The first time I played total war was with Shogun. I remember getting it over Christmas 2000. The first few battles were tough affairs - 3 units against 4 and fighting on a hill. I remember as a game, I managed to immerse myself in its culture. My dreams were of hundreds of Samurai maneuvering across a field.
But this writing isn't what the game is about. In my imaginative life, to command men to live or die is enthralling. I love it! To hold the strategy of a battle plan, and to enact its tactics is stimulating. Relaxing, at times.
I remember, too, the graphics being superb.
Looking at the game now, I can see that the graphics cannot compete. There is no zoom. The moving is slow.
And so what other Total War games do I play? Currently, Medieval Total War 2. Strangely, though, I am playing most of it seems to be a bit of a slog. Armies are striking me on all sides, and I have lost several outlying cities. But hey. Is this part of the game?
I should also say that I am happily playing through PES 2009 too. I play Master League, win, and then play Become a Legend. Amazingly, I'm in the UEFA cup final. My performance in the league is not as good. A few games a week over a few months have meant that I'm almost at the end of my (second?) third season. I am tempted, as ever, to move to a better team. But as long as I play for England, I am happy for the next few seasons at least. How will my love for Wolves last me?