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Shogun 2 Total War is a strategy game. Among all of the strategy games, whenever you see Total War, you will think of a strategy game where you gather your players and fight your way around a huge map. Even though it might sound weird as a gameplay fighting your way through a giant map, you can choose your own rules and the size of the map too, so you will have a comfortable game. I personally don't like this kind of games, even though I like strategy, only because of the camera and the need to move the mouse and the players around too much.
Talking about optimization, the game has some problems, or better saying basic problems. A lot of players, have difficulty starting the opening screen of the game, not because of their powerful machines, but because of the bad optimization. You will need to wait a lot first before starting the game. Another thing to note, is that whenever you try to play the game with x4 speed, your cpu starts struggling to keep up with the game, even though it doesn't sound too much. Whatever speed you choose, you will have to get a better cpu to get it right to x4 speed running smoothly.
The graphics are good, but remember that since the map is huge, you will need a powerful gpu to process all that immense amount of data. This kind of game, has to be optimized to the least details, because there is always going to be too much of that simple detail. The graphics options where a lot to choose from, but always take caution if you have a powerful gpu. When playing the game, it looks good, especially if you choose the highest settings possible. Remember that pushing the game to x4 speed, will have its own bad effects.
When trying to start a new game, you might find a little difficulty in the basics of the game, since it has a lot of complexity. You will be fine as soon as you practice a little, or if you have previous experiences with Total War games, it will be alright. You will have a tutorial and hint screen to help you keep up with the game, even if you don't know anything or have never played strategy games before. Whenever you click new actions, a pop-up screen will show, indicating what to do, but you can remove it if you want by pressing the x button in the corner.
Weather if you like or dislike the war, it is up to you to choose the idea of the game. I personally hate too much blood and you see a lot of army dying to keep your triumph up. The name Shogun signifies the power of that empire in its time, so if you have any blood relation or whatever you might think of, it will be worth a try. The story in the game is quite good and the cinematics are just like real life films.
Overall I would recommend this game to people who like playing strategy games, or like any of the other Total War series. If you like history, this game is exactly what you might be searching, referring to empires and clans, a lot to study.
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