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Shogun: Total War (Windows)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

Shogun: Total War Windows Archers vanguard an Oda offensive.
Shogun: Total War Windows Two armies prepare across a valley.
Shogun: Total War Windows Clan Choice: Takeda, as seen in Kurosawa's 'Kagemusha'
Shogun: Total War Windows A Ninja's bloody failure.

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 (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

The Press Says

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 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
Jeuxvideo.com Jul 25, 2000 17 out of 20 85
ActionTrip Jul 12, 2000 84 out of 100 84
PC Gameplay (Benelux) May, 2000 83 out of 100 83
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) May 25, 2000 82 out of 100 82
PC Player (Denmark) 2000 8 out of 10 80
GameGenie 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Trivia

The 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. )
Matthew Bailey (1143) added Shogun: Total War (Windows) on Jun 18, 2000