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Shogun: Total War (Windows)

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MobyRank
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
3.9
MobyScore
5 point score based on user ratings.

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 (1152) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
The definitive game of samurai warfare...or tactical medieval warfare in general. Ray Soderlund (3500) 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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 3.7
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.1
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 4.0
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 4.0
Overall MobyScore (55 votes) 3.9


The Press Says

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98
Gamer's Pulse
It took me 5 ½ hours to beat this game on the highest difficulty, and I suspect that if I played the exact same moves over, I would lose. This is the charm, intrigue and power of Shogun. A game that is smooth right out of the box, and addictive as all get out. The hardest thing about writing this review was remembering how much fun I had playing, and not being able to actually play! If you like war games, board games or 3D combat games, Shogun is a must-have. If you have never played those styles of games, then now is your chance to play one of the best. Now if you will excuse me, I have an empire to forge.
90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Shogun is by far one of the most engaging, intelligent and atmospheric RTS titles that has graced the market in recent times. Despite the many complaints that have arisen about the relatively feature-free turn-based combat, it should be noted that, much like the teachings of Sun Tzu that are so crucial to Shogun‘s real-time combat, simplicity can often reveal surprising complexity if viewed in the right light. The same applies to the adaptive and dynamic combat, as you get what you put into it, thereby opening up gameplay to RTS fans of all levels. Those interested in Ancient Japanese culture will also find much to like here, as the entire game is steeped from top to bottom in pure and uncompromising atmosphere. Between this, the majestic combat and the refreshingly peaceful turn-based strategy, Shogun presents a rather amazing experience that no RTS maven nor fan of the period should deny themselves.
90
GameSpy
Although there are a couple quirks here and there, they really don't detract from the overall game experience, and Creative Assembly has said that they are committed to fixing those minor problems in a patch. Total War offers some of the best turn-based strategy we've seen in a long time, and adds massive, challenging real-time battles to the mix. If you're a strategy nut, you'll definitely find a high addiction factor here. Put this one on your 'must own' list.
90
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Despite these flaws, SHOGUN possesses an impressive amount of depth and replay value in both strategy and tactical gameplay, making it the leading candidate for Strategy Game of the Year. Bottom line: SHOGUN is well worth the price, so strap on your Do, powder your Katana, and join the armies of the Sengoku Jidai.
90
Eurogamer.net (UK)
Everything about the game smacks of good research and authenticity, down to the ability to select a Japanese voiceover with English subtitles rather than having English voices all the way through. Fans of samurai movies, fans of medieval warfare, or simply anyone wishing to play the single most accurate simulation of war ever created, will have no excuse for not owning a copy of Shogun: Total War. With one caveat... This is not a game for the impatient, and it will take you several hours of play and a number of humiliating defeats before you start to have any idea of how to play properly. However, once you do get to grips with it, Shogun is a highly rewarding and engrossing game that will quite possibly be responsible for a large number of sleepless nights.
90
Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Оставляя вне рамок статьи еще множество нюансов геймплея, скажу, что выводы будут весьма однозначны. Shogun, несомненно, достоин занять далеко не последнее место в коллекции любого компьютерного и даже просто стратега. Отличная реализация достаточно серьезных полководческих идей, красивая внешняя оболочка, удобное управление, немалые мультиплеерные возможности (представьте только, каково будет играть в ЭТО по сети с хитрым и коварным братом по разуму) — воистину обязательная покупка для любого поклонника жанра.
89
Strategy Gaming Online
I began the review touching on Japanese minimalist style on purpose. Shogun takes a decidedly similar approach to the strategic game (there are neither hundreds of cities to manage nor massive tech trees to explore nor even an interesting diplomatic system) but this is ironically a strong point; the impression of the game left on the player isn't the taking of provinces or the managing of armies. Rather, the beautiful and immediate tactical engine leaves with the player a lasting memory of battles and desperate struggles, a sense of 'activity' that most strategy games lose in the numbers. For one to be a true Shogun, this - the essence, not the form - is what it should be all about anyway.
89
Privat Computer PC
Men hvis man er til bambusrustninger, velspændte buer og smukke kantanaer, så emmer Shogun Total War af stemning og autencitet, og ikke et øje er tørt, når tusinder af soldater brager sammen på morgenvåde enge til pseudo-japanske toner.
88
GameSpot
Despite the apparent success of the strategy-game genre, there has been a pronounced lack of quality games that offer more deliberate, strategic gameplay in addition to action-packed combat. Thus, the arrival of Shogun is an especially welcome addition to the genre: Not only is Shogun a challenging and engrossing 3D real-time tactical combat game, but it also features a great turn-based strategy component that complements the combat wonderfully.
86
Power Unlimited
Sushi liefhebber of niet, Shogun is een gerecht dat iedere strateeg prima zal smaken. Hajijoto wasabi!
86
PC Gamer Brasil
Desenvolvido pela Creative Assembly sob a rigorosa supervisão da Electronic Arts, Total War tenta recriar, na tela do PC, todo o emocionante e sangrento período que marcou o Japão. Para aumentar a veracidade dos fatos, foram utilizadas geografia fiel e as escrituras de Sun Tzu e outros grandes generais de guerra. Tudo com um único objetivo: criar inimigos com comportamento imprevisível e um clima de total imersão. No game, o jogador assume o controle ded um Daimyo, uma espécie de general japonês que tem a dura e extensa missão de convencer (por bem ou por mal) os demais 6 clãs, que o Japão o pertence. Mas, engana-se quem imagina que o game impõe ao jogador a obrigação de, simplesmente, comandar tropas e deixa-las entrar no velho dilema: "matar ou morrer". Numa mistura de estratégia por turnos e combates em tempo real, há vários elementos de construção, administração e diplomacia, essenciais para o cumprimento do objetivo principal.
85
Jeuxvideo.com
En résumé, Shogun Total War fait vraiment figure de singularité dans le genre de la STR. Contenant plusieurs jeux en un et proposant des niveaux de stratégie différents. Mais par ailleurs, que ce soit dans ses graphismes de qualité exceptionnelle ou encore dans son interface à l’efficacité déconcertante, il parvient à nous plonger dans une ambiance tout à fait particulière, voire même unique. Une véritable réussite donc, qui devrait satisfaire des joueurs aux horizons bien divers et pourquoi pas les amener à se rencontrer pour y jouer en ligne...
85
IGN
Shogun is a remarkable game and definitely worth getting. So many historical wargames are inaccessible to the casual gamer. They're usually so complex that only hardcore grognards have the patience and understanding to get anything out of them. Shogun is the exception. It proves that a wargame can adhere to standards of realism and fun. It's a great change of pace from the genre's usual offering of Civil War or Second World War games. Hopefully it will convince more developers that you can make an alternative strategy game without having to rely on fantasy or science-fiction type settings.
84
ActionTrip
What's left to say that hasn't been said already? Shogun has its faults, primarily clunky interface and crude management system. Those two issues aside, it features battles that will make you think twice before poking fun at "big man involved in silly wars over territory" idea. It's fun, addictive, and it will get you by another dull civilian day in peace...
83
PC Gameplay (Benelux)
Een strategiespel met de grote S dat enkel door de doorbijters zal worden geapprecieerd.
82
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Dit is echt een spel dat zijn beloften heeft waargemaakt. Zowel de Risk-fanaat, als de samoeraiadept én de gamers die fun beleefden aan Civilization en Age Of Empires zullen hier aan hun trekken komen.
80
Edge
Shogun is no title for the C&C dilettante. It’s a serious strategic undertaking that points the way ahead – a less light-hearted route, but one that’s far more rewarding than the old RTS formula.
80
GameStar (Germany)
Die Kamera lässt sich nicht sehr weit herauszoomen, überall laufen riesige Truppenmassen durcheinander und niemand schreit »Hilfe, ich werde angegriffen«, wenn er Feindkontakt hat. Meine einzige Hilfe sind die Icons am unteren Bildschirmrand – und die sind einander zu ähnlich, als das ich genau wüsste, welche meiner drei Kavallerie-Truppen jetzt in Bedrängnis ist. Dennoch macht der Schlachtenmodus sehr viel Spaß, wenn man sich eingewöhnt hat, denn es kommt echtes Feldherrn-Gefühl auf – gerade, weil die Kamera so nah dran ist. Sie stehen mittendrin: Die Truppen sind nicht mehr oben und unten auf dem Schirm, sondern rechts und links von Ihnen. Sie müssen sich halt umsehen, wenn Sie Einheiten von hinten nach vorne schicken wollen, anstatt gottgleich aus der Vogelperspektive zu agieren. Und auch wenn der Strategiemodus nicht das Gelbe vom Ei ist: Spannend ist der Kampf ums Shogunat allemal. Keine Frage, ich werde nicht ruhen, ehe ganz Japan mein ist!
80
incite PC Gaming
Even with its flaws, the combination of strategic and tactical gameplay makes Shogun: Total War one of the most unique and enjoyable games in recent memory. Its eye-catching battles sequences and engaging historical combat are reason enough for any of you strategy fans to buy it.
80
GameGenie
Shogun: Total War offered more than I expected. The potent combination of turn based strategy and real time battles makes for an event that is rarely matched in other games. More often, we are given one of the pieces of the puzzle, rather than an amalgamation of both. Since you can simulate the battles, all fans of turn-based and real time strategy should find something to like in Shogun: Total War.
80
PC Player (Denmark)
Der er kun meget få skønhedsfejl i Shogun: Total War, så hvis det tiltaler dig at blive leder af storslåede japanske samuraihærer, bør du kigge nærmere på et spil, som ikke forsvinder i glemmebogen lige med det samme.
78
PC Player (Germany)
Seit ich vor 15 Jahren in der Fernsehserie Shogun erste Brocken Japanisch aufgeschnappt habe, fasziniert mich diese Kultur. Ja, auch ich esse seither Sushi - wenngleich lieber mit Tunfisch statt Garnelen. Und genauso geht es mir mit Shogun: Die aufwändigen Echtzeit-Schlachten mitsamt 3D-üblicher Orientierungsprobleme sind zwar hübsch anzusehen und bekommen bestimmt auch einigen Feinschmeckern, aber mir sagt eher der rundenbasierte Part zu - sozusagen der Tunfisch dieses Spiels. Umso erfreulicher, dass diese beiden Bestandteile je nach Belieben unabhängig voneinander oder in Kombination zu genießen sind. Der brettspielähnliche Strategiepart mit seinem Risiko-Flair ist einfach spaßiger als das Schlachtengetümmel. Dafür bieten die 3D-Gefechte erstaunlichen Realismus mit eingängiger Bedienung, doch geht Realismus bekanntlich nicht immer mit hohem Spielspaß einher.
78
PC Games (Germany)
Shogun erzählt von Streitereien japanischer Feldherren um die Macht unter der aufgehenden Sonne: In der Realität schickte man sich damals entweder süße Geishas mit giftigen Lippen ins Haus oder brüllende Großarmeen auf offenem Feld entgegen. Beides werden Sie im Strategiekoloss wieder finden. Nach dem Tod des alten Shogun ist in Japan ein Machtvakuum entstanden, das jeder x-beliebige Clanchef liebend gerne füllen möchte.
70
All Game Guide
The video and the Throne Room are all very smooth and mysterious. It's obvious that every detail of the game was carefully considered in relation to historical fact and you'll feel as though you understand feudal Japan a little better after playing. Shogun: Total War is exactly as it seems: violent, chaotic and majestic.