Total War

Fall of the Samurai's new toys won't split Shogun 2's online playerbase

Owen Hill at

Shogun 2: Total War’s standalone expansion will let you play online with existing Shogun 2 players, even if they haven't bought it. Whether you’ve discovered Fall of the Samurai’s trains, gatling guns and cannons or not, you’ll still be able to compete online with swords and muskets.

“One of the things that we made sure of with Fall of the Samurai is that we didn't split the online community”, says James Russell, Lead Designer on the series. Players without Fall of the Samurai can play against people with the expansion. That's really important to us. We want to make sure that people who buy the new game can play against the guys playing Shogun 2.

Total War's lead developer talks realism vs mechanics and hints at future conflicts

Owen Hill at

"We've got a huge pile of options we'd love to set the game in," says James Russell, Lead Designer of the Total War series. And we can't wait to see them happen. With three games in Steam's top 20 most played, it seems PC Gamers can't get enough of Creative Assembly's franchise. Probably because it's consistently great. Watch the video above for more from the closest thing Creative Assembly have to their own general.

Steam Autumn Sale continues: Total War, LA Noire, VVVVVV, Fallout: New Vegas super cheap

Tom Senior at

What's this, every Total War title except Shogun and Shogun 2, with all accompanying DLC for just £8.74 / $12.49? What are you doing to us, Steam sale? I was planning to eat, and perhaps sleep this weekend but NO, you have to throw hundreds of hours of world class strategy gaming at me for a price that my buying finger can't not click on.

Wait, there's more? Gravity mangling platformer VVVVVV, for just 99p / $1.24? That's less than I paid for my cup of coffee this morning. The slick shouting-at-people-until-they-crack simulator LA Noire, which has only been out for two minutes, is half price. And Fallout: New Vegas and all its DLC packs are available at prices that make the upcoming Ultimate Edition seem a little redundant.

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.

Total War: Shogun 2 DLC adds 10 new elite units

Graham Smith at

New £1.99 DLC for Total War: Shogun 2 has just been released, introducing 10 elite units for the game's various singleplayer and multiplayer game modes. These include a Bulletproof Samurai and a Marathon Monk, who sound amazing in themselves but who presumably later get together and give birth to a Seann William Scott "comedy".

One of the nice things about being a games journalist is that very few of your co-workers have degrees relevant to their field. Instead, they have much more interesting degrees, like Rich's in Japanese History.

Shogun 2 pre-order bonuses announced

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SEGA have announced that pre-orders of the latest entry to the Total War series - Shogun 2 - will come with some shiny bonuses if players pre-order at either BestBuy or GameStop. Read on for the details.

What Shogun II can learn from the original Shogun: Total War

Tim Stone at

At 9.40 this morning, one of my geisha entered the quarters of rebel general Homma Katsunaga. By 9.43 Katsunaga was hanging from a rafter by a lute string, and I was one mouse-click away from ruling all sixty provinces of Sengoku-era Japan. A fun festive season of Samurai slaughter was drawing to a close, leaving me one satisfied, surprised and slightly fearful gamer.

Fearful? After a couple of happy weeks with the TBS/RTS hybrid that catapulted Creative Assembly into the big time, the idea of a sequel seems both splendid and scary. There's no question that Total War: Shogun 2 will be prettier than its progenitor, and offer far more extensive multiplay options. What remains to be seen is whether ten years of Total War feature-creep will end-up enhancing Shogun's single-player side or suffocating it.

Four wars in search of a wargame

Tim Stone at

One of the side-effects of being PC Gamer UK's Bloke-That-Reviews-Anything-With-Hexes-Or Sherman-Tanks-In-It is that I regularly receive correspondence from historical conflicts exasperated by the game industry's obsession with WW2. In my inbox right now I've got missives from the Zulu Wars, the Boxer Uprising, the Cod Wars and the Ice Cream Wars just to name a few. All these conflagrations feel they have the tactical colour, the strategic substance and the novelty to make great wargames. Are they right?

In the case of the Cod and Ice Cream Wars, probably not, but here are four petitioners that, I believe, do have good reason to feel aggrieved.

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.