Total War: Shogun 2 Fall of the Samurai - Limited Edition (PC DVD)
- Total War: Shogun 2 Fall of the Samurai - Limited Edition (PC DVD)
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- Platform: Windows XP / Vista / 7
- PEGI Rating: Suitable for 16 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 16. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 16 years of age or over.
- Media: DVD-ROM
THE END OF THE SAMURAI ERA, THE DAWN OF AN EMPIRE
The standalone expansion to the award winning Total War: SHOGUN 2 explores the conflict between the Imperial throne and the last Shogunate in 19th century Japan, 400 years after the events of the original game – a dramatic clash of traditional Samurai culture with the explosive power of modern weaponry.
Guide ancient Japan into the modern age, as the arrival of America, Britain and France incites a ferocious civil war which will decide the future of the nation.
Dramatic 19th century Japan setting
Based on the backdrop of the Boshin War period, the new campaign starts in 1864, a time of growing resentment against Western colonial power and influence. As Japan began to modernise and industrialise, the inevitable social and economic changes led to increasingly militant nationalism and antipathy towards the Shogunate.
6 new playable clans
Play as a clan supporting the Imperial throne, or the last Shogunate:
- Shogunate clans: Aizu, Nagaoka, Jozai
- Imperial clans: Choshu, Satsuma, Tosa
New foreign powers
The American, British and French nations played an important part in the story of the Boshin war and your relations with these foreign powers will be integral to unit recruitment and to advancing your technology trees.
New 19th century Japan campaign map
- The new island of Ezo extends the SHOGUN 2 campaign map northwards.
- Fully refreshed towns and other campaign map features reflect the different time period, with railways making their first appearance in a Total War title.
Railway lines on the campaign map
- Develop your own railway network to move armies and agents between your regions.
- Railways can be sabotaged and transport can be blocked by enemy armies who take control of parts of the line or railway stations.
39 new land units
- Including modern ranged units - such as the Gatling gun and Armstrong gun - controllable in a new first-person mode.
- New units can also be recruited from foreign powers, including the British Royal Marines, US Marine Corps and French Marines.
10 new naval unit types with a total of 21 ships
- New steam-powered warships, heavily armed with modern artillery.
- Foreign ironclad ships can also be purchased, including the Warrior-class ironclad.
New port siege battle type
- This new battle type triggers when attempting a naval assault on an occupied enemy port.
- The attacking fleet must sail into the harbour and capture the port, running the gauntlet of coastal gun defenses.
New land and sea unit interactions
- During a land battle, armies can call in offshore artillery support barrages.
- Conversely, coastal gun emplacements can target enemy ships during port siege battles, when ending their turn within the range of upgraded coastal defenses.
- Campaign map bombardments: offshore naval units can bombard armies and cities in adjacent coastal areas on the campaign map itself.
3 new agent types
- The Foreign Veteran, the Ishin Shishi and the Shinshengumi.
- Each new agent has its own skill tree. Ninja and Geisha agents have had their skill trees updated.
Improved siege battle mechanics
New upgradable tower defences can be built with a specific defence specialty: archery, matchlock or Gatling gun.
4 new historical battles
Fight in 4 brand-new dramatic portrayals of the major historical battles of the Boshin War.
New Conquest map reflecting the 19th century setting
Brand-new Fall of the Samurai avatar, including:
- Over 40 new retainers
- Over 30 new armour pieces
- New 19th century avatar skill tree
Multiple avatars: players can enjoy multiple careers and progression across Shogun 2 and Fall of The Samurai
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Top Customer Reviews
There are loads of new units to enjoy and experiment with, the deadly Gatling gun being one of my favourites. The new campaign map is slightly larger but feels much bigger than the original Shogun 2 map, so there's more room to manoeuvre your stacks and agents, offering more tactical options. It looks fantastic also, the smoke effects from your gunpowder are back! For those who favour the more close-up, gritty way of waging war you can opt for the traditional route of swords, spears and arrows, albeit a tougher challenge.
The single player campaign lasts about 7 or 8 years which doesn't sound like much but the time of which it takes to complete a full year is much longer than Shogun 2. Seasons alone now last 8 turns, so a year takes 32 turns to complete, which is something fans of the series have been wanting for a long time.
Fall of the Samurai is a nice addition to the franchise and the Total War series keeps getting better and better. At half the RRP of a new stand alone game it's worth the money. I intend to get many hours out of this until the next in the series.
- amazing gameplay
- beautiful to look at
- excellent historical accuracy
- lots of new features such as railways and bombardments... Oh God... Bombardments, how I love thee!
- lots of new units
- great fun
- online is amazing
the list goes on
- campaign is fun but the Imperial:Shogunate divide is mostly north and south so when playing you're not necessarily fighting your neighbors, you're shipping your troops quite far and I just found that a little annoying.
The list stops about there!
The most enjoyable, explosive, amazing Total War game yet. Highly recommended!
The trains are a nice addition. I was a little concerned as to how well guns would work, but they do - it makes for a wider scope of tactical possibilities, such as calling in fire support from ships. And yes, the sea battles are (finally) good fun to play.
However, having now played on essentially the same map in three different periods, there is one huge issue, in my opinion. Japan - lovely country - isn't actually that interesting to fight across. Each clan is essentially identical, there is only one type of terrain (temperate, hilly, with snow in the winter), and the whole place is just one long island, surrounded (as islands commonly are) by sea. Plus, with the North/South political divide, there's very little variation between games. Yes, it works well, but it just lacks the variety of previous titles. Furthermore, one of the things about Rome (and others) was that the large number of factions (even more so in Rome if you played around with the "descr_strat" file) increased the game's longevity. One definitely gets the impression that this game is a bit of a practice run, ready for the proper thing...
I know I'm not the first to say it, but it's worth repeating. Now you've got the gameplay sorted, have another go at Rome.Read more ›
I know a lot of you will get frustrated, just like I did, with downloading the game from steam despite having the disk. If you are having this problem, stop the download. Insert disk 2, click the option to uninstall. Once this is done, double click the disk icon in the "my computer" section of your pc and hit install. After the usual "validating install"message, you should this time get an "installing from disk" message.
Its not as hard as it looks or sounds to some people who have had this problem with Empire and Napoloen, its just a pain to find out how to do it as there are multiple ways people claim works, however this method has worked for me and its very simple to do. Any questions send me a message and I'll try to help you out.
Yes, we have had the main game and two expansions all set in Japan and yes the campaign map can get a bit repetetive after a while, but Although I would like to see a return to Europe, Japan has been a nice change to total war and I think they have got everything they can out of this game without going too far. The modern era didn't necessarily appeal to me, but that too has not been a problem and works very well.
For people like me, who were put off total war because of Empires lack of stability and stupid amount of unfixed bugs, don't be put off this title or it's two expansions, both well worth it. Creative Assembly seem to have made up where Empire Total war had failed. I can only reccommend it.
The total war series can do one of two things from here in my opinion. 1. Rehash and remake Rome 2 with the same game engine, which also offers 2 expansions, possibly main game being rise of the empire & the end of the republic, with two expansions being the punic wars and the barbarian invasions. This seems to be the title people want most and I certainly would like to see it. Other option, take total war into a completely new (uncovered) period or location, which I would also like to see - Hopefully 16th Century Europe or a 19th Century world domination. Something to ponder on whilst playing my second campaign of Fall of the Samuri.
I never played the original Shogun total war, but started with medieval (1) total war which raised the bar so high I didn't think it could be bettered... I was wrong. Shogun 2 and Fall of the Samurai comes highly reccommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bad seller . Sold my son a broken game thats been installed before. Wont work amd never will . Wasted money and cant belive on Christmas too ! ShamePublished 8 months ago by adam
When I first bought this game it was full of bugs and kept crashing, this might be to do with my pic setup, good graphics and gameplay worth the money if your PC can handle it.Published 15 months ago by William Unsworth
Very good expansion pack. Though would like tyo be able to get a gatling gun before the last turn of the game.Published 16 months ago by Jamie Firth