Now that Shogun 2: Total War is on the Steam workshop, we've picked out the ten best user made maps available. There are some gorgeous battlefields, spectacular castles and a surprise trip to Egypt.
If you fancy a more extensive gameplay overhaul, check out our list of Total War: Shogun 2 mods.
Total War modders love Lord of the Rings, so it comes as no surprise that the highest rated map on the steam workshop is a recreation of the battle of Helm's Deep. There's something oddly wonderful about seeing the iconic fortress recreated in Shogun 2's distinctly Japanese style. Even non Tolkien fans will enjoy fighting from an such an incredibly well-fortified position. Helm's Deep offers such protection to its defenders that the creator recommends playing a single defender against three attackers, just to give the besiegers a fighting chance.
While some maps on this list are here because of interesting constructions or new tactical possibilities, Flower Valley is here because it's pretty. Modder Noizzzmaker is clearly a huge fan of Shogun's wildflowers, and he's constructed a gorgeous map built around them. Every inch of the valley is covered in flowers, the whole thing looks like something out of a Japanese watercolour.
One of the great benefits of Shogun's new player made maps is that they aren't forced to stay within the borders of Japan. Here, modder Taharqa offers up a change of pace by switching the action to Cairo. The desert map offers a refreshingly different look from Shogun's standard fare, and the pyramids in the background look utterly spectacular. The attempt to recreate Cleopatra's Needle using generic rock textures is less impressive, but I can forgive occasional clunkiness in the name of much needed variety.