"The year is 1467 and civil war has broken out. The authority of the Ashikaga Shoguns has collapsed and it is every man for himself in the provinces. Honor and duty vie with survival in the delicate dance of power, conquest and betrayal as you attempt to unite the land of the Rising Sun through a combination of deal-making with foreign powers, sending your powerful samurai armies into battle against your enemies, and unleashing shadowy Ninja clans under the cover of darkness to assassinate your rivals!"
-This game is huge in terms of controlling a samurai family, every Daimyo/family can be controlled
-can award loyal samurai's or ones with good stats a fief(s) or daimyoship
-Detailed historical map of Japan during the warring states period
-you can break free from your daimyo and become one yourself (usually it starts war from former daimyo)
-can ask other daimyos to join attack of another clan, or ask other samurai family form clan with you
-can marry with up to 4 wives, marry sons and marry daugthers to retainers or other lords
-up to 4 Guild slots to strengten your land or armies
-up to 3 Advisor slots to appoint to build castle, towns, diplomacy or hire ronins etc ...
-can appoint heir - if lord dies and if there's a pretender you can play either the pretender or the new lord
-can transfer personal vassal to other vassals of yours
-Some bug just like all Paradox games if you ever played one before (EX armies being controlled by dead generals etc)
-Ninja Clans really weak not helpful, I once save a hostage from another clan and not sure if that helps with something
-No Alliances of sort (exchange of hostages only never did one as I don't see the benefitting my clan) just plotting
-fight battle are a bit weak and yes it aint no Total War !! LOL
I enjoyed the game very much and at one time when the hosokawa family got very strong almost reaching shogun status, I plotted against the Hosokawa (with Ashikiga and Toichi clan) to attack them, my allies were almost wipe out since they took the brute of the Hosokawa armies before I could even fight a major battle with the Hosokawa's, but I did come to my allies aid after i took around 30 of the Hosokawa's lands (hey not my fault my allies lands where between me and the hosokawas - but I though it was a great strategic win for me in terms of weakening 3 Clans at the same time) then i become shogun