Excerpt: Total War Shogun 2 porte bien son nom et nous permet comme ses prédécesseurs de participer à des batailles épiques, massives. Elles impliqueront le plus souvent des centaines voire des milliers de combattants prêts à suivre nos ordres. Le jeu se déroule plus précisément durant l’époque Sengoku. Cette époque s’étale du XVème au XVIème siècle et a été marquée par des conflits militaires incessants.
Summary: Way back in 1999, the release of Shogun: Total War came as something of a revelation to PC gamers. Creative Assembly had delivered one of the first, if not the first games to effectively marry the depth of traditional turn-based games as with the pace and excitement of real-time combat. Shogun was such a landmark release that even eleven years on few developers besides Creative Assembly themselves have been able to offer " Total War- style" gameplay.
Conclusion: Complete Control, No Hassle - In this rendition of Total War you must control everything that is going on in the provinces you control. From making sure what buildings are being constructed in each city and how much you are taxing the civilians, to how much food is being produced and whether you feel as if it is in fact time for another Sumo competition.
Conclusion: Despite noticeable faults that limit its replayability, and made me enjoy it less overall than the original Shogun 2 , Fall of the Samurai is still a solid game and a good addition to the Total War series. It covers new grounds and introduces new features that hopefully will enrich future Total War installments.
Excerpt: The Fall of the Samurai expansion is the latest entry of the Total War series, a complete rework of the highly acclaimed Shogun 2: Total War, including all-new unit, buildings and tech rosters, as well as deep changes in gameplay; making it practically a new game, using Shogun 2’s core engine. It is sold as a standalone game—it can be installed separately from Shogun 2.
Excerpt: De verwachtingen voor Shogun II: Total War waren hooggespannen. Niet alleen is de Total War-reeks een topserie, de serie gaat ook al lang mee en dan wordt het steeds moeilijker om vernieuwend uit de hoek te komen. De eerste glimp die we konden opvangen van Shogun II deed veel goeds vermoeden, maar natuurlijk is het altijd spannend afwachten tot de finale versie klaar is. Gelukkig heeft een Total War game ons nog nooit teleurgesteld.
Excerpt: The first time I played a Total War game was right here at Cheat Happens. It was within my first year as a full time reviewer, and I knew little about it. After an almost non-stop ten hour session with the game, I gave Empire: Total War a nearly perfect score and had a new favorite series. Flash forward a few years to Total War: Shogun , which set a new standard for the series.
Pros: Stands alone but you can spar with Shogun 2 players, Modern era units add more bang to the Total War formula, Off shore bombardment breathes new life into navies, Mix of new and old units lets you bring swords to a (Gatling) gun fight
Cons: Long load times, Railroads have limited utility