One Of The Best Total War Games Is Free, Right Now

One Of The Best Total War Games Is Free, Right Now
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Nothing will beat Warhammer for the GOAT Total War game, but Shogun 2 is pretty damn good. And right now? It’s free.

SEGA announced late last week that Shogun 2 would be released for free as part of the publisher’s efforts to promote social distancing and healthy habits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early Tuesday morning, that promotion went live, meaning anyone can add Total War: Shogun 2 to their Steam account for free, provided you download the game between now and the early hours of May 2.

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“With this in mind, we want to continue to encourage you all to stay home and save lives by extending a gift to everyone to help make this difficult situation a little bit easier,” Creative Assembly wrote in a blog post. “Everyone at Creative Assembly is now working from home, and we hope that this will help everyone with that stay home mission.”

The giveaway coincides with a sale on Total War games, although that sale doesn’t include Three Kingdoms, ROME: Total War or the Total WARHAMMER games, which is a bit of a shame. The Shogun 2 DLC isn’t being given away as part of this sale, either. But if you like what you see, all the DLC is 75 percent off, meaning that you can get the Rise of the Samurai add-on campaign for $3.74, which is pretty reasonable.

If you’ve never played a Total War game before, I’d say Shogun 2 is still a pretty good place to start. It still focuses on a lot of the internal politics and dimensions from the main Total War games, which you don’t quite get in Total Warhammer. It’s a bit pared back in scope, however, which makes it easier for newcomers to parse.

To add the game to your account – or to make a fresh Steam account which you can then add Shogun 2 into – head here.


  • As Alex says, if you’ve never played any of the Total War games, I highly recommend you grab this and try it out. The franchise as a whole rarely disappoints, except when compared to others in the franchise, and this is one of the better ones as the article says.

    • Definitely one of the better ones… but I still miss the stylized tokens on the map of Shogun 1 and Medieval.

      • Yeah, been playing the series on and off since the original. Less so over the last few years so have missed some good ones, but none I’ve played has disappointed. Even got the collectors edition for Shogun 2, with its nice little Takeda Shingen collectible sitting on a shelf in the living room. Not sure where the box is now, so having a non-disc version sitting in my Steam account is nice.

        The series as a whole shows how two genres can be combined with great effectiveness with the RTS and strategy sides working amazingly well. There arent many games that combine multiple genres so well, let alone franchises. The lore they tap into for the various versions, whether its Rome, Japan, Napoleon, etc, or fantasy stuff like Warhammer just adds to the depth.

  • Got a new rig coming in a week or so – Will this be available to re download from the library if i download it on another machine?

      • I slept on this and when my new rig came I bought 3 kingdoms…. i don’t regret anything as if i had got this freebie i wouldn’t be touching 3 kingdoms for a while and it is fantastic!

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