This week sees the release of the latest Total War title from The Creative Assembly. Shogun 2: Total War is the sequel to one of the most popular, critically acclaimed titles in the studios history. And apparently it's pretty good.
Reviews of the sequel have slowly made their way onto the internet and it looks like the second Shogun title is being as warmly received as its predecessor.
PC Gamer has described Shogun 2 as "a game with a sense of design that makes it a pleasure to play".
The review commends The Creative Assembly's attention to detail: "Every unit-card, every interface panel and every menu option is painted in the style of medieval Japan. Dry, technical descriptions are spiced with a little splash of flavour-text, such as a haiku, an aphorism, or a famous quote," it says.
PC Gamer's Shogun 2: Total War review awards the title with a 92, concluding by saying "Shogun 2 is the Total War series back on form, and boasting the most outrageous hats in martial history".
Spanish site SpazioGames has given the game 93, saying it is the "best Total War ever" and a "great return for one of the greatest strategy series ever made".
3DJuegos says although "Shogun 2 isn't revolutionary" it "improves upon its previous Napoleon iteration. Its new focus helps give the game a little extra innovation", and awards the game with a score of 87.
Eurogamer qualifies its 9/10 score by saying "those expecting revelatory improvements in areas like AI may be mildly disappointed by Shogun 2" but "those after a sumptious, weekend-whittling strategy epic heaving with flavour and challenge can reach for their uchi-bukuro with confidence".
StrategyInformer says Shogun 2 is "the most fully featured Total War to date, and a great homage to the game that launched the series". It gave the game 9.1 while Metro awarded it 9/10, saying it's "a brilliant reinvention of the series that maintains the epic of scale of battles and yet increases the accessibility and focus".
We'll be updating this post as new reviews make their way online.