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23-11-2012, 04:03 PM #10001
23-11-2012, 04:47 PM #10002
I will replay it one day but not for a while due to the homogeneity of the european units.
23-11-2012, 05:01 PM #10003
Hmph, I've conquered the world with both the mighty Swedish Empire and the Glorious Spaniards. Although, I must admit to being impressed by the non-saving bit.
Sure, the units are mainly the same across Europe, but the different starting locations keep things fresh IMHO.
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23-11-2012, 05:51 PM #10004
That's what I was thinking, Austria could be a whole load of fun to play seeing as you start surrounded by assholes. And I guess they don't have the colonial objectives so you get to focus on Europe.
23-11-2012, 06:05 PM #10005
I really liked Medieval because i like that period of times,and it was my first Total War game :P
23-11-2012, 06:12 PM #10006
23-11-2012, 06:34 PM #10007
23-11-2012, 10:33 PM #10008
Messing up Japan in Shogun 2 with Ninjas and Missionaries, weakening all of the factions by sabotaging their economic infrastructure and causing religious unrest while I advance my military research. Battles are soooo previous games in the previous Total War series.
23-11-2012, 10:51 PM #10009
Went back to play some of the new Sanctum maps while waiting for my copy of Borderlands 2 to arrive. It's as outstanding as I remember, and I like the new layouts and the new monster. Still the best of the action/TD hybrids, IMO.
I've largely moved from Warlock, which is fine but uninspired, to AoW: Shadow Magic, which is more what I want in that sort of game. Still brilliant, after all these years, though I wish someone would come along with a new game to give it a run for its money. Maybe Eador, who knows?
I'm also strongly considering making a run at Shogun 2. I know diddly crap about Japanese history, unfortunately, anyone care to suggest a good faction to start with?
23-11-2012, 11:30 PM #10010
Chosokabe is a nice faction to go with, they have the southern island pretty much to themselves so you're safe to begin with, but not so far out that it's impossible to get a foothold.
23-11-2012, 11:41 PM #10011
Excellent, soon everyone will be playing Total War games.
In my Rome game Pontus have just ceased to exist as a kingdom and in a single turns time I will be telling the Senate in no uncertain terms to go fuck themselves with a rusty pilum. I've got armies ready to go in the Pyrenees, Southern Italy, West Balkans and what I would guess to be Slovakia-ish.
I was hoping to get Scythia as allies to harry the northeast Brutii holdings but they remain at war with Armenia who I have recently entered into an alliance with to protect my eastern flank. Nicely, Armenia have just broken their alliance with Egypt to form one with my other eastern ally, Parthia, who are actually at war with Egypt who therefore declared war on Armenia. It's just too perfect, as now the east should be happy killing each other while I become the ruler of Rome; the people of who love me.
23-11-2012, 11:54 PM #10012
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24-11-2012, 12:16 AM #10013
The Chosokabe and Shimazu are both good starting clans in Shogun 2.
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24-11-2012, 01:56 AM #10014
24-11-2012, 02:01 AM #10015
24-11-2012, 02:07 AM #10016
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Though each clan in shogun 2 has a natural strength which can affect the composition of your army, you can play most factions however you wish. Simply because I liked their historical rivalry, I tend to either play as the Uesugi or the Takeda. The Takeda moreso because I liked their swishy red colour and better cavalry is always a plus. Really, just go for whatever you like in a faction (I tend to look at starting position, unit specialism, and whether I like their colour) and it'll all pan out fine.
24-11-2012, 02:08 AM #10017
I just picked up Thief Deadly Shadows from steam for like 2 bucks and will play it tomorrow. i played the demo for this when it first came out years ago but never got it, so this will be my first Thief game. i know i should play the first 2 games before this but i don't have those. they were on sale too but i only had the money for 1 so i chose Deadly Shadows.Lookin' 4 Indie Bundles? We track 'em! http://steamcommunity.com/groups/IndieBundleTracker
24-11-2012, 03:04 AM #10018
I want to play Inversion but it crashes over and over again when it loads a new level. I managed to play the tutorial but now it won't load the next level. Maximum bummer. The tutorial bit looked INCREDIBLE in 3D, instantly went to my top 5 most beautiful 3D games.
Nobody bought this game so most crash info I found online comes from pirates. I'm tempted to pirate it and see if that version works.
Well, back to Risen 2 now...
24-11-2012, 12:36 PM #10019
Its' very comprehensive and helpful, she really sets out all the basics. I would say start with anyone bar the Oda or Tokugawa, and be aware of the clan bonuses. If you're planning on going the Christian route it's more or less pointless to choose the Uesugi with their monks for example.
Also, be aware of some of the newer elements as they play a huge part in making it a) harder and b) better.
Food surplus and rice, and town growth-these are all connected, and not immediately apparent concepts but they're worth reading into as they affect the long game more than anything else. A lack of rice won't allow you to build any more castles irrespective of how much you have in the bank and hungry peasants will be angry regardless of the garrisons you have or whatever. Certain buildings such as the market give you more income but they require a point of rice, and often long term rice is worth more than a few hundred koku per turn. There is a real difference between economy, income and supply as a result. In the first games these were all the same things basically.
Research-dramatically improves either your economy or military, but you can only do one at a time. You need to think about what you want. If you want an excellent military you will *have* to do so at the expense of economy, and vice versa. If you want excellent spearmen you will have to develop them at the expense of your archers, cavalry and swordsmen and economy and so on. Jack of all trades research is master of none and so on. Basically, if you don't plan and come up against a faction who has, you'll really feel it.
Agents and family units now get traits when they level up that you can choose, don't forget.
Samurai are very expensive both to buy and to keep but only powerful if used correctly, if you treat them as rank and file they will die as rank and file and you can get far cheaper and more numerable Ashigaru for this purpose. Again, you have to think about what you want basically, due to the counters system spamming certain units will likley see you die against the AI's balanced forces.
The AI finally follows the same rules as you, and Diplomacy is no longer just about preventing war for abit, I've been at peace with everyone now for twenty years through focussing on it. By the same token if you act as a land grabbing oppurtunisitc bastard no-one will like or trust you. Coalitions now work as well so if you're up against one it's often better to try and break it than fight it.
I'll stop now but the above are some good examples of why it's such a superior TW. It's more complex but the AI understands how to play in spite of the complexity basically. With the exception of mods I was as cynical as it comes regarding new TW games, despite having played them since Shogun on day of release, they seemed broken and bloated and gamey. But Shogun 2 has me completely flabbergatsed, it's just a joy to play and also, crucially, to watch as well because what the AI does makes sense and matters.
24-11-2012, 02:03 PM #10020
Well, that's Waking Mars wrapped. It was wonderful, and I can't recommend it enough.