new multi-staged castle sieges and terrain features changing according to the weather and time of the day - turning each engagement into a tactical challenge. Set buildings on fire to force garrisoned troops out and use your units' special abilities to turn the tide of the battle. Naval combat also offers more variety with the addition of coastal battles. Islands can work as effective cover for your ships, while sand bars and reefs can be used as traps against an enemy fleet.
  • Accessible and In-depth Empire-building Gameplay - A streamlined user interface makes management of your kingdom much easier. Build and govern cities, recruit and train troops, conduct diplomacy and manage your agents – each feature is now introduced with comprehensive tutorials, gradually revealing the depth of the Shogun 2 campaign map – the heart and soul of the Total War experience.

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Large-scale combat in the field in Shogun 2: Total War
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Combined land and sea battles in Shogun 2: Total War
Combined land & sea battles.
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  • Item Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,508 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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110 of 132 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 15, 2011
About a decade ago Shogun: Total War was the masterpiece that launched one of the best Strategy simulation franchises in gaming history. It was a perfectly balanced game that combined turn-based strategic decisions with real time battles in a beautiful interface made in the style of medieval Japanese artworks.
The game was based on the teachings of Sun Tzu, the Chinese strategist, who believed in the indirect approach: search for comparative advantages, use your forces with economy, surprise and deceive, and only fight limited wars. The medieval Japanese setting (relatively small armies made up from a limited number of distinct units fighting on different terrains), served as the perfect substrate to implement these strategies.
I have played every single Total War game since and they were all a joy to experience - yet nothing surpassed to the first Shogun. Until now.

The gameplay has matured, deepened and acquired a number of new features, including some RPG additions. We now have Mastery of Arts, a tech tree branching into Bushido (warfare) and Chi (governance & finances). There are now hero units, inspiring the troops, going after the enemy general or turning the battle at that crucial point.
Generals are upgradable and modifiable, increasing their effectiveness and making them indispensable. The honorable death of a seasoned general will affect many aspects of your overall strategy and may prove the decisive point of the entire campaign. Which is why subterfuge is so important.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By WiltDurkey on June 17, 2011
Shogun 2 is my favorite in the series, along with Rome. I skipped Empire, really didn't hear much good about it, but have played all the others.

A bit about myself so that you can see where I am coming from. Have been playing RPGs and wargames for 25+ years. Loved the early Civ games, not so much the later ones. Big multiplayer Quake and Doom fan, but dislike any type of real-time wargame that involves simultaneous combat & resource gathering (Rise of Nations, StarCraft...). Mostly looking for solo replay value, but will try online gaming. Read several history books about Japan as well as some James Clavell. Big into military history. Computer: 2011 MacBookPro under bootcamp Win7, 4 GB, mostly run at 1920x1200.

So what is there to like, after 3 tries, last one successful, and 77 hours of normal-level play?

- Tactically: Gorgeous graphical update to the Total War series that keeps the same tried game mechanics and control. Reasonable AI that can quickly overwhelm you with aggressive infantry troops if you let it. It's pretty clever about archers now, protecting its own, attacking yours.

As usual, it's rock/paper/scissors, i.e. infantry/archers/horse. The AI is just better at it than before, so flanking is more difficult to carry off.

One annoyance is that you often have to babysit your units to keep them from engaging in melee: skirmishing archers do not always retreat, horsemen turn around and attack spearmen. That's probably fairly realistic for medieval/ancient battlefields though.

The generals have better-defined abilities, such as their command radius and the option to temporarily inspire/boost one given unit.
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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful By K. Patton on March 21, 2011
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Having just completed a weekend of marathon shogun Total War II playing, I have to say that it does not improve much on the original game. Sure the graphics are much better, but its been how many years, and how many Total War Releases since Shogun I came out?

The campaign game mechanics are basically the same as Empire and Napoleon Total war and are a great improvement over the original.

The new version employs the economic and technical development ladders we have come to know and love from Empires and Napoleon. The maps are superb. Where it falls flat is on the battlefield.

I find the new battles about as engaging as the original, and find myself stuck in the Gods eye view since the battles are so frenetic and fast paced, you can barely stay on top of the action, and a moments lapse will find you with units routing and a would be victory statched into the jaws of defeat. The tactical battlefield engine as it stands now is much better for the slugfests of 17 and 1800's when lines would stand and slug it out for a while before anything tactical decisive occurs.

Not so with Shogun II. With showers of arrows that come in torrents the likes of which Noah never witnessed an erstwhile steadfast and dependable unit can melt away in an instant and do its best impression of an Iraqi army unit leaving Kuwait...

Oh, yeah, the Japanese troops in Shogun II must all be marathon runners, as they can cover miles and miles at a run without having to so much as pause for a breather...

The graphic sprites are cool, but Like I said, you have very little chance to zoom in and enjoy them, if you do, you risk losing the battle pretty quickly.
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