What I think is crap is that we have NO ANTIALIASING support in-game at the moment.
Thanks a lot CREATIVE ASSEMBLY....really? I used to sing their praises. I've been a TOTAL WAR fan since the very first one. Unfortunately I've seen the series tank and turn to hollywood garbage.
Thanks for the latest FAILURE Creative Assembly........I will be a sucker no longer. This is the last TW game I will ever buy. No DX 10 or 11 support with AA until a few weeks from now it might be patched in?!?
EDIT: If I wanted to play DX 9 TW I'd be playing Medieval II and have saved myself the 50 bucks! Get with the program CA!
While it is true that the AA in the game isn't currently in use, the setting for it is listed in the options. That honestly makes me wonder if it might be possible to turn it on through the scripting. Either way, with the box for the setting in the options at least we know it Will be enabled soon, probably within the next patch or two.
As for the DX10/11, they already said it Will be added soon. I don't have any information on their actual time-frame for that though, I just know they Do Plan on adding it.
Check out this thread right here for conformation from CA staff that DX11 Is coming shortly: http://forums.totalwar.com/showthread.php/9307-NO-DX-11-to-Release-!?highlight=sucks
Either way, even without both of those options, the AA or the DX10/11, the game still looks flat out Amazing to me on a visual standard (at least IMO). Clearly it's the best looking game in the series to date (also just my opinion). I think we'll have to agree to disagree on calling it a "Failure" however. IMO it should already be given the title of Strategy Game of the Year, it's just that good.
I've been keeping an eye on the official forums, particularly the bug reports and complaints threads. Some of the people on there complaining, which are definitely in the minority, just seem like they're complaining for the sake of having something to complain about. I read a thread on the official game forums yesterday where some poor kid went on a super-rant about how he couldn't run the game at all and blaming CA repeatedly for their shoddy game making skills and how much the game sucks (even though he couldn't even seem to play it). Everyone who replied, which weren't many, all asked if he even met the running requirements or tried to help him. Mostly though, I think everyone saw that his post was completely unfounded.
The main reason I've even looked at the bug reports for the game was to see if I would run into any of them. Luckily enough (or oddly enough, depending on your outlook) I haven't ran into not one single bug that I've seen reported. To be honest it's been a real long time since I've seen any game run this perfectly and smoothly without encountering at least some kind of bug or oddity. Take DA:2 for instance. While DA:2 runs flawlessly on my system, the game still has that odd pixelation in the backgrounds of some things, or on the edges of the models hair. In Shogun 2 I can't see any blatant flaws at all, and I take the time out to look for them specifically. (granted I haven't played MP yet)
Even Angry Joe completely Loves the game, and that's rare as hell. Check out Angry Joe's Shogun 2 Review here on YouTube:
I completely agree with everything he talks about in the review and he's also one of the only "Honest" reviewers I think are left out there. Angry Joe is one of a us, a Real Gamer, and not some corporate b!tch boy who gets paid to put shine on a crap game. He specifically talks about how everything was improved, and how the AI, while still doing the "occasional" odd thing, is over-all much improved. His one gripe is that he wants more specific options in diplomacy, which I think I can agree with. Check out his review, it's a solid and Real review.