Summary: It was 6AM and the sun was already up, but my attention was focused on the battle being raged on the PC before me. I had played through the night to reach this moment: the first major confrontation between the two remaining clans to decide who would rule Japan. The enemy's warrior monks started to create havoc on my left front. Hurriedly, I sent two units of Yari Samarai to bolster the line, but I sent them in unsupported. A huge mistake.
Summary: Shogun is an EXCELLENT game, BUT IS UNPLAYABLE ON MOST OF THE BRAND NEW SYSTEMS OUT TODAY. Due to terrible EA techinical support, and horrible compatibility issues, Shogun doesn't work on my BRAND NEW 900mhz computer. I know for a fact that most people with an Nvidia graphics card CANNOT play Shogun. Electronic Arts (manufacterer of shogun) neglects the problem and refuses to patch their game to work with Nvidia drivers.
Summary: This game is great. It runs along lines similar to the games Myth: The Fallen Lords and Sid Meier's Civil War games; real-time strategy over a 3-D topographic battlefield. I found its interface clean and simple, a necessity when commanding forces numbering in the hundreds and thousands. The only problem I found was the unit's tendency to end up several screen inches away from where they were first directed to go.
Summary: Alright, let me first say this: Total War is one of the greatest strategy games I have ever played. Now, I'm not an expert or anything on Japanese history or what makes a good game, but mostly the only games that I play are RTS games and I've never been satisfied with them because they focus way too much on rescouce management and not the thrill of war (leading thousands of samurai across a battlefield to go and totally slaughter the other army). Shogun gets it right.
Summary: Shogun Total War - Well what do i think of the Game? Well I gave it Five stars so obviously I think it is great. This RTS game will be the best game available of its kind on the market for a while to come. If you are not the sort of person that gets thrills out of commanding vast Samurai Armies in what is essentially mass slaughter, then don't even think about purchasing this game. The game requires a great deal of thought, whether it be, do I attack or not?
Summary: Shogun is a great game. This game is divided into two modes, the turn-based strategy mode (like Civilisation and Risk) and the real-time battle mode (like C&C and Ground Control. This is actually the first time that this mix succeeds in one excellent game. You have to choose from seven rival daimyos (warlords) and simply conquer all Japan. But the task set for you is not an easy one.
Summary: Comparing Shogun with the other dominant brand of strategy war games recently (i.e. Warcraft and all of its numerous copycats, e.g. Age of Empires, StarCraft, Command & Conquer, etc.) brings to mind the old Sesame Street ditty "One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn't the same...
Summary: I have been playing Shogun for almost three weeks now. I've read most of the reviews and will comment on some of the common themes and add my own review. Shogun is an RTS game, and it is done better than Gettysburg or the Close Combat Series. The battle segments are well done. I've read that some people had issues controlling there troops. First, the company promo states that the troops will act independently at times. Troop management in a battle is chaotic at best.
Summary: I love feudal Japan. I've been editor for a magazine on feudal Japan for over ten years, have made kimono, and love watching Japanese movies for hours and hours. I have the Shogun board game, and play that quite a bit. Since I review strategy games for BellaOnline.Com, it was a natural for me to buy Shogun: Total War as soon as it was out.
Summary: I've been a student of japanese martial- and cultural-history for over 20 years, and have seen many attempts to make a game like this, and bought most of them. the only other real 'success' i've seen was 'Shingen' for the old 8-bit nintendo system. 'Shingen' was a VERY nice piece of work for a turn-based game, but THIS? This is truly an amazing piece of work!