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Total War: SHOGUN 2 Collection Icon
Win or Die in Old Japan
by BefuddledTrooper, USA - Oct 1st 2014

A beautifully-designed addition to the "Total War" game series, the Mac version of the "Shogun 2" game package stands out for its graphics (extraordinarily detailed and very lifelike warriors, horses, castles and landscapes) and streamlined gameplay. The map and landscapes (in battle scenes) change to reflect the passing seasons.

Like the other "Total War" games, "Shogun 2" is a turn-based, military/political strategy game which allows you to play against the computer or (online) against human opponents. Each game offers "long" and "short" versions, and a game may take days or weeks to complete.

The package currently available for the Mac has two of the three games ("Campaigns") offered within the PC package, listed below in historical order:

Rise of the Samurai

Beginning in 1175 AD, just before the "Genpei War" (1180-1185), you take control as leader of one of six families during the great struggle of the Taira and Minamoto clans for dominance in Japan. To win, you must hold your family's heartland provinces and capture a required minimum number of additional provinces. Don't dawdle!—Failure to win by the last quarter of the specified year means the total destruction of your family!

Shogun 2

You play as leader of one of 12 clans clawing their way up the pyramid to dominance during the "Period of Warring States" (1467-1573). To win as "Shogun" (roughly equivalent to Rome's "Caesar"), you must take the minimum number of provinces required, including your clan's heartland and the capital, Kyoto, by the cutoff date.

Fall of the Samurai (not included in the Mac version)

This campaign is set in the 19th century, around the time of the "Boshin War" (1868-1869), between supporters of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the imperial court. On the campaign-selection page of the Mac version of "Shogun 2," this option is present but disabled; it will presumably be offered as an add-on expansion (for an extra charge!), eventually.

Aside from the fine visuals, "Shogun 2" stands out in the "Total War" series for its "Difficulty Spike:" as you approach victory, it gets harder to win. Your enemies join against you; your provinces revolt; the current Shogun becomes alarmed and brands you an enemy of the state, causing even your allies to turn against you, and so on. Winning is not easy!

If you enjoyed playing other games in the "Total War" series, you'll probably enjoy "Shogun 2:"

PROs:

A fascinating introduction to Japanese history and culture
Beautiful visuals
Complicated and intriguing strategy
Exciting, lifelike battles

CONs:

Endless provincial revolts are a major drag
Diplomacy functions are weak, unimaginative, and frustrating
Gameplay (battle after battle after battle) gets repetitive
Endgame can be a grinding slog.

Biggest complaint: not only are there far too many provincial revolts (which add nothing to the joy of the game, and put a significant drag on your progress), but, while the human player labors for years to develop an army, these illiterate peasants can pop out companies of trained samurai with fancy armor and advanced weapons, overnight!—Unfair, unfair! And typical of "Total War."

However, no game is perfect, and "Shogun 2" is certainly the best of the "Total War" series.

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Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition Icon
Best Total War game in the series, bar none...
by John W. King, USA - Oct 1st 2014

I was floored by this version of Total War: Rome II . Great improvement in all areas. However, I downloaded the game from Steam, even though my video ram does not meet the requirements of the game (I have a 256 mb video card and this game requires 512 mb. Nevertheless, the game ran on my system with only minor graphics problems created when you zoom into the fray of battle. A minor problem I was more the willing to put up with. After three days of continuous playing (the game is highly addictive) the game suddenly won't load at all. Not sure if this is a game problem, or a problem created by Steam (since when I open the game it goes straight to a "News Update" Steam window that is blank) and stays there until I close the window. It is as if the game no longer exists in my applications, though it is still there. Anyone have any ideas of why this has occured?

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Command & Conquer Red Alert 3 Icon
Future Battles
by Pool Shark One, Canada - Oct 1st 2014

I played all the C&C games before as they came out and dont remember this one very well. it plays ok but the graphics are certainly dated. So far it seems to be a fair game to play if you can get past the graphics. the video trailers are very well done.

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Earth 2140 Icon
Small battles
by Pool Shark One, Canada - Oct 1st 2014

The battle fields are small the objects such as tanks, equipment are small so it can be hard to see everything it can be hard to find mine sites to make money

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Eldevin Icon
Its Ok
by Pool Shark One, Canada - Sep 30th 2014

This game is ok its graphics are good the movement is good but it seems to take for ever to do any thing and it cost too much to play i guess thata why it is free. I will it some more but its not high on my list

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Cities In Motion Complete Collection Icon
Transportation nighmare or learn to plan
by Pool Shark One, Canada - Sep 30th 2014

Great game love the graphics and game play it can be a bit frustrating to get all your lines out of the red ( keep everyone happy ) I love sims like this and this will will get its money worth of play fom me

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BioShock Infinite - Season Pass Icon
9/10
by bestboy120, Poland - Sep 29th 2014

Very good game but short. 9/10
If you like biochock 1 and 2 you will like this game

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Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition Icon
10/10 BEST GAME
by bestboy120, Poland - Sep 29th 2014

IMO the best COOP game ever, thousands of side missions, so many laughs during its campaing, definetly an awsome game to play with friends.

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Borderlands 2 Icon
10/10 BESTGAME
by bestboy120, Poland - Sep 29th 2014

Story mod its good. Haha, borderlands, completely amazing game! same as the first one! 10/10, i personally love these games, and i would recommend that anyone who does not own this game or the first, to buy them both! you will not regret it, nice cartoony type feel to it aswell.

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BioShock Infinite Icon
DAT ENDING ITS AWSOME!
by bestboy120, Poland - Sep 29th 2014

Awesome characters, and good gameplay (maybe a bit too much shooting). I recommend this to people, who love good story in games. Bioshock Infinite has one of best (if not the best) story you can meet in video games. You can call this game old-school FPS, but for me this is ART.

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Total War: ROME II - Emperor Edition Icon
I love to have this game
by ronaldo S. Ortiz, Philippines - Sep 29th 2014

I don't have this game yet but based on my previous Rome Total War game this one will definitely outshine its predecessor by a mile if only the controls will work well and the Steam account requirement is not needed.I have a not so pleasant experience with Steam.That's the only reservation I had about purchasing this game.Please Macgame store omit the steam account.Just let it be purchased on a stand alone basis just like RTW.Thank you.

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Civilization V: The Complete Edition Icon
First game
by bestboy120, Poland - Sep 29th 2014

My first game on steam. The one that started it all. Completely worth buying but I got bored after a while

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Phenomenon: Meteorite Icon
Good until the end...
by nobrien, USA - Sep 29th 2014

Good graphics and fun, but the end is anticlimactic.

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Eldevin Icon
Amazing game!
by cindywalter, - Sep 28th 2014

If you've played RuneScape, you will love this game. Even if you haven't played RuneScape, just try it. Eldevin is a Free To Play (F2P) and NON Pay To Win (P2W) MMORPG. The classes are amazing and you don't even have to pick one. You can be all of them at once if you want.

The game is very customization in terms of what you can do in game, and it's just overall a great experience. The best part is that you can play all you want without spending even a penny. It's all free to play, and if someone does buy something from the store, it doesn't give him any big advantage over a non paying player. Love that part about the game!!

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Eldevin Icon
Worth playing
by pen_men22, - Sep 28th 2014

I found out about this game a while ago and thought it was okay. But I kept playing and after a while I figured out why players were still playing. The little details of the game makes it so interesting and fun.

The game has a nice main storyline along with other smaller ones which are worth reading on if you're into questing. And as far as classes go, you can be whatever you want, whenever you want. There is no restriction on if you pick a class, you have to be it. Nope, you can pick skills from different classes at the same time.

The game is being constantly updated which makes it even more fun. I would definitely recommend playing this to anyone who likes MMOs. Even if you're not into the MMO games, try it. You will love it!

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Eldevin Icon
Great Game
by monkeyspanked, - Sep 28th 2014

Great old school mmo. It has a huge amount of quests, skilling and dung runs, you will never run out of things to do or get bored. The devs really listen to the players and are always working on improving the game. The "free to play" for this game isn't just a saying, you don't have to spend a dime to get to the same lvl and have the same goodies as the players that do spend.

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Tales of the Orient: The Rising Sun Icon
Kind of boring
by Sandy Nye, USA - Sep 27th 2014

It is an okay games, but each level is almost like the previous one.

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Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Icon
Repetitive and boring
by Moo, France - Sep 27th 2014

There are a great many HO games out there that are way more fun, engaging and involving to play…I lost interest 5 minutes into the demo

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GODUS (Early Access) Icon
Nope
by Carleelulu, Canada - Sep 27th 2014

Warning, it is still in BETA and it needs a lot of work. It's present version is very clicky and repetitive. I'd wait until the final version is out. It is on IOS and android for free if you want to get a sense of what it's like.

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City Simulator Icon
So disappointed
by Carleelulu, Canada - Sep 27th 2014

I can't play it full screen. It's basic functions are not user friendly. I had high hopes because Iike this kind of game. Until they work out the bugs—don't waste your money because there is no demo available and it is a very pricey game.

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