Reviews and Problems with Shogun II Total War Expansion: Fall of the Samurai
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Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai
29 July 2012
Conclusion: Despite noticeable faults that limit its replayability, and made me enjoy it less overall than the original Shogun 2 , Fall of the Samurai is still a solid game and a good addition to the Total War series. It covers new grounds and introduces new features that hopefully will enrich future Total War installments.
Excerpt: The Fall of the Samurai expansion is the latest entry of the Total War series, a complete rework of the highly acclaimed Shogun 2: Total War, including all-new unit, buildings and tech rosters, as well as deep changes in gameplay; making it practically a new game, using Shogun 2’s core engine. It is sold as a standalone game—it can be installed separately from Shogun 2.
Excerpt: On paper, Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai reads like the ramblings of an eight year old after his first history lesson, hand stretched tentatively up into the air in class to ask who would win in a fight between a rifleman and a samurai. Before being laughed at by his classmates. Silly child: history has no time machines . But, evidently, it does have a few time capsules.
Excerpt: Ten years ago, I was sightseeing in Tokyo. I climbed off a train in Yotsuya, a city centre station not far from the reputed grave site of legendary ninja Hattori Hanzo, I saw a geisha waiting on the platform. She was decked out from head to toe in traditional garb, her face powdered chalk-white and her hair immaculately styled, and she was typing furiously on a cutting-edge mobile phone.
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: First Impressions My reaction is After the Warring States period, Japan is finally at peace, the Emperor sits comfortably on his throne fulfilling his largely ceremonial position, while the Tokugawa Shogunate rules Japan with an iron fist with no one to dispute its rule. All this changes when western ships land in Japan in an attempt to establish trade relations with the region.
Excerpt: Set 300 years after Shogun 2, Fall of the Samurai is a standalone expansion covering the events of the 1868 Boshin War in Japan. The negotiation of unfair trade agreements with western powers has led to growing resentment towards the ruling Tokugawa Shogunate at home. A group of southern factions has rallied around the Emperor and mobilise against the Shogun.