Is Shogun 2 Total War worth playing Or is it another garbage?
Introduction In The Total War Series
Welcome to the Shogun 2 Total War Review. But before we start analyzing this video game, let me begin with a small introduction in the Total war series. How those games began and what is the philosophy behind them. The Total War series includes some of the greatest games in the industry so it is worth reading the intro. If you already know that stuff or you just don’t care then scroll down and continue with the second page.
For 14 years (article was written at 2014) the absolutely magnificent Total War series transformed a lot of casual gamers to hardcore gamers. Relationships got destroyed, social activity reduced to zero, eating habits and personal hygiene got a big hit. I remember it like it was yesterday when I got my first total war game.
Shogun : Total War was the first game of the series published at 2000. There is no other strategy video game to offer you such a huge variety of feelings and have such a huge impact in your life like Total War (and I mean all the total war games). So Creative Assembly after 10 years full of great hits ( and some garbage) in the Total War series decided to give us Total War Shogun 2.
Creative Assembly made their debut in the Total War series with Shogun: Total War. This game was planned to be a 2D but during its development they changed it into 3D. Although in 3D I have to admit that it was not one of the games with the best graphics. But graphics were irrelevant with the basic idea.
The developers wanted to create a game that would not please the eyes of the gamers but to challenge their minds. And so they did. In that game you have to use your forces wisely. The archers or the gunmen can run out of ammunition , the weather can affect the course of battle , the terrain and other little and big things which in reality are really important but in games most of the times get neglected, were implemented in the game. And above all this game has nothing to do with numbers, meaning no matter if you or your opponent have/has greater numbers you/he can still lose or win the battle. It depends how you use your units .
So 10 years later and after many total war games, what really changed ?
Better graphics and animations is one thing. More detailed units , buildings and terrain. More sophisticated and complex AI and more challenging battles. The only thing that remained the same was the basic idea of strategy and tactics. The idea that made Total War series big hits and great success in no time .
Sun Wu or Sunzi or Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher and is believed he wrote The Art Of War , a book about military strategy. His book has influenced not only China, but Japan and other Asian countries plus western civilization as well. The Art of War was introduced in Japan, in 760AD, and the book quickly became popular among Japanese generals. The work also significantly influenced the unification of Japan and mastery of its teachings was honored among the samurai.
All the total war games were created with a focus on historical authenticity. To achieve that they asked for advice and guidance from real military historians through the whole development of the games. The games are historically accurate as much as possible and you can fight many historically battles which is so freaking amazing. The greatest thing is when you win those battles. Battles that were lost in reality. Ok, ok a lot of variables are not calculated in the game so it is wrong saying that the in game battles are accurate simulations of the real ones. But still it feels so good.
So for a few years I thought that those animation designers, designed all those soldiers by hand with special animation programs. Well I still believe they are doing a great job but I discovered that nowadays, video game studios use REAL martial artists to perform all those complex fighting moves. Yup that’s right. Real martial artists wearing MOTION CAPTURE suits. That made me want to play even more and got me so much more excited ( I was less excited at my first date ).