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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.


Shogun: Total War Windows Attacking across a bridge in a heavy thunderstorm
Shogun: Total War Windows Smoke from gunfires darkens the sky as Takeda's forces flee from a well defended Oda bridge.
Shogun: Total War Windows Dead bodies as far as the eye can see
Shogun: Total War Windows Deploying a Ninja

Promo Images

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Shogun: Total War Screenshot
Shogun: Total War Screenshot The game's installation process ran with this in the background behind the progress bars
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Alternate Titles

  • "幕府将军:全面战争" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "Taisho: Total War" -- Working title
  • "Shogun" -- Informal title

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User Reviews

The definitive game of samurai warfare...or tactical medieval warfare in general. Ray Soderlund (3576) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Miniatures wargaming nirvana! A work of art Jim Newland (60) 4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars4.86 Stars
Truly a wonderfull surprise! William Shawn McDonie (1180) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
A fine 3D tactical simulation with strategic gameplay. Rick Jones (111) 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 (1261) 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

Critic Reviews

Gamer's Pulse Jun 28, 2000 98 out of 100 98 (UK) Jun 27, 2000 9 out of 10 90
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jul 07, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Absolute Games ( Jun 21, 2000 90 out of 100 90
Privat Computer PC 2000 89 out of 100 89
Strategy Gaming Online Aug 03, 2000 8.9 out of 10 89
ActionTrip Jul 12, 2000 84 out of 100 84
Gameplay (Benelux) Apr 29, 2000 83 out of 100 83
Edge May 24, 2000 8 out of 10 80


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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. )
  • Total War Wiki (Shogun: Total War at the official Wiki.)
Matthew Bailey (1268) added Shogun: Total War (Windows) on Jun 18, 2000
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