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Apart from porn and the Total War series, why would anyone own a PC? Shogun 2 coming out, best get down to Akihabara’s Yodobashi Camera and spend some hard earned cash on a graphics card update – couldn't resist the ATI PowerColor 6950 2GB – time to watch my frame rate soar. Total War: Shogun 2 Marshing on Real time strategy …

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Well well..

This review is really impressive and a colossal improvement over your Rift review. Plenty of useful info and helped to give me a broad overview of the game despite having never played Total War before. Might even have to snag myself a copy from my local Game....

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Yay

Started playing on Day 1 with Steam, multiplayer needed work back then as it was buggy as hell (haven't played in a while though, any better yet?).

I like the way the game gives you intangible objects to aim for, the Black Ship for instance (European? What, that was American gunboat dipolomacy), I really want to take that as a prize and go on a rampage. Getting a Ninja to rank 5 uber assassin and killing the Shogun, sweet!

My latest game has me switching to Christianity and trying to win with that method, though the Buddhists will take up arms (??????????? what?!?!?) and revolt.

Overall, love the game, but then I loved Empire and Domination matches.

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multiplayer

is a bit better these days. less crashes anyway.

I got a max rank ninja, he was 69 and still pwning daimyos left right and center :D

OT:

Good review and I agree with the score, however I have to say that the Halo Reach review's 100% did reduce the credibility of el reg's game reviews for me.

This is a fantastic game however, and if you have a couple of mates to play with the multiplayer is just too good (when it isn't too buggy)

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Black Ships

Although "Black Ship/s" historically refers to the American ships that bullied the Japanese into opening trade ports, that was 200 years after the game is set. The Europeans (Portugese and Dutch originally I believe) were around during this period, so I guess CA decided to use a bit of artistic license.

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@David Web: Wrong black ship

The Black ship they are referring is one of the Protugese carracks . I dont know if these ships were acutally called black ships in history, but its the name used in the book Shogun from J. Clavell

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From the time of the acquisition of Macau in 1557, and their formal recognition as trade partners by the Chinese, the Portuguese Crown started to regulate trade to Japan, by selling to the highest bidder the annual "Capitaincy" to Japan, in effect conferring exclusive trading rights for a single carrack bound for Japan every year. The carracks were very large ships, usually between 1000 and 1500 tons, about double or triple the size of a regular galleon or a large junk.

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American gunboat diplomacy is somewhat later

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On July 8, 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy with four warships—the Mississippi, Plymouth, Saratoga, and Susquehanna—steamed into the bay in Yokohama and displayed the threatening power of his ships' cannons during a Christian burial which the Japanese observed. He requested that Japan open to trade with the West. These ships became known as the kurofune, the Black Ships.

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@David Web: Wrong black ship

The Black ship they are referring is one of the Protugese carracks . I dont know if these

ships were acutally called black ships in history, but its the name used in the book

Shogun from J. Clavell

------- [From WIkipedia] -----------------------------

From the time of the acquisition of Macau in 1557, and their formal recognition as trade partners by the Chinese, the Portuguese Crown started to regulate trade to Japan, by selling to the highest bidder the annual "Capitaincy" to Japan, in effect conferring exclusive trading rights for a single carrack bound for Japan every year. The carracks were very large ships, usually between 1000 and 1500 tons, about double or triple the size of a regular galleon or a large junk.

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American gunboat diplomacy is somewhat later

------- [From WIkipedia] -----------------------------

On July 8, 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry of the United States Navy with four warships—the Mississippi, Plymouth, Saratoga, and Susquehanna—steamed into the bay in Yokohama and displayed the threatening power of his ships' cannons during a Christian burial which the Japanese observed. He requested that Japan open to trade with the West. These ships became known as the kurofune, the Black Ships.

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awesome game

been playing it for a week now.

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Legendary

Shame you didn't mention the Legendary mode, which is pretty frickin' hard:

- Autosave only, and it autosaves every time an opponent takes a turn or your troops are engaged

- No radar

- No enemy moral indicators

I've just reached the Realm Divide, which means that every clan is now at war with me. They're launching amphibious invasions way behind my lines. They have ridiculous economic boosts, so they have all-samurai armies, and I have mostly ashigaru. And I've got 100 turns left and only hold 25 out of 60 provinces.

This is a bitch.

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me likey

mostly liked. Biggest dislike is realm divide. urghh. A mod sorts this out "kind of" so at least my vassals and trusted allies (from the first turns) dont stab me in the back (I mean turning from very friendly with a clan marriages to hostile because i'm now the shogun?). Unit card colours helps too.

Needs a little polishing but it is mighty good fun.

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