Shogun 2

Shogun 2: Fall of the Samurai review

Tom Senior at

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. As commander of one of the six leading factions of the time, you must pick a side and ultimately decide whether Japan will embrace the might of the west’s new technology, or stay true to the way of the Samurai.

That requires conquering as much of Japan as possible using the tried and tested Total War formula. You build towns, move armies, negotiate and trade on the turn-based grand strategy map, which has been expanded to include the northern provinces that historically become the last safe haven for the Shogun’s forces. When armies and fleets meet, you have the option to dive into gorgeous real-time battles to command your troops personally.


Shogun 2: Rise of the Samurai review

Tim Stone at

Should a Total War: Shogun 2 supplement centred on the Genpei War of 1180-1185 feature a comprehensive selection of period units? Before you answer with an eager ‘Hai!’ bear in mind that the Minamoto clan won the pivotal Battle of Kurikara with the aid of stampeding oxen.

There are no war cows in Rise of the Samurai, in fact this expansion is free of gimmicky bullocks/bollocks of all kinds. What you get for your very reasonable six quid is a cartload of new content that leaves Shogun 2 feeling sushi-fresh.


First Shogun 2: Total War screenshots

Rich McCormick at

Creative Assembly have released their first batch of screenshots for Shogun 2: Total War. We've got them below, along with a bunch of evocative woodblock print art to set the tone of the Japan-set game. Click on the beautiful mini-images to let your eyes see beautifuller maxi-images.