I took the liberty of finally diving into the online aspect of Shogun Total War 2. Namely match made battles for the avatar conquest. I really found the idea of it to be fantastic, however as I started to play all it did was frustrate me. Here I will point out why.
I only own Shogun Total War 2, and some of the DLCs so have access to a few extra units, i've done some avatar battles with friends before have unlocked territories. They were fun and full on competitive. So I thought hey, lets face off against others, aka strangers open the spectrum of competition.
So I basically end up being matched up constantly against people who have the expansion and my swords and spears and arrows and basic musket men stand no chance against the teams full of firearms. So what's the point? Why does the match making system not separate the non-expansion vs the expansion. There is really no way to beat the people who have the expansion. So why bother? That kind of system is just counter-intuitive. It really is pay to win, or pay to compete.
I should not be forced to buy the expansion to play online in a competitive nature. There are tonnes of other people who didn't buy the expansion because we do not WANT all the stupid guns. The whole firearm thing is what made me HATE empire total war. I don't want a game full of guns, I want real 1200-1400 samurai. Swords, bows, arrows, spears, naginatas, and all the weapons the samurai and ninja used. For me, and i'm sure i'm not alone by forcing us into guns you are completely destroying the fun of the game. I am sure many enjoy guns and that's fine, let them have it, all I want is to not be forced into in multiplayer. I think it's a real failing on CA's behalf to not give this to us and in the end will only stop me playing online unless i'm playing with friends who are also like me and don't want guns.
That's my BIGGEST gripe. I also hate the notion of these "capture" points that give buffs. Honestly all it does is force the battle to points instead of letting me use my creative skill and cunning to defeat my enemy in open field. You could say it adds some strategy to the fight, but it really takes more strategy away then it adds. It forces you into points of battle, instead of allowing me freedom to ambush or trap my enemy in a way I want. Another disappointment in my eyes.
All in all online is fun with friends, apart from that I hate it. Feel free to flame away, this is just my honest opinion about how I perceive and feel about the online portion of shogun total war 2. I don't think they are bad for everyone, I am sure many enjoy these aspects and just as many that don't. I could live with the forced capture points but the pitting my normal shogun 2 vs expansion shogun 2 is the rot that killed it for me.
Thanks for reading and hopefully you appreciate my honest feedback.