Total War: Shogun 2 -- Fall of The Samurai

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Total War: Shogun 2 -- Fall of The Samurai

Developer:Creative Assembly Genre:Strategy Release Date: Download Games Free Now!

About The Game

The Creative Assembly’s stand-alone expansion pack to Total War: Shogun 2 allows you to reprise the role of a samurai warlord in feudal Japan. This time, your battles take place in the 19th Century during the Boshin War, an intense historical conflict between the Japanese shogunate and Japanese imperialists against the backdrop of a looming European invasion. Control one of nine samurai clans and employ new 19th Century technologies like railroads to mobilize your troops, or Gatling guns to mow down your enemies. Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai combines building, exploration, negotiation, and attack for a fully-immersive historical combat experience.

Game Features:

  • • Macro and Micro-based combat: gather resources and manage your prefecture on the overworld map and then zoom in to control troops individually on the battlefield
  • • Built-in achievement system offers cosmetic and strategic awards
  • • Competitive multiplayer for up to 8 people
  • • Realistic weather and environmental conditions force players to constantly adapt their battle plans
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Total War: Shogun 2 -- Fall of The Samurai Review

By Mitsuo Takemoto |

Move over, King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame—your time has passed. Samurais are just way cooler than Christian knights, and it sure helps that The Creative Assembly is an amazing development team who knows how to make a game that won’t crash every five minutes. Control the army of one of nine different samurai clans in your war for territorial dominance in Fall of the Samurai, the latest expansion for smash hit real-time strategy game Total War: Shogun 2, available now on PC.

As the game’s title suggests, Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai is set during the Meiji Restoration, which saw the demise of the way of the samurai. Encroaching colonial British powers forced Japan to re-evaluate its military strategy, and ultimately the island nation had to abandon traditional samurai-driven feudal practices in favour of a more Westernized approach to military combat and national governance. This process created a schism between those loyal to the Emperor of Japan and those who wished to maintain their honour and prestige as samurais. I know you didn’t come to this game review for a history lesson: I apologize. It’s just necessary for explaining some of Fall of the Samurai’s exciting new game mechanics!

Because Fall of the Samurai is set at the intersection of the end of the feudal era and the beginning of an ostensibly more “modern” era for Japan, this expansion contains new technologies and military weapons never seen before in the series. For the first time, players can build railroads that enable troops to travel around the map at high speed, increasing the intensity of the game and adding more strategic options to gameplay. Travel speed is important in Fall of the Samurai because The Creative Assembly changed the way seasons work in the game to add more depth to the gameplay.

Previously, each in-game turn took an entire season, meaning you didn’t really have to strategize about when to attack your enemy, at least in terms of weather conditions. Now, each turn is half a month, so seasons last a lot longer and you’ll have to plan accordingly, especially if you’re going to engage in a conflict around wintertime when units cost more and your army is generally more vulnerable; The Creative Assembly has changed the way weather works in Fall of the Samurai by making it more realistic both visually and in terms of how it actually affects your army’s effectiveness. Railroads help combat the more threatening weather conditions by allowing for faster enemy engagements, buying you more time to crush your opponents.

Weapons technology has changed too. The game combines traditional Japanese weaponry with modern armaments like cannons, Gatling guns, rifles, and steam-powered warships. Even though it seems like bows, swords, and spears would be useless against bullets, each weapon type has its own advantages and disadvantages, keeping the gameplay balanced.  One fun if kind of silly bonus is the ability to directly enter the battlefield and control a Gatling gun manually through a new third-person mode and mow down huge swaths of your enemies. Don’t get too distracted by this, though… The game won’t pause while you do this, and as General you need to direct your troops to victory.

Fall of the Samura’s gameplay is so in-depth that it’s pretty much impossible to capture every aspect of it in such a short review space. The game runs the gamut from macroeconomics to intense battle micro: you can zoom out the map to see all of Japan, its resource distribution and the spread of enemy forces across the country, or zoom in so close that you’re literally right in the thick of the battle. Half the challenge of this game is balancing your map control on a holistic level and directing specific battles with enough finesse to ensure small-scale victories that contribute to your wider goals of conquest.

Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai is an excellent expansion to one of the best real-time strategy games in the genre. The graphics are stellar, and the gameplay is fun, rich, and challenging. Nerdily enough, one of my favourite aspects of the game was the exposure it gave me to an interesting period in Japan’s—and the world’s—history, showcasing the end of one era based on honour and pride, and the dawn of a  new era in which technology would eventually reign supreme. Of course, you shouldn’t rely on this game to do your history homework, kids. The Creative Assembly’s latest PC expansion for Total War: Shogun 2 earns a Z-Score of 86/100 for its attention to detail, complexity, and the sheer scope of its ambition.

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