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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
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. 100
    One of those games that doesn't just live up to expectations, it destroys them, and sets a new standard.
  2. 90
    Offers some of the best turn-based strategy we've seen in a long time, and adds massive, challenging real-time battles to the mix.
  3. Everything about the game smacks of good research and authenticity, down to the ability to select a Japanese voiceover with English subtitles rather than having English voices all the way through.
  4. Not only is "Shogun" a challenging and engrossing 3D real-time tactical combat game, but it also features a great turn-based strategy component that complements the combat wonderfully.
  5. Has its faults, primarily clunky interface and crude management system.
  6. A solid action strategy title that fans of the genre will appreciate.
  7. It's obvious that every detail of the game was carefully considered in relation to historical fact and you'll feel as though you understand feudal Japan a little better after playing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 1, 2011
    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 playable that aren't ridiculously hard to play) But for its time, this was beyond a masterpiece! Expand
  2. Gamer
    Mar 5, 2002
    One word to describe this game is...Wow!
  3. AdrianC.
    Jun 18, 2001
  4. Oct 8, 2010
    love 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
  5. Enthasius
    Jul 9, 2002
    Japanese warfare never tasted this good.
  6. Aug 1, 2013
    a 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
  7. Apr 25, 2013
    It 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.