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Shogun: Total War (Windows)

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Shogun: Total War is a real-time strategy game in which you play as a Daimyo, one of the warlords battling for the right to be called Shogun, ruler of a united Japan. The game is roughly split into two sections: a map-based planning stage and a 3D battle stage.

The map stage is where you build buildings in the territories that you own, organize forces, plan campaigns and generally deal with the running of your conquests. You can also research new technologies and train troops here, so it is very important.

When a conflict arises, you turn to the battle stage. Unlike almost all other real-time strategy games, Shogun's battles take place on a 3D battlefield with realistic terrain. Hills roll gently into the distance, scattered trees break up the horizon and your troops lie dead in a pile on the floor. Because in Shogun your men don't just disappear when they die, they lie there, bleeding. Up to 6 armies, each containing thousands of troops, can be displayed on screen at the same time. You can zoom in to individual companies of 100 (the smallest unit) or zoom out to view the battlefield as a whole.


Shogun: Total War Windows Takeda Throne Room: The banner is Takeda Shingen's personal battle motto: "Be steady as a mountain, attack like fire, be quiet as the wood, swift as the wind."
Shogun: Total War Windows Breaking up Archer formations
Shogun: Total War Windows In the hands of an inept or inexperienced commander, a battle can turn into an ugly mess.
Shogun: Total War Windows Clan Choice: Takeda, as seen in Kurosawa's 'Kagemusha'

Alternate Titles

  • "幕府将军:全面战争" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Taisho: Total War" -- Working title
  • "Shogun" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

Miniatures wargaming nirvana! A work of art Jim Newland (53) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Truly a wonderfull surprise! William Shawn McDonie (1088) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The definitive game of samurai warfare...or tactical medieval warfare in general. Ray Soderlund (3497) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
A fine 3D tactical simulation with strategic gameplay. Rick Jones (108) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
Classic warfare in feudal Japan. Jeff Watts (21) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Take Risk, add some RTS, a dash of AOE, and stir. Enjoy! Raphael (1160) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
One of the most addicting strategy games of its kind. Ivan Grant (6) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameSpy Jun 27, 2000 90 out of 100 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Gamer Brasil Nov, 2000 86 out of 100 86
IGN Jun 22, 2000 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) May 25, 2000 82 out of 100 82
Gry OnLine Feb 23, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameGenie 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) May, 2000 78 out of 100 78
PC Player (Germany) May, 2000 78 out of 100 78
All Game Guide 2000 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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Many of the AI's behavioral patterns are, according to the developers, based on the ideas and tactics formulated by Sun Tzu in "The Art of War." The game also displays various quotes from the book during the course of the game.

Related Web Sites

  • Official Shogun: Total War Site (A neat Shockwave animation introduces you to the world of Shogun. The site is pretty, but bare boned.)
  • The Samurai Archives (The definitive site on samurai and the Sengoku period, during which Shogun takes place.)
  • TotalWar.Org (One of the oldest, and the best run of Shogun Fan Sites. Has updates, modifications to the demo, discussion boards, helpful information, and links to many of the clans. )
  • Total War Wiki (Shogun: Total War at the official Wiki.)
Matthew Bailey (1140) added Shogun: Total War (Windows) on Jun 18, 2000