I'm in the midst of a an All Day Demo Download of DA 2 so I likely won't get to this for a while, but a demo has been released on steam. Anyone take it out for a spin yet?
Demo out-Anybody play it?
It's pretty damn cool, if you play through the tutorial there's a good chunk of stuff to do - it's really kicking my computers ass though :S
EDIT: to be a little more descriptive, you get to fight a couple of land battles and a siege battle in the campaign tutorial (the naval battle is autoresolve only though) you get to see a good variety of units including some of the more exciting new ones like the battlefield ninjas, hero/ic units etc. as well as classics like no daichi and warrior monks (who now get guns :|)
" I buy every Total-War game, because I'm a god-damned TW fanboy, so I don't even feel the need to download the demo. I know I'll buy it and love it in spite of its myriad flaws. With that said: to anyone who's played it...how is it? "And I'm guessing that you are OK at playing them. Unlike me who justs turns the graphics all the way down, and creates a 8 player AI driven free for all and then the army size to MAX!!!!
And then follow a whole system crash as the CPU screams "I'm only a Dual-core!!!!!"
I played it.
It plays like... total war.
This isn't a surprise at all. The only question is if it plays as good as Rome did. So far it seems pretty fun, although the uniqueness of unites is something I can see being a problem. The "specialist" units and heros... could be cool. I enjoyed using them when I was playing.
Yo. it's Total War. No surprises there. I was a bit let down how the game looks and also how bad the framerate was. I kinda expected to be able to run it on "Ultra" settings, but "High" already exposed some hickups. Yeah so these guys never really made the most out of the hardware. Do they still only use 2 cores?
I played the historical battle. Quite hard. I only won it on Easy yet. With kind of cheating my way through it (since I would know the turn of events already). Though I only just discovered how massively effective the "spearwall" (or something) formation of the yari is.
I put it back on pre-order, especially considering it is only 33 EUR or so on Amazon.
Oh, I forgot to mention. I touched the tutorial campaign briefly. While the cutscenes look awful. The map and the interface are simply beautiful. The hand drawn art style really fits the game.
@buckbit I really hope the final version will work more smoothly. I mean I could play Napoleon on Ultra. What video card do you have. Shogun 1 page is here BTW.
I played the demo, and frankly I was a bit disappointed. I've played every total war game since Rome, so I've got some total war experience. The battles are fine, but the strategy map is not to my liking. To me it feels like they have simplified it a lot since Empire, which I loved for it's expansiveness.
I have been a Fan of TotalWar series and it is cool to see it come full circle. The failed ninja cut scenes are the best. I have been hearing ( well more like reading and watching ) information about 2 players playing one Clan cooperatively which rubs me the right way for once in there attempts to bringing coop campaign to the series coop multiplayer is disappointing.
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