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Total War: Shogun 2 is a strategy game set in feudal Japan. The player takes the role of one of the nine clans and tries to achieve supremacy over the country. During the campaign the winning condition is to conquer and hold Tokyo; additionally to conquering a certain number of provinces (the exact number changes depending on if the long or short campaign is played). Just like with all entries in the Total War series, the gameplay is split into a turn-based strategy map and real-time tactics fights.

During the strategy mode the player needs to manage his provinces, e.g. by researching (called "mastering the arts") new military and civilian achievements or training special agents like ninjas for assassinations or monks to demoralise the enemy. Each of those units can be improved when they gain experience. Additionally every character can have up to three supporting people who bring further bonuses. Other important factors are trade, diplomacy and the balance between the eight resources. During the campaign the player has not only to take care of the other clans (which will declare war simultaneously if the player is too successful), but also 37 other factions.

If the player attacks another province or gets attacked, the game switches to real-time combat screen. Here the player needs to use his units cleverly, because ever unit has certain advantages and disadvantages against other units. Besides country combat there are also sieges and sea fights. If the player wants to concentrate on the strategy mode, the battles can be calculated automatically.


Total War: Shogun 2 Windows Game start - A short intro by the game's adviser while overlooking the Oda clan territory over the Owari province.
Total War: Shogun 2 Windows The Chosokabe clan after successfully defeating their former masters are now eyeing the Sogo clan (red) or the Miyoshi clan (green), both with superior military forces.
Total War: Shogun 2 Windows Selecting a clan - Displaying the Tokugawa clan and its formidable spy network.
Total War: Shogun 2 Windows Main menu.

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Critic Reviews Windows Mar 14, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ZTGameDomain Windows Apr 05, 2011 9.3 out of 10 93
The Telegraph Windows Mar 28, 2011 9 out of 10 90 (UK) Windows Mar 11, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Gamekult Windows Mar 15, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Happens Windows Mar 30, 2011 9 out of 10 90
GameTrailers Windows Mar 24, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Code Central Windows Mar 15, 2011 4.4 out of 5 88
3D Juegos Windows Mar 11, 2011 8.7 out of 10 87
Thunderbolt Games Windows Apr 14, 2011 8 out of 10 80


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