Summary: This is my first foray into the the Total War series. It's an interesting game, with a good bit of a learning curve (from someone coming over from starcraft II). Once I finally got the hange of it, it plays very well. The turn based play with real time battles is a good twist. Plus the ability to use naval support for land troops (and bombarding towns, armies, etc.) is very welcomed. I'd recommend it if the price is low and you enjoy strategy!
Summary: Love this game. It is like crack, and much better than Rome TW (which I loved also). One drawback is the level of technology advancement that is attainable before you have to conquer the Shogun. It seems that you have to choose just one or two paths, because the time runs out before you can really get advanced in different tech trees.
Great simulation, fun with friends and intense gameplay ! A+
6 April 2012
Summary: Great game. The graphic are incredible, the whole gaming experience mind-blowing. I seriously have to calm down and think of my next move for several minutes before ending my turn. The co-op experience is a lot of fun. Japan feodal times are not something I studied or anything but I pretty much felt like it was taught to me through this game.
Summary: Loading time is crappy but gameplay is amazing! It would be nice if there were more units to choose from, but they did a great job with the game. I never play naval, as I don't find it as much fun, but that does not take away from gameplay.
Summary: I am still waiting for the boxed limited edition, but went ahead and ordered the download. Yes, I'm a diehard! So far I have not been disappointed. First, the game plays different than Rise of the Samurai and the standard game. I found that to be in-line with the technology and political time change represented in this version of the series. The tactics applied in the earlier version games will obviously require a different approach or recalibration.
Summary: This is a high-end graphics gamer's dream, with beautiful graphics the game looks quite amazing from videos I've seen. However, if your computer isn't at the top of the food-chain expect for a little bit of hurting in the graphics department. The game-play was still great though, and represented the Japanese warriors incredibly well. There is nothing i can criticize about the game-play, except there is no variety between units.
Summary: Another Total War edition. I was very happy to see a "local" campaign mission, instead of the all spanning global battlefields in Rome and Empire. Additionally, the concept of moving to a whole new theater type, moving away from a Europe central game was interesting. However, the gameplay took the rating from a solid 4.5 to a mere 2 since it is very USER UNFRIENDLY.