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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 Main menu.
Total War: Shogun 2 Windows Selecting a clan - Displaying the Tokugawa clan and its formidable spy network.
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.

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Total War: Shogun 2 Magazine Advertisement Part 4
Total War: Shogun 2 Magazine Advertisement
Total War: Shogun 2 Screenshot
Total War: Shogun 2 Screenshot


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The Escapist Mar 23, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Softpedia Mar 22, 2011 9.5 out of 10 95
Game Informer Magazine Mar 11, 2011 9.5 out of 10 95
AusGamers Apr 05, 2011 9.1 out of 10 91
The Telegraph Mar 28, 2011 9 out of 10 90 Mar 14, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Cheat Code Central Mar 15, 2011 4.4 out of 5 88
Ten Ton Hammer Mar 30, 2011 87 out of 100 87
GameStar (Germany) Mar 11, 2011 87 out of 100 87
GameFocus Apr 05, 2011 8.4 out of 10 84


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    • Issue 01/2012 - #2 Best Strategy Game in 2011 (Readers' Choice)

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Patrick Bregger (256950) added Total War: Shogun 2 (Windows) on Jul 05, 2011
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (708183) and LepricahnsGold (142500)