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  • Summary: Japan, 1542. The land is in turmoil. The last Shogunate has collapsed, leaving the nation divided into seven warring factions. Out of this chaos will emerge one warlord who will master the Art Of War. [Electronic Arts]
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  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
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  1. 100
    One of those games that doesn't just live up to expectations, it destroys them, and sets a new standard.
  2. Those interested in Ancient Japanese culture will also find much to like here, as the entire game is steeped from top to bottom in pure and uncompromising atmosphere.
  3. 90
    Allowing the kind of mass battles that we've previously only dreamed of, this epochal title gives us war and so much more.
  4. Shogun’s strong AI, emphasis on tactics, and stunning visuals make it a very, very good RTS game.
  5. Has its faults, primarily clunky interface and crude management system.
  6. A vivid and compelling portrayal of feudal warfare in the age of the samurai.
  7. The empire component, while solid, is a little bit shallow, the AI is weak in crucial areas, and the game is also buggy on some systems.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Dec 1, 2011
    10
    Wow, just wow, this game is REALLY good. Of course its lacking some of the features of later total war games (such as battles being playableWow, just wow, this game is REALLY good. Of course its lacking some of the features of later total war games (such as battles being playable that aren't ridiculously hard to play) But for its time, this was beyond a masterpiece! Expand
  2. Gamer
    Mar 5, 2002
    10
    One word to describe this game is...Wow!
  3. Oct 8, 2010
    10
    love it. just rebought it from online game vendor. best £8 i ever spent to get the gold edition. not greatly graphical but ilove it. just rebought it from online game vendor. best £8 i ever spent to get the gold edition. not greatly graphical but i never enjoyed the strategic battles, i just love the strategy map and moving large armies to impending doom or victory Expand
  4. Enthasius
    Jul 9, 2002
    9
    Japanese warfare never tasted this good.
  5. Aug 1, 2013
    9
    a great real time strategy game that has huge scale battles of epic and cinematic preparations. Great to just sit back and watch the cinematica great real time strategy game that has huge scale battles of epic and cinematic preparations. Great to just sit back and watch the cinematic battles pal out. Also incorporates some light empire building that is solid but nothing innovational. Expand
  6. Apr 25, 2013
    9
    It was a truly groundbreaking game and even today it has great climate and still offers some decent strategic challenge, well balanced andIt was a truly groundbreaking game and even today it has great climate and still offers some decent strategic challenge, well balanced and simply very enjoyable. I started with this one and played every Total War game since.

    Won't give it a 10, because the game isn't flawless and even for 2000 is a bit limited in strategic options (no fleets, pretty insignificant castles etc.), but I give it a very well-earned 9.
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  7. May 12, 2015
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I do not have to say anything more. But i need to write one hundred and fifty characters. i think my score can describe it............................ Expand

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