Summary: This is a great add-on to a great series of games, and for only $6! This add-on gives a lot of content and redirects the flow of the game. Instead of trying to overthrow the shogun and take over Japan, you start as a on of three families that will become the future shogun. The game changes certain aspects, you still create armies and still battle on a 3D plane, but there is more politics in this version.
Summary: Creative Assembly excels at making new campaigns and this DLC is proof of that. It doesn't have as much content as a fully-fledged expansion, but I would liken it to one of the campaigns from Medieval II: Total War Kingdoms. It starts hundreds of years prior to the vanilla campaign, and that adds for an interesting dynamic.
Lisa Shea "be the change you wish to see in t..., Amazon
15 September 2011
Summary: A downloadable pack for "Total War: Shogun 2", "Rise of the Samurai" moves Shogun 2's gameplay from the Muromachi period (1500s) to the Heian period (1100s), with appropriate changes in art, units, and strategies. Rise of the Samurai's campaign takes place during the Gempei War, a war of succession between three powerful families: the Minamoto, the Taira, and the Fujiwara.
Summary: This addon to Total War: Shogun 2 is only moderatly successful. I had trouble getting into the game, whereas the original immediately captured me. For some reason, the dual clan leaders is distracting. I have played the original several times but could barely get through "Rise of the Samurai" once.
Summary: Killer game. if you like history you'll love this one. this is a turn based game "solo" and in the internet "group" play. You can customize just about every thing with the internet play. but the solo is more confined, but still way cool. the graphics will rock your world if you have the video card for it. The one I won on e-bay was a down load only. so if you do not have broad band made sure you bid on CD-rom format. Took me for ever too down load.