DescriptionShogun: 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.
- "幕府将军：全面战争" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
- "Taisho: Total War" -- Working title
- "Shogun" -- Informal title
Part of the Following Groups
|Gamer's Pulse||Jun 28, 2000||98 out of 100||98|
|Absolute Games (AG.ru)||Jun 21, 2000||90 out of 100||90|
|GameSpy||Jun 27, 2000||90 out of 100||90|
|GameSpot||Jun 19, 2000||8.8 out of 10||88|
|PC Gamer Brasil||Nov, 2000||86 out of 100||86|
|Gameplay (Benelux)||May, 2000||83 out of 100||83|
|incite PC Gaming||Aug, 2000||80|
|PC Player (Denmark)||2000||8 out of 10||80|
|PC Player (Germany)||May, 2000||78 out of 100||78|
|All Game Guide||2000||70|
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TriviaThe issue of flimsy hardcopy documentation for Shogun was further compounded by the fact that the European english release is an 88-page manual that contains more information and a poster technology tree chart, while the North American release weighs in at only 55 pages with no additional material.
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.)