While the extreme difficulty of these side-missions initially seems geared to tempt you towards the in-game purchasing, it's inadvisable to cheat your way through the game. The strategies they teach prove indispensable to progression during the latter stages of the game and, however exacting they might be, they consistently strike the right balance between punishing failure and rewarding perseverance.
James Clavell, eat your heart out
The Creative Assembly also deserves praise for the game's high production values. Although naturally constrained by the tech, the depiction of feudal Japan at the end of the Sengoku period is no less spectacular.
It's not the picturesque cherry blossoms and verdant plains that most impress, however, but the sumptuously detailed soldier animations. They're so spectacular, in fact, that the sight of an enemy Shogun slicing through my rank and file often proved distracting enough to lose an entire battle.
The command system proves to be equally polished, except for one apparent design flaw in the interface. Strangely, you can't move or place troops by dragging from square to square. Instead you have to tap on the respective command at the bottom of the screen. It's a minor quibble, but in genre which requires such high-speed multitasking, the necessary finger travelling proves inconvenient, unnecessarily increasingly the challenge of an already difficult game.
Like it's full-blown siblings, Total War Battles: Shogun's complexity and challenge will ultimately limit its appeal. Despite the heavy streamlining of its core gameplay, it remains out of reach for most casual gamers. But for veterans of the PC games and fans of tactical RPGs, Total War Battles: Shogun is by far the best touchscreen RTS to date. ®
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Total War Battles: Shogun
ingame XP purchasing?
I'm just glad to see things start to be sold for a more reasonable price, that can earn proper money for the developers.
I don't understand why someone gave the article such a negative review, so I had to tip the scales. As a huge fan of all of the Total War series, yet not an iOS user, I had to give it a read anyway. It's quite interesting to see what they've done to get around the limitations of mobile gaming... but it still looks pretty good, doesn't it!
I missed Empire and Napolean...
but Medieval II was by far my favourite of the series.
Up until Shogun 2 came out. And then Fall of the Samurai just made it a million times better.
What a game.
By the way, The Creative Assembly have said that they are looking to release an Android port for this app, so all hope has not failed yet for Android users.
(in my opinion) pinnacle of the Total war games
Third Age 3.1
I have all versions from the original Shogun to Shogun 2 and the Lord of the Rings mod above is the best version I ever played. My fondest memories of an official release was 'medieval total war viking invasion'
This Total War Battles: Shogun looks like a different game genre completely. Trading off the old name.