Shogun 2 has been out for a quite bit and I wanted to ask how you feel about the multiplayer of Shogun 2.
Shogun 2 boasts a multiplayer aspect new to the franchise with great ideas.
But the more I play the more I feel the imbalance of this game.
It's not the super bow warrior monks, it's not the charge of a Great Guard and it's not the masses of ashigarus overrunning you, it's the matchlocks. In my opinion they are broken, even after the patch which nerfed them quite a lot.
Shogun 2 is based on the Warscape Engine which was used für Empire and Napoleon and therefore trimmed for shooting. Though in Shogun 2 the matchlocks gain through the engine such a huge advantage which is out-right stupid.
All battles I have fought the last days had the same army composition Bow Warrior Monks combined with 3 highly vetted Matchlocks with a few ashigaru as a melee component.
Now because of the skirmish advantage my bowmen are probably going to lose.
There is no problem here because I don't rely on bows to win me the fight. But now the real disaster comes in.
He forces me with his bows to attack him. But while charging the matchlocks just shred me to pieces. But the worst is about to come. He usually sends in one yari ashigaru to fend off my infantry and let is matchlocks do the job.
Through the moral loss my units rout in an instant. It's getting really annoying not to be able to do something against it.
The only counter I see is an Ashigaru Army, where every casuality can be considered as minor. Why is it worth taking a Katana Hero if he just gets shot in one volley? There is no point in Samurai anymore.
I can see my self playing Empire again.