DG wrote on Jul 12, 2012, 17:46:
Prez wrote on Jul 12, 2012, 16:34:Does Shogun 2 play like the first Shogun, i.e. really good fun and not overburdened with crap like Rome? They seemed to be going downhill with every iteration of that game - on the strategy map anyway, they did seem to be getting better with the battles.
Shogun 2 was a maybe until I drilled down and realized how much stuff you don't get for that $7.50 including the most recent expansion.
If you are a fan of the Total War style or the Feudal Japan time period, I can virtually guarantee that will be the best $7.50 you have ever spent on a game. The DLC is largely filler stuff - for $7.50 you are getting a complete, engrossing, and gorgeous strategy game that you can and will play for dozens of hours.
Then there's the Shogun 2 Darthmod, which improves virtually every weakness the original game had, most notably the AI.
I gave up on the series with Rome, which was decent for battles but the strategy was a tortured experience (even though, or perhaps because, I like the civ games).
If you consider the complexity of the strategic portion of the game on the world map to be "going downhill", then I'd venture to say you most likely won't like Shogun 2. Shogun had a very simple "Risk-like" strategy map; every ensuing release has added features to deepen that portion of the game, which has been to the liking of most Total War fans, but apparently not all. It sounds like maybe Sengoku
would be more what you are looking for.
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