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Shogun: Total War (Windows)

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Written by  :  Jeff Watts (21)
Written on  :  Mar 21, 2001
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Summary

Classic warfare in feudal Japan.

The Good

It captures the feel of the board game "Shogun" by Hasbro (currently renamed Samurai Swords) very well. The visuals are stunning and the mood is decent. I loved the look of the strategic map, which looked like a rice paper map of Japan with the provinces outlined and army markers deployed.

The Bad

After playing three games, I've come to the conclusion that you always start the campaign mode with exactly the same setup. This just KILLS! replay value. It's virtually the same game every time. If they put out a patch to fix this it will truly be a great game. I haven't tried multiplayer yet, but it looked like from reading the manual that there is no strategic game, just one tactical battle, but i could be wrong.

The Bottom Line

If you played the similiar board-game by Hasbro and enjoyed it this game is worth picking up. It's only $20 bucks now too.