Pros: Stands alone but you can spar with Shogun 2 players, Modern era units add more bang to the Total War formula, Off shore bombardment breathes new life into navies, Mix of new and old units lets you bring swords to a (Gatling) gun fight
Cons: Long load times, Railroads have limited utility
Conclusion: So, a decent addition to Shogun 2 's content library, although we still think a slightly missed opportunity to do something truly special. Still, those of you who purchase this expansion are unlikely to be disappointed, as there's still a lot of fun to be had here. With an RRP of £29.99 you might want to try and pick it up in a sale, as that's basically the price of a full game and stuff still is missing: Family relationships, for example, are non-existent because the...
Excerpt: The latest Total War game, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai reminds me of the excellent Tom Cruise film, The Last Samurai which basically revolved around the end of the Samurai dynasty. With a combination of the feudal system meets the industrial revolution, Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai merges these two concepts together well and definitely takes the Total War franchise to a whole new level of strategy thanks to developers Creative Assembly.
Summary: Total War: Shogun 2 is a fantastic return to form for Creative Assembly. Not all of the series’ problems have been stamped out, as the AI will still renege on agreements and declare war without cause, and some of the new features land with a thud (Realm Divide), but the package is such a step up from the last few years that those are small annoyances when compared to the positives of an improved AI, streamlined interface, and character customization options.
Excerpt: The argument that a recent PC game or port has been “consolized” is all too familiar for many people. Call of Duty , The Elder Scrolls , Crysis , and other games have all recently come under scrutiny by diehard PC gamers, complaining that the benefits of the computer are being overlooked by developers looking to make a quick buck on the console market. Total War , in that regard, is a bastion of hope.
Conclusion: Being set 300 years after the events of Shogun 2 means this is definitely the case here as the introduction of firearms, gunpowder and even steam engines changes the overall battle aspects seen in the original as well as the diplomacy and Civilization-style gameplay of the world-map maneuverings.
Pros: New setting adds many new gameplay features, East meets West allows for many nuanced diplomatic choices, Great art direction from original expanded and improved with new visual effects
Cons: Can become overly complicated during end-game, Focus on ranged and naval combat may deter some fans, No Tom Cruise unit in sight
Excerpt: The Total War franchise is something of a front-runner in the real-time strategy game market. Rightfully so – since the series’ conception in 2000, the games have been highly praised for their intriguing campaign systems, as well as incorporating the beliefs and strategies of the era for an authentic military experience. But with the last six games in the series focusing on Western civilisations, it seemed proper to choose something Eastern for a change.
Excerpt: Après avoir remis au goût du jour Medieval : Total War avec un Medieval 2 , la série fait de même pour Shogun. Historiquement, Shogun : Total War fut le premier opus de la franchise. C’est donc une sérieuse remise à plat grâce aux avancées technologiques permises avec les PC d’aujourd’hui.
Excerpt: В эпоху Batman: Arkham City , Bayonetta и Red Dead Redemption сложно поверить, что неспешные пошаговые стратегии без ярких историй и убедительных образов – тоже игры, тоже как искусство, и их не следует обделять рецензиями в профильном журнале. Fall of the Samurai наглядно показывает: и спроецированные на культурный контекст шахматы могут сделать человека за мышью и клавиатурой чуточку образованнее.